Alex Fuller and Lizelle Muller Eye Growthpoint SA Nationals Title

Alex Fuller previously pictured in action. Photo: Head Squash (Twitter)

Top seed Alex Fuller is preparing for three days of super-charged squash when the Growthpoint SA Nationals tournament will take place at the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, starting on Thursday, 15 October 2020.

Following the regional qualifiers played last weekend, the eight best women in the country will clash on the all-glass court for the honour on being crowned South African’s champion.

Cape Town’s Fuller will be chasing her third title overall after winning in 2015 and 2018, but will need to be on guard against the trio in her half of the draw.

She opens against former professional Farrah Sterne, national champion in 2008 and 2010, while the other match will feature two of the country’s most promising young players in Danell Douglas and Hayley Ward.

Ranked 35 in the world, Fuller said she would definitely be taking it one step at a time.

“I am looking forward to this chance, but I have not seen a lot of the players in the draw, so don’t quite know what to expect,” said Fuller, who has spent most of the past five years playing overseas.

“I felt good at the weekend in the qualifiers, but my priority going into Thursday will be just to focus on my game and to produce the best squash I can.”

“I’m really excited about the opportunity, but also a bit nervous because of the inactivity caused by Covid-19 this year.” – SA Squash player, Lizelle Muller who will play against Jacqui Ryder on Thursday, 15 October 2020

Second seed Lizelle Muller said she was a combination of nerves and excitement as she looked ahead to a tournament in which she was runner-up last year.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity, but also a bit nervous because of the inactivity caused by Covid-19 this year,” she said.

“I know it will be extremely difficult because Alex is an awesome player, but I am definitely going all out to land the title, having missed out last year.

“There were a lot of nerves on that occasion and I want to do well this time because, at the age of 36 with a young family, my days of playing at this level are drawing to a close.”

As the senior member of the Van Niekerk family trio at the event, Muller is delighted that her brothers, Rudi and Dewald, will also be playing.

“It’s pretty cool to have them at the same tournament and we are excited about being there together,” she said.

The semifinals will be played from 4pm on Friday, with the finals on Saturday scheduled for 3pm.

 

Fixtures, Thursday – 15 October 2020:

1pm: Alex Fuller (WP, 1) v Farrah Sterne (Northerns, 5-8)
2.45pm: Danell Douglas (SACD) v Hayley Ward (EP)
4.30pm: Samantha Herbert (KZN) v Teagan Roux (Joburg Squash)
6pm: Lizelle Muller (SACD, 2) v Jacqui Ryder (EP, 5-8)

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Alex Fuller previously pictured in action. Photo: Head Squash (Twitter)

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