South African squash star ends a decade of top achievements

South African squash star ends a decade of top achievements

Leading South Africa women’s player Alex Fuller has decided to end her professional career of a decade of representing the country on the international circuit with outstanding success.

SA fans, however, will be pleased to hear that she is not stepping away from the sport entirely and will continue, depending on her schedule, to take part in various national events.

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The 30-year-old, who grew up in Cape Town but has spent much of time campaigning overseas, reached a career-high ranking of 22 in November 2022 and is justifiably proud of what she has achieved.

Explaining her decision, Fuller, who won nine PSA titles during her career, said the decision had been on her mind for some time.

“I have been weighing up the way I was feeling about competing and my love for the game for a long time,” she said.

“The thought of what’s next made me more excited than competing and, for me, this is the right decision,’’

“I have been competing for 10 years, and it’s been an absolutely amazing experience with many highs and lows, new friendships and a lot of learnings,’’ she added.

Fuller, though, still wants to enjoy the game and that is good news for SA squash.

“I will continue to play doubles and hopefully be able to represent my country in the next doubles event,”

“I will be playing Kaplan Cup and hopefully SA Nationals. My aim is to continue playing squash while I enjoy it and am able to manage my schedule accordingly,” stated Fuller.

The Capetonian can look back on her career without regrets, having achieved at a high level in difficult circumstances for a South African, with her home base so far from the centre of the professional circuit.

“I do feel that I reached my full potential based on my circumstances and I can be proud of what I have achieved over the years,” 

“Looking back, and this is something I have been reflecting on a lot since I retired from the professional tour, I can say I tried everything and happy with where it got me,’’

“It was a tough gig on the tour, but I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to play,’’ she concluded.