Experience can help serve Sarah success

from the Chester Chronicle

Sarah Kippax hopes her Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games experience will stand her in good stead in Glasgow later this month.

Chester-born Kippax was named as a reserve when the England squad was first announced before being called up to compete in the mixed doubles with partner Daryl Selby.

SH6946And the 31-year-old, who grew up in Kelsall, is confident the pair can forge a good partnership.

Kippax said: “It was a little bit disappointing to be named as a reserve because I’d worked hard and it’s a massive event.

“But even as a reserve you have an active part to play because of the nature of sport and there have been a few injuries.

“During the build up, Daryl and I have played quite a lot together and we came through the juniors together so we’ve known each other for a long time.”

Kippax is ranked number 18 in the world and will be competing in her second Commonwealth Games having been part of the England squad four years ago in India.

She said: “I was picked for the singles but then I ended up in the doubles too after Alison Waters got injured in the first week, so it was all a bit last minute.

“It was the first big international competition I’d been in and  I learned a lot from the experience.”

Kippax, who went to Tarporley High School, moved to Halifax about seven years ago but will have plenty of backing from her home village, where her family still lives.

SH6945Mixed doubles is not that common in major tournaments and Kippax said she and Essex-based Selby would take each game as it comes.

“I think that’s always my approach and my philosophy,” she said. It will be a bit of an unknown quantity so we will just take it one match at a time and see what happens.”

Kippax began playing squash aged 11 at Winsford Leisure Centre and had a spell with the Chester Rugby Club squash team before entering the professional ranks.

She is excited about representing England at a major international competition in the UK and believes the squad is packed with talent.

Kippax said: “We are a strong force and over the last year or so we’ve had world champions and won world tour titles.

“I think it’s going to be great to have some local support in Glasgow and it’s going to be good to play in the UK because we normally play in all corners of the world.”

from the Chester Chronicle