In the first part of a series taking a look at some players performing well on the Challenger Tour, we spoke to JASMINE HUTTON about her progress over the last 12 months.
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England’s World No.47 Jasmine Hutton has been making strides up the Women’s World Rankings and when the current season was frozen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was sitting at her highest ranking to date.
The 21-year-old has now become a consistent feature at the major events on the PSA World Tour and in October last year broke into the top 50 in the world for the first time, but Hutton insisted that her main aim is to become competitive at the big events and climb up the rankings.
“I am happy that I’ve broken into the top 50 and started making the platinum events, but I’m not satisfied,” said Hutton.
“I want to keep climbing and that will only happen by beating players above me. It’s a nice feeling for sure [to be playing at major events]. I don’t want to necessarily say I’m proud of it because I don’t want to just be competing in these events, I want the wins. I’m getting closer and I have had a couple of near misses, I am confident this will happen soon.
“I sometimes forget that I am only 21. I am proud of what I have achieved already, and I have big ambitions, I am well aware of the many challenges I’ll have to face on the way, but I am very positive about the future.”
Hutton in action against Emily Whitlock at the Black Ball Open
Hutton has also made on impact on the PSA Challenge Tour circuit, reaching the final of both the Nash Cup and London Open, narrowly missing out to France’s Melissa Alves and USA’s Sabrina Sobhy, respectively.
“I’ve made a couple of finals which has been pleasing. I also started making it into a few of the big events and put some promising performances in. Although It has been frustrating to not have won yet, I have gained a lot purely from being at these events and being around the top players. I’m confident that the wins will come soon.
“I love the Nash Cup, it’s a great event and the members and my billet always make me feel at home. I think that gives you such an advantage and allows you to put all your energy into your matches.
“I remember Nash Cup was my first event of the season and I had a shaky start in my first round, but once I got that match under my belt I felt really solid. I lost to Melissa in the final, she was too good and I didn’t feel like I played my best.
“In London I played well, it was a nice feeling being able to play somewhere so close to home and I was pleased that I got better and better as the tournament went on. As I get more used to making the latter stages of the bigger events, I hope to be more comfortable and be able to play my best squash in those matches.”
With the PSA World Tour currently frozen like many sports due to the effects of COVID-19, Hutton insists she is remaining positive and is excited for what’s to come in her squash career.
“I sometimes forget that I am only 21. I am proud of what I have achieved already, and I have big ambitions.
“I am well aware of the many challenges I’ll have to face on the way, but I am very positive about the future.”