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05/08/2013
WORLD GAMES 2013
 

Nicol David & Gregory Gaultier Win World Games Gold


Reports
  Final    Quarter & Semi Finals     1st & 2nd Round   Preview
 
 
 
9th World Games 2013
Men's Draw
Cali, Columbia
Round One
30 Jul
Round Two
01 Aug
Quarters
02 Aug
Semis
03 Aug
Final
04 Aug
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
bye
Gregory Gaultier
11-3, 11-6, 11-1
Shawn Delierre
Gregory Gaultier
11-6, 11-4, 11-4
Ryan Cuskelly
Gregory Gaultier
11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Gregory Gaultier
 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Simon Rosner
[9/16] Shawn Delierre (CAN)
bye
[8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
bye

Ryan Cuskelly
11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 10-12, 11-2
Julian Illingworth
[9/16] Julian Illingworth (USA)
bye
[4]Cameron Pilley (AUS)
bye
Cameron Pilley
11-8, 11-4, 11-5
Christopher Binnie
Cameron Pilley
5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
[9/16] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND)
12-10, 11-8, 12-10
Christopher Binnie (JAM)
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
bye
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-9, 11-7, 11-4
Mahesh Mangaonkar
[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
11-5, 11-4, 11-7
Andras Torok (HUN)
[9/16] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
bye
Mathieu Castagnet
11-6, 10-12, 13-11, 12-10
Tom Richards
Mathieu Castagnet
11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10
Simon Rosner
Simon Rosner
11-8, 11-7, 11-8
Peter Barker
[5] Tom Richards (ENG)
bye
[9/16] Yousif Nizar Saleh (KUW)
12-10, 13-11, 11-9
Anderson Cardona (COL)
Yousif Nizar Saleh
11-4, 11-3, 11-5
Simon Rosner
[3] Simon Rosner (GER)
bye
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER)
5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6
Diego Elias (PER)
Raphael Kandra
8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7
Ong Beng Hee
Ong Beng Hee
11-4, 11-8, 11-4
Peter Barker
[7] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
bye
[9/16] Christopher Gordon (USA)
11/7, 8/11, 10/12, 11/8, 11/9
Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN)
Christopher Gordon
11/8, 11/5, 11/8
Peter Barker
[2] Peter Barker (ENG)
bye
 
 
9th World Games 2013
Women's Draw
Cali, Columbia
Round One
30 Jul
Round Two
01 Aug
Quarters
02 Aug
Semis
03 Aug
Final
04 Aug
[1] Nicol David (MAS)
bye
Nicol David
11-3, 11-3, 11-4
Franziska Hennes
Nicol David
11-9, 11-9, 11-8
Sarah-Jane Perry
Nicol David
11-5, 11-5, 11-8
Camille Serme
Nicol David
11-6, 11-9, 11-8
Natalie Grinham
[9/16] Franziska Hennes (GER)
11-2, 11-2, 11-3
Mary Fung-A-Fat (GUY)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
bye
Sarah-Jane Perry
10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10
Samantha Cornett
[9/16] Samantha Cornett (CAN)
bye
[4] Camille Serme (FRA)
bye
Camille Serme
11-7, 11-7, 11-8
Catalina Pelaez
Camille Serme
7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5
Rachael Grinham
[9/16] Catalina Pelaez (COL)
11-3, 11-2, 11-3
Edina Szombati (HUN)
[5] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
bye
Rachael Grinham
11-6, 11-6, 11-3
Joshana Chinappa
[9/16] Joshana Chinappa (IND)
bye
[9/16] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)
bye
Misaki Kobayashi
11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8
Samantha Teran
Misaki Kobayashi
9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5
Natalie Grinham
Natalie Grinham
11-7, 2-11, 11-4, 11-4
Low Wee Wern
[8] Samantha Teran (MEX)
bye
[9/16] Thaisa Serafini (BRA)
14-12, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5
Laura Tovar Perez (COL)
Thaisa Serafini
11-3, 11-8, 11-5
Natalie Grinham
[3] Natalie Grinham (NED)
bye
[9/16] Emma Beddoes (ENG)
bye
Emma Beddoes
11-7, 13-11, 11-7
Donna Urquhart
Emma Beddoes
11-8, 11-6, 11-8
Low Wee Wern
[6] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
bye
[9/16] Maria Toor Pakay (PAK)
bye
Maria Toor Pakay
w/o
Low Wee Wern
[2] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
bye
Final

Nicol David & Gregory Gaultier Win World Games Gold

Squash Championship - Men's final:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [3] Simon Rosner (GER) 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4

Bronze medal play-off:
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [2] Peter Barker (ENG) w/o

Women's final:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3] Natalie Grinham (NED) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8

Bronze medal play-off:
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4

Five nations came away with Squash medals in the 9th staging of the World Games in the Colombian city of Cali, with Malaysia's world number one Nicol David striking gold for a record third time in a row in the women's championship and world No2 Gregory Gaultier claiming the first ever gold medal for France in the men's event.

The World Games squash action - featuring 40 of the sport's leading men and women athletes, representing 20 member nations - took place at Club Caniasgordas, which boasts six glass back courts plus an all-glass show court.

The supreme Nicol David reached the latest milestone in her illustrious squash career when she beat Dutch rival Natalie Grinham (both pictured below) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 in a repeat of the 2009 final in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

The 29-year-old from Penang, who has topped the world rankings unopposed since August 2006, not only celebrated her 13th World Games match win in a row since July 2005, when she won her maiden title in Germany, but her 13th without dropping a game!

But Grinham, a former world No2 who won a record three Commonwealth Games gold medals for Australia in 2006, gave David a good run for her money. The first game was evenly poised up to 4-4 before the favourite raced away to collect the first with some steady squash. Throughout the match David was aggressive whilst Grinham mixed it up with some beautiful lobs and delicate drops - but David was always there to pick them up, and ultimately prevailed in straight games.

"It's so nice to win a medal at a multi-sport event," said David - who now boasts 10 world title wins, with her third World Games crown added to the record seven World Open trophies she has won between 2005 and 2012.

The second final was certain to provide a new men's World Games champion - with Gaultier taking on surprise opponent Simon Rosner, the third seed who upset England's No2 seed Peter Barker in the semi-finals to become Germany's first ever finalist. Gaultier went into the match boasting a 10-0 career head-to-head record over his opponent, ranked 12 in the world.

The match was keenly contested. The first game saw some amazing attacking shots, some unbelievable retrieving by both players and the score line read 10-9 game ball to Rosner. During the final rally, a ball is called out and the referee announced 11-9 game to the German.

However Gaultier appealed and Rosner demonstrated impressive sportsmanship by agreeing to play a let - a great gesture which Gaultier acknowledged. Nevertheless, Rosner took the game to open up a surprise first game lead.

Errors crept into the German's game in the second as Gaultier drew level. Gaultier maintained the upper hand thereafter to march through to his 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 win to give the gold medal to France.

"I'm so happy to contribute this gold to the total tally of medals to my country," said Gaultier afterwards - alluding to the bronze medal won earlier by compatriot Camille Serme after upsetting second-seeded Malaysian Low Wee Wern 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 in the women's play-off.

"I'm so happy to win bronze for my country," said the very excited world No12 from Creteil.

Popular local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez claimed the first World Games medal for Colombia after Barker was forced to concede the men's bronze medal play-off due to injury.

After treating the packed crowd to an exhibition match against Peruvian youngster Diego Elias, Rodriguez addressed the gallery in Spanish saying what an honour it was for him and his country to win the bronze.

Medals for the women's event were presented by Susie Simcock, Emeritus President of the World Squash Federation, whilst the men's medals were presented by Jacques Fontaine, the WSF representative at the event (Picture above shows men's medallists (L to R) Rosner, Gaultier & Rodriguez). Colombian Squash President Pablo Serna gave away the mascots.

"What a three days we have had," said Competition Manager Major Maniam. "Such fantastic squash, so competitive, a really great atmosphere and some real surprise results. There is something special about being part of multi-sport events - like we also are in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games - the crowds were in awe, the players loved it, and I did too.

"All the conversation was about the Olympic vote next month and how squash would be a great addition if we succeed for 2020. No doubt on that score!"

Quarter Finals & Semi Finals
 

Simon Rosner & Natalie Grinham Make World Games Finals

After semi-final upsets over the second seeds, both Germany's Simon Rosner and Dutch champion Natalie Grinham will compete in the squash finals of the World Games, the multi-sport games which is celebrating its 9th edition in the Colombian city of Cali.

The World Games squash action - featuring 40 of the sport's leading men and women athletes, representing 20 member nations - is taking place at Club Caniasgordas, which boasts six glass back courts plus an all-glass show court.

Third seed Grinham will meet top seed Nicol David - the world number one from Malaysia bidding to win a third successive World Games gold medal - in a repeat of the 2009 women's final, whilst Rosner, also a third seed, takes on France's world No2 Gregory Gaultier, the men's favourite, in the other final.

The top four seeds contested the women's semi-finals after surviving the last eight round earlier in the day. World No9 Grinham ended the brave run of Japan's 9/16 seed Misaki Kobayashi in the quarter-finals before lining up against Low Wee Wern (both pictured below), the world No6 from Malaysia with whom she shared a one-all head-to-head record.

"The match was of good quality with great frontcourt play from Natalie and excellent retrieving by Low," reported event spokesman Major Maniam after Grinham's 11-7, 2-11, 11-4, 11-4 victory. "Natalie played an outstanding tactical game to upset the second seed. She was aggressive and used her chances well.

"Low on the other hand was too defensive and did not use the front of the court enough. Low did play attacking squash in the second but could not produce that game after that. Both players showed true sportsmanship as they owned up to a number of double pickups as well as agreeing to a let when no let was called. The packed crowd thoroughly enjoyed the show."

The other women's semi produced the latest milestone in the sensational career of Nicol David, the 29-year-old from Penang who this month begins her eighth unbroken year at the top of the women's world squash rankings!

David - who has not only not lost a match in the World Games since making her debut in July 2005, but has also not dropped a game - wrapped up her 12th successive win in the event by beating France's No4 seed Camille Serme, the world No12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8.

"Nicol was a phenomenon," said Maniam. "She was calm and composed even though she was trailing in the third. Camille gave it everything she had but simply was not as consistent to beat Nicol today. Nicol makes the game look so simple. Perhaps it really is!"

Four players from four different countries lined up in the men's semi-finals. The opening encounter saw seven-time German champion Rosner take on England's Peter Barker, the world No7 from London who boasts an unbeaten Tour record over the German stretching back three years.

"It was a match that showcased the talents of two outstanding squash players," Maniam explained. "If one expected a long drawn out affair, it was quickly proven wrong as Simon displayed some awe-inspiring squash that had the crowd supporting and cheering him on. Peter played steady squash but it was Simon who was creative, deceptive and less error-prone."

Rosner romped home with an unexpected but well-deserved 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 victory. When asked how he was able to bounce around the court after the energy-sapping match earlier against France's Mathieu Castagnet, Rosner said: "I was really tired after the afternoon match, but I had a session with my physio and I am feeling fine. He must have done something good."

The 25-year-old world No12 from Paderborn later told his Twitter followers: "Too good to be true ... In the final of the World Games. Beating P.Barker for the first time and 3:0"

Local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the sixth seed from Colombia, produced the shock of the men's quarter-finals when he defeated fourth-seeded Australian Cameron Pilley 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

His semi-final match against event favourite Gregory Gaultier brought the day's squash session to an appropriate climax, despite finishing half an hour after midnight! In their previous two meeting, Gaultier recorded 3/0 wins - but Rodriguez has since made his first appearance in the world top 20 and is not only Colombia's highest-ranked player of all-time, but the second highest-ranked South American ever.

"The final match of the day was as good as one would expect of two extremely fit and skilled players," reported Maniam. "Gregory started off at a furious pace and was in control for the first two games. The third was looking like it was going Gregory's way when a lapse in concentration gave Miguel confidence and the next game.

"The fourth was closely fought and the rallies were long and hard laced with some outstanding deception and retrieving by both players. In the end it was Greg's finishing shots that saw him home 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 - and into his first World Games final. Sorry Colombia!

"The gallery was packed to the brim until the end at 12.30 a.m. and they were treated to the highest level of squash by the most talented squash players; what a treat, what a show."
 

1st Round & 2nd Round
 

Kobayashi Celebrates Japanese World Games Breakthrough

Misaki Kobayashi became the first Japanese player to reach the quarter-finals of the World Games Squash Championship when she upset eighth seed Samantha Teran in the second round of the 9th edition of the multi-sport games being held for the first time in South America, in the Colombian city of Cali.

The World Games squash action - featuring 40 of the sport's leading men and women athletes, representing 20 member nations - is taking place at Club Canasgordas, which boasts six glass back courts plus an all-glass show court.

Kobayashi, ranked 36 in the world, made her breakthrough with a hard-fought 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8 victory over Mexican Teran, a former world No11 now ranked 25 in the world.

"I've played Samantha twice before this year and beaten her both times - so this makes it three," said the beaming Tokyo-born 23-year-old. "I felt relaxed and had no pressure to win. I look forward to playing Natalie, whom I have never played before."

Kobayashi's next opponent Natalie Grinham was runner-up in the 2009 championship in Chinese Taipei and won a record three gold medals in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Now representing the Netherlands, third seed Grinham beat Brazilian hope Thaisa Serafini 11-3, 11-8, 11-5.

An unlikely Kobayashi double looked on the cards when Misaki's younger brother Ryosei Kobayashi, an unranked 19-year-old, took a 2/1 lead over 9/16 seed Christopher Gordon in the men's first round. But the 27-year-old US champion dug deep to see off the teenager 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9.

But the effort clearly took its toll as world No45 Gordon then went down 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 to England's No2 seed Peter Barker in the second round.

Barker will be the sole English men's quarter-finalist after compatriot Tom Richards became the only second round seeding casualty. Lacking match practice after a four-month layoff with a serious hamstring injury, fifth seed Richards was unable to hold off Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, going down 11-6, 10-12, 13-11, 12-10 to the 9/16 seed from Aix-en-Provence.

"Just to release his anger and frustration, Tom flung his racket onto the ground," reported event spokesman Major Maniam. "It was a match he so much wanted to win."

But there was unexpected English success in the women's event when 9/16 seed Emma Beddoes beat Donna Urquhart, the sixth seed from Australia, in a surprise straight games triumph.

"I've never played in this region before so did not know what to expect," said world No33 Beddoes after her 11-7, 13-11, 11-7 victory. "I focused on stepping forward and controlling the T - furthermore Donna was a little error-prone today!"

Beddoes will now face Low Wee Wern, the No2 seed from Malaysia who received a walkover after the withdrawal of Pakistani number one Maria Toor Pakay.

Indian hopes in the event ended when an out-of-sorts Joshana Chinappa lost 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 to Australia's No5 seed Rachael Grinham, runner-up in the 2005 championship.

"I felt like my head was going to explode," said Chinappa. "I've never played in such conditions."

Australian Ryan Cuskelly had to dig deep to overcome former US champion Julian Illingworth. The No8 seed from New South Wales was 2/0 up and cruising - then Illingworth staged a mighty fight-back to draw level. After a promising start in the decider, Illingworth fell away leaving Cuskelly to secure an 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 10-12, 11-2 win.

"I had two easy games and I thought I had it in the bag and took it easy," explained New York-based Cuskelly later. "Julian came on strong, and I lost my way. In the fifth I stepped up to the T and took charge like I did in the first two games - and it paid off!"

The final match of the day was between home favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Indian Mahesh Mangaonkar. It was the match every Colombian was waiting for - and world No19 Rodriguez, the second highest-ranked South American of all-time, did not disappoint.

"His athleticism amazed the audience," said Major Maniam after the popular sixth seed's 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 victory. "Nothing should be taken away from the young Mahesh who fought gallantly for two games before he ran out of gas in the third against a supremely fit and speedy opponent."
 

Preview
 

Nicol David & Gregory Gaultier Head World-Class World Games Draws

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David and world No2 Frenchman Gregory Gaultier head world-class draws in the Squash championships in the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

Some 4500 athletes and officials from more than 100 countries will be competing in the 9th World Games from 25 July to 4 August (the squash event taking place from 2-4 August). The multi-sport event is being held on the South American continent for the first time in its 32-year history.

The Squash event will boast players from 19 countries, with Kuwait, Jamaica, Peru, Pakistan, Brazil, Guyana and hosts Colombia being represented for the first time.

David, the defending women's World Games champion, is aiming for a record third successive gold medal. The 29-year-old from Penang, who has topped the world rankings since August 2006, is expected to face second seed Low Wee Wern in an all-Malaysian final.

(Nicol David pictured with a devoted young fan during the recent WSF Ambassador Programme visit to Venezuela)

In supporting the sport's latest appearance in the event, Commonwealth Games Federation President and IOC Member HRH Tunku Imran highlights the fact that Squash is "truly a 'world game'."

"For me, squash is superbly placed to fill the brief of the title of the event as it is truly a 'world game', with men's and women's world champions from all five continents," said HRH Tunku Imran, who is also Patron of the World Squash Federation.

"In addition to Commonwealth participation players are coming from as far afield as Japan, a spread of European nations and of course from across Pan America, which is very gratifying.

"The action on the all-glass showcourt in Cali will definitely be athletic, intense and exciting to watch, demonstrating squash as a true world class sport," Imran added.

Dutch champion Natalie Grinham will be aiming to go one better than she did in the 2009 Games in Chinese Taipei, where she finished as runner-up to David. The former Australian - a record three-time gold medallist in the 2006 Commonwealth Games - is the third seed in the women's event.

Former world number one Gaultier is making his debut in the event. The 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence, seeded to become the first French winner of the men's title, is expected to face English rival Peter Barker in the final.

Londoner Barker, ranked seven in the world, is also making his World Games debut.