Squash see off Southampton

Ceris Challenger admitted she underestimated her opponent but praised her team mates who secured victory despite her defeat.

Swansea’s club captain Challenger faced off against Southampton’s Stephanie Chase.

Challenger found it difficult to get herself into the game, and her opponent outplayed her (11-4, 11-6, 11-8).

Challenger said: “It was disappointing, I underestimated her.

“She was a lot better than I thought she was going to be, I was complacent.”

The opening game of the day saw Susie Howells facing up against Southampton’s Fran Wyatt.

Her precise shot play gave her the edge over her opponent winning 3-1 (11-6, 11-1, 5-11, 11-7).

Next on court one was Lici Venables facing off against Katie Preston.

Venables pipped Preston to the opening game after a great powerful drive with the score square at 9-9.

Preston picked up her game winning the second game 11-8, before Venables’s started to dominate the rallies.

She won the third and fourth games to seal the match (11-6, 11-5).

Back on court two Cassie Mason played Harriet Cant. Cant won the opening game, before Mason’s aggressive serve started to cause Cant trouble on her backhand side.

Mason picked up the win 3-1.

Challenger added: “Cassie, she’s our number four, it was her first win of the season, I’m really pleased for her.”

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