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Beddoes aims to continue European form

Beddoes aims to continue European form

SP_6070Emma Beddoes is hoping to maintain the form she showed in England’s successful defence of their European Women’s Team Championship in Denmark last week when she opens her Allam British Open campaign against former world no.2 Natalie Grinham in Hull next Tuesday.

“Winning a team title with England always gives me a real boost and it was great to share that experience with the girls,” said the Leeds-based world no.13, who won all four of her matches in straight games.

SP_6067“I hope to carry the form I showed in the deciding tie in the final through to next week.”

Beddoes overwhelmed France’s Laura Pomportes in 28 minutes to clinch the trophy for England in Denmark, but she knows she will need a repeat against Grinham, the Dutch-based 37-year-old, having lost both their meetings, although both were back in 2011.

“She’s a very tough opponent and I have a lot of respect for anyone who can come back from two babies and still find the energy to play professional squash,” the Racquet Club Pro Series champion said.

SP_6068“It’s lovely having Ryan around at tournaments, just as it was with Kieran a few years ago, and I don’t think Nat is ever short of girls wanting to help out with the babysitting!”

With such a tricky first-round opponent, Beddoes is looking no further than Tuesday’s match.

“You always want to play well and do yourself justice, and that’s definitely the case with the Open, as it’s the biggest tournament we play at home. I’ll take one match at a time and see where I go from there,” she said.