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U.S. Open: My biggest title yet

Posted by Anna Rice on July 14, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I was thrilled to have won the U.S. Open title this past weekend in Orange County, California.  This Grand Prix event is the biggest tournament held in North America and has always been one of my favorite events, since the sun is constantly shining and there is a cool atmosphere amongst the players.


 

 

This tournament win is my biggest title so far, and I really didn't expect it after spending almost three months in Uganda.  But actually, I did continue with good training while I was in Uganda, and in fact I feel much more mentally tough since my return, so in hindsight I think the trip was great for my badminton.


 

 

The tournament was a real challenge, since after my first two rounds I wasn't sure if I would even be able to continue playing because I had a muscle pull in my right leg.  But I just kept taking it one match at a time and thankfully we only had to play one match per day, which gave my body time to recover.  With lots of ice and some physio therapy, the muscle pull was manageable.  In the finals, I defeated Mona Santoso, an indonesian player living in the U.S.  I had never seen her play before though I had heard of her.  Her physical conditioning was weak by the time of the finals, on which I was happy to capitalize.  But, she does have the biggest smash I've ever encountered in women's badminton!


 

 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Duong and Thu Phan and their family for hosting me at their home during the tournament.  Their hospitality and cheering support (not to mention the awesome Vietnamese food they fed me ; ) definitely contributed to my victory.  I'd also like the thank all my friends for helping to coach me throughout the week.  


Phan Family, my hosts for the week



 

The U.S. Open Trophies are the biggest on the badminton circuit



Celebration dinner Saturday night at a Cuban restaurant with friends.

(Big Mohito headaches the next morning ; )


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So now it's time to look ahead to the World Championships. Hopefully I can keep this winning streak going all the way to Hyderabad, India next month.




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53 Comments

Reply anonymous
1:14 PM on July 14, 2009 
BIG BIG CONGRATS ......ANNA !!!!!
Reply Auntie Robin
8:18 PM on July 14, 2009 
way to go Anna, congratulations
Reply T.Lang
11:08 PM on July 14, 2009 
Nice Anna !! Congratulations!! haha....happy to hear that you like vietnamese food....next time....if there is any ''Canada pro open'' in montreal, we'll host you with another ''awesome vietnamese food'' XD
Reply anonymous
1:04 AM on July 15, 2009 
CONGRATULATIONS ANNA!! This is an awesome Win!! Well done : )
Reply lesley swanson
1:49 AM on July 15, 2009 
You are an amazing women, congrats on your big win, I loved the video on the right to play, what beautiful faces, love you and see you soon
Reply Michele Yonge
1:50 AM on July 15, 2009 
I guess that little airplane really took off this time Anna. I am so proud. See you soon. Love and Kisses!!
Reply George
10:41 AM on July 17, 2009 
Congrats Anna,may our Lord God Bless you.
Reply Vivien
6:27 AM on July 21, 2009 
Anna JieJIe: ) :Happy to see your latest news,Congratulations!!
And wish you another win in the India trip~
Reply The Laidlaws
9:41 AM on July 21, 2009 
You are off to an amazing summer! Congratulations on your win.
Reply maggie ho
8:07 PM on July 21, 2009 
hey girl, i think you will remember who i am , i met you at the sfo airport. Tall asian chick, and i think we met in the parking lot too when i about to go irish bar...add me up on fb with that email address. could like to learn from ur skill of some badminton .
Reply Anna Rice
3:55 PM on July 22, 2009 
Thanks so much for everyone's nice messages : )

Al, hope you're enjoying the great weather
Auntie Robin, see you very soon...
T.Lang, I'm addicted to vietnamese food so next time I'm in Montreal let's get some
Sharon, thanks for the nice message
Auntie Lesley, see you very soon...
Michele, hope your clan is doing well and hope we can connect more now
George, thanks very much and bless you as well
Vivien, thanks for keeping in touch. I'll never forget your kindness to me (a total stranger) at that 'less than great' hospital in China. I tell the story often and you're always the hero!
The Laidlaws, thanks for the message... I miss my Manitoban Family! ; ) Hope it's not too hot out there.
Maggie, of course I remember you, how can I forget your funky purple hair ; )

Enjoy the summer everyone. : )

Anna
Reply joyful
3:03 AM on July 30, 2009 
So proud of you my dear, am looking forward to the day you will become the number one in the whole wold, if you believe with me yes you can. Love you
Reply Alison, Andrew, Hannah and Abigail
3:22 AM on August 8, 2009 
Congratulations Anna, Sorry it has taken me so long to read your blog. Too many nappies to change! What a fantastic achievement. Lots of love xxx
Reply tukire wilson
2:53 AM on August 9, 2009 
hey well done but you forgot one ugandan coach nyc tym
Reply Art
8:46 PM on September 19, 2009 
Saw the video of the 1st game. Could tell it takes a lot of mental strength. Thrilled with the big win. Super.
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