Bronze in Bulgaria for Jordan

Posted by Carissa Turner at 02:10 on 12 October 2016

Last week Jordan Hart took part in her second international event of the season, the Bulgaria International, where she took Bronze.

HP - Jordan Podium

We asked Jordan about her preparation, the tournament itself and what's next for her.
Here's what she said;

Tournament Preparation

This summer has been the hardest I’ve ever worked. I had a really good second half of last season winning my first Senior National Singles Title and getting to the final of the British University Championships. This gave me lots of confidence going into my summer training block after a break. I have worked really closely with Mike Adams and Atu Rosalina Sagitta as well as the Physiologist and Strength and Conditioning coaches at Loughborough Sport to try and get the most out of my training. Going into Bulgaria I had just finished a 2 week altitude chamber training plan which is something that I have never been involved with before. Knowing that I was putting the hard work in off the court gave me great confidence on the court. 

The Tournament

Round 1 in was a great first match to have. I was able to get used to the hall and really felt comfortable. I tried to finish this game as quick as possible as I had a slightly tougher match only a few hours later. I managed to do this winning 21-8 21-10 against Eleni Moutevelidou of Greece.

Round 2 was a slightly tougher match but I tried to be really clinical and again finish the game as soon as possible. I did this and this gave me great confidence going into Saturday after winning 21-12 21-8 against Finnish player Hanna Karkaus.

My Quarter final was against Georgina Bland (ENG). I had played Georgina towards the end of last season in the final of Nottingham Gold which I won but was a really tough 3 set match so I knew that this was going to be a tough game. The game was level until 17 all and then I managed to win the first set 21-18. The rallies where extremely long and tough but I was feeling good. The second set was level until 11 and then I really tried to push the pace which worked to my advantage and won the second set 13. 

My Semi Final was against Lyddia Yi Yu Cheah who I have played twice before. First was the final of BUCS which I lost in two sets and then later in the season in Orleans International which was a closer game losing 22-20 21-15. I knew the game would be tough but I had experience of Lyddias’ game. The first set was great for me. I felt in control of the game and won 21-15. Lyddia in the second game used her experience and slowed the game down to her pace and won to 17. I was unable to get back into the third set losing 11.

Reflections

Immediately after the game I was extremely disappointed and felt like I should have taken the second set. Lyddia is former world number 29 so used her court craft and experience to win our match. But upon reflection I am so happy to reach my first Circuit Semi Final producing, I feel, some of my best performances and making great strides for the rest of the season.
This season I have signed for Roosterse BC in the Dutch League which I feel is giving me great experience for tournaments and learning to deal with travelling and playing is so useful. I have a few weeks break now as i have some exams in university and my next tournament is Scottish Grand Prix. 


This is a great result for Jordan so early in the season and one which she can take confidence from in her future efforts.
Well done Jordan, we look forward to seeing her progress through the season at Scottish Grand Prix and the Welsh International which is being held at SWNC, Cardiff on November 30 - December 3.

A full list of Jordan's results can be viewed here