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Power will lay to rest the ghost of Kuala Lumpur

24July2002

World number two squash player Jonathon Power aims to lay to rest the ghost of his 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Jonathon Power

Canadian Jonathon Power is ranked number two in the world

Power, who was beaten by Peter Nicol in Kuala Lumpur, faces the winner of the first round match between Jerseys Michael Hopkins and Lesothos Lentsoe Monnaoula

The Canadian arrived at the Games Village around noon on Wednesday and spent the early afternoon in a light training session at Sportcity with his Canadian team-mates.

I suppose the match in Kuala Lumpur against Peter was just one of the many hundreds of matches I have played in recent years, although it was one of the most important. This is a new tournament - if I play well I can win, if I dont, I wont."

I would like to meet Peter in the final. It would be good for squash in the Commonwealth Games. It is the game which everyone wants to see and an unbelievable venue for a big confrontation between Peter and myself.

If I am on my game, as I have been this year, I have a great chance. There have been no real injuries, Ive been moving well and I have the game to give him some trouble. If Im off my game, hes certainly good enough to take me out as well. Its who performs on the day.

But the Montreal player realises that there are other players quite capable of springing a surprise.

I dont enjoy the doubles and will concentrate on the singles. Lee Beachill could be a tough game in the quarter-finals and Stewart Boswell got to the final of his last tournament and has been playing really well. Paul Price is also a very good player. The depth in squash is now very good.

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