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England to play New Zealand in squash doubles final

03 August 2002

England’s Cassie Jackman and Tania Bailey will play New Zealand’s Leilani Rorani and Carol Ownes in Sunday’s women’s doubles final.


Tania Bailey reaches the squash doubles final with partner Linda Charman

Jackman and Bailey booked their place in Sunday’s final with a hard-earned victory over England team mates Fiona Geaves and Linda Charman. They started quickly out of the blocks and were soon into a 6-1 lead in the first game.

Charman, from Hailsham in Sussex, and her Gloucester-based partner, hit back with the next two points, but Jackman and Bailey upped the tempo to take the opening game 15-3 in a mere 16 minutes.

Geaves, noticeably jaded following a gruelling mixed doubles quarter-final two hours beforehand, and Charman hit back in the second game. They pulled back to 6-7 down and then went 10-9 ahead.

Jackman, the world No 3, and her Stamford-based team mate levelled at 12-12, but Charman and Geaves were unruffled. The game went to 16-16 and Charman staved off defeat by taking the following point to level the match after their rivals had missed several match ball opportunities.

The third game was another marathon, as the score rose painstakingly to 14-14. Charman and Geaves edged ahead and missed two match points into the bargain. Dreams of a final appearance were ended when their English team mates took the next two points and clinched at least a silver medal by hammering home a winner to settle the 89-minute contest 17-15.

In the second semi-final between New Zealand versus Australia, No 1 seeds Rachael and Natalie Grinham of Australia edged ahead in the first game, but Owens and Rorani redressed the balance and the opener hung in the balance at 12-12. The New Zealanders eventually clinched it 15-13.

Owens and Rorani produced unstoppable form in the second game and romped into the final with a rapid-fire 15-8 success over the sibling partnership.

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