Taylor Flavell is ready to reap the results of her hard work at the Bendigo International Open this week after a strong start to 2018.
The 24-year-old cracked the top 100 in the PSA Women’s World Tour rankings for the first time in January this year, and will head to Bendigo as the third seed in the Women’s Open draw behind Christine Nunn and Sarah Cardwell.
“I’m feeling really confident heading into the Bendigo Open as it is the highest I’ve ever been seeded,” Flavell said.
“Breaking the top 100 was a great milestone for me; it took a lot of hard work and dedication to squash.”
Flavell’s ascension into the top 100 came on the back of quarter-final finishes in four of her last six PSA World Tour tournaments stretching back to October 2017, and has now set her sights on her long term goals of climbing up the rankings and securing a start in larger competitions overseas.
“It’s important for me to try and better my results at each tournament to gain the consistency of points for my world ranking,” the world number 98 said.
“As long as I can keep my points up, my average will continue to grow, meaning a better ranking hopefully each month.
“Depending on my results going well, I hope to make it into some larger tournaments overseas – I have my eyes on the London Open in December.”
In between PSA World Tour events, Flavell has been plying her trade on the Victorian Grand Prix Squash Circuit, where she has gained valuable lessons playing against the likes of Nunn on a consistent basis.
While yet to defeat Nunn, Flavell says she has enjoyed the challenge of testing herself against high quality opponents and hopes that learning curve will continue throughout the Bendigo International Open.
“I hope I get the chance to play Christine Nunn again - not only will that mean I’ll be making my first ever semi-final in a PSA event, but I will get another crack at one of our top Australian players,” Flavell said.
“I always enjoy my matches against Christine, though I have never beaten her. If I am to play her in Bendigo, I will have to remind myself that I am the underdog and just give it my all. I’ve had a good few weeks of training since my last PSA event, changing my game slightly, so I will be excited to test it out.
“It’s amazing to have so many internationals come and play in Victoria. It means I get a chance to train with new people and watch different styles of squash that I can hopefully pick up a few tricks from.”
Post Bendigo, Flavell will be turning her attention to the Australian Open at the beginning of August, before taking on the Squash Melbourne Open and the North Coast Open later that month.
“It’s exciting to have the Australian Open back in Victoria after it was held in Darwin last year,” Flavell said.
I hope I get the chance to play Christine Nunn again - not only will that mean I’ll be making my first ever semi-final in a PSA event, but I will get another crack at one of our top Australian players.Taylor Flavell
“I’m looking forward to hopefully playing some new players from overseas. I have a few PSA tournaments leading up to the Australian Open, so I’m hoping to peak for that event.”
The 2018 Bendigo International Open gets underway this Thursday with the men’s open qualifying and round one matches, before the first round of main draw matches in the women’s open on Friday.
Matches for the graded events will begin on Friday night, with the competition for both the open and graded competitions running through the weekend and finishing with the finals on Sunday afternoon.