Our Gymphlexhero Lea Van Der Zwalmen, successfully retained her British Open Singles title during the Ladies Rackets British Open Singles on the 25th February. Lea has been utterly determined to retain her Singles title, with months of training and preparation for the big event.
As the current Ladies World Champion, Lea won 9 straight games for the loss of just 22 points and has now won the prestigious Ladies Rackets British Open Singles for the fourth consecutive year. Although, our champion hero has achieved more than retaining her title…
From balancing placements abroad and a tight training schedule, Lea also organised the entire tournament. ‘’I have already organised Rackets and Squash tournaments in the past so my previous experiences definitely helped me organising this year's Ladies British Open Singles’’, Lea explained.
With the numbers of contestants rising each year for the event, organising the timings of the matches was a challenge for our sporting Hero. ‘’Deciding on the seedings and designing the Draw was actually pretty straightforward, the only challenging bit I would say was designing the schedule. I needed to allow enough 'rest time' between the various rounds, while not making the matches start too early to allow people coming from far away to make it in time and making sure to schedule as many matches as possible (with the Plate, Special Plate and 3/4th place playoff) so that every competitor gets at least 2 good matches’’.
Reflecting on this year’s event, Lea was delighted with the results,‘’we had our highest number of entry ever, with 17 compared to 7 last year… but the standard of play has also clearly improved. I am very proud to be part of this new generation of Ladies Rackets player and I am looking forward to keeping promoting the Ladies Rackets game with the ultimate aim to have a draw of 32 players competing in next season's Ladies British Open Singles’’.
For her awarding efforts, Lea recieved the winners plate, maintained her four year long champion title and has even had a beautiful portrait on the wall of her local training club.
The hard work continues for our hero, with Lea's next tournament, the Ladies Real Tennis British Open Singles & Doubles in Seacourt (Hayling Island) on the 5th-8th April...best of luck!