Since Phoenix Ive been struggling with injury in my lower back,hip which was causing the hamstring to flare up. I played the US Open early october, where i had a pretty solid win and a decent performance in the second round but it came at a cost and I was back on the sidelines for another 4 weeks. Injurys are always a pain in the ass but this time around it was kind of a blessing as it afforded me time to work on areas of the body that needed strengthening up in order for it to function properly again.
I arrived at St Louis super keen to play whilst also apprehensive as to how id play. 1st round was at times an edgy affair but i always had a little breathing space in a 2/3 point cushion making closing the games out not so difficult. quarters i was a little better against an opponent of similar level and was little more comfy setting up a semi with martin knight who loves a good old fashioned grind!!!
Hot bouncy court was always going to make this match a long one and after 70 minutes we were locked at 1 all!!! (oh boi) 3rd as ever was crucial having been 10/7 down to having a gameball at 11/10 to be pipped 13/11 hurt. The ball had finally begun to slow down at this point and it allowed me to start firing the ball in short alot more, until at 10/3 up i started to cramp,,, all over – first it was Me toes and both calves. followed shortly by my hamstring and lastly my right forearm!!!! Never expierenced anything like it. I managed to sneak the 4th,only just though! In the 5th I started off well and the cramps hit me again. There wasnt much I could do but i did what I could. slow balled, retied me laces anything i could do to break it up, it was pretty bad and at one point i had a wee laugh to meself. there wasnt much else i could do and after 118 mins I was down and out! bummer eh..
anyways on a positive note it was great to be able to play and move freely again and come out from a tough match like that feeling strong the next day. Edmonton next for last event of the year. look forward to that and looking to make a few improvments between now and then.