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Charman predicts close doubles contest

24 July 2002

World number six Linda Charman of England thinks the women’s doubles competition could be the closest in years.

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Women's number one seed Sarah Fitz-Gerald

The former world number three said: “There are five or six really good pairs and whoever can sort their tactics out and keep focused will win the gold medal. I think Fiona (Geaves) and I have a good chance. It just depends how well we play together on the day.”

Former world number one Cassie Jackman, also of England, is seeded third and is also upbeat: “I’m seeded to get the bronze medal and I feel confident I can do that. But of course, it would be nice to finish higher. I don’t feel any pressure. I have to ignore people’s expectations and concentrate on my own game.”

Tania Bailey is now ranked as the world number 10. She said: “I’ve got a tough draw, but absolutely nothing to lose. As long as I concentrate on my first match and win I’ll be happy. Sara Fitz-Gerald is the challenge that everyone has to face.”

Fitz-Gerald secured her 58th professional title with victory in the Australian Open, setting a new record for tour championship wins in women's squash.

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