Sunday morning arrived and it was time for our first match against Canada. A tough but definitely winnable match so we were all up and ready to start. The morning started with a nice 8:30am walk along the front next to the beach just to get everyones legs going and for everyone to do something together before the first match at 12pm.
Adam and I were the first game on for the team. This was my first senior cap for Scotland and the nerves kicked in. Walking on to court, playing along side some of the best in the world, I was nervous but knew I had a job to do.
After a slow start and losing the first game we regrouped and things were on the up, winning the second and third game resulting in us winning the first game for Scotland!
Kieran then followed in our footsteps winning the mens singles in straight sets. Unfortunately the next 3 games didn't go our way losing out in the women singles, mens doubles and finally women doubles. A good team effort overall that left us disappointed but motivated for the next matches.
We were treated to a nice dinner on the seafront that night from Anne Smillie and Ronnie Conway who had been there supporting the team during the full match.
Monday was a rest day from competing for us but the morning still started off with our mobility session on the beach, which we all actually really enjoying doing…any excuse to go the beach! Then we had an hour and a half training session to prepare for our next match against New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesdays match was off to a winning start with Martin and Paddy winning the men’s doubles followed by Kieran and Kirsty both winning there singles in straight sets which secured a 3-0 win to Scotland. However, we all wanted to make 5-0. Women's doubles was next on and the girls eased through, however Adam and I struggled to find our game in the final game of the match, eventually losing in 3 sets. Scotland 4 - New Zealand 1…A good effort and our first win of the tournament!
After a good hit in the hall to get our eye in, we are now all prepped and ready to face Vietnam tonight at 6pm and all looking to seal off the group stages with another win.
By Eleanor O'Donnell