Nele Gilis (Bel) bt Lucy Turmel (Eng) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (46m)
The score doesn’t reflect how tough this match was. Every rally was very disputed, and Nele had to stay on her toes the whole time. Lucy was up for an upset, and made it very hard for the Belgium, who I feel is playing the best squash of her life. She is going to be hard to beat.
I could see immediately she was up for it, and that she was going to have zero respect for me. Which I appreciated, because I was up for it too. And I knew it was going to be a tough one.
I had to be very focused, from the word go, it was very tough and I’m very happy to win in three.
I wasn’t very happy with my game plan in the first game, I adjusted a few things after that, and it got better. But she never gave me anything, I was always on edge, always tense, all credit to her.
It’s my best season so far, every tournament, I take confidence from every tournament, I’m excited to play.
I’m playing Rowan if the match goes according to seeding. We have very opposite games, and I never actually beaten her, so I feel the pressure will be on her. I have nothing to fear, just want to win, and we’ll be playing here on the side courts.