Learn about the Player: Gina Kennedy in The Telegraph

Gina Kennedy interview: The Telegraph

The world-beating sportswoman who was bed-ridden for months

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The summer of 2022 was idyllic for Gina Kennedy. A first year on the professional squash circuit had produced a rise in the world rankings from 185 to 10, bringing with it a maiden world tour title, a nomination for women’s player of the season and culminating in her becoming the first Englishwoman to win a Commonwealth Games singles title.

In some quarters, she was described as the squash version of Emma Raducanu – a shock British sporting icon who, by extraordinary coincidence, had begun her tennis career at the same Parklangley Club in Beckenham, Kent, where Kennedy first picked up a racket.

By the end of that summer, Kennedy felt “invincible”; seemingly nothing could halt her inexorable climb to the sport’s summit. But something did.

Gina Kennedy interview: The Telegraph