-- Ron Beck reporting © 1999 SquashTalk.com
LEILANI JOYCE ANXIOUS FOR ACTION in Aberdeen, is watching another match from high in the stands. "It gets pretty boring waiting around for the matches," she confides. "...boring in a negative way. And since I have to travel here all the way from New Zealand, I had to arrive in this case on Thursday for matches which didn't start until Monday, so by the time the tournament start, I am fighting to keep my energy focused."
On the court Joyce has phenomenal court coverage and athletic potential. Off court, she is jovial and looking for fun.
Joyce is matter-of-fact about the realities of competing in a game where the bulk of the tournaments are in Europe and North America and she is constantly travelling from New Zealand.
"No I never suffer from jet-lag" she said. "I am a frequent traveler on the airlines. Whereas many of the top British players are supported through UK Lottery Grant system."
She is also traveling basically without a coach or other New Zealand players.
But she clearly thrives with the competition and has high aspirations. She just doesn't like all the waiting time. She has 8 hours to kill before her quarter-final match with Stephanie Brind, and she can't wait.