29 Nov 2010

King says Kitchen will be key

6:05 pm on 29 November 2010

The New Zealand squash player Joelle King believes new mother Shelley Kitchen will play a key role in their women's World Team Championship campaign which opens in Palmerston North today.

King, who won a gold and silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, is in a strong team that includes Jacklyn Hawkes, Kitchen and Tamsyn Leevey.

This is the last tournament before retiring for Kitchen, who did reach as high as 6 in the world rankings.

King says she shouldn't be underestimated.

The fifth seeded New Zealanders play Canada first up... Malaysia are in the same group having just won the team and individual honours at the Asian games.

England are the top seeds for the tournament, although they lost number two Alison Waters to injury late last week.