Hutton Overcomes Malik In All-English Detroit Duel
7 Feb 2024
World No.25 Hutton, who sits 36 spots above Malik in the current world rankings, did not have it all her own way despite a lightning start in the PSA World Tour Silver event at the Detroit Athletic Club that saw her capture the first two games in just six minutes a piece.
Malik, 19, grew into the match the longer it progressed, claiming five points on the spin when 5-2 down in the third to seize control of the game and reduce the deficit to 2/1. Malik, who was dangerous in the front two corners throughout the match, progressed to 5-5 in the fourth, however, it was Hutton who eventually proved too strong.
The two-time British Nationals winner claimed the fourth game by an 11-9 scoreline to seal victory after 37 minutes of fast-paced action.
After the match, Hutton said: "I was really pleased with my performance in the first two games and then my concentration slipped a bit and Torrie actually got better as the match went on.
"I got a little edgy at the back end of those last two games and it didn't feel like there was much rhythm there. It was very stop-start and lots of three-shot rallies, and I don't really like to play that type of game.
On her upcoming tie against fellow Englishwoman and No.8 seed Lucy Beecroft, she added: "I'm excited. I came all this way and I've played two English players! I'm looking forward to it because we are both clean players and good friends and teammates, so it should be a good game."
The 24-year-old will be joined by compatriot Alicia Mead in the second round after she claimed a straight games upset over Latvia's Ineta Hopton, while Switzerland's Cindy Merlo scored an impressive win over Millie Tomlinson.