James 3-0 Steinmann

Declan James (ENG) 3-0 Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (42m)

Declan James takes out Swiss Dimitri Steinmann in three …

Dimitri hits the hard low kills very well, he lets the racquet go and he is a good ball striker. It was a bouncy court and it took about 30m to get the ball to die out… Actually he was up 5/1, 4/1 in the first two games, so it was very close.

Crucial time is 8/8 in the second, then he gives me two strokes, 10/8, gets one back 9/10, and I get the winner off the serve. I was happy to play those crucial points well… I think he lost a bit of heart in the third, I got away quite quickly.

I used the lockdown to work hard off court, like cycling with friends. It was time to reflect really, and realise there is more to life than squash. Time also to realise how lucky we are, to be grateful to be playing squash…