Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0 Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)
Not a good day at the office for one of the true Legends of the game. Nele played excellent accurate squash, finding her target at the back corners beautifully in particular with a few stunning lobs, and got some pretty sharp shots at the front, but the Australian just kept making uncharacteristic errors.
Still, Nele never relaxed, and even up 2/2 up, at 3/3 in the third she went for a loud COME ON! proof of the respect she had for the unorthodox game of Miss Rachael Grinham….
And when I managed to get a good rally going, creating openings finally, I would hit the tin. And not the top of the tin, I mean, really middle of it! I kept telling myself that I had to lift the ball more, but I just couldn’t change my way to play. Very frustrating.
It’s not like I had any doubt of the final outcome, but I would have liked to stay a bit longer in the rallies, and not hit the floor for no reason!
But then again, she was playing very well, and made it hard for me…
The two times I beat her was on a warm and bouncy court. But on those cold conditions, I know she can take a shot from anywhere. Anything loose anywhere near the middle, and she’ll roll it!
I just tried to prepare as I do for every match. Focus on my own game and try to tell myself to just fight for every single point. I was actually really nervous coming into this match because I know how a good a player Rachael is and if she’s on then she could blow me away. I struggled to find my rhythm with her and her tricky shots, so I’m so happy to be through in three.