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Lucy making waves on senior tour

Date: September 2nd 2017

The Club's Lucy Turmel is beginning to make an impact on the Women's senior squash scene - and she is stil only 17. Her latest event, the European Individual Champinships in Nottingham was another significant step up, seeded 5/8 in the event that saw her achieve her first senior England cap.
Lucy in action during the European Championships 

She thoroughly enjoyed the whole occasion, getting the opportunity to be part of the Opening Ceremony and to mix with some world ranked Senior players.  She was lucky enough to play her first 2 matches on the newly installed full glass exhibition court which was a massive experience in itself. 

After a comfortable win against the Swiss Nadia Pfister her second round match was against the 3/4 seed, Coline Aumard from France whose world ranking is currently 26.  Lucy fought hard for the 49 minute match to lose 1-3, 8/11, 11/6, 7/11, 13/15 which put into the playoffs for a 5/8 finish.

Two more wins against top class opposition saw her clinch the 5th spot, an astonishing result for someone who just broke into the world top 100 a few months ago. Her superior fitness saw her through in 5 aagainst former World number 35 Sinda Kandra/Wall, a player with amazing racket skills and great shots.

To clinch the 5th place Lucy beat Tinne Gillis from Belguim whom she's played a few times as a junior in Europeans and had always lost 3/0. Lucy played some of the best squash of her career to win 3-1 in 59 minutes, 12/10, 5/11, 16/14, 11/9.

Lucy exceeded her seeding but more importantly came away having played some challenging matches. As a result her world ranking has jumped to 80 putting her amongst the players who graced our courts during last year's PSA event. Lucy only got a wildcard entry to that event which is a measure of her progress in the intervening months.

Her game has undoubtedly benefitted from the work over the summer with the Club's coaches, Lee Drew and Ali Livingstone as well as competitive matches against many of the Club's senior players. She has also benefitted from the experience of working with the country's top player, Laura Massaro. The Club is delighted to welcome Laura to play an exhibition with Lucy on Sept 17th en route from the Chinese Open in Shanghai to the Oracle Netsuite Open in San Francisco. (Contact Reception for tickets.)

Laura Massaro who has worked with Lucy during the summer 

Full draws and gallery for the European Open can be found on

Lucy is supported by the Club's Squash Futures Fund which aims to support developing junior talent though the generosity of Club members.