As we look ahead to another season, the PSA’s Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2019-20 campaigns. Here he catches up with Dutch No.1 Milou van der Heijden.
Dutch star Milou van der Heijden made her breakthrough into the top 30 of the World Rankings in 2019, but she fell out of that bracket come the end of the season.
Her goal for the new campaign is to make a move back inside the top 30 in the World Rankings, along with becoming more consistent.
“Getting back into the top 30, and hopefully start pushing for top 25,” van der Heijden said.
“But mainly I want to improve the consistency of my performances. And that will hopefully help in my goal to keep pushing up on the rankings.”
Van der Heijden made the jump into the top 30 in March 2019, and she admitted how good it felt to make the mark.
van der Heijden in action at the British Open
“It feels great. Before the season started I knew it was a big task to break the top 30, so to actually make it is awesome,” the Dutchwoman admitted.
Looking back at the 2018-2019 campaign, the Dutchwoman had her ups and downs, and admitted that her seasons did not got entirely as planned.
“Overall it was a good season. Not as consistent as I would like, but I managed to always bounce back from performances I was not happy with. And I reached most of my goals this season, so I’m definitely happy with that,” she explained.
She won in France in the later part of the season, and van der Heijden believes it was her best performance of the campaign.
“Winning the Annecy Rose Open 2019. It’s my biggest title to date, but mostly I’m happy with my performance during that whole tournament,” the Dutch No.1 said.
“I had tough matches all the way through the tournament, and I think I did well physically but also mentally and tactically I was strong that tournament. I think it all came together nicely.”
Van der Heijden will begin her season with an appearance at the J.P. Morgan China Open in Shanghai, which begins on 4th September.
Keep a look out for the first player’s preview ahead the 2019-20 season in the coming days, as Hong Kong No.3 Tsz Fung Yip previews his campaign.