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25/07/2009
WORLD GAMES
 

Nicol David & Nick Matthew Strike World Games Gold

Men's Draw Women's Draw Reports
Men's Draw
World Games 2009
16-21 July, Kaoshiung, Taiwan
Round One
21 Jul
Round Two
21 Jul
Quarters
22 Jul
Semis
23 Jul
Final
24 Jul
[1] Nick Matthew (Gbr)
11/3, 11/2, 11/1 (22m)
Joe Chapman (Ivb)
Nick Matthew
 11/4, 11/2, 11/4 (25m)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan
Nick Matthew
11-4, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6 (61m)
Saurav Ghosal
Nick Matthew
7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 13-11 (90m)
Azlan Iskandar
Nick Matthew
11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (42m)
James Willstrop
[15] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/9, 6/11, 11/9, 11/9 (53m)
Scott Arnold (Aus)
[9] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11/5, 13/11, 7/11, 5/11, 11/8 (81m)
Max Lee (Hkg)
Renan Lavigne
11/7, 11/3, 11/5 (36m)
Saurav Ghosal
[8] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
bye
[6] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/6, 11/3, 11/7 (22m)
Italo Bonatti (Gua)
Cameron Pilley
11/3, 14/12, 11/6 (37m)
Mark Krajcsak
Cameron Pilley
11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (44m)
Azlan Iskandar
[12] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (41m)
Dick Lau (Hkg)
[11] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
12/10, 11/4, 11/7 (46m)
Chris Gordon (Usa)
Aaron Frankcomb
 11/7, 8/11, 12/10, 11/4 (71m)
Azlan Iskandar
[3] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/1, 11/1, 11/5 (20m)
Alexei Severinov (Rus)
[4] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
 7/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/2 (40m)
Yuta Fukui (Jpn)
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
12/10, 11/7, 12/10 (48m)
Julien Balbo
Julien Balbo
11-9, 11-6, 11-4 (43m)
Stewart Boswell
Stewart Boswell
5-7 ret. (10m)
James Willstrop
[13] Julien Balbo (Fra)
11/2, 23/21, 11/6 (49m)
Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
[10] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
bye
Omar Abdel Aziz
11/4, 11/3, 11/5 (32m)

Stewart Boswell
[5] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/5, 11/3, 11/8 (26m)
Nyeon-Ho Lee (Kor)
[7] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
 13/11, 4/11, 11/3, 11/1 (35m)
Robin Clarke (Can)
Omar Mosaad
11/9, 11/6, 15/13 (35m)
Steve Coppinger
Omar Mosaad
11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10 (54m)
James Willstrop
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/5, 11/7, 11/3 (33m)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
[14] Simon Rosner (Ger)
 bye
Simon Rosner
 8/11, 11/6, 8/11, 11/5, 11/3 (48m)
James Willstrop
[2] James Willstrop (Gbr)
11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (24m)
Cheng Yao Huang (Tpe)

    Bronze medal play-off:

[3] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [5] Stewart Boswell (AUS) w/o

 
Women's Draw
World Games 2009
16-21 July, Kaoshiung, Taiwan
Round One
21 Jul
Round Two
21 Jul
Quarters
22 Jul
Semis
23 Jul
Final
24 Jul
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/2, 11/5, 11/4 (19m)
Helga Kecse-Nagy (Hun)
Nicol David
11/2, 11/7, 11/3 (19m)
Joshna Chinappa
Nicol David
11-2, 11-3, 11-3 (20m)
Joey Chan
Nicol David
11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (25m)
Omneya Abdel
Nicol David
11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (38m)
Natalie Grinham
[15] Sharon Wee (Mas)
13/15, 15/13, 11/13, 11/3, 11/6 (44m)
Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
[16] Aisling Blake (Irl)
 11/7, 11/8, 13/11 (30m)
Joey Chan (Hkg)
Joey Chan
11/5, 10/12, 6/11, 12/10, 11/9 (43m)
Amelia Pittock
[6] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
 8/11, 11/6, 11/8, 7/11, 11/7 (33m)
Amelia Pittock (Aus)
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/3, 11/4, 11/1 (10m)
Birgit Coufal (Aut)
Omneya Abdel
11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (36m)
Jaclyn Hawkes
Omneya Abdel
6-11, 13-11, 14-12, 11-8 (46m)
Jenny Duncalf
[12] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
8/11, 11/2, 9/11, 11/5, 11/7 (44m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[10] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
11/8, 13/11, 6/11, 11/9 (34m)
Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
Rebecca Chiu
 11/6, 11/8, 11/13, 11/9 (33m)
Jenny Duncalf
[3] Jenny Duncalf (Gbr)
11/8, 11/4, 11/5 (27m)
Pamela Hathway (Ger)
[4] Alison Waters (Eng)
11/6, 11/5, 11/0 (23m)
Siyoli Lusaseni (Rsa)
Alison Waters
11/5, 11/3, 11/5 (18m)
Raneem El Weleily
Alison Waters
7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (36m)
Samantha Teran
Alison Waters
8-11, 0-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (61m)
Natalie Grinham
[13] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
 bye
[11] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/6, 11/7, 15/13 (41m)
Low Wee Wern (Mas)
Samantha Teran
 9/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (38m)
Vanessa Atkinson
[8] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
11/5, 11/7, 8/11, 11/7 (35m)
Chinatsu Matsui (Jpn)
[7] Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
 11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (27m)
Song Sun-Mi (Kor)
Shelley Kitchen
1/11, 8/11, 16/14, 11/6, 11/2 (54m)
Kasey Brown
Kasey Brown
11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (25m)
Natalie Grinham
[9] Kasey Brown (Aus)
12/10, 11/6, 6/11, 11/8 (49m)
Camille Serme (Fra)
[14] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/6, 11/7, 7/11, 10/12, 11/4 (44m)
Miranda Ranieri (Can)
Miranda Ranieri
11/4, 11/7, 11/4 (15m)
Natalie Grinham
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/1, 11/1, 11/1 (13m)
Pan Kuei Yeh (Tpe)

    Bronze medal play-off:

[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [4] Alison Waters (GBR) 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10 (51m)

Reports
 

Nicol David & Nick Matthew Strike World Games Gold

 

Favourites Nick Matthew and Nicol David secured the gold medals in the World Games Squash championships, after straight games victories in the men's and women's finals, respectively, at the Chung Cheng Martial Arts Stadium in the Chinese Taipei city of Kaohsiung.

 

The finals, both of which featured the events' top two seeds, brought to an end the Squash competition in the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games - the eighth edition of the multi-sport event, staged under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which featured over 4,000 athletes competing in more than 30 sports not currently on the programme of the Olympic Games

 

When asked earlier in the tournament about her chances in a possible encounter with top seed and world number one Nicol David, second-seeded Natalie Grinham, ranked three in the world, believed she would have a chance.

 

But in the final of the World Games women's squash event, David - who has topped the world rankings for the past three years unchallenged - proved once again today that she is clearly the best in the game.

 

Grinham, who needed a gutsy comeback from two games down in the semi-final against Great Britain's Alison Waters 24 hours earlier, scored more points against the Malaysian than any of her other victims this week - but David still triumphed in straight games 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 in 35 minutes.

 

David never trailed in the match and did not drop a single game throughout the entire tournament.

 

The 31-year-old from the Netherlands had lost eight consecutive times to David on the WISPA World Tour - but had hoped to draw inspiration from the last time they met in a non-tour event, in the Commonwealth Games in 2006, when she defeated David in five sets before going on to win a record three gold medals.

 

In the women's bronze-medal match, David's semi-final victim Omneya Abdel Kawy dealt fourth seeded Waters her second consecutive five-game defeat.

 

The fifth-seeded Egyptian rallied from a two sets to one deficit and delivered when it mattered after the final game went to ten-all to beat Waters 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10 in 51 minutes and capture the bronze.

 

The men's climax was an all-British affair – between two England and Yorkshire county team-mates Nick Matthew and James Willstrop.  Matthew, who will celebrate his 29th birthday tomorrow (Saturday), is enjoying a fine run on the international circuit where he stands at a career-high world number five ranking – yet reached the final after surviving a 90-minute marathon against third seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar, in which he saved a match ball against the Malaysian!

 

By contrast, second seed Willstrop has slipped to 12 in the rankings - from a best-ever world number two – and was making his international comeback after undergoing ankle surgery in April.  But, the 25-year-old from Leeds barely broke sweat in his semi-final clash when long-time Tour rival Stewart Boswell, from Australia, retired with a back injury after just 10 minutes into the first game.

 

"I felt bad for Stewart," said Willstrop after the match.  "We seem to be bad luck charms for each other as we always seem to get injured playing each other. I did my ankle playing him, and he did his rib playing me two or three years back!"

 

But it was nip and tuck in the first game of the final, before Matthew pulled ahead from 9-8 to take a 1/0 lead.  The Sheffield man built up a 6-0 lead in the second before Willstrop got off the mark and pulled back the deficit to 7-4, before Matthew extended his lead to 2/0.

 

Willstrop took the early lead in the third, but it was short-lived as Matthew bounded back to maintain the lead through the game before recording his 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 title triumph in 42 minutes – and the World Games gold medal for the first time.

 

Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskandar claimed the men's bronze medal after gaining a walkover from the injured Boswell.

 

Top Seeds To Contest World Games Finals

 

The top two seeds will meet in the men's and women's finals of the World Games Squash championships – but both pairs of finalists survived the semi-finals in contrasting styles at the Chung Cheng Martial Arts Stadium in the Chinese Taipei city of Kaohsiung.

 

Staged under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games is the eighth edition of the multi-sport event which features sports not currently on the programme of the Olympic Games – in which over 4,000 athletes are competing in more than 30 sports.

 

Malaysia's Nicol David, who has been the women's world No1 in the sport for three years and is the defending World Games champion, won her fourth consecutive match in Kaohsiung in straight games in defeating fifth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 in just 25 minutes.

 

David has appeared dominant throughout the tournament, losing no more than seven points in any single game so far.  The victory was David's 13th in a row over the world No7 from Cairo since March 2002.

 

The Malaysian will face Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands for the gold medal, after the Australian-born world No3 and second seed at the World Games pulled off an amazing comeback.

 

Grinham looked finished after falling two games down to fourth seed Alison Waters of Great Britain in the best-of-five match.  The match favourite failed to score a single point in the second game – marking a shock first for Grinham in any match played since the women's 'PAR to 11 points per game' scoring system was introduced a year ago!

 

Londoner Waters – who is yet to beat Grinham in eight meetings since July 2006 – dropped the third game but continued her relentless charge in the fourth, building up a 5-3 lead before being a point away from match ball at 9-9.

 

But the 31-year-old Dutch star again fought back to clinch the fourth, then maintained the upper hand to carve out an extraordinary 8-11, 0-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 victory after 61 minutes.

 

Grinham, with eight successive Tour defeats to David, will be the underdog in the final – but it was the former Australian who prevailed the last time they met off the Tour, when Grinham defeated the 25-year-old from Penang in an 85-minute, five-game marathon en-route to winning a record three gold medals in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

 

The first men's semi-final produced the longest match of the tournament when favourite Nick Matthew, the world No5 from Great Britain, recovered from two games down – then saved a match ball in the decider – to beat third-seeded Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskandar 7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 13-11 in 90 minutes.

 

Matthew, the 28-year-old from Sheffield who was a beaten World Games semi-finalist four years ago in Duisburg, will now meet fellow Briton and fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop – also a semi-finalist in 2005. 

 

But Willstrop, the second seed from Leeds, could not have claimed his place in the final in more contrasting circumstances – when fifth-seeded opponent Stewart Boswell retired injured after just ten minutes, with the score standing at 7-5 in the Australian's favour.

 

The men's final is sure to be a close-fought affair – with the England team-mates pair having clashed 21 times in a variety of national and international clashes since 2001, with Matthew currently boasting a 12-9 head-to-head advantage.

 

Abdel Kawy Ditches Duncalf To Make World Games Semis

 

Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy caused the only upset in the quarter-finals of the World Games Squash championships when she beat England's third seed Jenny Duncalf to earn an unexpected place in the semi-finals of the women's competition at the Chung Cheng Martial Arts Stadium in the Chinese Taipei city of Kaohsiung.

 

Staged under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games is the eighth edition of the multi-sport event which features sports not currently on the programme of the Olympic Games – in which over 4,000 athletes are competing in more than 30 sports.

 

The fifth seed from Cairo, ranked two places below world No5 Duncalf, has long been the English player's nemesis:  After taking the first game, Duncalf led 10-3 in the second and 8-2 in the third – with a total of 11 game balls across both games – but was unable to convert either.

 

Abdel Kawy's 6-11, 13-11, 14-12, 11-8 victory in 46 minutes marked her seventh successive win over Duncalf since September 2005.

 

The 23-year-old Egyptian will now meet top seed Nicol David of Malaysia, who celebrated her third complete year as world No1 this month.  Title-holder David coasted past unseeded Joey Chan of Hong Kong 11-2, 11-3, 11-3, and is on course to make history by becoming the first player to successfully defend a World Games Squash title. 

 

But Australian-born Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands - the tournament's second seed, who reached the semi-finals with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 win over Australia's Kasey Brown - was not conceding anything though she refused to look ahead.

 

"I don't really predict stuff," she said when asked about a possible gold medal confrontation with David.  "All the players here are really good," added the 31-year-old world number three who claimed a record three gold medals in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

 

Grinham says that with the calibre of players participating, the World Games tournament has every bit the feel of a tour event, with one big difference:  "Here I'm representing Holland," said the recent Dutch national – who also described the World Games as being “as significant as other major tournaments".

 

Grinham believes anything can happen, even against the world No1, but she was more focused on her upcoming semi-final match against fourth-seeded Alison Waters of Great Britain.  The 25-year-old from London reached the semis by defeating Samantha Teran of Mexico 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

 

England's Alison Waters, making her debut in the World Games and also making her first appearances in a 'Great Britain' shirt, commented:  "It feels good to be part of an event like this and to see other athletes from other sports and countries.  We have watched fistball, which was good fun, and we have racquetball and billiards in the same centre as the Squash.

 

"Our thoughts are focussed on Squash's bid to get into the Olympic Games," added Waters.  "Playing in an event like this, and having played at the Commonwealths, it would be so special to have Squash in the Olympics!  Fingers crossed in a few weeks time!"

 

In the men's tournament, top seed and world No5 Nick Matthew of Great Britain fought past Saurav Ghosal of India 11-4, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6 in 61 minutes – the longest of the four quarter-finals.

 

Third seed Mohd Azlan Iskandar also advanced to the semis with an 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 win over Cameron Pilley of Australia.

 

Iskandar, ranked 13 in the world, said he felt the World Games tournament offered more than the typical tour event.  "The big difference is that you can see many different sports being played here," said the 27-year-old Malaysian.  "It is still a major world event after all."

 

In the other quarter-finals, Stewart Boswell of Australia topped Julien Balbo of France and while second seed James Willstrop of Great Britain survived in four games over Omar Mosaad of Egypt.

 

The 25-year-old Yorkshireman, a former world number two, is in competitive action for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery in April – and was forced to save game balls in both the second and fourth games before prevailing 11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10 in 54 minutes.
 

Chan In The Chase For World Games Glory

 

Hong Kong's Joey Chan became the only unseeded player to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the World Games Squash championships after beating Australia's Amelia Pittock in the second round of the women's competition in the Chinese Taipei city of Kaohsiung.

 

Staged under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games is the eighth edition of the multi-sport event which features sports not currently on the programme of the Olympic Games – in which over 4,000 athletes are competing in more than 30 sports.

 

Chan, the 21-year-old world No37, made her breakthrough in the first round where she beat Ireland's 16th seed Aisling Blake in straight games.  Pittock also secured an unexpected place in the second round after overcoming Isabelle Stoehr, the sixth seed from France, in five games.

 

After leading 2/1 in games in the second round match, the 25-year-old from Dromana moved 7-2 up in the fourth before reaching match ball at 10-9.  But Chan fought back to clinch the game and went on to seal the match 11-5, 10-12, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 after 43 minutes to earn a surprise place in the last eight.

 

Chan will now face top seed Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who is set to make history by becoming the first player to successfully defend a World Games squash title.  David beat India's Joshna Chinappa 11-2, 11-7, 11-3 – bringing to an end the brave run of the unseeded 22-year-old from Chennai who upset Sharon Wee, the 15th seed from Malaysia, in the opening round.

 

There were further upsets in the women's event when Samantha Teran and Kasey Brown – seeded 11 and 9, respectively – claimed unexpected places in the last eight.  Mexican Teran despatched eighth seed Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 – while

Brown recovered from two games down, and saved two match balls in the third game, before beating seventh-seeded New Zealander Shelley Kitchen 1-11, 8-11, 16-14, 11-6, 11-2 in 54 minutes.

 

France's Julien Balbo scored a notable upset in the men's event, beating Malaysia's No4 seed Ong Beng Hee in straight games.  The world No14 from Kuala Lumpur led in all three games, but 13th seed Balbo, the world No51 from Chambery, maintained his focus to win 12-10, 11-7, 12-10 in 48 minutes.

 

Britons Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, seeded one and two, respectively, are on course to meet in Friday's final – but Willstrop, in his first tournament since undergoing ankle surgery in April, was taken the full distance before beating Germany's 14th seed Simon Rosner 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3.

 

Matthew strolled to an 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 win over Malaysia's No15 seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan – and will now face India's Saurav Ghosal, the No8 seed, who beat tired Frenchman Renan Lavigne 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 in 36 minutes.  In his earlier first round match, ninth seed Lavigne had been stretched to five games by Max Lee before finally overcoming the Hong Kong 21-year-old 11-5, 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-8 in 81 minutes.

 

The day began with a simple yet elegant opening ceremony for Squash, which was held at the centre court.  All participants marched in, accompanied by local girls in colourful dresses.  Mr Huang Chao Hui, Director General of Civil Affairs Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government, welcomed all participants. Nicol David took the oath on behalf of the athletes and Munir Shah for the referees, before WSF Vice President Heather Deayton declared the championships open.