March 2007 All News
Tracey back to winning ways in Romania
Commonwealth champion Tracey Hallam put her recent injury frustrations behind her on Sunday when she lifted the Romanian International title on Sunday.
The England No 1, who was 32 on Saturday, was playing only her second tournament since recovering from her ankle operation in September.
Hallam, who narrowly failed to come through the qualifying rounds at the Yonex All England Championships in Birmingham earlier this month, had give the Swiss Open a miss to work on her fitness and sharpness on court.
And it paid off in Timisoara as Hallam, seeded second, put in a series of solid wins. She began by beating qualifier Meuilwati of Canada 21-17 21-13 but was then taken to three games by Dimitria Popstoykova of Bulgaria before winning 17-21 21-13 21-7.
That earned her a quarter-final clash with Anastasia Prokopenko and she won that 21-18 21-11.
In the semi-finals she came out on top 21-18 21-18 against fourth seed Elizabeth Cann's third-round conqueror Sylvinna Kurniawen of Indonesia ,to book her final place.
And the title was hers after a 21-14 21-14 win over another Indonesian, Rosaria Pungkassari 21-7 21-10.
The return to form will be a confidence boost for the England star, especially with the start of the Olympic qualifying period oly a month away and the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships in Glasgow only 11 weeks off.