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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.


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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