Crid­land too strong for ri­vals

SIN­GLES, DOU­BLES CHAM­PION

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

DE­SPITE tak­ing 11 months off train­ing fol­low­ing an in­jury, South Perth res­i­dent Caitlin Crid­land took out the WA State Grass­court Cham­pi­onship in women’s sin­gles and dou­bles last month.

Crid­land won her sin­gles match 6-0, 6-3 and made 2015 her se­cond year in a row win­ning both the sin­gles and dou­bles com­pe­ti­tions.

The 21-year-old ath­lete has spent the past three years study­ing at Winthrop Univer­sity in South Carolina, USA af­ter she won a full ten­nis schol­ar­ship.

But dur­ing a tour­na­ment in the States in early Jan­uary 2015, Crid­land rup­tured her achilles ten­don and was forced to stop play­ing for 11 months.

“I was serv­ing my se­cond se­ries and it just snapped,” she said.

“It sounded like a gun­shot, I thought some­one had hit me in the back of the leg.”

Af­ter re­sum­ing train­ing when she re­ceived a med­i­cal clear­ance, Crid­land picked up her in­tense train­ing sched­ule, com­pris­ing ten­nis, run­ning, weight train­ing and yoga.

“Dur­ing the year, we train six days a week, around two to three hours a day,” she said.

“It’s a tough bal­ance be­tween study­ing and train­ing so you def­i­nitely have to self-dis­ci­pline and have time-man­age­ment skills.”

Crid­land re­turned to the USA in early Jan­uary to con­tinue her de­gree in bio­chem­istry and her ten­nis train­ing.

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