Danielle Drury of Saskatoon is heading to her first ever US Open down in Minneapolis, MN, which would usually be a big deal for a 17-year-old, but she’s not at all worried.
Plane hopping and living out of hotel rooms while playing the best junior competition in racquetball is nothing out of the ordinary to Drury, but this is her first senior level event.
“It is my first time (going to the US Open) and I’m very excited,” Drury said. “I’m not feeling too much pressure. I don’t think anyone expects too much from the young players so it’s not a big deal if I don’t win.”
She’ll admit to a little nervous excitement as this is her first senior level event as she transitions out of the junior level of the sport.
“It’s going to be a lot different going in at the senior level,” Drury said.
Drury, ranked 17th in Canada, has competed in her fair share of junior nationals and junior worlds, piling up the air miles jet setting all over Canada, the US and even South America. She will be heading to Columbia next week for the IRF World Junior Championships with her doubles partner Michele Morissette of Baie Comeau, Que. The pair will also be competing in the doubles event at the US Open.
Drury said she hopes to make it past the first round in singles and hopes that she and Morisette – an accomplished doubles pairing – can make it to at least the semi finals.
“Don’t expect to too much, just try to win and have fun,” Drury said of her mindset going into the tournament.
Another Saskatoon native, Tim Landeryou, is heading to the US Open as well in the men’s singles event. Landeryou is ranked No. 3 in Canada.
The 2014 United Healthcare US Open runs October 8 to 12.