America’s World No.18 Olivia Blatchford Clyne ensured the good results kept coming for the home talent at the FS Investments U.S. Open after she overcame England’s World No.46 Lucy Turmel in the first round.
The 26-year-old from New York took the first game comfortably as she settled into the match quickest, before Turmel turned the tables in the second to level the scores.
The young English player then began to play better squash to try and put pressure on the American, however, Blatchford Clyne utilised her experience and the advantage of playing at a home tournament to claim an 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 victory in 45 minutes.
The American will now face New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King in the next round.
“It feels fantastic, it definitely wasn’t an easy day at the office,” said Blatchford Clyne afterwards.
“Lucy is a fantastic young player and these young ones come and nip at your heels. I’m used to being the young one and trying to nip at other people’s heels! It’s a new experience with someone trying to hunt you, but I’m very happy to be through today.
“I just tried to stick in there, she was attacking me so well and I want to be the one that’s doing that, so in order to get into the position where I’m the one doing that.”
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 (45m)