Grinham aims for CWG Glory

SH7126from Sports Fan

Her higher-ranked rivals can deal with the pressure – Australian squash star Rachael Grinham is out to do some singles damage at the Commonwealth Games.

SH7130Australia’s best medal chances at the Games appear to be in the doubles competitions, but Grinham is an experienced and dangerous proposition for the singles.

The 37-year-old is a former world No.1 who has won multiple major titles.

Grinham is now ranked 15th in the world, with Malaysian Nicol David┬áthe No.1 and England’s Laura Massaro at No.2.

“Anyone can really win on a day – you never know,” Grinham told AAP.

“Given a stage like the Commonwealth Games … there’s a lot of pressure on everyone.

“For quite a few of those girls, this will be their best chance probably – they put a lot of pressure on themselves to be winning medals.”

Australian squash great Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who will be a team coach in Glasgow, has also backed Grinham’s singles credentials.

“She can be absolutely as dangerous as anything on her day,” FitzGerald said.

“She has that type of game and obviously the experience.

“She’ll go in thinking ‘hey, I’ve been here before; I’ve done this; I know these girls – they have to beat me’.”

SH7127Squash’s unsuccessful bid to become an Olympic sport will add to the pressure in Glasgow, because the Commonwealth Games is their pinnacle.

Grinham won gold in the doubles at the 2006 Games, where she also lost to sister Natalie in the singles final.

A dispute with Squash Australia meant Rachael did not compete at the 2010 Delhi Games.

She will partner Kasey Brown in the women’s doubles and David Palmer in the mixed event.

“Definitely the doubles is the biggest chance but, at the same time, it’s the biggest chance for everyone because it’s a bit of an unknown,” Grinham said.

“We don’t have enough events to gauge which teams have the better pairings.”

from Sports Fan