The third event of the week on the Challenger Tour, and the second to be held on American soil, is the GWC Squash House Challenger 5, which begins on Friday 10 September.
Like the two other events on the Tour this week, this Challenger 5 level event held in Greenwich, Connecticut, will be an international tournament, one of the first since the Tour came back from its six-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
16 women will descend on the GWC Squash House this weekend, aiming for glory come Sunday afternoon, with plenty of nationalities involved, including England, France, Malaysia and the United States.
Frenchwoman Marie Stephan, Malaysia’s Wen Li Lai and Mexican No.1 Diana Garcia will be amongst the top seeds, with Poland’s Karina Tyma as the top seed for the tournament.
We spoke to the World No.70 ahead of the tournament, who has admitted that she is excited to get back on Tour once again, following her debut appearance at the PSA World Championships in Chicago.
“I’m feeling very excited to compete again after the block of summer training that I just did and I’m excited to be in Greenwich for the first time too,” she explained.
“[I am] definitely happy to be playing in tournaments like this one again and I’m feeling very positive about my squash at the moment.
“The World Championships was an amazing learning experience for me and it really showed me the level all the women are playing at the moment. It’s been a big motivator for me the past couple of months and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to compete at that level this past summer.”
Tyma made history earlier this year, when she became the first Polish woman to claim a win on the PSA Tour. The 21-year-old was victorious at the SOAP Engineering Squash Open and the Life Time City Centre Women’s International Squash Open, and she will be hoping for another success this week.
“2021 has been special in many ways for me and to claim another title would be a really positive step forward in my career,” the Pole said.
“Being top seed is making me feel a lot more excited to play and enjoy my squash this week!”
First Round Draw: GWC Squash House Challenger 5
 Karina Tyma (POL) v [WC] Lara Varma (USA)
Amirah Rusydina Rosli (MAS) v  Lucie Stefanoni (USA)
 Alicia Mead (ENG) v Akanksha Salunkhe (IND)
Julia Le Coq (FRA) v  Wen Li Lai (MAS)
 Diana Garcia (MEX) v Madeleine Hylland (NOR)
Alina Bushma (UKR) v  Kincso Szasz (ROM)
 Lucy Beecroft (ENG) v Hannah Blatt (CAN)
Catherine Giachino (CAN) v  Marie Stephan (FRA)