SQUASH: Mylotte's mission
AFTER her shock defeat by Laura Mylotte in the final of last month's National Championship squash final, Aisling Blake will be gunning to get her career back on track in next week's EBS Dayton Open in Ohio.
Because of her world ranking position of 50, up two places on her December figure, the Sligo player will have to battle it out in the qualifying round in an attempt to nail down a place in the main draw of the $17,350 event.
However, a boost for the National No 2 is that she is seeded at No 3, and so has received a bye in the first round.
Blake will be the second Irish player to open her 2006 tournament campaign, Mylotte having made her mark in the recent Nimes Open in southern France, where she swept aside all opposition.
Irish No 1 Madeline Perry, who missed the National Championships because of a niggling knee injury, makes her 2006 debut in next month's Apawamis Open in New York.
Blake's last tournament sortie was in the Qatar Classic last November, when, after beating Malaysia's Delis Arnold 9-7 9-1 9-6, she bowed out to her first round victim's compatriot Tricia Chuah 8-10 6-9 0-9.
The quality of the Dayton Open field is illustrated by the fact that it is headed by England's world No 6 Linda Elriani, who is followed by Egypt's world No 8 Omneya Abdel Kawy and England's world No 19 Fiona Geaves.
The top seed in the qualifying round is the Netherlands' world No 44 Karen Kronmeyer.