New Zealand squash player Joelle King has been successful in her first round match at the US$165,000 Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia overnight.
King, 29 who is ranked ninth in the world defeated England’s Fiona Moverly 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 in the first round in 25 minutes and was happy with her first-up success.
"I tried to keep the ball away from her danger zone as she is so talented in the middle of the court. I kept the pace high and prevented from controlling the game. It was a pretty good win for me in the end,” said King.
King will now take on eighth seed Annie Au from Hong Kong in the second round of the 32-player tournament. The last time they played in tournaments was at the Macau Open in 2016 where King was a winner in four games.
As the tournament is held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia there are certain restrictions for the event. There can only be female officials, no men can watch and there is limited or no vision broadcast.