French sis­ters are do­ing it for their State

South Western Times - - Sport -

BUN­BURY sis­ters Is­abella and Eva French are pre­par­ing for the trip of a life­time when they fly to Gee­long to com­pete in the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Squash Cham­pi­onships today.

For Is­abella it is her third time rep­re­sent­ing WA, but it could be her big­gest test, with the 14-year-old miss­ing most of last year due to a back in­jury.

But the con­fi­dent teenager is not daunted by the task and will even take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of coach­ing her younger sis­ter, who is rep­re­sent­ing WA for the first time.

Is­abella, who is ranked ninth, will be­gin her cam­paign by tak­ing on the num­ber one ranked player.

“I am go­ing into it con­fi­dent,” she said.

“In the end it is all just num­bers and points.

“I know I can beat her. I played her be­fore and lost in four sets, but that was with only a month of prac­tice.”

Is­abella said she was ex­cited to coach her younger sis­ter.

“She is a strong player and will lis­ten on court,” she said.

Eva is ranked 11th and will be­gin her cham­pi­onship with a bat­tle against the fourth-ranked player.

“I am kind of ner­vous but I am ex­cited as well,” she said.

“I will try my hard­est and if I win one then I know I can win three.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Eva, 12, and Is­abella French, 14, are fly­ing to Gee­long today to rep­re­sent WA in this year’s Aus­tralian Ju­nior Squash Cham­pi­onships.

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