Video: Emma Keane After Commonwealth Debut

July 30, 2022

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Emma Keane — the first Bermudian female squash player to compete at the Commonwealth Games — said she learned plenty from her straight sets defeat to Scotland’s Georgia Adderley in the round of 32 at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham today [July 30].

Keane produced a gutsy display against Adderley, ranked in the world’s top 60 last year, but lost in straight sets, 11-1, 11-3, 11-1 at the University of Birmingham squash courts.

The Bermudian, who received a first-round bye, told Bernews: “Georgia is an incredibly talented player. She has a very neat and precise game.

“The first game was always going to be a tough one – the emotions, the jitters. It was such a great experience, and I was grateful to be up against a great opponent like her.

“I feel I stuck in for quite a few rallies, but, unfortunately, the score didn’t quite reflect that. I’m happy with my performance. I can take a lot away from it.”

Keane, who is ranked 286th in the world, said her experience at the Commonwealths has fuelled her fire to continue competing at the international level.

“The first time I stepped into the athletes’ village, I was like, ‘This is the greatest day of my life!” said Keane, who carried Bermuda’s flag along with 1,500-metres runner Dage Minors at the opening ceremony on Thursday.

“Being surrounded by Bermuda’s talented athletes has been great. Every day has been exciting for one reason or another. I feel like this is the first step in a big movement for Bermuda squash.”

Keane will now compete in the consolation round of matches.

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