Team Scotland squash star Lisa Aitken has shelved her singles campaign at the last minute to focus on winning a doubles medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The Montrose-born player broke her playing hand six weeks ago, leaving her racing to reach full fitness at her third Games.
Aitken has now scratched singles in favour of mixed doubles hopes with Greg Lobban and women’s doubles with Georgia Adderley.
“It’s a good tactical decision from me,” said the 32-year-old.
“I’ve been doing everything I can to get that feel back but I’ve been able to buy myself some time by not doing singles.
“Doubles is predominantly where we see our medal chances so it makes sense to focus on that.”
Aitken’s confidence emanates from the bronze medal she won with Lobban at April’s World Doubles Championships in Glasgow.
They beat Welsh pair Joel Makin and Tesni Evans in the podium play-off, a result that changed their outlook on the Games.
“Typically as a nation Scotland are strong in doubles,” said Aitken. “I think that medal in Glasgow took us from underdogs to a team to beat.”
Aitken and Adderley finished fifth in the women’s doubles at the global gathering to fuel hope for a strong run in that discipline.
The 32-year-old is no stranger to the host city, where she relocated during the Covid-19 pandemic with football star partner Rachel Corsie.
The Scotland national team skipper joined Aston Villa of the FA Women’s Super League in January 2022 and relocated to the West Midlands with Aitken in tow.
“I’m in an individual sport and she’s in a team but the nice thing is that we completely understand each other’s lifestyles and we can share ideas,” she said.
“I’m a Leeds fan so I try to stay away from Aston Villa games as much as I can! But it’s going to be very special to have my family there watching.”
This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will comprise of over 250 athletes, and having secured her place on the squad, Aitken is looking for medal success.
Elsewhere Glasgow 2014 judo gold medallist Christopher Sherrington has withdrawn from the Games due to injury.
The 38-year-old, who underwent double ACL surgery last year, will be replaced by Andrew McWatt.
Scotland’s wheelchair basketball star Jess Whyte will be able to compete at the Games after being reunited with a part of her chair that was mislaid by an airline.
The 24-year-old’s chair was dismantled for a flight from East Midlands Airport to Amsterdam for a competition and only the wheels could be found.
The chair has now been found and is being flown back to the UK just in time for her arrival in the Athletes Village.
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