Urquharts confidence is growing
YAMBA’S Donna Urquhart finished her season in style when she beat local favourite Joshna Chinappa in four games to win the Indian Challenger women’s squash tournament in Chennai on Saturday.
Urquhart, 24, lost the first game to the fourth seeded Indian to win the final 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 and claim the sixth title of her career and her first since September last year.
The Chennai victory is the culmination of a superb month for Urquhart.
She reached the semi-final of the Cayman Islands Open, beating the world numbers three and five in successive matches, before making the final in Hong Kong last week.
She let Chinappa get away to a good start in the final before regrouping to win the next three games comfortably.
“I’m stoked to come away with a win, especially after losing in the final in Hong Kong last week,” Urquhart said later.
“It would have been disappointing to make two finals and not win either.
“I started off a bit slow today and wasn’t getting my length tight enough or deep enough, and Joshna came out firing, hitting a lot of winners.
“I came on in the second and started hitting my marks and stopped her from being able to attack so much, and I knew if I could lengthen the rallies and put her under enough pressure at the back she would start making errors.
“I was able to stick to my game plan from then on and keep on top of her, not giving her a chance to get back into the match.”
The world number 16 said her recent success had given her a massive confidence boost.
“I am really happy with the way I’m playing at the moment and I am learning to believe in myself a lot more,” she said.
“I have gained confidence over the past few weeks as I feel I have proven to myself that I can match it with the top girls.”
1-Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt 4-Joshna Chinappa (IND) 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4