24 Sep 2017

The first African female player to ply her trade in the Swedish League, Widaad Gukhool of Mauritius, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the Brunei University of Technology, knew that a major challenge awaited.

Notably one of the many reasons why she decided to move abroad was her dream of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Recently, she played her first league match for Lyckeby BTK against Vaxtorps Bois; the contest being staged in the Halmstad Arena on Saturday 23rd September.

Impressively, she beat Ida Andersson (11-9, 11-6, 11-6), before in her second contest losing to Sarah Marie Hörgen (11-9, 11-4, 11-6).

However, more importantly in her third match of the fixture she overcame Rebecca Andersson (6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9) to seal a six-two victory for Lyckeby BTK.

“I feel really good playing my first matches and even happier that we won. We have an awesome team. The team is well balanced, if one player loses, we can still recover by winning other matches.” Widaad Gukhool

A first match, understandably, there were nerves.

“I felt a little nervous before playing the first match but then I won it. I played tactically really good. The second match was a little difficult since I couldn’t receive her serves. So I was mentally down but then I was able to regain my focus and win my last match. If we continue how we started, I think we really have a good chance to win the league. I feel like it will be a great season here. I will try my best to win as many matches as possible for the team and to develop my individual game as well.” Widaad Gukhool

Lyckeby BTK plays in the Swedish Second Division, the Superettan Damer.

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