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Round of 16 day session: Fitz-Gerald, Owens, Bailey breeze
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11.13.00 by Martin Bronstein
Eye Group Women's World Open Squash Championship, Edinburgh, Scotland
Martin Bronstein reporting from the Meadowbank Centre in Edinburgh
FITZ IN FINE
Anything short on the backhand side and Fitz would just "Devoy" it - a winning drop. She had the first game 9-0 in six minutes.
IS JUST A MATTER OF LENGTH
In the third game Tranfield started floating the ball in high cross-courts and Fitz-Gerald, in her eagerness to get at the ball - she can't wait to attack the ball - made a couple of errors. But the pressure was too much to allow Tranfield to keep up this strategy and the inevitable result was a 9-2 five minute game to give Fitz-Gerald the victory..
TRY NOT TO
THINK OF THE KNEE
But I'm getting better; I used to wake up and the first thing I would think about would be my knee. Now I just jump out of my bed. My form depends on whether I can get my brain and body to connect, but here, after my bad performance at the British Open, I am going in with the attitude that I've got nothing to lose. The main thing is for me to not put pressure on myself, " she said.
As for Tranfield, ranked 17 in the world, she was coldly honest about her performance: "Totally outclassed. She is so fast on the ball and her movement is - with Leilani Joyce - the best on the circuit. At my level I have to find a way to move up to where I can handle players like Sarah." Tranfield is studying for her doctorate in sport psychology so if anybody can find the answer, she can.
Nimmo, a striking, slim redhead, is slowly climbing the rankings but has yet to reach the standard of consistency to put pressure on people of Charman's stature. It was all over in 32 minutes 3/0 for Charman who now faces Fitz-Gerald in the quarters.
"I know what I have to do against Sarah, but doing it is another thing. You have to vary the pace and mix it up so she doesn't get into her power game. I beat her last year in the British Open and then again in Germany in April, but with Sarah, you never know, "Charman told me after the match.
The tale was almost the same in the third game but once again Schoene just fell short and Bailey took it 9-7 to move into the quarters where she will meet Carol Owens, who breezed past Vicky Botwright in three, saying later that she never really got going and would liked to have got a few long rallies under her belt.
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RESULTS: Eye Group Women's World Open Squash Championship, Edinburgh, Scotland
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