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Aisling Blake Makes Trip to Goshen Complete
By Jim Wellington, Oct 16, 2006, Reporting from Goshen Indiana
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Second Annual Subway Goshen Open Ends on High Note

Aisling Blake and Alana Miller in the Subway Goshen Finals. (photo:©2006 Jill Perry)
Aisling Blake frustrated Alana Miller throughout. (photo:©2006 Jill Perry)

An evenly contested and hotly competitive Subway Goshen Open drew to a close with #2 seed, Aisling Blake of Ireland, upending #1 seed Alana Miller with surprising ease to earn her first WISPA tour victory.

Aisling Blake's strategy to "keep it straight and simple and not let her volley" worked like a charm as the auburn haired lasse from the emerald isle went through a frustrated Alana Miller in a six minute first game, 9-1.  

The tall Canadian remained frustrated in the second, tinning the few opportunities given her, and went down 0-4 in five rallies.  But she was able to get focused, change her game plan, and be more patient, which led to longer rallies and a point-for-point struggle to 6-6.  Blake noted that "the second game could have gone either way," but a few loose balls from Miller and a few tight kills from Blake gave Blake the game 9-6 in 20 minutes. 

The third game saw long rallies and tough play from both sides, but Blake's relentless straight length and tenacious court coverage gave Alana Miller nothing to put away, and only four hand outs.  Blake closed out her maiden tour victory 9-1, 9-6, 9-0, in 39 minutes. 

Subway Goshen Open
[2] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [1] Alana Miller (CAN) 9-1 9-6 9-2 (39m)

Aisling Blake - Alana Miller. (photo:©2006 Jill Perry)


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