Emma 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.
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.
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.