Katherine Rednall set for biggest game of her life at World Matchplay Singles semi-final

Katherine Rednall

Katherine Rednall - Credit: James Bass

Katherine Rednall faces the biggest match of her young career today, knowing she is one game away from the Ladies World Matchplay Singles Final.

The 18-year-old Stowmarket High School pupil faces Guernsey’s Alison Merrien – an eight-time world champion – in the last four at Norfolk’s Potters Resort, knowing a match-up against last year’s champion Rebecca Field or Scotland’s Julie Forrest will be her reward.

Rednall, from Baylham, was on the losing team yesterday, along with Andy Thomson, in the Mixed Doubles World Matchplay Final, going down 10-8, 11-3 to Scotland’s Paul Foster and Wales’ Laura Thomas.

The teenager acknowledged that there was little Thomson and herself could have done to wrest that title from the defending champions, but knows a small improvement to her game will give her a great chance today.

“It will be a hard game against Alison (Merrien) but if I can play like I did in the mixed doubles final and just tighten up on my lead bowl, then I have a chance,” said Rednall, who was selected for England’s outdoor team last September.

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“Getting your first bowl right on the jack, especially in singles, is so important as it puts your opponent under pressure straight away.

“I was fairly happy with my performance in the final (yesterday). I had a few loose ends but they (Thomas and Foster) played really well and, for me personally, the biggest task I faced was being able to hold on to Laura (Thomas’ lead bowl).”

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Merrien is one of the biggest names in the female game, having been awarded an MBE for her services to the sport in 2012, but Rednall is relishing the game, which is scheduled for a 2.30pm start.

“I played against her in the first round of the mixed pairs, but I haven’t seen how she has played since,” Rednall added.

“But I really like the rink at Potters, and know that if I play like I can, I have a chance.”

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