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Jacqueline Peychar

Women’s Austrian Open Preview: Peychar Focussing On Performances

The Austrian Open will take place across the next two weekends in Salzburg, with the women’s Challenger 3 level tournament taking place from Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2 at Europark Salzburg.

The 16-strong draw will take to the glass court at the Europark Salzburg on Thursday afternoon, with the German duo of Saskia Beinhard and Katerina Tycova being the top two seeds for the competition, with the latter aiming to claim her maiden win on Tour.

Fellow German Aylin Gunsav will also be among the top eight seeds, along with the French trio of Lea Barbeau, Ella Galova and Taba Taghavi, Switzerland’s Celine Walser and Austrian No.1 Jacqueline Peychar.

Peychar is the home favourite for the tournament, and she will be the No.5 seed this week in Salzburg. After winning the Austrian Nationals title earlier this month, she is coming into this Challenger 3 level tournament with confidence in her game and her body.

“I‘m super excited to be playing the Austrian Open for the first time and finally having a women‘s PSA event in Austria,” she explained.

“I‘m feeling pretty good at the moment, just last week I won my fourth national title. This year, I struggled a bit with some injuries so it was difficult to find some consistency in training and competing, but my body settled down and I’m feeling stronger every day.”

As the No.5 seed, Peychar is expected to reach the quarter finals of the event, but she will be aiming further, especially on a court that she knows so well, having played there several times in the past.

“As far as my expectations go, I always try to top my seeding, but at the moment my main focus is to show up and perform at the highest level I can. If that means a first round exit, then that’s alright,” the Austrian admitted.

“Thanks to Aqeel Rehman’s hard work with organising the Austrian Squash Challenge every year! We have been having our Austrian League Finals at the Europark for the past few years, so I‘m familiar with the venue, the glass court and conditions there, which is always nice. 

“Every win on home soil is special, I just want to keep playing as long as possible and I know if I bring my ‘A’ game, I‘ll be a very tough one to crack for anyone in the draw!”

The event takes place from Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2 at Europark Salzburg, where Jacqueline Peychar will be the home favourite for the tournament. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

First Round Draw: Austrian Open (Women’s)
[1] Saskia Beinhard (GER) v Tereza Siroka (CZE)
Alina Poessl (SUI) v [6] Ella Galova (FRA)
[8] Aylin Gunsav (GER) v Tamara Holzbauerova (CZE)
Juliette Permentier (NED) v [4] Celine Walser (SUI)
[3] Lea Barbeau (FRA) v Lilou Brevard-Belliot (FRA)
Catherine Holland (SCO) v [7] Taba Taghavi (FRA)
[5] Jacqueline Peychar (AUT) v Salma El Aify (EGY)
[WC] Sabrina Rehman (AUT) v [2] Katerina Tycova (GER)

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