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Fitz-Gerald and Irving roll into squash quarter-finals


The quarter-final line-up for the womenís doubles will not be finalised until Friday morning.

Sarah Fitz-Gerald

Sarah Fitz-Gerald is looking for a second gold with the help of Liz Irving

Australian womenís doubles number 2 seeds Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Liz Irving received little resistance from Canadians Margo Green and Melanie Jans on outside court eight with a straightforward 15-6, 15-10 win in just 29 minutes in their pool B match on Thursday.

Fitz-Gerald and her Amsterdam-based teammate stormed into the lead in the opening game in front of a packed crowd, but several unforced errors by the Canadians and the constant pressure of the world number 1 and former world no 1 singles players took its toll.

Newly-crowned gold medallist Fitz-Gerald, who beat tennis star Lleyton Hewitt and swimmer Ian Thorpe for the coveted crown of Australian Sports Personality of the Year, was struck twice in the back by Jansí forehand returns during open play, but was unhurt and the game passed in a light-hearted mood Ė a far cry from the heated atmosphere in her singles final against Carol Owens on Wednesday night

Womenís number 3 seeds Cassie Jackman and Tania Bailey, from England, opened their account on outside court six with a crushing 15-4, 15-7 victory over the Jamaicans Marlene West and Karen Anderson in pool C.

The third and final womenís doubles contest of the day was a court eight affair between the New Zealand six seeds Shelley Kitchen/Lara Petera and Jamaicaís Marlene West and Karen Anderson.

Anderson, the beaten finalist in the womenís plate competition, and her teammate, were no match for the world number 19 and 50 singles players and lost 15-8, 15-12.

Following the final pool matches on Friday morning, the quarter-finals will take place on courts one and five on Friday night.

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