Philadelphia-born Olivia Fiechter gave the home crowd something to cheer about as she put in a solid performance to overcome World No.23 Emily Whitlock and reach the second round of the FS Investments U.S. Open.
World No.40 Fiechter took a tightly contested first game, before Whitlock fought back strongly in the second to equalise by an 11-4 margin as she looked to have turned the match on its head to get herself back in contention.
However, Fiechter, who was cheered on by the home crowd, had other ideas and produced another strong display in the third to once again move into the lead. From then on it was all about the American as closed out the victory for the loss of just three points in the fourth and proved that she is one of the players to watch on the PSA Tour this season.
“I don’t have words,” said 24-year-old Fiechter afterwards.
“I have my coach, my family and a million friends here and I can’t imagine anything more special than getting a win here. I’m just over the moon and can’t believe it.
“Compared to last year, the player I am today is completely different. Going through my first season on the pro tour last year, I learned so much and my game is constantly evolving. I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the summer and I definitely felt more confident coming into this tournament and wanted to play well.
“She is an incredible player and has had so much success, I just saw her play in France and she had an amazing win there, so I knew I was going to have to be really aggressive and just try and get in front of her as much as I could, so I’m happy I was able to do that.”
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 4-11, 11-4, 11-3 (37m)