- IT WILL BE TOUGH IN THE SEMIS, SAYS SARAH
By Zaiful Mohd Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- World number
one Sarah Fitz-Gerald of Australia expects a
tough semifinal clash against Cassie Jackman of
England at the National Squash Complex here
The top seed, who booked a place in the semis
after beating fifth seed Suzanne Horner of
England 9-3, 9-1, 9-4 today, regarded Jackman as
a tough fighter.
"Cassie (Jackman) is a good player. She
always gives me a hard time on the court,"
said Fitz-Gerald after her quarterfinal match.
Jackman had beaten Fitz-Gerald 3-0 in the Seattle
Open in the United States in June this year and
the victory could prove to be a psychological
edge for the English player.
"The victory might give her a slight
advantage in our match, but I am ready to take
her on," said the 31-year-old Australian.
The 1996 and 1997 world champion said Jackman had
played well in her quarterfinal match against
Carol Owens of Australia.
"Both of us got through our matches
comfortably. Although she made several mistakes
in the first game of her match, she managed to
correct her flaws in the remaining games,"
Fitz-Gerald said today's match was important to
win as it would give her a chance to get at least
a bronze medal in the individual event.
"Suzanne (Horner) played very well. She made
me run all over the court, but luckily all my
shots were accurate and that rattled her,"