Last week I had a really exciting tournament in Bemmel, Holland at the World doubles masters! This event is made up of the top 6 women’s doubles pairs in the world, top 8 men’s pairs and top 4 quad pairs.
My doubles partner and I entered the tournament seeded 6th and I’m delighted to say we reached the final finishing 2nd overall.
It was quite a week for us as we had a tough pool. The first day we faced the number 2 seeds and gold medalists from London and Rio, Aniek and Marjolen from Holland. The match was the longest of the tournament, lasting 3 hours and 45 minutes finishing at 9.30 at night. We won the first set 6-4 but our opponents took the second set 5-7. The third set was an epic one. We were 2-5 down in games and brought it back to 5 all. They then took the next game but we managed to pull it back to a tie break. In the tie break we also went 3-5 down but somehow won 4 points in a row to take the match 7-5 in the third set tiebreak. It was such an incredible match and the best result of my career to date! I was exhausted but so proud. Luckily the next day we had off and time to recover before facing the 4th seeds from Japan.
This match was also another marathon. We played the longest point of the tournament which lasted for 3 minutes which actually took us to match point. We won the match in 2 sets this time but again went down 1-5 in the second set and pulled it back to win in a tiebreak again. The final score was 7-5 7-6.
By beating the Japanese pair this meant we won our pool and went through to the semi-finals where we faced Kruger and Spanstra from Germany and Holland. This match I feel we didn’t play as well as what we had been, but we did what we needed to and got the win 6-4 6-4 after 2 hours, which actually felt short compared with our other matches.
In the final we faced the Dutch pairing again who we played on day one but unfortunately they were too strong this time. I’m so proud to have reached the final and feel I played the best tennis I’ve played all year.