Joelle King of New Zealand is ranked No.12 in the world by PSA, and at 28-years of age, now has her sixth national title (via the Women’s New Zealand Nationals 2017). She captured the national in Havelock North Squash in Hastings, NZ on June 2nd after defeating third seed Megan Craig 11-4, 11-6, 12-10 in the final.
Winning in straight sets, King stated that is was not as easy as it sounds, stating that “Megan [Craig] fought back well in the third when I had match point at 10-7.”
Despite being seeded first, King is still grateful for her win and the opportunity to have played in the final — after all, last year, Joelle missed the nationals due to a scheduling clash with the Hong Kong Open — she stated that she was happy they changed the dates for the nationals. Previously, they were held between August and September and it was difficult for some players competing overseas to make it in time.
“This is pretty special to come back and see as well as play against some of the players I grew up with,” King said after her win.
PSA Ranking and Information: http://www.squashinfo.com/players/731-joelle-king
King is based in Cambridge, Netherlands (not to confuse it with Cambridge, NZ where she grew up), and is a former world No.4. While she is ranked No.12 so far this year, this squash pro is among the best competitors will share a court with. As a leading player and one of New Zealand’s best, King is coached by Neal Marsh, is sponsored by Asics and Ashaway, as well as a range of other global and New Zealand-based companies.
King won her first PSA Tour title back in 2008 at the North Island Championships and broke into the Top 10 in the world in 2011. Her last national title was earned in 2015, where she also beat Megan Craig of NZ.
As far as matching or beating the record, King has a ways to go before beating Dame Susan Devoy who has 10 national titles to her name. With the Wellington Open on the way and the World Doubles Championship with her New Zealand team to look forward to, Joelle King is more confident than ever.