Squash star Donna Urquhart takes an enforced break from squash and just about any other activity at her Yamba home yesterday. D
Squash star Donna Urquhart takes an enforced break from squash and just about any other activity at her Yamba home yesterday. D

Painful employment

By TONY WHITE

YAMBA'S princess of the squash courts Donna Urquhart is the biggest mover in the womens world squash rankings ? and that's official.

In the March WIPSA rankings released yesterday the 18-year-old rocketed 52 places from 142 into No.90. The world No.1 is Malaysian Nicole David.

Urquhart's performances in two recent tournaments in Asia helped her achieve a short-term goal of reaching the world's top 100. And she did it in enormous pain with torn ankle ligaments and swelling in her bones.

"I'm the biggest mover of the month, I'm pretty stoked," Urquhart said from her family home at Yamba yesterday.

"I probably shouldn't have played in Asia, but I wanted to get some ranking points and achieve my short-term goal of getting into the top 100."

Urquhart's right ankle, badly injured during her ill-fated attempt at the Australian Championships, proved more than troublesome.

Against higher world ranked players, Urquhart made it through qualifying into the main draw for the Buler Challenge Cup in Hong Kong.

"I lost in the first round to a Malaysian player ranked 36 in the world but it went to four sets and the first one was 10-9," Urquhart said.

"If I was fully fit I reckon I could have nearly beaten her. I couldn't lunge and was in pain throughout the match.

"My ankle wasn't good and by that stage I was really struggling and in a lot of pain.

"I even had a cortisone injection and hoped it (the ankle) might settle down but it didn't.

"I wasn't seeded in the qualifiers, but I made it into the main draw which I was stoked about."

Urquhart failed to make the main draw in the Kuala Lumpur Open against the world's leading players, but gained further ranking points through the qualifying section.

On returning to her Brisbane base at the AIS Squash Academy in Brisbane, Urquhart underwent a series of MRI and CAT scans on her ankle.

"They found I'd been playing with torn ligaments," Urquhart said.

"Because of that there was swelling on the inside bone as well.

"They've put me in an air cast, a brace to help the ankle heal. I've had it on for over a week and hopefully it will come off next week so I can start light training again.

"I probably should not have played, but I got my world ranking up and I can afford to rest now because there's nothing major on until June. I want to get it right this time."

Urquhart doesn't react well to inactivity.

"I've been able to do a bit of gym work with my upper body, but since I've been back home (Yamba) the worst thing is I can't go surfing," she said.

"There's been heaps of surf this week and I can't get out there. It's killing me."



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