The destiny of the Australian women’s triples team remains in their own hands after surviving a harrowing penultimate preliminary round at the Delhi Commonwealth Games this afternoon (7/10).
With just one match to play, Australia’s Sharyn Renshaw, Claire Duke and Julie Keegan will qualify for the post-sectional rounds provided they beat New Zealand tomorrow, but a loss could prematurely end their campaign.
Having dropped this morning’s round six clash to Niue, the Australians could ill afford any further losses, but were pushed to the brink by Namibia’s Charlotte Morland, Lesley Vermeuleen and Bea Lampbrecht before escaping with a 9-10, 6-5, 4-2 win in the tie-break.
With the top-three from each section progressing through to the post-sectional rounds, Australia (5-2) currently sits in second place on set difference in Pool B, but has played an additional match to the top-ranked Indians (5-1), as well as New Zealand (5-1), Scotland (4-2) and Northern Ireland (4-2) who are all vying for the berths.
“It’s definitely in our hands,” Keegan said following today’s heart-stopping win.
“We shouldn’t have to rely on someone else having to beat anyone, we’ve just got to try and do it for ourselves and get out there and win.
“It would be great to finish on top, but if we can finish in the top-three now we’d be happy that we’d qualified.”
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