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Fitz-Gerald hoists women's squash title


Australian world number one Sarah Fitz-Gerald clinched the gold medal by beating Carol Owens in a thrilling womenís singles final.


Fitz-Gerald wins gold in the women's squash final

Unbeaten in her last 54 matches and victorious in 21 of her last 25 games against Owens, Fitz-Gerald controlled the game from the start and won the opening exchange 9-5, as her opponent disputed several calls with referee Bruce Kettle.

It was business as usual in the second, as Reading-based Fitz-Gerald Ė the Australian Sports Personality of the Year - produced some sensational squash to stroll into a 2-0 lead with a 9-0 whitewash in a little over six minutes.

But a resolute Owens hit back having lost the opening point to take the third game 9-2.

The fourth game was an absolute thriller. Owens fell 4-1 behind, levelled at 4-4 and it was then nip and tuck, as both players missed vital points. Fitz-Gerald let three match points slip by and Owens had two opportunities to level the match.

Superb rallies ensued, as the score headed to 9-9, but Fitz-Gerald struck gold with a superb shot on take the final game 10-9 and avenge her Commonwealth Games final defeat to Michelle Martin in Kuala Lumpur four years ago.

A delighted Fitz-Gerald said: Iím over the moon about winning gold at the Commonwealth Games. I couldnít be happier. It took us a while to find our rhythm and I think I found it first. By the end of the second, I thought I had it and began to feel relaxed going into the third and was put off when she came back stronger. But Iím pleased and relieved to win.Ē

And on losing, Owens said: Iím obviously disappointed if I could have got that last point -who knows what could have been? I was really starting to feel my way. I think I rushed and felt like a headless chook in the first two games and then I found my rhythm and in the first two games I didnít have any. I was quite relaxed out there but with the pace Sarah was putting on the ball I think I was panicking and rushing.Ē

The womenís medal ceremony takes place after the menís singles final, with Susie Simcock the President of the World Squash Federation, and Pakistani squash legend Jahangir Khan handling out the medals.

Final score

9-5, 9-0, 2-9, 10-9

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