Squash: Jackman trumped by by old hand: Le Moignan's triumph

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Martine Le Moignan, the former world champion who said she would never play for her country again, hinted at a change of heart after a surprise win carried her to the last 16 of the British Open at Lambs Club in London yesterday, writes Richard Eaton.

Le Moignan won 8-10, 9-3,

9-4, 1-9, 1-7 against Cassie Jackman, the fifth-seeded former world junior champion who was No 1 in the ill-starred England team which lost their world title 18 months ago.

That seemed to spell the end of Le Moignan's long international career, especially as her extraordinary defeat by Donna Newton led to a row between her and the England manager, Alex Cowie. But after her determined victory over Jackman, Le Moignan said: 'If I'm still playing better than the others and England needs me I might have to think again.'

Le Moignan looked to be fading when she lost the fourth game quickly and slipped to 1-5 in the fifth, but when it mattered most she was slightly steadier and perhaps stronger than Jackman.

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