Hayley Ward will head a trio of Madibaz players who are geared up for the PSA Closed Satellite tournament to be played at Londt Park in Port Elizabeth next week
The PSA event from June 7 to 9 will see a number of professional players contending for the title and Ward is joined in the women’s field by varsity colleagues Bianca Brown and Dani Shone.
The strength of the 16-strong men’s field means several top local players, including Madibaz players, will have to settle for the second-tier Open event.
However, Madibaz No 1 and player-coach Jason le Roux said the week was an excellent opportunity for the varsity students to see what was required to play squash at a high level.
Squash is enjoying a surge of success at the varsity, with Le Roux and Ward being crowned the EP Closed champions last month, while their premier teams are leading the race for the local first-league squash titles.
“Yes, things are going quite nicely at the moment,” acknowledged Le Roux. “We are not massive in terms of numbers, but we have some quality players in our ranks at the moment.”
He added that Ward, who ended seventh in the World University Championships last year, continued to develop into one of the best players the province had produced.
“She has come a long way in her squash and is beginning to get much stronger mentally, which has shown in the results she has produced.
“This tournament will be a massive opportunity for all our players to see how these guys approach their squash and to get an understanding of what you have to do to keep improving.”