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New name, same talent

23 July 2002

A new name in squash could be a hit at Manchester 2002, but fans familiar to the sport will recognise the old face.

Leilani Rorani

Newlywed Leilani Rorani is back from injury

Former world number one Leilani Joyce has recovered from a lengthy injury to compete at the Games and will be competing under her new married name of Leilani Rorani.

Rorani, from Hamilton, New Zealand took a break from an intensive fitness schedule, to get married on 2 July, but now she’s focussed on the Games, she said: “After I tore my Achilles the specialists said that I would be out for over a year, but we have worked hard and I was out for only five and a half months. I picked up a squash racket again in May for the first time and have been working with my New Zealand team mates to reach full fitness in time for the Games.”

The current world number four is hoping to win a medal that will complete a special summer for her, but she knows it will be a tough task. She said: “I will take each game as it comes. Just to be here is a goal fulfilled.”

Rorani failed to win a medal at the last Commonwealth Games, but she believes that she has learnt from the experience, she said: “I was a little in awe of the Games in Kuala Lumpur and want to play better this time.”

However Rorani does at the Games one thing is for certain, as she put it: “There is a new name in women’s squash!”

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