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XIX Commonwealth Games
3rd - 14th October 2010


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Men's final:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [2] James Willstrop (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (67m)

Bronze medal play-off:
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [6] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-2 (45m)

England's Nick Matthew Wins Gold In Delhi

England's world number two squash player Nick Matthew achieved "the most important thing in my career so far" when he beat fellow countryman James Willstrop in the men's Commonwealth Games singles final at the Siri Fort Complex in Delhi to win his first gold medal in his second appearance in the event.

In the sport's first 1-2-3 in the Games, third-seeded Englishman Peter Barker clinched the bronze medal when he beat Malaysia's sixth seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar 11-5, 11-4, 11-2 in the third place play-off.

Matthew, the 30-year-old from Sheffield who topped the world rankings in June, then suffered an illness setback last month, struggled earlier in the tournament - but was on top form to beat fellow Yorkshireman Willstrop, ranked four in the world, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 in 67 minutes.

Cheered on by a boisterous crowd of more then 2,000, Matthew and Willstrop produced an exhilarating display of world-class squash on the spectacular all-glass showcourt in the Indian city's new sports complex.

"This is the most important thing in my career so far," enthused Matthew after his triumph. "This was a massive goal. Four years ago I came fourth and saw what it was like. It's amazing to get gold - I'll savour it for a long time.

"I remember sitting at home watching Peter Nicol win gold in 1998 - then saw him win it again in Melbourne four years ago when I came fourth, which was quite hard to take. I've worked such a long time for this.

"I'm also so happy for Pete, winning bronze. I was at the same stage last time. I'm captain of the team and I'm so proud of them.

"The match was so tough - after all James is four in the world. I had to try and forget it was a Commonwealth Games final. I was a little bit lucky as James had played two tough games earlier."

When asked what his thoughts were of Delhi, Matthew replied: "I've enjoyed every minute of it. It's fantastic - I'll remember this for the rest of my life.

"The crowd were right behind both of us today - they were fantastic. They were cheering for squash."

Willstrop, from Leeds, was full of praise for his England team-mate: "I'm disappointed with the result - but that was some performance from Nick. He has a fantastic record. He played too well for me - I really had no answer.

"He played out of his skin, though I thought I played pretty well too. He's playing at a standard that's higher than anyone else. He keeps asking more questions of me.

"It might be the best he's ever played against me - so that's a nice thing to take from the match. He's dismantled me the last few times. So whilst it's disappointing, I've got to keep learning.

"I have no regrets - I've won the silver medal," added the 27-year-old. "It was a great atmosphere today."

Peter Barker was also delighted with his bronze medal achievement. "I played really well today. Winning this medal has to be one of the highlights of my career.

"It's a strange feeling - normally when you lose (as in the semi-finals), you pack your bags and go home. Nick said to me yesterday 'don't make the same mistake I did last time'. I took his advice and got my head together and told myself it's a massive match.

"It'll take a little while to sink in - but not many people win a Commonwealth Games medal. My Mum and girlfriend are here. This'll probably mean more to my Mum!

"Azlan did incredibly well to get here. He and I are good friends. We train together in London. It's never easy, playing a friend. But I wanted to show something for my efforts," added the world No8 from London.

When asked to comment on England's success, the left-hander said: "We're pretty strong in squash at the moment - we really wanted a 1/2/3 and hope this will help get us some media coverage back home. To get all the medals in the men's event really shows the dominance of our players.

"What a lovely position for England to be in."

England men's coach David Campion highlighted the background to the country's success. "This is the culmination of a lot of effort over the last 18 months by a number of people. It's testament to all the hard work and effort that all the players have put in.

"We're absolutely delighted to bring home all three medals in the men's event," added the former junior international. "And it's a great shame that Alison (Waters) had to pull out of the women's bronze medal match. She looked in great form yesterday and was a great prospect in the doubles too.

"The Commonwealth Games is such a big occasion for any squash player - something to cherish for life. It's big for England Squash and the English Institute of Sport - and a lot of people there have contributed to this success.

"I am very proud to be part of it."

Women's final:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (40m)

Bronze medal play-off:
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [3] Alison Waters (ENG) w/o

Nicol David Finally Wins Commonwealth Games Gold

At her fourth attempt, after competing in Squash's maiden appearance in the Commonwealth Games in her home country in 1998 when just 15, Malaysia's world number one Nicol David finally claimed gold when she beat England's Jenny Duncalf, the world No2, in a convincing straight games victory in today's women's final at the Siri Fort Complex in Delhi.

David, who picked up a record-equalling fifth world title only two weeks ago and this month celebrated her 54th month as world No1, traded points with her WISPA Tour rival in the early exchanges - but, from three-all, the event favourite won eight points in a row to take the opening game.

After taking the second for five points, the Malaysian had to handle a late surge by Duncalf as the 27-year-old from Harrogate in Yorkshire battled to stay in the game.

But, after some inspiring rallies from both players, Nicol served for the match for the first time only to win the point on a stroke - thus giving the long-awaited gold medal to the Malaysian superstar for the first time.

The packed crowd screamed and whistled as Nicol David did a 'lap of honour' around the spectacular all-glass showcourt with the Malaysian flag draped around her shoulders.

"I'm so excited right now - it's just so wonderful," said the jubilant David after her 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 triumph.

"Jenny didn't play her best today - but I had to take my opportunities.

"At match ball I just knew that I had to be ready to play the longest rally I've ever played. It wasn't the best way to finish - but it meant winning gold! I was just on another planet."

Was there a sense of relief in her win? "Yes - but at the same time I knew I had a great week, coming in from my success at the worlds - I had to be true to my game."

And did she feel under pressure? "There will always be that, whatever I do - I feel I always have to win and in my mind I want to go for it.

"A Commonwealth Games gold medal is one of my highest achievements so far. The fact that it's in a multi-sport event, which means so much for Malaysia, makes it even more important for me," concluded the 27-year-old from Penang.

Duncalf admitted to mixed feelings about the outcome: "It's a strange feeling - you come into a final hoping to win. But at the same time, winning a silver medal is one of my highest achievements. To get a silver medal is truly precious.

"I don't think Nicol did a lot wrong - she didn't really give me a look in. All credit to her - she's a deserved winner."

The third-place play-off match did not take place after England's third seed Alison Waters was forced to withdraw following an Achilles injury sustained in the semi-final against Duncalf - giving the bronze medal to Australia's sixth seed Kasey Brown.

"I'm pretty gutted," said 26-year-old Londoner, who learned that she moved to a career-high world No3 in the women's rankings today. "I had a scan today and have a slight tear on the Achilles tendon in my left leg. I'll be out for a couple of weeks so I'm pretty disappointed.

"Having not lost to Kasey, I'd have felt confident against her - but she's playing well at the moment. And in the doubles I had chances of medals in both events.

"But we've got strength in the team - we'll still be pushing for medals.

"I'll be staying here till the end - I'll be their No1 supporter!

"And at least I've had some good news today by going to No3 in the world rankings," added Waters.




England's Nick Matthew through to final

Jenny Duncalf Semi-Final win over Fellow Brit Alison Waters


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England's James Willstrop looking For Gold After His Semi_final win

Matthew fights through his second round match after dropping the third game


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King, NZ, provides upset by beating Urquhart, Aus, who was seeded 4 places above her
Barker beats local favourite Ghosal
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Siri Fort Sports Complex
Competition dates: 4-13 October 2010

Shelly Offers Reassurance to Squash

While we have closely monitored the building process of the venue (I was there a couple of weeks ago) - and all is well; it is the province of the nations and the CGF to review the Village, transport, security etc, i.e. the Games wide facets as our role is restricted to the sport itself.

We know that many teams already have their advance parties inspecting, hence the concerns raised now, and CGF are working tirelessly with the organising committees to deal with last minute problems.

Andrew Shelley


Top Half Men's Draw
 Bronze 08 Oct, Final 08 Oct
Round One
04 Oct
Round Two
04 Oct
Round Three
05 Oct
06 Oct
07 Oct
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG)
Nick Matthew
11-6, 13-11, 8-11, 11-3 (75m)
Nafiizwan Adnan
Nick Matthew
10-12, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (50m)
Aamir Atlas Khan
Nick Matthew
11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (54m)
Cameron Pilley
Nick Matthew
11-9, 11-2, 11-9 (60m)
Peter Barker
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
11-8, 11-2, 11-5 (25m)
Hartaj Bains (KEN)
[10] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK)
11-2, 11-2, 11-6 (12m)
Masud Rana (BAN)
Aamir Atlas Khan
11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (21m)
Colin Ramasra
Colin Ramasra (TRI)
11-5, 11-3, 11-0 (17m)
Jules Snagg (SVG)
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11-5, 11-9, 11-0 (23m)
Joe Chapman (IVB)
Cameron Pilley
11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (74m)
Siddharth Suchde
Cameron Pilley
11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (46m)
Ryan Cuskelly
Siddharth Suchde (IND)
11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (37m)
Michael Hopkins (JEY)
[14] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
Sandeep Jangra (IND)
Ryan Cuskelly
11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 (68m)
Bradley Hindle
Bradley Hindle (MLT)
11-1, 11-5, 11-3 (23m)
Navin Samarasinghe (SRI)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG)
11-2, 11-1, 11-1 (22m)
Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM)
Peter Barker
11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (40m)
Alan Clyne
 Peter Barker
11-5, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5 (76m)
Saurav Ghosal
Peter Barker
10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 (73m)
Stewart Boswell
Alan Clyne (SCO)
11-4, 11-0, 11-2 (20m)
Nick Kyme (BER)
[11] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-1, 11-4, 11-0 (19m)
Ian Rukunya (UGA)
Saurav Ghosal
11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (28m)
Lyall Paterson
Lyall Paterson (SCO)
 (Patrick Chifunda w/d)
[8] Stewart Boswell (AUS)
11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)
Chris Small (SCO)
Stewart Boswell
11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (38m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu
Stewart Boswell
11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (47m)
Farhan Mehboob
Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND)
11-3, 11-1, 11-2 (14m)
Shopon Pervez (BAN)
[13] Farhan Mehboob (PAK)
11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (18m)
Samuel Kyagulanyi (UGA)
Farhan Mehboob
11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (20m)
Yasir Butt
Yasir Butt (PAK)
(Chris Binnie w/d
Bottom Half Men's Draw
Round One
04 Oct
Round Two
04 Oct
Round Three
05 Oct
06 Oct
07 Oct
Lefika Ragontse (BOT)
11-6, 11-2, 8-11, 11-8 (36m)
Harry Leitch (SCO)
Harry Leitch
11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (34m)
Campbell Grayson
Campbell Grayson
11-8, 11-1, 11-3 (44m)
Azlan Iskandar
Azlan Iskandar
11-6, 7-11, 13-11, 13-11 (135m)
Daryl Selby
Azlan Iskandar
11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (44m)
James Willstrop
[16] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
11-9, 11-6, 11-2 (29m)
Ray Simbule (ZAM)
Robin Clarke (CAN)
11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (18m)3
Othniel Bailey (SVG)
Robin Clarke
8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (48m)
Azlan Iskandar
[6] Azlan Iskandar (MAS)
11-7, 11-3, 11-0 (15m)
James Bentick (SVG)
Chris Simpson (GGY)
11-4, 11-3, 11-1 (15m)
Aubrey Taulo (MAW)
Chris Simpson
11-8, 11-4, 12-14, 11-3 (64m)1
Martin Knight
Chris Simpson
11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (52m)
Daryl Selby
[15] Martin Knight (NZL)
11-3, 11-2, 11-5 (35m)
Hardeep Reel (KEN)
Danish Atlas Khan (PAK)
11-1, 11-5, 11-2 (12m)
Bruce Burrowes (JAM)
Danish Atlas Khan
11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (34m)
Daryl Selby
[4] Daryl Selby (ENG)
11-2, 11-1, 11-2 (15m)
Michael Rucklinger (PNG)
Lekgotla Mosope (BOT)
Lekgotla Mosope
11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (37m)
Ong Beng Hee
Ong Beng Hee
11-4, 15-13, 11-5 (55m)
David Palmer
David Palmer
9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (111m)
James Willstrop
[9] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (26m)
Lazarus Chilufya (ZAM)
Andrew McDougall (CAN)
11-1, 11-4, 11-4 (18m)
Orumu Ofoyuru (UGA)
Andrew McDougall
11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (29m)
David Palmer
[5] David Palmer (AUS)
11-1, 11-2, 11-3 (17m)
Julius Taulo (MAW)
Shawn Delierre (CAN)
11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (22m)
Henry Birch (GGY)
Shawn Delierre
11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (19m)
Michael Kawooya
Shawn Delierre
11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-2 (38m)
James Willstrop
Michael Kawooya (UGA)
(Shahier Razik w/d)
Ivan Yuen (MAS)
11-6, 11-0, 11-2 (18m)
James Matewere (MAW)
Ivan Yuen
11-7, 11-4, 11-4
James Willstrop
[2] James Willstrop (ENG)
Women's Draw
 Bronze 08 Oct, Final 08 Oct
Round Two
04 Oct
Round Three
05 Oct
07 Oct
08 Oct
[1] Nicol David (MAS)
11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (18m)
Damindha Udangawe (SRI)
Nicol David
11-5, 12-10, 11-7 (29m)
Joshna Chinappa
Nicol David
11-5, 11-3, 11-7 (29m)
Laura Massaro
Nicol David
11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (38m)
Kasey Brown
Nicol David
Jenny Duncalf
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
11-1, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4 (30m)
Sharon Wee (MAS)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG)
11-4, 11-2, 11-5 (22m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO)
Laura Massaro
11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (26m)
Alana Miller
[16] Alana Miller (CAN)
11-3, 11-6, 11-7 (22m)
Anwesha Reddy (IND)
[4] Madeline Perry (NIR)
11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (15m)
Sharya Guruge (SRI)
Madeline Perry
11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
Lisa Camilleri
Madeline Perry
5-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-9, 12-10 (84m)
Kasey Brown
[13] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)
11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS)
11-2, 11-4, 4-0 rtd (19m)
Miranda Ranieri (CAN)
Kasey Brown
11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (85m)
Delia Arnold
[11] Delia Arnold (MAS)
11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (19m)
Issey Norman-Ross (GGY)
Jeannine Cowie (JEY)
11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (18m)
[12] Joelle King (NZL)
Joelle King
11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4 (37m)
Donna Urquhart
Joelle King
12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-2 (60m)
Alison Waters
Alison Waters
6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 (59m)
Jenny Duncalf
Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
12-10, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Stephanie Edmison (CAN)
11-2, 11-7, 12-10 (21m)
Surbhi Misra (IND)
Stephanie Edmison
11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (17m)
Alison Waters
Samantha Cornett (CAN)
11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (15m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG)
Zoe Barr (NIR)
11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (20m)
[9] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Low Wee Wern
11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 (62m)
Jaclyn Hawkes
Jaclyn Hawkes
11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (40m)
Jenny Duncalf
Amelia Pittock (AUS)
11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (25m)
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)
Anaka Alankamony (IND)
11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (21m)
[10] Sarah Kippax (ENG)
 Sarah Kippax
4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (43m)
Jenny Duncalf
Zephanie Curgenven (GGY)
11-4, 11-3, 11-1 (18m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)

 Round One:
Sharya Guruge 
(SRI) bt Safina Madhani (KEN) 11-3, 11-9, 11-2 (16m)
Frania Gillen-Buchert
 (SCO) bt Ashley Khalil (GUY) 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (20m)
Miranda Ranieri (CAN) bt Kate Cadigan (JEY) 11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (21m)
Issey Norman-Ross
 (GGY) bt Kerrie Sample (TRI) w/o
Jeannine Cowie
 (JEY) bt Barbara Stubbings (PNG) 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Nicolette Fernandes
(GUY) bt Khaaliqa Nimji (KEN) 11-0, 11-3, 11-1 (13m)
Stephanie Edmison (CAN) bt Natalie Dodd (GGY) 11-5, 11-1, 11-5 (16m)


England Bid For Double Commonwealth Games Gold In Delhi

Only Malaysian Nicol David stands in the way of double gold for England in Friday's Commonwealth Games Squash Singles finals in Delhi where the world number one from Penang meets second seed Jenny Duncalf in the women's final, and top seeds Nick Matthew and James Willstrop line up in an all-English men's final at the Siri Fort Complex in the Indian capital.

Jenny Duncalf was the first to secure a place in the medals. But the world No2 from Harrogate in Yorkshire had a tough battle against fellow countrywoman Alison Waters, the third seed, dropping the first game and facing game-ball against her at 10-9 down in the second.

But the 27-year-old England No1 recovered to draw level before taking the next two games to avenge her defeat in this year's British National Championship, beating Waters 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 in 59 minutes.

"Obviously it's great to be in the Commonwealth Games final - tomorrow will be one of the highlights of my career," said the jubilant Duncalf moments after coming off the all-glass showcourt at the new 11-court complex.

"It was a bit of a funny game as Ali got a twinge in her Achilles - it was a bit of a tough trying not to think of her. It was a bit unsettling," explained Duncalf.

"Getting the second game was really important. We're extremely competitive - but best mates off court."

How does she see her chances in the final? "I'm just looking forward to it - whoever I've got. I don't think it's really sunk in yet.

"I've felt good this tournament - I really like the court and the arena's great."

When asked if she felt she was playing as well as when she downed Nicol David twice in succession last year, Duncalf replied: "I'm never totally sure how I'm playing. But I definitely had to play well to beat Ali - she's a great player technically and physically. She really dominated me in the first game.

"Winning gold would be unbelievable. It would be the highlight of my career. We're all desperate to win gold."

A downcast Waters confirmed her Achilles twinge: "This really hampered my movement. If I'd won the second game, it would have made a big difference.

"I still felt I was in it - the third game was close," added the Londoner. "I felt I was playing really well. I'm now concentrating on bronze."

Can Jenny win it, the 26-year-old was asked? "I hope so - she's playing well."

Later, top seed Nicol David emerged from the second semi, recording her fourth successive straight games win in Delhi by beating Australia's surprise semi-finalist Kasey Brown, the sixth seed who upset Northern Ireland's No5 seed Madeline Perry 24 hours earlier.

The 25-year-old from New South Wales led three times in the opening game, but at six-all David took control to close out the game after winning the next five points in row. The cool Malaysian was always ahead thereafter and after 38 minutes notched up her 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 victory.

Now just win away from the only major tile which has hitherto eluded her, David was pleased with her performance: "I was playing really well to stay with her, moving well and hitting the ball well. I felt good. I had a really good run today.

"I'm glad to be in the final - but it's going to be a battle. Just one more push!"

Much is expected of the record five-time world champion who finished in a disappointing fourth place four years ago in Melbourne: "That was a big turning point for me. I learned a lot from that. I've brought my game up."

The favourite was asked what it would mean to win the title: "The Commonwealth Games title would definitely be up there with the other big ones," said the Penangite.

Brown was philosophical about her defeat: "All this experience is going to help me in the future. Maybe next time I can win gold."

When asked to identify what makes her opponent so difficult to beat, the New York-based Aussie replied: "Mentally Nicol is very strong - and physically too. She's also very quick and consistent. You feel you have to win five points before you get one."

Top seed Nick Matthew became the first to claim a place in the men's final. The world No2 from Sheffield avenged a recent defeat by Peter Barker to beat his England team-mate in exactly one hour.

The left-handed Londoner led Matthew 8-7 in the first game, and was poised at 9-9 in the third game - but the third seed came away empty-handed as the favourite, who struggled to find his form earlier in the event, scored his 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 victory.

"I've got better each match, for sure - but I had to," said Matthew. "The competition's got tougher. I am pleased to get off in three.

"I feel I'm back to my best. I'm a lot happier than I was the first couple of days.

"I've been in contact my psychologist back home, which has been a help. If you start day-dreaming about winning matches, as soon as you get ahead of yourself that's when you slip up."

His reaction on reaching the final? "It's fantastic. But I've not come here just to get in the final - tomorrow is when the job is finished."

Barker felt he had been let down by the referees: "The first and third games were crucial - I had two bad decisions. Not that it would have made any difference. Nick outplayed me in the second.

"But it's disappointing when you work so hard - and it comes down to bad decisions.

"Nick played a lot better: controlled and accurate squash."

Barker ended a run of 10 successive defeats by Matthew in August by beating the Yorkshireman for the first time in the Hong Kong Open. "He played better than he did in Hong Kong - and I didn't play as well," said Barker. "He just didn't let me. I thought it was a fair match."

Would he win bronze? "I hope so," concluded the 27-year-old.

The much-touted 'dream' all-English final came about a few hours later when second seed James Willstrop defeated surprise opponent Mohd Azlan Iskandar, the No6 seed from Malaysia, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 in 44 minutes.

Whilst Willstrop had survived a brutal 111-minute encounter the previous night - fighting back from 2/0 down to beat dogged Australian David Palmer in a match which finished at 12.45 am - the Malaysian had needed 135 minutes to upset determined Englishman Daryl Selby in an incident-packed affair.

But it was clearly Iskandar who had been affected more as the 28-year-old from Kula Lumpur fell to his sixth successive defeat to the tall Englishman.

"That couldn't really have worked out much better," said Willstrop. "Looking back at being 2/0 down last night, I didn't think I'd be in this position. Just 40 minutes on court today is handy.

"If we'd had another ding dong tonight, it would have made it very difficult for tomorrow. Yesterday, mentally, was very hard. I was nearly out of it last night. Two hard back-to-back matches would have made it very difficult," explained the world No4 from Leeds.

"I set the tone pretty well today - I felt alright, I didn't feel too bad. When he's had two hours in his legs, and is 1/0 down, it's hard."

Four years ago in Melbourne, Willstrop crashed out at the quarter-final stage - losing to Matthew in an 82-minute marathon.

"Last time was quite heart-breaking, playing Nick in a monster match in Melbourne," Willstrop recalled. "But I don't think the England team could be happier this time - we've probably come and done as well as we could have hoped. We've always said that this is a very important competition - all of the players have put in a massive effort to get here."

On another clash with Matthew, Willstrop stated: "I play him more than anyone. It'll be a big game and an exciting one. Everybody talks about the rivalry - and that's great for the sport.

"I'm behind at the moment - it's time I got one!"

A tired Iskandar praised his opponent: "James has a super attacking game - he just didn't give me a chance to get going. He was simply too good - to beat him, you need a fresh pair of legs. I thought he deserved to win.

"He's a great player. He doesn't allow you to get into a rhythm.

"I set my goal of making the semis - and I achieved that. I hope to recover tomorrow to put in another day."

Double England Silver Certain After Early Quarters' Successes In Delhi

England can look forward to a minimum of two silver medals in the Commonwealth Games Squash Championships in Delhi after Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters came through the first two women's quarter-finals, and Nick Matthew and Peter Barker prevailed in the early last eight men's matches at the Siri Fort Complex in the Indian capital.

Waters, the third seed from London, was the first to put herself in medal contention for the first time after beating New Zealand's Joelle King, the 12th seed, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-2 in 60 minutes.

It was the world number four's second victory over the Kiwi this year - but clearly Waters had a tougher hurdle to overcome this time:

"I've only played Joelle once before - but I knew she'd be tough," said 26-year-old Water. "She hits the ball well and hard. When I changed things around and brought in a bit of variety, it all came together for me.

"I'm glad to get through - winning that last game like I did gives you confidence. Knowing I can play like that in the fifth gives me a boost. I've had more experience than Joelle, and I think that was the key in the fifth.

"It's exciting to be in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games - that's pretty cool! Not many people can say that they've competed in the Games.

"It would be great to play Jenny in the semis as at least one of would get a medal," added Waters.

Team-mate Duncalf then obliged, ending the hopes of another New Zealander by beating seventh seed Jaclyn Hawkes 11-8, 11-4, 12-10.

"I felt good out there today - it's always good to get through in three," said second seed Duncalf. "I maybe switched off slightly in the third - so I was pleased not to go to a fourth.

"You can't let up for one minute against these girls - you can't get complacent. As soon as you sit back for a couple of points, the momentum goes."

Asked if she was boosted by her team-mate's earlier win, Duncalf replied: "Yes, it's great to see your team-mates do well. There's a great togetherness about the squad - we all look out for each other.

"Ali and I are sharing tonight - so I might have to think of a few tricks!"

Underdog Hawkes admitted later she had been relaxed going into the game: "I had nothing to lose.

"Jenny's racket skills are so good. If you play a loose ball, you'll find yourself in trouble. She just played better than me today.

"If I'd managed to take the third, she might have tightened up a bit. Even though she can come back from losing a game, I felt I had it in me to take it to a fifth."

The 27-year-old from Auckland will now turn her attention to the Doubles: "I think our chances in the doubles are really good. We've got a real good shot to win."

Londoner Peter Barker became the first man to earn a place in the semi-finals when he recovered from a game down to beat experienced Australian Stewart Boswell 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3.

Boswell, the No8 seed in his third appearance in the Games, was two points away from taking the second game when Barker edged through, then upped the pace to record his 73-minute victory.

"That was tough - and I was fortunate to win the second game," admitted the third seed. "If he'd won that, it would have been really tough to come back - even though I have a few years on him! Two down against someone of Bozza's experience would not have been good.

"But after winning the second, I was on the front foot."

When told that Australian number one David Palmer had tipped him as a 'dark horse' for the title, Barker was quick to respond: "No! Maybe people are saying that because I beat Nick (Matthew) the last time we played. I'm quietly confident of doing well, but I like being the underdog!"

The left-hander then went on to admit how feared Palmer himself is: "We were all not wanting to play David. In fact it's the first thing I thought of when I saw the draw was - 'where's David?' That quarter was always going to be the one everybody wanted to avoid."

The third game was twice interrupted when the Englishman had to change his racket. "My strings broke twice! And at 20 dollars a re-string, it's going to be an expensive tournament! They're new Ashaway strings - and good strings - but they have a life!"

Boswell said that his plan had been to try and get a good length and get in front - "which I did for about a game and a half. I thought I played pretty well - but I fell off the pace a bit at the end, which was a bit disappointing.

"Pete's in pretty good form and is an obvious contender for the title. I think he's capable of winning it. I was hoping to get through at least another round - but now we've got the doubles, so the only plus about losing is that I've now got two days free.

"I haven't really given the doubles much thought," added the Canberra-born 32-year-old. "But it gives us a good opportunity to win gold for Australia."

Barker will now line up against England team-mate Nick Matthew, the event favourite, for as place in the final.

World No2 Matthew secured his first straight games win of the tournament when he overcame Australia's seventh seed Cameron Pilley 11-7, 11-5, 11-6.

"It's definitely the best I've played this week - but I needed to against somebody like Cameron," said an upbeat Matthew. "I knew I had to start well. It's getting better each day. I was moving a lot sharper around the court today.

"And I've now got Pete (Barker). It's never easy to play a compatriot but I'm looking forward to it. But Pete's playing well - he's confident. And he beat me the last time we played.

When asked if it felt good to know that England already had two certain silver medals, the 30-year-old from Sheffield said: "The coaches might think of things like that - but all of us are only after one thing! Nothing's been achieved yet."

Pressure-Free Palmer Looks Forward To Commonwealth Games Quarters

Australian squash veteran David Palmer claimed one of the last slots in the men's Commonwealth Games quarter-finals at the Siri Fort Complex in Delhi - then admitted that the pressure is now off him.

"I've nothing to lose now - I've reached my seeded position, I've achieved my minimum goal here," said the 34-year-old fifth seed after the 11-4, 15-13, 11-5 victory in 55 minutes over his Malaysian rival Ong Beng Hee, the No9 seed.

Palmer, from New South Wales, won a bronze medal in 2002 and silver in the last Games on home soil in Melbourne - and is the only player who could win a third medal in a row in the Indian capital.

"I'm relieved to get through today to put myself in a chance for the medals," said the former world number one and two-time world champion.

"Beng Hee is a tough opponent and, although my head to head record is good against him, we always have close matches. So I was pleased to get off in three games - particularly on these bouncy courts, which suit his game.

"I'll be fairly fresh going into tomorrow."

Palmer will play England's James Willstrop, the No2 seed from Yorkshire who beat unseeded Canadian Shawn Delierre 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-2.

"He's a player in form," said the US-based Australian. "We always have good matches - and he beat me the last time in Australia.

"It'll be good to play him on the all-glass court."

Willstrop felt his match was average: "I was a bit rusty today - I wasn't very good. But that's not unusual," admitted the 27-year-old from Leeds who had to be persuaded to come back off court to talk to the media after he had returned there after his match to get some extra practice once the audience had cleared the arena.

When told that it was Palmer that he would next meet, Willstrop said: "He's probably the worst of the eight I could have had - but I'm not complaining, I'll just focus now on that match.

"But when it comes to the last eight, anyone can beat anyone."

Asked about the prospect of an all-English semi-final, the world No4 stated: "I hope so - that's we've all been aiming for. But it'll be a hard day to go first."

It is Daryl Selby that will be England's representative in the other men's semi-final decided tonight when the fourth seed takes on fifth-seeded Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskandar. Selby beat fellow Briton Chris Simpson, representing Guernsey, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5, while Iskandar defeated New Zealander Campbell Grayson 11-8, 11-1, 11-3.

"I played pretty well and was happy to get through 3/0 to be honest," said Selby, the world No10 from Essex. "Chris never stopped running and had great support from a large crowd of Guernsey supporters which created an excellent atmosphere in the arena.

"Winning the first game was crucial. I had to play really well and be totally focussed throughout."

The only quarter-final without English interest will be the women's clash between Northern Ireland's Madeline Perry and Australian Kasey Brown. Fourth seed Perry celebrated her second successive appearance in the last eight after beating Australia's Lisa Camilleri 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, while sixth seed Brown had to battle for 85 minutes to get the better of Malaysia's 11th seed Delia Arnold 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5.

There was great audience reaction to the women's all-glass showcourt match between the Indian number one Joshna Chinappa and Asian rival Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia.

After dropping the first game, Chinappa led 8-2 and 9-5 in the second, and had game-ball at 10-9. But, incredibly, the 24-year-old from Chennai served the ball out of the court - a mistake which David quickly jumped upon to close out the game before moving on to beat the 15th seed 11-5, 12-10, 11-7.

"I feel awful about what happened at the end of the second game - I don't want to think about," said a crestfallen Chinappa to a swarm of local media hanging on her every word. "I've never had a lead like that against Nicol before - but I gave her too many chances to come back.

"But this has been the best tournament I've ever played in - and the support was even better than when I play in my home town Chennai," enthused the world No34.

Nicol David, the hot favourite expected to win her first Games medal, admitted that Chinappa had been a tough opponent. "It's the best she's ever played against me - but every time we play, she's improved," said the 27-year-old from Penang. "I had to really push."

David will now take on England's Laura Massaro, the fifth seed who beat Alana Miller, the 16th seed from Canada, 11-7, 11-4, 11-3.

Miller, the world No35 from Winnipeg, revealed a week ago that she would retire after the Games.

"It feels so weird," said Miller shortly after the completion of her final match. "I decided some time ago, but wanted to slip away unnoticed - I wanted to do it quietly. But it got out when people started asking questions when I didn't put myself up for selection for this year's world team championships.

"I've started at medical school at the NUIG (National University of Ireland in Galway) - and I just love it! I'm so happy to be there - I feel like I've arrived," said the 30-year-old, fighting back the tears.

"It's definitely the right decision - and I feel quite fortunate to have made the team here.

"I'm not playing in the doubles, so this is it - I've played my last match!

"I've got so many great memories about being a full-time squash player - perhaps none greater than when the Canadian team won the Pan Am Games title in 2007. We were the second seeds and beat favourites USA in the final. It was extra special!

"But my main memories are for all the great people I have met in squash," concluded the three times Canadian national champion.

Matthew Tested In Commonwealth Games Opener In Delhi

England favourite Nick Matthew took his anticipated place in the last 16 of the Commonwealth Games Squash Championship in Delhi - but the world No2 from Sheffield was severely tested by unseeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in today's (Monday) second round match at the Siri Fort Complex in the Indian capital.

Matthew, competing in his first event since a fever forced his withdrawal from the British Grand Prix in England last month, took the first game - but then found himself 10-7 down in the second.

The England number one, who had a bye in the first round, saved four game balls to take the game - and quickly moved 6-2 up in the third.

But this time it was underdog Adnan that raised his game - the 24-year-old world No52 from Kuala Lumpur winning eight points in a row to reach game-ball, then taking the game after a brief fightback by the Englishman.

Matthew, bidding to win his first Games medal, steadied himself in the fourth and won five straight points from 7-3 to clinch an 11-6, 13-11, 8-11, 11-3 victory after 75 minutes.

"I've played him once before - but I knew he'd improved, and that he'd had a good run this morning, whereas it was my first match," said the relieved Yorkshireman later. "When I nicked that second game, I thought I had it - but, credit to him, he came back and took the third.

"Maybe it will be good to have had bit more of a workout than I expected - it gave me a good chance to get the cobwebs out of my system," added the 30-year-old when asked to comment on his recent setback.

On being in the Commonwealth Games, Matthew said: "It's the biggest thing for us - it would be brilliant to win it - but there's a long way to go yet."

Adnan, who credited England coach Peter Genever for having raised his game, rued his missed opportunities: "I'm really disappointed that I didn't win that second game. I had a good chance to hit a winner at 11-10, but was worried about hitting Nick with my racket, so held back.

"But Peter has helped me a lot over the last four years. Some day I'm going to be in the top 20 - but I need to work harder, and be smarter!"

Chris Simpson caused the first upset - and became the first Guernsey player ever to make the men's last 16 - when he beat New Zealand's 15th seed Martin Knight 11-8, 11-4, 12-14, 11-3 in 64 minutes.

"The courts were really bouncy and I had to work hard for very point," said the 23-year-old world No48. "I squandered four match balls in the fourth - but I'd already worked him pretty hard in the earlier games.

"I knew I had a chance against Martin," Simpson explained. "Although he's ranked higher than me, I've beaten him twice before.

"I was well-supported by a big Guernsey contingent, who were pretty noisy - and that was great.

"The Guernsey squad - across all sports - is really close-knit," added the Channel Islander. "My best friend Tobin Horton is in the cycling team, and we've know each other since we were three!"

Malaysian super star Nicol David began her 2010 Games campaign in stunning style, overcoming Sri Lankan Damindhi Udangawa 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 in just 18 minutes.

The top women's seed, who celebrated her 50th consecutive month as world number one last month, is firm favourite to win her first gold medal - after finishing a disappointing fourth last time in Melbourne.

"I've learned a lot from the last few years, even the last few weeks, and I want to take that energy forward into the Games," said the 27-year-old from Penang when asked about the pressure on her to win the only major title that has eluded her.

"I felt good on court today. I was trying to get the feel of the glass court. She got a few good shots in and I had to tighten up.

"It's a real boost having your team mates around you - they give you extra support. Once you're there, you just want to get in there and get going."

Alison Waters, one of David's main rivals from England, took three fewer minutes to earn her place in the last 16, beating Canadian Samantha Cornett 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 in her opening match in 15 minutes.

"I've never played Sam before - but it's quite funny, as I met her years ago when I played one of my first international events in Canada and stayed with her family," explained the No3 seed afterwards.

"She was 11 years old then, and playing junior squash. But she's a good player now, and hits the ball really well.

"Being in the Games is a great experience - it was brilliant being involved with last night's Opening Ceremony. The atmosphere is great - and the England team spirit is brilliant - we all want to do well.

"But it's good to get the first match out of the way," added the 26-year-old world No4 from London.

Fellow Londoner Peter Barker also eased into the third round of the men's competition after defeating Scotland's Alan Clyne 11-4, 11-2, 11-3.

"To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive about my match - I would have preferred to play Alan on the glass court," said the third-seeded left-hander after his 40-minute victory. "But I knew I'd have to be there for a long time as he's so fit.

"But I'm pleased with the way I played - I was happy with 3/0."

Another left-hander who booked a place in the third round was 13th seed Farhan Mehboob, who beat fellow Pakistani Yasir Butt 11-3, 11-3, 11-1.

"I think I played my best squash in that game. I know Yasir's game well - we practise a lot together - so I was able to exploit his weaknesses," said the world No31 from Peshawar.

Mehboob will now meet Stewart Boswell after the eighth seed from Australia defeated India's Harinder Pal Sandhu 11-4, 11-7, 11-5.

"I'm really focussed. I play Stewart Boswell next - and the last time we played was in the Pakistan Open two years ago, when he beat me.

"But I think I am ready for him now - I'm feeling confident!"

Palmer On Course For Complete Set Of Games Medals In India

Australia's David Palmer, one of only a handful of squash players making his fourth successive appearance in the Commonwealth Games, successfully began his 2010 campaign by beating Malawi's Julius Taulo in the first round of the men's squash singles championship at the Siri Fort Complex in Delhi, India.

After winning bronze in the Manchester Games in 2002, the former world number one and two-time world champion secured silver in 2006 on home soil in Melbourne - and is after singles gold in Delhi to complete the set.

"It would be nice to finish off with gold - but it won't be easy," conceded the 34-year-old from New South Wales after his 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 victory over 32-year-old Taulo.

One his country's most successful players of all-time, Palmer notched up ten complete years in the world top ten in August. And, after slipping to 12 in the September list, burst back into the top 10 this month after rediscovering his form in the British Grand Prix in England, where he reached the semi-finals against expectations.

"It hasn't been a great year for me - but Manchester gave me a big boost. I was pretty impressed with what I achieved there.

"It's nice to get into it here with a good win. There's a great atmosphere here."

"I'm healthy and fit. I hope I can continue my form this week."

The 2010 Commonwealth Games squash action is taking place in the impressive new Siri Fort Complex which boasts 10 glass-backed courts and a state-of-the-art all-glass showcourt boasting seating for 3,000 spectators.

"I've got a pretty tricky draw, but I want to get onto the all-glass court - it's where I like to play," added Palmer.

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David is seeded to win her first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women's singles event - but had a bye in the first round and will face Sri Lanka's Damindhi Udangawa in today's second round

David made her debut in the sport's maiden appearance in the Games in her home country in 1998 - as a 15-year-old.

But history was made today when Khaaliqa Nimji became the youngest competitor ever to compete in the Games. The 12-year-old from Nairobi took on the Guyana number one Nicolette Fernandes - but went down 11-0, 11-3, 11-1 to the 27-year-old former world No27.

"It was very exciting for me, especially as I am so young - but it was a great experience," said the schoolgirl who last year, aged just 11, became the Kenyan women's national (senior) champion.

"Nicolette is very good - she really plays some great shots," enthused the youngster. "I tried my best, but I just couldn't do it. She's the best player I've ever played."

Khaaliqa took up squash when she was five. "My Dad (Sadruddin) started me off. I started with tennis, but I liked squash better.

"My aim is to be world number one in squash - and I would love to meet Nicol David while I'm here," added the confident Miss Nimji who now moves forward to represent Kenya in the Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles later in the week.


Commonwealth Games Boasts World-Class Squash Field

Led by nine players from both the men's and women's world top 20 rankings, the cast list for next week's Commonwealth Games Squash championships in Delhi will be world-class - with Malaysia's world number one Nicol David seeded to win the women's singles gold medal and England's Nick Matthew, the world No2, expected to take men's gold.

Players from 27 countries will compete in the two singles events which get underway at the superb new eleven-court Siri Fort Complex - which features an all-glass centre court - on Monday 4 October. Following the Gold and Bronze medal play-offs on Friday 8 October, the three Doubles championships (Men, Women & Mixed) will take place from Saturday 9th to Wednesday 13th October.

New medallists will be certain in the Women's Singles event - with no previous winners in the field, and after Nicol David finished only in fourth place in Melbourne in 2006. It was the 27-year-old from Penang's third successive appearance in the event following her debut in her home country in the sport's first appearance in the Games in 1998.

Nicol David, who celebrated her 50th successive month as world number one this month, is in sparkling form after winning a record-equalling fifth World Open title in Egypt earlier this month.

"After my win at the World Open in Sharm El Sheikh I'm looking forward to bringing that over to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games," said the Malaysian on the eve of her departure for Delhi. "The Games will be a completely different atmosphere and being part of the Malaysian contingent will be a nice boost to do my best out there for the country.

"The Commonwealth Games is always special and I will go all out for it!"

Nick Matthew is also enjoying the best form of his career this year after becoming the first player to win three PSA Super Series championships. But, after becoming England's first world number one for six years in June, the 30-year-old from Sheffield suffered a minor setback when illness forced him to withdraw from the British Grand Prix, the biggest event in Europe this year, in England earlier this month.

"I'm fully fit now and looking forward to being in Delhi," said Matthew as he joined his England team-mates for the flight to India. "I hear that the atmosphere in the England camp has been buzzing and we all can't wait to get out there and get amongst it now.

"On a personal point of view, it will be my second Commonwealth Games - and the first one was among the highlights of my career, so I can't wait to get playing, especially after missing the British Grand Prix.

"Hopefully the enforced rest has done me good," added the gold favourite.

Whilst a new gold medallist is assured in both the men's and women's events, Australia's David Palmer will be hoping to win his third successive medal after clinching Bronze in England in 2002 and Silver on home soil four years ago.

One his country's most successful players of all-time, Palmer celebrated ten complete years in the world's top 10 last month - and earlier this month rediscovered his former form by reaching the semi-finals of the British Grand Prix in Manchester.

Despite losing to Egypt's Ramy Ashour, the reigning world number one and the event's eventual champion, Palmer took positives from his performance: "It's given me encouragement," said the two-time World Open champion. "I haven't been able to play a match like that for the last four or five months.

"The Commonwealth Games is very important to me - and it looks as if I'm back in form. It's better late than never! "So I can go back home and be happy now.

"But it's going to be very tough in Delhi," admitted the 34-year-old fifth seed.

England, Australia & Malaysia Expected To Share Commonwealth Games Squash Gold

England, Australia and Malaysia are expected to share the Squash gold medals in next month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, according to the draws announced today by the World Squash Federation.

Malaysian Nicol David, who celebrated her 50th successive month as world number one this month, is the firm favourite to win the women's singles gold medal for the first time - while Englishman Nick Matthew, the world No2, is top seed in the men's individual event.

But the seeding suggests that the remaining singles medals will go to England - with James Willstrop, the world No6 who was runner-up in this week's British Grand Prix in Manchester, winning silver and Peter Barker bronze.

World number two Jenny Duncalf is seeded to be runner-up in the women's individual event, while her England team-mate Alison Waters is the bronze prediction.

Yorkshireman Nick Matthew teams up with Londoner Adrian Grant for the Men's Doubles, in which a gold medal is predicted for the English pair.

But Australia are expected to win gold in both the Women's and Mixed Doubles - with New South Wales's Kasey Brown lining up with Donna Urquhart as favourites in the women's event, and teaming up with Cameron Pilley, also from NSW, as top seeds in the mixed championship.

Hosts India are expected to win their first ever Commonwealth Games Squash medal in the Women's Doubles where Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal are seeded to secure silver - but they, and the other favourites, may be upset by the specialist doubles combinations from New Zealand and Scotland.

The Commonwealth Games Squash events will take place at the superb new eleven-court Siri Fort Squash Complex in Delhi - which features an all-glass centre court - from 4-13 October.

Men's Singles 1st round draw:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bye
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v Hartaj Bains (KEN)
[10] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) v Masud Rana (BAN)
Colin Ramasra (TRI) v Jules Snagg (SVG)
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Joe Chapman (IVB)
Siddharth Suchde (IND) v Michael Hopkins (JEY)
[14] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v Sandeep Jangra (IND)
Bradley Hindle (MLT) v Navin Samarasinghe (SRI)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) v Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v Nicholas Kyme (BER)
[11] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Ian Rukunya (UGA)
Patrick Chifunda (ZAM) v Lyall Paterson (SCO)
[8] Stewart Boswell (AUS) v Chris Small (SCO)
Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) v Shopon Pervez (BAN)
[13] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) v Samuel Kyagulanyi (UGA)
Yasir Butt (PAK) v Christopher Binnie (JAM)
Lefika Ragontse (BOT) v Harry Leitch (SCO)
[16] Campbell Grayson (NZL) v Ray Simbule (ZAM)
Robin Clarke (CAN) v Othniel Bailey (SVG)
[6] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v James Bentick (SVG)
Chris Simpson (GGY) v Aubrey Taulo (MAW)
[15] Martin Knight (NZL) v Hardeep Reel (KEN)
Danish Atlas Khan (PAK) v Bruce Burrowes (JAM)
[4] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Michael Rucklinger (PNG)
Lekgotla Mosope (BOT) v Shawn Simpson (BAR)
[9] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Lazarus Chiluba Chilufya (ZAM)
Andrew McDougall (CAN) v Orumu Ofoyuru (UGA)
[5] David Palmer (AUS) v Julius Taulo (MAW)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) v Henry Birch (GGY)
[12] Shahier Razik (CAN) v Kawooya Nsaale (UGA)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) v James Matewere (MAW)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bye

Women's Singles 2nd round draw:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v Karen Meakins (BAR)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Sharon Wee (MAS)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Lisa Aitken (SCO)
[16] Alana Miller (CAN) v Anwesha Reddy (IND)
[4] Madeline Perry (NIR) v Sharya Guruge (SRI) or Safina Madhani (KEN)
[13] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) v Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO) or Ashley Khalil (GUY)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS) v Miranda Ranieri (CAN) or Kate Cadigan (JEY)
[11] Delia Arnold (MAS) v Kerrie Sample (TRI) or Issey Norman-Ross (GGY)
[12] Joelle King (NZL) v Jeannine Cowie (JEY) or Barbara Stubbings (PNG)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) v Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) or Khaaliqa Nimji (KEN)
[14] Dipika Pallikal (IND) v Natalie Dodd (GGY) or Stephanie Edmison (CAN)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) v Samantha Cornett (CAN)
[9] Low Wee Wern (MAS) v Zoe Barr (NIR)
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) v Amelia Pittock (AUS)
[10] Sarah Kippax (ENG) v Anaka Alankamony (IND)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Zephanie Curgenven (GGY)

Men's Doubles schedule (seedings prefix pairings):
Pool 1: [1] Adrian Grant & Nick Matthew (ENG); [16] Patrick Chifunda & Lazarus Chiluba Chilufya (ZAM); Malton Blair & Alexander Fraser (CAY)
Pool 2: [2] Stewart Boswell & David Palmer (AUS); [15] Lekgotla Mosope & Lefika Ragontse (BOT); Kelvin Ndhlovu & Ray Simbule (ZAM); Gye Duncan & Duncan Gray (NFK)
Pool 3: [3] Peter Barker & Daryl Selby (ENG); [14] Michael Fiteni & Bradley Hindle (MLT); Peter Christian-Bailey & Mal Rundell (NFK)
Pool 4: [4] Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley (AUS); [13] Robin Clarke & Shawn Delierre (CAN); James Bentick & Jules Snagg (SVG)
Pool 5: [5] Alan Clyne & Harry Leitch (SCO); [12] Yasir Butt & Danish Atlas Khan (PAK); James Matewere & Julius Taulo (MAW)
Pool 6: [6] Mohd Azlan Iskandar & Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS); [11] Sandeep Jangra & Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND); Kawooya Nsaale & Orumu Ofoyuru (UGA); Shopon Pervez & Masud Rana (BAN)
Pool 7: [7] Campbell Grayson & Martin Knight (NZL); [10] Aamir Atlas Khan & Farhan Mehboob (PAK); Samuel Kyagulanyi & Ian Rukunya (UGA)
Pool 8: [8] Gaurav Nandrajog & Siddharth Suchde (IND); [9] Lyall Paterson & Chris Small (SCO); Hartaj Bains & Hardeep Reel (KEN)

Women's Doubles schedule (seedings prefix pairings):
Pool 1: [1] Kasey Brown & Donna Urquhart (AUS); [8] Tamsyn Leevey & Kylie Lindsay (NZL); Samantha Cornett & Miranda Ranieri (CAN); Kate Cadigan & Jeannine Cowie (JEY)
Pool 2: [2] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal (IND); [7] Lisa Aitken & Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO); Delia Arnold & Low Wee Wern (MAS); Zephanie Curgenven & Issey Norman-Ross (GGY)
Pool 3: [3] Lisa Camilleri & Amelia Pittock (AUS); [6] Tania Bailey & Laura Massaro (ENG); Zoe Barr & Madeline Perry (NIR); Nicolette Fernandes & Ashley Khalil (GUY)
Pool 4: [4] Jenny Duncalf & Alison Waters (ENG); [5] Jaclyn Hawkes & Joelle King (NZL); Anaka Alankamony & Surbhi Misra (IND); Safina Madhani & Khaaliqa Nimji (KEN)

Mixed Doubles schedule (seedings prefix pairings):
Pool 1: [1] Kasey Brown & Cameron Pilley (AUS); [12] Sharon Wee & Ivan Yuen (MAS); Samantha Cornett & Robin Clarke (CAN); Kerrie Sample & Colin Ramasra (TRI)
Pool 2: [2] Jenny Duncalf & James Willstrop (ENG); [11] Joelle King & Martin Knight (NZL); Jeannine Cowie & Michael Hopkins (JEY); Safina Madhani & Hartaj Bains (KEN)
Pool 3: [3] Nicol David & Ong Beng Hee (MAS); [10] Harry Leitch & Lisa Aitken (SCO); Stephanie Edmison & Andrew McDougall (CAN); Khaaliqa Nimji & Hardeep Reel (KEN)
Pool 4: [4] Dipika Pallikal & Saurav Ghosal (IND); [9] Frania Gillen-Buchert & Alan Clyne (SCO); Marlene West & Cameron Stafford (CAY); Barbara Stubbings & Michael Rucklinger (PNG)
Pool 5: [5] Jaclyn Hawkes & Campbell Grayson (NZL); [8] Donna Urquhart & David Palmer (AUS); Karen Meakins & Shawn Simpson (BAR)
Pool 6: [6] Alison Waters & Adrian Grant (ENG); [7] Joshna Chinappa & Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND); Sharya Guruge & Navin Samarasinghe (SRI); Zephanie Curgenven & Henry Birch (GGY)


Commonwealth Games England (CGE) and England Squash & Racketball (ESR) have announced their Men’s and Women’s Squash squad for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
 The ten person squad features a whole host of players ranked in the world top 20, including PSA World Number 1 Nick Matthew and current Women’s European Champion and WISPA  World Number 2 Jenny Duncalf.
The squads were unveiled at a media day at the National Squash Centre in Manchester. The entire England squad was in attendance to hear the news and receive their team shirts for the tournament.

Given the level of talent within the squad, ESR CEO Nick Rider believes that the England squash squads will be the team to watch in Delhi, and that squash will be the sport where England gets the greatest number of gold medals. He said “The talent in this squad is unbelievable. When you consider how many truly world class athletes we have in this team I think it’s fairly clear that we will be one of, if not the strongest team representing England in Delhi. We shouldn’t even consider not bringing gold home with us.
“Our players are well aware that they are going to be the ones to beat in Delhi, but they are more than ready for that kind of pressure, particularly our captains Nick Matthew and Tania Bailey. We’ve never had a crop of players as talented as this bunch, but England Squash & Racketball have all of the grassroots in place to ensure that the next generation to come through are a ‘golden generation’ like this one.”
World Number 1 Nick Mathew can’t wait for Delhi, and has his eyes firmly placed on a medal at the competition. He says; “The state of squash in England is the best that it’s been. We have five guys in the top fifteen in the world and three girls in the top ten.  I’m expecting gold medals for myself and the rest of the squad.”
Matthew, 29, believes that English success in Delhi should inspire a new wave of squash players to join ESR’s development teams and emulate his World Number 1 status. “We now need to make sure that the next generation coming through is as strong as this one, and the development work that England Squash & Racketball do should ensure that the foundations are in place.”
The England Squash Commonwealth Games Squads are as follows:
England Men’s Squad
(inc. PSA World Ranking)*
Nick Matthew
- Captain (World Number 1) Sheffield, Yorkshire
Peter Barker (World Number 8) London
Daryl Selby (World Number 9) Shennfield, Essex
Adrian Grant (World Number 13) Leeds, Yorkshire
James Willstrop (World Number 6) Pontefract, Yorkshire
England Women’s Squad
(inc. WISPA World Ranking)

Tania Bailey –  (World Number 32) Stamford, Lincolnshire
Jenny Duncalf (World Number 2) Harrogate, Yorkshire
Alison Waters (World Number 4) London
Laura Massaro (World Number 8) Preston, Lancashire
Sarah Kippax (World Number 22) Tarporley, Cheshire
*Rankings correct at time of writing.

World number one Nick Matthew heads England squash challenge at Delhi

World number one Nick Matthew and women’s world number two Jenny Duncalf will head England’s challenge at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games in October.
The pair were today (Wednesday) named by Commonwealth Games England in a 10-strong squash team for Delhi.
Matthew went to the top of the world rankings for the first time in his career last month following victories in a string of major tournaments including the British Open, Canary Wharf Classic, Qatar Open and the Sky Open.
The 29-year-old from Sheffield makes his second appearance at a Commonwealth Games after just missing out on the medals in Melbourne four years ago, when he lost the men’s singles bronze medal match to another Englishman, Lee Beachill.
Matthew said: “I’m going there to win gold. Coming fourth last time was very disappointing. It hurt a lot - it’s the worst position you can finish. I’m going to use that experience to spur me on in Delhi.
“With squash not being in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games are one of the highlights for us, especially as it only comes around every four years. Hopefully we can put on a show for people to prove what we could bring to the Olympics.
“The field in Delhi will be incredibly strong. Our preparations have been meticulous, but you can’t get ahead of yourself and we’ve got to make sure we do the simple things right.”
Such is the strength of England men’s squash that another three members of the men’s team also feature in the world’s top 10, with former world number two James Willstrop currently ranked sixth, Peter Barker eighth and Daryl Selby ninth.  Adrian Grant is ranked 13th in the world.
Jenny Duncalf is one of three England players in the world top-10 women’s rankings. She has a current career high position of second, behind Malaysia’s Nicol David. Ali Waters is ranked fourth in the world, with Laura Massaro eighth. Sarah Kippax is ranked 22 in the world, with Tania Bailey 32nd.
Duncalf, from Harrogate, said: “The Commonwealth Games are massive for us. They’re our Olympics.
“I’ve looked forward to it for four years since playing at the last Commonwealth Games. It’s right at the top of my list now and I’m really excited about it.
“We’ve got a good bunch of girls going and we’re all raring to go,” she added.
“I’ll probably be playing in three events. I’m obviously going for gold. It will be disappointing to come away with nothing, but I know it’s not going to be easy.”
Matthew, Willstrop, Grant, Duncalf, Waters and Bailey all featured in England’s team at the Melbourne Games four years ago. Willstrop and Bailey are the only medallists from Melbourne – they captured the mixed doubles silver and women’s doubles bronze respectively – both partnering Vicky Botwright. Bailey also won women’s doubles silver with Cassie Jackman at the Manchester 2002 Games.
The squash team’s selection today takes the total size of the England team for Delhi to date to 99 athletes, with more team announcements expected shortly.
Craig Hunter, England’s Chef de Mission for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, said: “I’d like to congratulate members of the squash team on their selection and wish them the very best of luck for their preparations for Delhi.”
England have won a third of the 15 squash gold medals awarded to date since the sport was added to the Commonwealth Games programme at Kuala Lumpur in 1998, along with four silvers and 10 bronzes. That puts England second in the all-time Commonwealth Games squash medal table behind Australia.
England also finished second in the squash medals table to Australia in Melbourne, with two golds, a silver and two bronzes.
The England squash team for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games is:

Peter Barker – born 26.09.83 at Harold Wood, Essex; lives Islington, London.
Adrian Grant – born 06.10.80 at London; lives Lewisham, London.
Nick Matthew – born 25.07.80 at Sheffield, South Yorkshire; lives Sheffield.
Daryl Selby – born 03.11.82 at Harlow, Essex; lives Brentwood, Essex.
James Willstrop – born 15.08.83 at North Walsham, Norfolk; lives Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Tania Bailey – born 02.10.79 at Stamford, Lincolnshire; lives Stamford.
Jenny Duncalf – born 10.11.82 at Haarlem, Netherlands; lives Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Sarah Kippax – born 10.05.83 at Chester, Cheshire; lives Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Laura Massaro – born 02.11.83 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; lives Preston, Lancashire.
Ali Waters – born 19.03.84 at London; lives Oakwood, London.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games take place in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010. They will feature 17 sports - archery, aquatics (swimming, synchronised swimming & diving), athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. With the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Commonwealth Games England is entering a breath-taking four years of sport.

Commonwealth Games England (GCE) is the organisation responsible for selecting and organising England's team at the Commonwealth Games.   England finished second to Australia on the medal table at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games with 36 golds, 40 silvers and 34 bronzes.

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