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Squash preview - 31 July

31 July 2002

Wednesday is finals day in the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, with the top seeds in both competitions through to the two games on Wednesday night.

Peter Nicol

World number 1 Peter Nicol (ENG) faces a mouth-watering clash with arch rival Jonathon Power (CAN), while Australian world number1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald lines up against her former team-mate Carol Owens, who is now representing New Zealand.

Nicol, the defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist, has lost his last three tour matches to the Canadian, but has taken 16 wins to Power’s 15 since October 1995. Power beat him in the Tournament of Champions and Pakistan Open finals this year and in the semis at the PSA Masters in Qatar.

The London-based Scot’s last win against Power – with the exception of a minor French league match in June – was a three-game demolition in the US Open final in January.

The form book suggests that Fitz-Gerald will hold the upper hand against her New Zealand rival Owens. The Reading-based Australian has won 21 of their last 25 meetings, including victories in the Hartford Open, Tournament of Champions and World Grand Prix Finals in Qatar this year alone.

Owen’s last victory against her former Australian rival was as long ago as November 2000, when she won a World Open semi-final in Scotland in five games.

Wednesday also sees the start of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles’ competitions, which draw to a close on Sunday afternoon, and the minor plate finals in the men’s and women’s categories.

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