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Grinham sisters play down potential sibling clash

25 July 2002

Australian sisters Rachael and Natalie Grinham today played down their chances of meeting each other in the final of the women’s squash tournament.

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Rachael, who is the number eight seed for the Games, said, “Obviously we’ll try and do our best in the singles, but we’re not really expected to get medals."

“We’ve got Sarah [Fitz-Gerald] at the moment, who is absolutely creaming everybody. There are a couple of other girls who we sometimes come close tobeating but haven’t yet. It would be good to do it here.”

“It would be pretty amazing if we did make it to the final. It would be the first time I beat her,” laughed younger sister Natalie.

Natalie, who is the ninth seed for the women’s singles, was due to play Carla Khan in the first round before Khan was ruled ineligible by officials yesterday and withdrawn from the Pakistan team.

“Actually I would have liked to have a first round match, it’s always better to go into the second round having played a match. She’s quite a good player too, so it would have been a pretty good game,” added the Netherlands-based player.

“I don’t know exactly why the decision has been made, I think it was for the same reason as another squash player,” she said, referring to a decision not to allow John White to represent Scotland while he lives in Australia. “If they are both not allowed to play then I think it’s fair.”

The Grinham sisters are number one seeds in the doubles.

“We will be concentrating more on the doubles. I don’t think there’ll be that much pressure on us, being the top seeds,” said Rachael. “The doubles has been seeded randomly because there’s not been that much doubles played so everyone’s in with a chance.”

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