Yorkshire-based Sarah Kippax enters next week’s Allam British Open in Hull with high hopes of a career-best performance in the $100,000 WSA World Series event.
The world no.22 from Halifax has been in fine form of late, winning the CourtCare Open in Lancashire and finishing runner-up in the Irish Open last month.
The Chester-born right-hander feels she is performing well enough to match her previous best result in the tournament – a second-round place last year.
“I don’t see any reason why not,” said Kippax, who meets Yorkshire’s Jenny Duncalf in the first round next Tuesday. “With every match, it’s a case of being the better player on the day.
“I can be confident that I have had good preparation and the training’s in the bank, so all that remains is to turn up with my game face!
“Last year the British Open was one of the most enjoyable events for me. I loved it being so close to home and it was memorable for the great setting but slightly challenging conditions! My aim is just to play well, simple as that!”
Kippax ranks the British Open as “very high” in her list of priorities. “It’s such a major event, so prestigious and steeped in history,” she explained. “It’s certainly a title that everyone desperately wants to win!”
As for this year’s winner, she picked out top seed Nicol David, defending champion Laura Massaro and World Championship runner-up Nour El Sherbini as the main contenders, although she added: “Such is the strength of the WSA Tour at the moment, there are plenty of players capable of causing an upset.”