New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King secured a third-round berth at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after she defeated home hope Olivia Blatchford Clyne, 3-1, on the all-glass court inside Philadelphia’s Drexel University.
The two players had not faced each other since the 2011 Texas Open, with King also taking the victory on that occasion, and the Kiwi proved once again why she is the higher ranked player as she made her way past a gutsy Blatchford Clyne, who caused some problems for the 31-year-old.
"Twinkle toes from
LivBlatchClyne</a>!" <br><br>Superb retrieval skills from the US No.2 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpenSquash?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpenSquash</a> <a href="https://t.co/QghA3gexW5">pic.twitter.com/QghA3gexW5</a></p>— PSA World Tour (PSAWorldTour) October 6, 2019
King, who has been working with former World No.1 Laura Massaro during the off-season, has good form on American soil, reaching the semi-finals on three occasions at the U.S. Open and the New Zealander once again showed her credentials as she claimed a 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 victory.
King will face the winner of England’s Victoria Lust v Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby for a place in the quarter finals.
“She just doesn’t go away, she’s like a little energiser bunny,” said 31-year-old King afterwards.
“Her results speak for themselves and I watched her play in Nantes when she played really well against Amanda Sobhy and obviously making it tough against Raneem in San Francisco. These young ones are coming up strong and you have to give your best performance every match.
“You have to be on your game from the first round. When I first started playing on the tour, which is a long time ago, sometimes your first round matches were a little bit more comfortable than what they are today. I guess that’s good to get you into tournament mode and knowing you have to be ready for every single match.
“All credit to Liv, she didn’t give up and I’m just happy to get through.
“I wish I could figure out why this court brings out the best in me and then take it everywhere with me. It’s always nice to play here and the crowds seemed to come out and we get good support from the first round.”
 Joelle King (NZL) bt Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 3-1: 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (43m)