Jill Wins British Open Masters for Sixth Time

Jill Campion last weekend won the British Open over 65s Squash Championship, beating arch-rival Karen Hume 13-11, 12-10, 11-5 in a closely fought final.

This is the the sixth time Jill has won this tournament in her age group and this title comes shortly after her victory in the National Championships in February and the European Masters Championship last summer, which means that she has won all the major titles this season.

Commenting on her win, Jill, who lives in Bix and plays at Henley Squash Club based in Henley Leisure Centre, said: “This is a great way to end what has been one of my busiest – and most successful – squash seasons! The final was a re-run of the British Closed final, in which I beat Karen 3-2, coming back from 2-0 down. This time I went in with a clearer game plan, focusing in particular on my serves and returns of serve. I edged ahead in the first game mainly by playing the ball hard to the back, but Karen fought back using her low hard kills.  I’m not quite sure how I managed to sneak that game 13-11. The second game was a different story, with numerous lets and what we both felt was inconsistent decision-making, and I quickly found myself 5-9 down.

“Fortunately I managed to regain focus and concentration, pulling back to win that game 12-10. being two games up gave me the confidence I needed. I quickly established a clear lead by varying my shots, making Karen twist and turn and keeping her guessing and won that game comfortably, 11-5 and therefore the match 3-0. The match was far tougher than the result suggests!”

“I’ve adopted a different type of on-court training this season, Gevolution Squash developed by Tony Griffin, which seems to have improved my shot choice, my focus and my reactions. I find it rewarding that after playing squash for more than 40 years I can keep learning and improving aspects of my game.”

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