Lucy Turmel (Eng) 3-0 Mayar Hany (Egy) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (27m)
Lucy : “It was quite a tricky match.
“Mayar didn’t give me any rhythm because she was quite on and off with her game. I tried to remain focused, which I didn’t do for the whole match, but I did it enough.
“When you play players like Mayar, you can be 3-0 or 4-0 down, but if you get the game plan right you can win 11 points in a row. I didn’t really panic at 3-0 down [in the second game] because I knew what I needed to do.
“I think this week it’s going to be important to play to the court. It’s really dead, so you’ve got to find the back corners and find your targets, it’s quite simple. It’s going to favour those who are attacking and take the ball into the front of the court.
“Anyone who does that well will do well on this court.”
Mayar : In the past few months, I wasn’t feeling really happy or excited to be on court. I didn’t feel I wanted to put that much effort at the sport, and I thought that maybe that if I just take a break, I would enjoy my life and everything would be great.
And it was like that at the beginning, then it felt like I wasn’t doing the thing I’m really good at, well I think, and I felt that life was boring. So after some months, I realised I wanted to play squash, and that I wanted to do the training every day, not because my mum was telling me to do it but because I wanted it.
So that’s why I started training again. But also, I was the only one that didn’t manage to get an appointment for my US visa, so I couldn’t go to the US where all the tournaments were happening, which was very frustrating.
But this event was here, so I got excited again, I trained for a month at least. So I’m happy that I’m back on track now..