July 7th - 25th, 2018, Asia ITF Junior tournaments
This summer I was contacted by Sandra Dhome-Casanova in regards to coaching her daughter Jessica while she embarked on her first Asia ITF circuit. Jessica (age 15) had played a handful of ITF tournaments in Europe, gaining most of her points in doubles. Asia was a chance for her to focus on her singles game and look to climb the ITF rankings.
Week one: I met Jessica in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. As she had just arrived from the UK the first job was to help her fight her jet lag and get her on the tennis court as soon as possible. However, the weather conditions in Hong Kong had other plans, as torrential rain was sweeping across the country.
Jessica first week in Hong Kong ITF was a success as she enjoyed playing in the heat of the Hong Kong summer. Jessica played her aggressive baseline style of tennis like so many world class WTA players and progressed to the quarterfinals in singles and second round of doubles.
Happy with the work I was doing with Jessica, Sandra arranged for me to join them both in Singapore where I could continue to provide Jessica training and insight in her matches.
Week two: Singapore was a great experience for both Jessica and myself as we both had not been to Singapore before this tournament. It was a nice change as the humidity was more comfortable than Hong Kong but the competition fierce.
Jessica had a tough first round match in Singapore which could have gone either way but her fighting spirit helped her claim the victory in three sets.
The draw was stacked against Jessica as she went on the play a top seed in the next round. Going into the match we set a clear game plan. Jessica was on great form and went up 3-0 in the first set. However, Jessica started to move away from the game plan and began to pull the trigger on her shots too early, resulting in the errors mounting up. Her opponent capitalized on these errors and got Jessica playing on the back foot. Jessica ended up losing in straight sets. She played a great tournament and I look to working with her again in future.