Katherine Rednall is adamant she will come back stronger after relinquishing her World Indoor Bowls ladies crown following final heartache.
The Stowmarket-based ace went into this year’s competition as the defending champion, but missed the opportunity to become only the second woman to win the title more than once after bowing out in a straight sets defeat to Wales’ Laura Thomas, losing 14-4, 10-9.
“I never felt I was quite in the form I was in last year,” admitted 19-year-old Rednall, who struggled to find her rhythm throughout the final.
“Laura just played brilliantly. I knew I would have to play well but she just absolutely nailed it and found a much better line than I did which I couldn’t do much about.
“I really struggled with the line of my bowls, but Laura did with different bowls and that proved the difference.
“I didn’t really feel any added pressure out there being defending champion, I just knew with Laura playing so well I would have to be on top of my game, but she just played so brilliantly.
“I was pleased with a lot of my bowls at important times but she played a few shots with her last bowl that really changed things and I couldn’t do anything with no bowls left.
“It is obviously disappointing to lose my title but I will definitely be coming back next year to try and get my crown back.”
England international Rednall admitted the change of carpet and unpredictable nature of its performance at the Great Yarmouth-basedPotters Resort proved pivotal. But she remains confident she will be able to get over her disappointment and match the overwhelming success she has enjoyed domestically and internationally in the last year.
“It was a lot different to how it was last year and really changed quite a lot depending on temperature in the arena, which was gutting,” she added.
“However, I’ve had a really good past 12 months and so hopefully I just keep that going into the next year.
“I’m also hoping the runner-up will be invited back next year, which mean I won’t have to qualify.”