Bedfordshire’s Vicky Lust issued a public debt of gratitude to England Squash & Racketball for awarding her wildcard for next week’s Allam British Open in Hull.
The wildcard means she starts her first-round match against Omneya Abdel Kawy on Tuesday on an equal footing with the eighth seed from Egypt, rather than being tired after having to qualify for the main draw at the weekend.
“Getting the wildcard was great for me,” said the world no.25, who is now based in Canada.
“I was sitting at third qualifier, I think, and being guaranteed a spot in the main draw obviously takes the pressure away of trying to qualify.
“It will also be nice to be going into the first round fresh, rather than playing two or three rounds of qualifying beforehand.
“My main target is to win my first match and then take it from there. One match at a time…
“Any draw at the moment is a tough draw. The Tour is becoming so strong. I try not to think about who I’m playing too much before I get to an event. I prefer to focus on myself and things within my control. Obviously I will be thinking about a game plan, but I think I will keep that to myself!”
Lust is satisfied with her current form, having reached the second round of the last WSA World Series event as a qualifier – in Chicago in March – and been a member of England’s European Championship-winning team in Denmark last week.
“I think I have been playing well recently and hopefully that will continue into next week,” she said.
“There’s always something to work on, but this close to an event I’m just trying to focus on feeling good and being confident on court.
“Representing England and winning the team title was a great experience for me. It’s not often we get to play in team situations and that was something I hadn’t done for a while. Certainly being a part of that has given me confidence going into the British Open.”