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Delia Arnold (left) is seeking help from a psychologist in a bid to regain her confidence.
PETALING JAYA: Third ranked national squash player Delia Arnold’s biggest problem is her consistency.
The 27-year-old world No.33 has a bad habit of playing well against higher ranked players without winning, while also regularly losing to lower ranked players on the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour.
This year, Delia has already suffered defeats to three lower ranked players - Egypt’s Heba El Torky (No.37), Wales’ Tesni Evans (No.39) and New Zealand’s Megan Craig (No.47).
Delia admitted that she is facing a confidence crisis and has already started rectifying it by seeking counselling from a psychologist and is looking forward to getting her act right when the US$10,000 (RM31,798) Penang Open starts on Monday.
“It’s definitely not the best form of my career as I’ve been losing a lot of matches since last year,” said Delia.
“I think confidence has been the biggest issue and it doesn’t help that I lost to lower ranked players who have less pressure in matches.
“But I’m seeing a psychologist from the National Sports Institute (NSI) for the past month now and hopefully things will get better.
“I’ve also done some good training and I’m hoping that results will start to sway my way starting with the Penang Open. It will be a great confidence boost.
“The draw looks favourable for me but there’s Lisa (Camilleri) of Australia in my half who can be tricky. Still, it’s better to focus one match at a time.”
Delia who is seeded fourth for the Penang meet, will face national junior Celine Yeap, who has been handed the wildcard, in the first round on Wednesday.
A win should see her go up against either Camilleri or another Aussie - Christine Nunn - in the last eight, with the possibility of meeting top seed Rachael Grinham, also of Australia in the semi-finals.
India’s Joshna Chinappa, England’s Emma Beddoes and South Africa’s Siyoli Waters are the other top contenders, seeded second, third and fifth respectively.
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