Stoke-on-Trent squash player Roxy Keshavarz is confident ahead of The BSPA Boston Open.
The 20-year-old, from Adderley Green, Longto, who plays for both Draycott and Brooklands clubs, is fresh from a semi-final finish in the Linksfield Open tournament in London.
She told StaffsLive: “I’m very confident. I’ve been playing quite a lot so I feel as though I could do well.
“Last weekend I played in the Linksfield Open and I lost in the semi-finals so I wasn’t too happy. So I feel I can improve on that.
“I’m not too sure who my main opposition is, but the highest seed there who is in the competition is 90th in the WSA World Rankings, so I’ll have to watch out for them.”
Roxy has climbed to 188th in the world rankings since her last tournament and is setting her sights on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Maybe I can compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” she added.
“I think if I work hard, I’ve got a good chance. A lot of people who are now in the top 20 are in their 30s already so in five years maybe I’ve got a chance.
“A lot of squash players actually peak around 28 to 30 years of age, so hopefully I’ve got that all to come.
“It is a bit strange that squash players peak later in life because in some other sports 30 is quite an old age, some professional athletes retire around that age.”
Like many other squash players and fans, Roxy is not impressed that squash isn’t yet an Olympic sport.
“It’s in the Commonwealth Games but not in the Olympics, it is a bit pathetic.
“It’s just shocking that it isn’t, I cannot believe it is not.
“I would hope it would be in the future and there is a great chance for us to get it in 2020 and that would be a good chance for me as well.
“It’s really hard to get sponsorship in the game due to the lack of Olympic backing. I struggle to go abroad for tournaments and sometimes I have to pull out because I haven’t got that sponsorship to help me fund the transport.
“At the moment I’m sponsored by Technifibre and Milk4Life. Technifibre provide me with equipment and Milk4Life help me fund transport and other essentials but it’s not a massive company so feel a bit cheeky asking them for money.”
The BSPA Boston Open is being held in Boston, Lincolnshire on December 6-8 with the winner receiving £1,500 in prize money.