R1 : Siva/Yathreb, Donna/Emilia

Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-0 Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-3, 10-4 rtd (12m)

From the start Yathreb looked very pale but in the 2nd, she basically couldn’t stay standing anymore and had to lay on the ground. We suspect a food poisoning contracted before her arrival here I am told.

Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-2 Emilia Soini (FIN)  4-11, 11-2, 12-14, 11-1, 11-6 (41m)

When luuuuve makes you lose your focus. Bless Donna, her hubby was playing next court, a 98m match, and she had her heart and brain on the other court for most of her match, God love her.

Up and down both went, 4/4 in the first, 7 points in a row for Emilia, then Emilia out to lunch in the second, 11/2, huge match in the third, both having chances to close it but it’s the Finish 14/12. Only to see the Australian zooming through the 4th, 11/1, and taking the last game 11/6 from 6/6…

Not exactly sure what happened on there today, and when you add that Emilia came at the end to ask Donna if she could take out a little thorn she had in her palm…


It was strange, wasn’t it?? sorry you have to watch that.

I don’t have any other excuse than I was a little bit distracted by trying to see what was going on over there… And I was watching before I played, I probably didn’t warm up as well I should, and I was getting a bit nervous watching him.

I was telling myself come on, step out of it, I was just not concentrating. I got my concentration back in the second, but because it was so one-sided, it was hard to keep my rhythm.

The fourth game wasn’t bad, and in the last game, I was trying to run to the service box, trying to keep myself focused, I didn’t feel it was physically hard at any point, I wasn’t breathing hard or anything. It was more, up here!