Another overseas trip awaits local squash star Tamika Saxby after being selected in the Australian team for the under-21 World Cup.
Another overseas trip awaits local squash star Tamika Saxby after being selected in the Australian team for the under-21 World Cup.

Tamika rising to the top

CHAMPION Coffs Harbour player Tamika Saxby has continued her rise to the top of the squash world with selection in the Australian team to compete in the under-21 World Cup.

Taking place in the Indian city of Chennai, the competition will see Saxby go head to head with some of the best players in the world.

Currently with an international ranking of 71, Saxby was overjoyed with the selection and stated that it came as a bit of a surprise after a less than ideal 2011.

"I was injured for eight months last year so I really struggled to train and play in competitions," Saxby said.

"Squash Australia selected the top two ranked female players for the competition so after having so long off it was great to still get the call up.

"I had some success making the final in my last competition so that would have surely reminded the selectors that I can still perform at a high level."

The tournament will not be the first time Saxby has represented her country after being selected in the under-19 Australian team in 2009.

Saxby was excited that the under-21 World Cup would be held in Chennai believing the courts are a good omen.

"My best results at worlds were at the same courts in 2009 as part of the World Junior Championships," she said.

"I have very good memories of playing in India so hopefully it will help me out along the way."

The under-21 World Cup will feature eight countries including squash powerhouses England, Malaysia and Egypt.

Saxby is currently training with the Australian Institute of Sport in Brisbane and is hoping to crack the world's top 50 in 2012.


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