For the first time in history, this years singles and doubles masters were held in the USA. The city of Mission Viejo, California, was the host for this event. Another first, was the fact that the masters were outdoors. I had two titles to defend this week, cause last year I won the singles and the doubles masters (together with Aniek van Koot).
In the singles event I played in pool B, together with Kgothatso Montjane, Sharon Walraven and Yui Kamiji. Two-set wins over Walraven and Montjane, and a three-set win over Kamiji in the round robin matches, made sure I was in the semifinal.
In the doubles event, I had to change partner just before the event. Aniek van Koot pulled out, cause her wrist is still causing trouble. So I paired up with Sharon Walraven. Beating Shuker/Buis and Hunt/Nijo secured our spot in the semifinal.
In the semifinal singles I played against Jordanne Whiley. I lost the first two games of the match, but after that I won 6-2 6-0. In doubles we had an off-day in the semifinal and lost to Montjane/Ellerbrock 6-2 6-2.
On the last day of the event I played the final against Yui Kamiji. It was a very long match and a good fight. The first set I had a setpoint at 5-6, but couldn't convert. Kamiji took the first set in a tiebreak. After that I started to play better. I won the second set 6-3. In the third set, it looked like I broke the resistance of Kamiji, as I took a 4-1 lead. But Kamiji fought back, and eventually I lost the third set 6-4. Later that day, Sharon and I took the third place at the doubles event, beating Buis/Shuker for the second time this week.