Emma Beddoes is approaching her Commonwealth Games debut later this month “very confident” with the form that she and women’s doubles partner Alison Waters are showing as they attempt to justify their seeding in Glasgow.
The English pair have been listed at three behind top-seeded team-mates Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf, and second seeds Kasey Brown and Rachael Grinham, of Australia, although Beddoes acknowledged that the order cannot have been an easy decision for the World Squash Federation.
She said: “I appreciate the difficulty the seeding committee had, with so few results at international level for doubles and the fact that it is a different game from singles. However, we are happy with our seeding and very confident with our form heading in to the Games.”
The 28-year-old from Leamington Spa admits she is revelling in the preparations for such a rare event on the squash circuit.
“I’ve always thrived in team environments and am really enjoying the dynamic of working together as a partnership, so that aspect has come quite easily,” she explained.
“The tactics and positional play are different from singles, but again the process of working through those together as a team has been great.”
“Hearing from someone as experienced as Mark was very insightful and there are quite a few parallels between our sports,” Beddoes said. “He was surprisingly open and honest with us, and I think as a squad we learnt a lot from what he had to say.”
While the Glasgow Games will be Beddoes’ first Commonwealths, it is not the first time she will have competed in a multi-sport event.
She explained: “I competed for Great Britain in the World Games in Colombia last year, but the Commonwealths is a far bigger event in terms of profile and the number of sports and athletes competing.
“While I have been to a few major sporting events as a spectator, I have only ever seen the Commonwealths or the Olympics on television, so I’m very excited to be a part of it.”
Making the occasion even more special for the Leeds-based world no.20 is the fact that the Games are being held in the UK.
“I’m very pleased it’s so close to home, as I have family and friends coming to watch,” Beddoes said. “Support like that can really make a difference and even my six-month-old niece is making the trip!”