Although Yorkshire’s Jenny Duncalf is drawn to play a qualifier in the first round of the Allam British Open next Tuesday, the 16th seed is taking nothing for granted about her progress in the $100k event.
“The strength in depth on the Women’s Tour is I think the strongest it’s ever been, so I will be taking it one step at a time, which means my mind at the moment is focused on round one,” explained the world no.16, who has been on the Tour since 1999.
“My form has been all right – nothing too amazing, but nothing too bad either! I’ve had chances in my last few tournament matches, which I didn’t quite convert, but I feel like I’ve been playing and training well recently, and am looking forward to competing in Hull.”
“It’s always a fun week at the European Team Championships and of course it’s great to win the title and hang out with the girls, as we all get on so well, but I wouldn’t particularly say it’s given me a boost,” said Duncalf.
“In fact, preparation-wise, it’s not ideal, as I knew I wouldn’t get much court time in Denmark. But representing my country has always been very important to me and that outweighs my own personal training needs in this instance. I’m still confident I will have done enough by the time Hull arrives.”
This week Duncalf will be concentrating on playing matches, getting on court with her coach, David Pearson, and “generally keeping my body in check and staying healthy”.
“My main target at the Open is to play some good competitive squash, be relaxed and enjoy it,” said the 2008 runner-up. “That’s when I play my best and with that will hopefully come results.”