GAMES GOLD WOULD BE ‘MASSIVE’ SAYS DUNCALF

Jenny Duncalf said today that a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow would be “massive”, after winning two silvers in Delhi four years ago.

The 31-year-old from Yorkshire finished runner-up to Malaysia’s Nicol David in the singles and partnered Laura Massaro to second place on the podium in the doubles, where they lost to New Zealanders Joelle King and Jaclyn Hawkes in the final.

However, although the world no.14’s seeding has dipped from two to eight in the singles, she and Lancastrian Massaro are favourites in the doubles.

“Seeding-wise in the singles, my chances are lower, but that’s something I’d obviously like to change and am looking forward to the challenge,” Duncalf said.

“Doubles-wise, we have a good chance being top seeds, although doubles is slightly more of the unknown, so we should be in for some good games and hopefully some medals!

“A gold would be massive. My two silvers mean a lot to me, but a gold would be a different story.”

In Glasgow the Harrogate-based former world no.2 aims to use the experience she has gained from her two previous Commonwealth Games, having also competed in Melbourne in 2006.

“I have a fair idea now of how to get the balance right of getting my head down and doing the same things I would at any other event in order to perform well on court at the same time as enjoying the experience of representing England on a bigger scale,” she explained. "The CWG is only once every four years, so you have to enjoy the occasion.

“I think it’s great to be so close to home, as the crowds should be behind us, with plenty of friends and family being able to travel just up the road.

“In terms of media coverage, I think it will great for us too and a huge opportunity to showcase our sport to British and global sports fans alike.”

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