Milnay Louw emerged victorious at the Growpoint South African Nationals Women’s Squash final on Saturday, when she defeated fellow finalist, Lizelle Muller, at the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria.
Based on her statistics heading to the final, Louw’s confidence was bolstered with the 30-year-old having not dropped a single set prior to the last day of the tournament.
Although she was off to a tight start in the first set where she won it 13-11, Louw managed to maintain to win her remaining two sets convincingly with the final scores being 11-6 and 11-5 respectively.
“I’m very excited. I was quite nervous coming into the match, I must say but I’m happy,” she told gsport.
On Preparations for the National Championships
“I arrived on Sunday already, I knew we were playing on the glass court and I noticed it would take some time to get used to it. So, every morning I’d train myself, trying to adjust to the conditions to be able to prepare myself for as long as I could for the matches ahead.”
On her toughest opponent in the tournament, Louw had praise for her fellow finalist, saying “Building up to the final, the final against Lizelle definitely challenged the most.”
Although Louw had been quite impressive in her games until the final, she knew things could go either way. “I know it’s always a possibility but it’s sport and anything can happen. Anything can happen on the day depending on how well you play,” she concluded.
Final Results of the Growthpoint SA Squash National Championships:
Milnay Louw beat Lizelle Muller 13-11 11-5 11-6
Milnay Louw beat Jennifer Preece 11-5 11-5 11-4
Lizelle Muller beat Alexa Pienaar 12-10 5-11 11-9 11-6
Milnay Louw beat Cara Fourie 11-2 11-4 11-6
Jennifer Preece beat Panashe Sithole 11-9 11-8 11-8
Alexa Pienaar beat Awande Malinga 11-2 11-4 11-6
Lizelle Muller beat Helena Coetzee 11-3 11-4 11-4
Video Caption: 2019 Growthpoint SA Nationals champion Milnay Louw speaks with gsport shortly after beating Lizelle Muller to claim her third SA Squash Championship title in Pretoria on Saturday. Video: gsport
Photo 1 Caption: Milnay Louw is the 2019 SA National Squash Champion, beating Lizelle Muller in straight sets 13-11 11-5 11-6 to claim her third national title win in Squash SA’s Glass Court at the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, on Saturday, 29 June, 2019. Photo: gsport
Photo 2 Caption: Heading into the tournament at Brooklyn Mall as the clear favourite to win, Louw admitted afterwards that Muller gave her her stiffest competition on court, but was relieved that her preparations paid off. Photo: gsport
Photo 3 Caption: Muller came closest to taking a game off her opponent as the final started, narrowly losing 13-11 to Louw. Photo: gsport
Photo 4 Caption: With her win, Louw has clinched her third Growthpoint SA National Squash Title. Photo: gsport
Photo 4 Caption: Louw lived up to her favourtes tag when she beat challenger Muller in straight sets, and coming through the entire tournament without dropping a single set, the final score card confirms the tale of the champion’s dominance. Photo: gsport