‘We can’t rest on our laurels’ – Massaro

England's Laura Massaro (right) and Jenny Duncalf (front) during their women's doubles pool match against Trinidad and Tobago's Charlotte Knaggs and Kerrie Sample at Scotstoun Sports Campus, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
England's Laura Massaro (right) and Jenny Duncalf (front) during their women's doubles pool match against Trinidad and Tobago's Charlotte Knaggs and Kerrie Sample at Scotstoun Sports Campus, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Laura Massaro believes her and women’s doubles partner Jenny Duncalf boast the credentials needed to take gold in what is an intensely competitive event in Glasgow.

The doubles format is scarcely played anywhere other than the Commonwealth Games meaning there tend to be no specialist players and therefore the medals are fiercely contested.

Women’s singles runner-up Massaro and partner Duncalf took silver together four years ago in Delhi, but are seeded first this time around.

And given their experience in the event, as well as their individual quality, Massaro believes a medal is most certainly achievable.

“It was good to get two good wins, top the Pool and get a run out on the glass court,” she said.

“I think the glass court was quite a lot different to the back courts as it is quite cold and it is nice to get a feel for it and that will make a big difference.

“I feel fine physically; we would have liked another match on that court really.

“When we are both severe with our hitting we are quite accurate and I think other teams will struggle.

“We are a more used to playing on the glass usually and that will definitely work in our favor.

“Things happen very quickly in doubles and you can’t rest on our laurels. We have experience though of those big moments and that will come in handy.”

Massaro and Duncalf started their doubles relationship four years ago when they were unexpectedly put together due to injuries elsewhere.

A silver medal followed and Massaro believes that experience will count for an awful lot when it gets down to the medal matches.

“The doubles is so frantic and it is difficult to find space on the court to hit in to and it was a lot of fun,” she added.

“We are used to having to do this in a Commonwealth year, it will be in the back of our minds and you start preparing for it.

“We got unexpectedly put together in Delhi four years ago and ended up getting the silver so the coaches were keen to keep us together.

“It is nice to have that experience from Delhi to draw on and we want to go one better.”

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