Returning Duncalf “raring to go” in Hull

Returning Duncalf “raring to go” in Hull

SH_1637Yorkshire’s Jenny Duncalf cannot wait to return to competitive action in this week’s Allam British Open in Hull after being sidelined since March with an Achilles tendon injury.

I wouldn’t want to tempt fate, but the injury is better and I’m feeling confident with it, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into a tournament again,” she said.

“I’ve been working hard in the gym since Penang [the World Championship in March] and more recently on court. I’ve been pleased with some improvements, so yes, I am raring to go now!”

The 31-year-old world no.12 had to withdraw from England’s European Team Championship defence in Italy last week, but she is hoping that setback will be worth the disappointment.

SH_1640“It’s too early to say if missing the Euros was a blessing in disguise or not, but I wasn’t ready to play in it,” she said.

“My priority was to get ready for the British Open and I had a plan set out six weeks ago that didn’t involve the Europeans, so I had plenty of time to get my head around it.

“Of course I missed it, as it’s one of my favourite tournaments of the year, but it is the first one I’ve had to miss, so I haven’t done too badly!”
The 10th seed, a finalist in 2008, starts her Allam British Open campaign on Tuesday against fellow Yorkshire resident Sarah Kippax, whom she beat 3/0 in the quarter-finals of the British National Championships.

SH_1639Indeed, the way the draw has worked out for Duncalf the tournament could end up being like the Nationals for the right-hander from Harrogate!

She explained: “If it goes to seeding, then it’s quite ‘British’ for me, as Sarah Kippax, Madeline Perry and Laura Massaro are all in my quarter.”

The former world no.2’s main aim, though, is “to perform well, enjoy it and win a few matches in the process!”