KUALA LUMPUR: Up-and-coming squash player U. Thanusaa has had a poor run, with no major title to show despite taking part in competitions at the age of seven.
Now, she is hoping that coach Delia Arnold can help her lift her career after her latest failure – a second-round defeat in the girls’ Under-15 in the British Junior Open (BJO) in Birmingham in January.
The 15-year-old Melaka player started training under former professional Delia at Bukit Jalil since last December but the training came to an abrupt end with the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Form Three student of Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) is obviously unhappy with her performance in competitions and her biggest disappointment was in the BJO where she had targeted a semi-final spot.
Instead, the joint fifth-eighth seed was upset by unseeded Khushi Kukadia of the United States in straight sets in the second round.
“It was disappointing to lose to an unseeded player but it was a wake-up call for me. I want coach Delia to motivate me and help me lift my game. She also needs to improve my racquet skills.
“I also need to cut down on my errors in matches and improve my fitness level,” said Thanusaa.
“I only had three months of training under Delia on court before the training stopped but I’m doing workouts at home every day as given by the coach.
“I hope to be back on court training next month in preparation for next year’s British Junior Open and I will be featuring in the Under-17 category,” said Thanusaa.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge next year but my main focus will in 2022 when I hope to win the title,” said the girl who wants to turn pro in four years time.
The good thing going for her is that she can focus on her squash this year as the PT3 exams, due in September, have been called off.
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