Update day 1
Sindre’s victory in the qualifying on day 1 gave him the opportunity to play the Dutch number one who is currently ranked 18 in the world. Although out of his depth sindre put up a good performance taking his points score in the match into double figures.
A great learning experience for him!
Having had a bye in the first round Lotte was eager to get a match under her belt. She was drawn against the young up and coming Belgium player Nele gIlis. The Norwegian number one started strongly pushing up the court and containing her opponent in the back corners. This produced a number of winning opportunities which Lotte took taking the first game 11/6.
The second saw some awesome long rallies with both players gasping for breath. At nine all Lotte managed to sneak a couple of lucky shots to take the second 11/9. After such an end to the second one expect the Belgium girl to be disheartened in the third. However this was far from the case she changed her tactics and slowed the pace to her advantage taking the third 11/5.
In the fourth Lotte got off to a good start taking a 5/1 lead. At this point it looked like she was home and dry against a despondent opponent. However the Belgium gave one last almighty effort to bring it back to 5 all. Some tight rallies ensued but the experience of the Norwegian saw her take the game 11/6 and the match three games to one.
That win gave Lotte the opportunity to play Camille Serne the French number 1 on the all glass show court. The French girl played at a fast pace and although there were a number of long rallies lotte was not able to get many points in the first two games.
In the third the Norwegian got a much better width and length and troubled the French girl for the first part of the game but again could not convert this good play into many points. Ultimately the French girl went through in three straight games the score not reflecting how close the match had been.
Kim are put in a solid performance against a Belgium opponent in his only match of the day. The courts at the centre are incredibly hot and consequently this was a long match well over an hour. The Norwegian managed to play some big points well at the end of the games and took the match by three games to one.
In contrast to kim are Sindre’s match today was far shorter. Still ‘heavy legged’ from his two match’s yesterday one against a top 20 player in the world he could not trouble his fresher opponent and went down in three straight games.
A full list of results can be found at http://www.eiccsquash.com/