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Commonwealth Games 2018
Men's Draw
05 - 09 Apr
Oxenford Studios, Gold Coast, Australia
Round Two
05 Apr
Round two
06 Apr
07 Apr
08 Apr
09 Apr
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG)
11-2, 11-6, 11-2 (20m)
Ian Rukunya (UGA)
Nick Matthew
11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
Vikram Malhotra
Nick Matthew
11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6 (81m)
Nafiizwan Adnan
Nafiizwan Adnan
11-6, 12-10, 11-4 (49m)
James Willstrop







James Willstrop
11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (47m)
Paul Coll




Bronze medal play-off:

[12] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [11] Joel Makin (WAL) 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (81m)

[16] Vikram Malhotra (IND)
11-4, 11-3, 11-0 (16m)
Xavier Koenig (MRI)
[12] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (50m)
Evan Williams (NZL)
Nafiizwan Adnan
Ryan Cuskelly
[6] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-2, 11-4, 11-3 (18m)
Othneil Bailey (SVG)
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11-7, 11-3, 11-2 (18m)
Ernest Jombla (SLE)
 Cameron Pilley
11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (38m)
Lewis Walters
Cameron Pilley
7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (95m)
James Willstrop
Lewis Walters (JAM)
11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (33m)
Daniel Zammit-Lewis (MLT)
[10] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
11-9, 11-0, 11-9 (31m)
Kevin Moran (SCO)
Campbell Grayson
11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 (70m)
James Willstrop
[4] James Willstrop (ENG)
11-5, 11-1, 11-7 (27m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK)
Christopher Binnie (JAM)
5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (74m)
[3] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Christopher Binnie
11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (32m)
Joel Makin
Joel Makin
11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10 (95m)
Alan Clyne
Joel Makin
6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (106m)
Paul Coll
[11] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (29m)
Micah Franklin (BER)
Rex Hedrick (AUS)
11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (32m)
Sunil Seth (GUY)
Rex Hedrick
11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (47m)
Alan Clyne
[8] Alan Clyne (SCO)
11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (60m)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK)
[5] Daryl Selby (ENG)
11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (21m)
Michael Kawooya (UGA)
Daryl Selby
11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 11-7 (55m)
Greg Lobban
Daryl Selby
11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5 (76m)
Paul Coll
[9] Greg Lobban (SCO)
11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (24m)
Ravindu Laksiri (SRI)
[14] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND)
11-8, 11-6, 11-1 (33m)
Ivan Yuen (MAS)
Harinder Pal Sandhu
11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (39m)
Paul Coll
Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM)
11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (26m)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL)
Round ONE
04 Apr

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bye
Ian Rukunya (UGA) bt Stephen Henry (FIJ) 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (17m)
Xavier Koenig (MRI) bt Yusif Mansaray (SLE) 11-3, 11-3, 11-8 (18m)
[16] Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt Manda Chilambwe (ZAM) 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 (26m)
[12] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bye
Evan Williams (NZL) bt Jacob Kelly (CAY) 11-9, 11-5, 13-11 (27m)
Othneil Bailey (SVG) bt Hardeep Reel (KEN) 12-14, 4-11, 11-4, 11-6, 13-11 (37m)
[6] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bye
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bye
Ernest Jombla (SLE) bt Klaus Pragassen (SEY) 13-15, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 (39m)
Daniel Zammit-Lewis (MLT) bt Kale Wilson (TRI) 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 (32m)
Lewis Walters (JAM) bt [15] Peter Creed (WAL) 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (48m)
[10] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Jason-Ray Khalil (GUY) 11-3, 12-10, 11-2 (24m)
Kevin Moran (SCO) bt Jules Snagg (SVG) 11-7, 11-8, 17-15 (27m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Joe Chapman (IVB) 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (27m)
[4] James Willstrop (ENG) bye
[3] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt Jason Doyle (SVG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (23m)
Micah Franklin (BER) bt James Fayia (SLE) 11-2, 11-3, 11-1 (15m)
[11] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Sailesh Pala (FIJ) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 (18m)
Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [13] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 13-11, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 (93m)
Sunil Seth (GUY) bt Shawn Simpson (BAR) 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4 (32m)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt Neville Sorrentino (IVB) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (15m)
[8] Alan Clyne (SCO) bye
[5] Daryl Selby (ENG) bye
Michael Kawooya (UGA) bt Madako Junior Suari (PNG) 12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (23m)
Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) bt Romit Parshottam (FIJ) 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (12m)
[9] Greg Lobban (SCO) bye
[14] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Cameron Stafford (CAY) 11-3, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Mandela Patrick (TRI) 11-4, 11-2, 11-6 (22m)
Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) bt Christian Navas (GIB) 11-4, 11-0, 11-3

Commonwealth Games 2018
Women's Draw

05 - 09 Apr
Oxenford Studios, Gold Coast, Australia
Round Two
05 Apr
Round two
06 Apr
07 Apr
08 Apr
09 Apr
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG)
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (15m)
Amanda Haywood (BAR)
Laura Massaro
11-8, 13-11, 11-8 (34m)
Amanda Landers-Murphy
Laura Massaro
11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 15-13 (61m)
Tesni Evans
Tesni Evans
11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (34m)
Sarah-Jane Perry


Sarah-Jane Perry
16-14, 11-8, 6-11, 11-13, 11-8 (78m)
Joelle King

Bronze medal play-off:

[6] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [3] Nicol David (MAS) 11-7, 3-11, 12-10, 11-7 (40m)

[11] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
12-10, 11-9, 11-4 (23m)
Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI)
Aifa Azman (MAS)
[14] Lisa Aitken (SCO)
Aifa Azman
11-7, 11-1, 6-11, 11-8 (34m)

Tesni Evans
[6] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (17m)
Taylor Fernandes (GUY)
[7] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
11-1, 11-2, 11-4 (16m)
Faiza Zafar (PAK)
Donna Urquhart
6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5 (59m)
Christine Nunn
Donna Urquhart
11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5 (41m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[16] Christine Nunn (AUS)
11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (16m)
Dianne Kellas (MLT)
[13] Nikki Todd (CAN)
11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (17m)
Khaaliqa Nimji (KEN)
Nikki Todd
12-10, 11-3, 11-5 (24m)

Sarah-Jane Perry
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-1, 11-3, 11-6 (13m)
Alison Mua (FIJ)
[3] Nicol David (MAS)
11-1, 11-4, 11-2 (23m)
Colette Sultana (MLT)
Nicol David
20-18, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 (50m)
Samantha Cornett
Nicol David
7-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 (68m)
Alison Waters
Nicol David
13-11, 11-5,
1-11, 11-5 (43m)
Joelle King
[10] Samantha Cornett (CAN)
11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (18m)
Mary Fung-A-Fat (GUY)
[9] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (19m)
Charlotte Knaggs (TRI)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (24m)
Alison Waters
[5] Alison Waters (ENG)
11-5, 11-1, 11-8 (22m)
Meagan Best (BAR)
[8] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
11-3, 11-7, 11-2 (16m)
Lynette Vai (PNG)
Joshna Chinappa
11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (25m)
Tamika Saxby
Joshna Chinappa
11-5, 11-6, 11,9 (34m)
Joelle King
[15] Tamika Saxby (AUS)
11-4, 11-2, 11-1 (16m)
Eilidh Bridgeman (CAY)
[12] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8 (39m)
Alison Thomson (SCO)
Sivasangari Subramaniam
11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 (40m)
Joelle King
Deon Saffery (WAL)
11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (22m)
[2] Joelle King (NZL)
Round ONE
04 Apr

[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bye
Amanda Haywood (BAR) v Caroline Laing (CAY)
Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) bye
[11] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bye
[14] Lisa Aitken (SCO) bye
Aifa Azman (MAS) bye
Taylor Fernandes (GUY) bye
[6] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[7] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bye
Faiza Zafar (PAK) bye
Dianne Kellas (MLT) bye
[16] Christine Nunn (AUS) bye
[13] Nikki Todd (CAN) bye
Elizabeth Mulwa (KEN) bye
Alison Mua (FIJ) bye
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[3] Nicol David (MAS) bye
Colette Sultana (MLT) v Samantha Hennings (CAY)
Mary Fung-A-Fat (GUY) bye
[10] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bye
[9] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bye
Charlotte Knaggs (TRI) bye
Meagan Best (BAR) bye
[5] Alison Waters (ENG) bye
[8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bye
Lynette Vai (PNG) bye
Eilidh Bridgeman (CAY) bye
[15] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bye
[12] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bye
Alison Thomson (SCO) bye
Deon Saffery (WAL) v Madina Zafar (PAK)
[2] Joelle King (NZL) bye


King & Willstrop Strike Commonwealth Games Gold

England and New Zealand shared the glory on Singles finals day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Squash when Kiwi Joelle King struck gold in the women's event and it was third time lucky for two times runner-up James Willstrop in the men's climax at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast, Australia.

King, a gold medallist in the Women's Doubles in 2010, became New Zealand's first ever Singles gold medallist when she beat England's Sarah-Jane Perry (both pictured in action below). It was always clear that the match would be a close-fought affair - and so it was.

Fourth seed Perry had two games balls in the first, but it was King who closed out her fourth game ball to win the opener 16-14. The New Zealander opened up a two-game lead - but Perry drew level to force a decider.

From eight-all in the fifth, King moved ahead to clinch the match 16-14, 11-8, 6-11, 11-13, 11-8 after 78 minutes take gold.

On winning her country's first gold, King acknowledged: "Yes, it feels pretty good. We've had some great names that have come through the squash community from New Zealand and no-one's managed to do it yet - so it's a privilege, to be honest, to be the first one to do it and I'm just looking forward to celebrating with my team-mates.

"Yes, I'm back on court tomorrow - 11am, I've heard - so there's no rest for the wicked really. You've just got to go back, recover and be ready to go again. Doubles is a completely different format. I think I'll be a bit rusty in my first round!"

Whilst seeded two, King became the event's highest-ranked player after moving up to four in the world on the eve of the start of the event. "To be honest I didn't pay much attention to that," said the 29-year-old. "Obviously I was excited and happy that my ranking had moved but I didn't really look any further than the fact there were probably about 12 players in this draw that could realistically win the tournament - so I just took it match by match.

"Today was typical final squash - a big occasion and both players wanting to give it everything they have. All I can say is she played really well - she just did not go away, she didn't let me have it all my own way, that's for sure."

England gained revenge in the two nations' battle in the men's final when Willstrop, the fourth seed, prevailed in straight games over in-form Kiwi Paul Coll, the number two seed ranked nine in the world.

Both players had had arduous routes to the final - Willstrop denying home interest in the later stages by beating top Australian Cameron Pilley in 95-minute quarter-final battle and Coll surviving a 106-minute semi-final clash with Welsh outsider Joel Makin less than 24 hours before the final.

Willstrop (seen above celebrating his success) was in imperious form, claiming his first 3/0 win since the opening round by beating Coll 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 in 47 minutes.

"It just clicked for me today," admitted the 34-year-old from Harrogate. "It's stuff you dream of. It's one of the most brilliant performances I've had in my career. It just worked and it clicked - that's happened today. I don't know why, maybe the hours of solo practice I've put in on my own on court, in Harrogate and Ponte, all my life.

"It's an incredible thing - and to make it happen on a big day like today - it's one of the best performances. Whatever happened today, it's an achievement.

"I love playing the game - and four years ago there were some doubts about that - and to think I'm now here with a gold medal in the singles ... I can't really process it to be honest.

"And if you'd talked to me on Friday when I played Campbell (Grayson), I didn't feel that great about myself, it was a real fight .... and three days later it's all different."

Is it his biggest title? "I guess as a title, I reckon it probably is the best. It's a wonderful occasion - and the atmosphere and everything around it adds to it."

The Bronze medal matches were just as dramatic and emotionally-charged. The women's clash saw Malaysian superstar Nicol David, the long-time world number one and gold medallist in 2010 and 2014, take on fast-rising Welsh star Tesni Evans.

Undaunted by a 4/0 career head-to-head record in the 34-year-old Malaysian's favour, sixth seed Evans (pictured above at the medal ceremony with King and Perry) delivered a scintillating performance to see off David, the No.3 seed, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10, 11-7.

"It's truly amazing - unbelievable really - I'm absolutely over the moon," exclaimed the Welsh wizard. "I've had a great week and to beat someone like Nicol for the bronze medal is just out of this world. If you'd asked me 10 years ago, 5 years ago, I never would have thought I would beat her. She's an absolute legend. That's the first time I've ever beaten her so that's extra special as well.

"I've gone from the bottom of the scale to the top of the scale, literally. I was really down yesterday after my semi-final match - but thank you to Dave (Evans) and my team, they really picked me up last night. They made me just realise where I am and that I still had a medal to fight for.

"I can't do too much celebrating tonight as I've got a doubles match tomorrow. At this minute I don't know but, don't worry, I'll definitely be celebrating."

The first Games medal for Wales for 20 years was greeted with delight by national coach David Evans. "It's an amazing result for Tesni and Welsh squash as a whole, getting a medal in the Commonwealth Games," said the former British Open champion. "The last one was in 1998 with Alex Gough, so to get a medal is unbelievable.

"But more, to beat Nicol - who we've all got so much respect for, with what she's achieved. For Tes to beat Nicol to get a bronze just adds a little bit extra to it."

On the impact this will have for Welsh squash, Evans added: "I'm only a mere coach, but funding-wise this should help. What Tesni's done in getting a Commonwealth Games medal is pretty special - we're a very proud country, we all fight for each other. Hopefully it will put squash back up there again."

Defending champion David was composed about the result: "I gave what I could today - someone has to come out a winner. I just couldn't quite put some things together. It's tough out there but I'm really proud of the years of representing Malaysia.

"Maybe it's pushing it a little bit to make another Commonwealth Games. If I play it would only be for the singles - and that would definitely be a tough task."

Malaysia took bronze in the men's play-off where 12th seed Nafiizwan Adnan (pictured below, right, with Willstop & Coll) beat Welshman Joel Makin, the No.11 seed, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 in 81 minutes.

When asked how big the win was, Adnan replied: "It was the biggest ever match I've ever played - it was enormous. I can't believe it, I was so nervous just now.

"Today I'm the first male player in Malaysia to win a medal - I am very proud, not just for myself but for my team. Everyone's behind me - my coach and the support team. Every day we prepare - so I want to give to them."

2018 Commonwealth Games images courtesy of Toni Van der Kreek


It's England v New Zealand For Gold

After dramatic semi-finals before a capacity 2,500 crowd surrounding the all-glass showcourt at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast, Australia, it will be England and New Zealand going for Squash singles gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Monday.

England's event debutante Sarah-Jane Perry was the first to claim a place in the women's final after a powerful performance against rising Welsh star Tesni Evans. Perry, the fourth seed ranked eight in the world, hardly put a foot wrong as she dismissed sixth seed Evans - the surprise conqueror of event favourite Laura Massaro - 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 to extend her unbeaten record over the 25-year-old from Rhyl

"I'm really, really, pleased with how I played there," exclaimed the beaming 27-year-old Perry, from Kenilworth (pictured below in Games action). "My game plan was to stop her playing her game, but to play my game. Tesni is so good around the middle - if you let her get on the volley she's really dangerous.

"I tried to keep her in the back corners and that made me let myself express my squash. I'm really pleased with that performance and can't wait to play the final tomorrow. If I can reproduce this performance I'll be really happy.

"It's true I haven't lost to her, but she's been right on the verge of beating me. She beat Laura for the third time in a row yesterday and that's no mean feat - I've never achieved that! She's definitely becoming a real force to be reckoned with."

When asked how she felt about her success in her first time in the Games, Perry said: "Yes, you can't really ask for any more than that, can you? Hopefully I'll be nice and fresh going into the final tomorrow - and if I could win the gold medal that would be an absolute dream come true. Even just being in the final is a dream come true!"

After the jubilation of earning a surprise place in the semis, Evans was understandably downhearted at losing: "I'm very disappointed - it's one of those matches when I just couldn't get into it and she played really well. To be honest I don't think she did anything wrong! All credit has to go to SJ today - she was fantastic and there was nothing I could really do.

"Normally you lose in a tournament and you're out - it's going to be tough, but at least I can now prepare myself for potentially an even bigger match tomorrow."

Perry will go for gold against Kiwi opponent Joelle King, the No.2 seed (pictured below) who, as world No.4, is the highest-ranked player in the event.

A bronze medallist in the 2014 Singles, and a gold and silver medallist in the 2010 Doubles in Delhi, King is no stranger to the Commonwealth Games experience. The 29-year-old faced 'veteran' Games star Nicol David - the illustrious former world number one who has played in every Games since 1998 and won gold in 2010 and 2014, and boasted a 13-1 head-to-record over her opponent going into the match.

But the Malaysian's formidable eight-year unbeaten Games run came to an end when King triumphed 13-11, 11-5, 1-11, 11-5 in 43 minutes.

"Any time you beat Nicol it's pretty special," said King. "She just doesn't give up, she's one of the toughest players you'll ever play on Tour. She never gives up - right to the end.

"I felt like I played some really good squash out there, I felt like she didn't give anything away - I had to beat her.

"Singles is what we do day in day out and I'm just chuffed to be in the final. But it's just the final - it's a big thing, but you've still got to turn up tomorrow, you can't just rest on your laurels. You can't just rest on what happened today - you've got to just enjoy it for the moment, move on, and come back tomorrow.

"This is basically like a home game for us - it's only three hours across the ditch. There's so much support here for us it's amazing. It's nice to be playing in such an atmosphere."

David was surprisingly upbeat after her defeat: "It was very close in that first game - I think it was really the decider, that first game, and if I could have won that it could have been a bit of a different story.

"Joelle's been very consistent and to come back from 2/0 down against Joelle was going to be a bit of a tough feat. I pushed hard but in the fourth game, once I let a few things go, it gave her confidence to step forward.

"I gave it my best but sometimes your best is not enough."

England's seasoned campaigner James Willstrop became only the second player in Games' history to reach a third final - following the achievement of his fellow countryman Peter Nicol in 2006 - when he beat Nafiizwan Adnan, the No.12 seed from Malaysia, in the first men's semi (both pictured above).

It was in the previous round that Adnan brought a notable era to an end when he removed England's Nick Matthew, the gold medallist in 2010 and 2014. Fourth seed Willstrop played a sure-footed and disciplined game to see off the UK-based Malaysian 11-6, 12-10, 11-4 in 49 minutes.

"I didn't know what to expect really," explained the former world number one and twice a silver medallist. "I was just trying to work on each phase, the first few rallies, the first few points - then see how it feels when you get the first game up. It's just the performance really.

"What an occasion to have ahead of you - I'm so, so thrilled, I love playing big occasions."

When told that only Peter Nicol has reached the final three times before, Willstrop replied "Oh really? That's great - I've got one, I've got a record! I'll take that. The longevity thing is so pleasing.

"I owe so much to (my physio) Alison Rose in Leeds - she's been an absolute wonder-woman to me all my life. She's kept me strong. I've had surgery and she's kept me going through it.

"And obviously I've had physio support from Jade (of Team England) here all the time. It's thanks to people like Alison that I can keep playing squash at 34 - and likewise Nick has had all his team to help him keep playing squash at 37. That wasn't happening 10 years ago and that's testament to the support we get."

The final match of the day was a long-drawn-out affair which - despite the lack of local interest - had the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats. New Zealand's No.2 seed Paul Coll, the current world No.9 who has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the international squash ranks over the past two years, faced surprise opponent Joel Makin, a Welshman ranked 43 in the world.

It took 106 minutes to produce a winner - with underdog Makin one point away from a match-ball in the third game before Coll grinded his way to a 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 victory which sees the 25-year-old into the final for the first time.

"I knew he was going to come out strong," Coll (pictured above on celebrating his victory) told the waiting media afterwards. "I wanted to make it tough for him at the start but I think I was guilty of going a bit passive - which I've been trying not to do. So that was a bit disappointing.

"I came out in the last three and tried to be a bit more aggressive and I think that took its toll on him in the end. But he's a class player.

"It's a dream come true for me to be in the final. If you'd told me I'd be here four years ago I would have told you to go away, I wouldn't have believed you.

"To be playing for gold tomorrow is one of the biggest dreams I could ever have.

"I've played James a few times - he's obviously a very experienced and class player.

"I'm going to go out there and give it my all - and hopefully do my country proud."


Four Nations Share Semi-Final Slots After Marathon Gold Coast Action

A quartet of players representing England, Malaysia, New Zealand and Wales will line up in both the men's and women's Squash singles semi-finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, after a day of shocks and marathons which ended well after midnight.

It was Wales which produced a double whammy on the all-glass showcourt at Oxenford Studios where the defeat of top seed Laura Massaro by Tesni Evans (pictured below) in the women's quarter-finals was followed by the dismissal of eighth-seeded Scot Alan Clyne in a 99-minute marathon in the men's event which saw 11th seed Joel Makin earn his first place in the last four.

A tense match was anticipated when sixth seed Evans, the Welsh number one from Rhyl, took on England's former world champion Massaro - the silver medallist in 2014. Whilst Massaro, the world No.7, boasted a 6/3 head-to-head advantage going into the match, world No.12 Evans had won their most recent two meetings - in February this year ousting the defending champion en-route to becoming the first ever Welsh winner of the British National title.

Evans took the opening two games, but the experienced Massaro reduced the deficit after the third - then saved three match-balls in the fourth before the Welsh wizard clinched her 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 15-13 triumph in 61 minutes.

"I guess my style maybe doesn't suit her, maybe it's because of the last couple of times - but I try and build on that," said the 25-year-old. "But it's never easy - the toughest person to play by a mile on the Tour is Laura.

"Being a Welsh person against England - it's our biggest rivalry. We fight for our lives. And I think we showed that today. Wales has helped me massively.

"It's probably the biggest match I've played yet - in an arena like this, there's nothing like it, it's our biggest event - yes, that was a massive match."

David Evans, the Welsh national coach and a former world No.3, added: "This massive for Welsh squash - and especially for Tesni who's our number one player, she's the first Welsh person ever to win the British championships and she's got the highest-ever world ranking for a woman in Wales.

"So we're trying to get a medal now. In the Commonwealth Games we've only ever had one medal and that was Alex Gough in 1998, so it would be massive if she were able to do it. The way she handled herself in that game was excellent."

Makin, from Haverford West, is making his second appearance in the Games. In one of the most evenly-contested matches of the day, 23-year-old Makin fought back from 2/1 down against higher-ranked Scot Clyne to survive a tense decider and reach the semis in an 11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10 scoreline.

"In terms of the occasion, that's the biggest match I've played - getting me potentially to a medal position," explained the triumphant Welshman.

"I'm just happy to get through that - I knew when Chris Binnie took out the seed (Saurav Ghosal) it really opened up the draw on our side and I think everybody thought they had the chance of getting through.

"We played the Tournament of Champions qualifying in January and it was a very similar match - it was tough and hard and long.

"Tesni did really well this afternoon - it was a big win for her. Whoever I play, it'll be hard at this stage."

Makin will line up against Paul Coll, the No.2 seed from New Zealand, who beat Englishman Daryl Selby 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5 in 77 minutes in a heavily-delayed last match of the night - while Evans faces England's fourth seed Sarah-Jane Perry.

World No.8 Perry is making her Commonwealth Games debut - and disappointed the packed and partisan Oxenford Studios crowd by beating Australian number one Donna Urquhart 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5.

"I'm so happy right now - Donna is such a tricky opponent, she's been playing some seriously good squash recently, pushing some of the top players, so I knew I had to go out there and play really well," said 27-year-old Perry (pictured above, right). "I was really pleased with how I played the whole match - I kept myself nice and positive, had some good play and built some good rallies.

"It's a fantastic crowd - it's been pretty much this full since day one as well which is amazing. We like a good crowd - sometimes you have a big crowd and they don't make any noise, which is a bit odd as well. So it's nice to hear them between the rallies - even if it wasn't for me, most of it! But I heard plenty of English people, which was nice.

"I know what it's like playing against the crowd - I've played Amanda Sobhy in New York! I don't think anything can top the brashness of some of the American fans!

"It's my first experience of a multi-sport Games and I'm absolutely loving it. It's a really good set-up from the village to everything here - we couldn't really ask for anything more. The court looks amazing and the crowd is amazing so I'm just really excited I get to play on there tomorrow again."

The men's gold medal will go into new hands after Malaysian outsider Nafiizwan Adnan pulled off arguably the biggest shock of the day when he beat top seed Nick Matthew (both pictured below). The 37-year-old Englishman is a double gold medallist - in 2014 and 2010 - and was hoping to round off his distinguished career with gold in Gold Coast.

Matthew twice overcame leads by underdog Adnan - but the brave Malaysian, the 12th seed who had never before beaten his opponent, closed out the decider to claim his major 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6 upset in 81 minutes.

"Nick has been my idol - it's hard to beat him, so in my heart I am really proud," said the UK-based 31-year-old. "I am really proud for Malaysia that I am the second guy in the semi-finals. I really pushed myself. In the match, I kept saying to myself, just one more, one more, one more.

"It's my day!

"Yes - it is the best win of my career, when you think he has been a three-time world champion.

"It's all about targets - I am proud of the fact that I have really achieved something. But Malaysia has so many talented players. I am a product of the sports school - and there are so many players who are really good players.

"So I hope the Malaysian government can give more funding for squash in Malaysia."

Major Maniam, a Director of the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia, said: "I am very happy to say I'm a proud Malaysian.

"Wan is generally a very steady player. Today his performance was absolutely outstanding. In the three games that he won, he showed great mental strength and very disciplined squash - and what a fighter he was!

"He set a great example to the rest of the players in the squad. And to beat the No.1 seed when you are seeded nowhere - it's just too good to be true!

"We were cheering as though we'd won the gold - and when you beat a person of Nick Matthew's calibre, it feels like you've won gold!

"I'm absolutely thrilled and proud of the show - I'm proud to be a Malaysian having seen that performance."

Adnan will now face England's James Willstrop, the silver medallist in both the 2010 and 2014 Games. The fourth seed provided a killer blow to the hosts on day three by removing Australia's last semi-final hope Cameron Pilley (both pictured below). In a fiercely-fought 95-minute battle, Willstrop emerged victorious courtesy of a 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 scoreline.

A downbeat Pilley, the 35-year-old world No.20 from New South Wales, said afterwards: "It's extremely disappointing. It's a ridiculous crowd, friends and family are here, so to play in front of them is special - it's probably only happened twice in my career to play in such a big event on home soil.

"I got off to a good start - then after losing the second I managed to get back on track and implement my game plan and get on top of him. But he managed to switch it and implement his game plan on me, so it was tough.

"He's a former world number one - so he's so good at getting the game back on his terms. Overall it's a bitter pill this morning.

"I'll have a little sulk over the next 24 hours then I'll get on court with my doubles partners and start to try and hone our combinations so I'll have another two chances to get on the podium.

"The venue is unbelievable. The Commonwealth Games Federation have done an unbelievable job for squash."

Malaysia's second semi-finalist is Nicol David, the country's 'Queen of squash' who is making a record sixth successive appearance in the Games, with gold success both in 2010 and 2014.

Looking completely out-of-sorts, the 34-year-old former world No.1 from Penang went two games down as England rival Alison Waters looked set to reduce the 26/2 head-to-head that the Malaysian had built up since 2004.

But a revitalised David came onto the court in the third and soon forced a decider - and after saving two match balls in the fifth, celebrated her stunning 7-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 win in 61 minutes.

"When you go into matches like that, you don't know what to expect - and when your opponent comes out strong, you start think 'what am I doing'?" said David.

"In the third, I knew I really had to enforce my game now - there's no time left. So I had to put the pressure on, and put the pressure on to the very end. She made some mistakes and I just gave it my best so I'm very pleased."

When asked what coach Liz Irving had said to her in the break after the second game, David replied: "She said I had to get a little more assertive and enforce my game. It's now or never, I thought, why not! I'd worked so hard - I'm going to go for the long haul! I knew I had to push and push and not give up!"

Of her compatriot Wan's success, David added: "That was amazing, I'm so proud of him. What he did was truly special and it means we have two players in the semi-finals."

David will now face Kiwi Joelle King after the No.2 seed saw off India's 8th seed Joshna Chinappa 11-5, 11-6, 11-9.

England Coast Into Gold Coast Commonwealth Quarters

England celebrated 100% success in today's third round of the Squash singles events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where the nation will have interest in three of the four quarter-finals in both the men's and women's events - for the fifth time since 2002.

The day began with a blow for the hosts when it was announced that No.6 seed Ryan Cuskelly, the world No.15 from New South Wales, had withdrawn following a leg injury sustained during his second round match - putting Malaysia's 12th seed Nafiizwan Adnan through to the quarter-finals.

Defending gold medallist Nick Matthew led the way for England in the men's event with an 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 win in 43 minutes on the all-glass showcourt at Oxenford Studios over Vikram Malhotra, the 16th seed from India (both pictured below in action).

Unbeaten in the event since 2006, the gold medallist in 2010 in Delhi and 2014 in Glasgow will celebrate his 38th birthday in July - by which date he will have retired from the professional squash circuit after a glittering career which includes the world number one ranking and three world championship titles.

"I enjoyed being on there with these dangerous players," said the top-seeded Yorkshireman after claiming his place in the last eight. "People are going to raise their game 10 or 15 per cent in this environment - and I need to raise mine by 10 or 15 percent as well. But I didn't today - I probably played at my normal level. He put on a really good show today and I was probably a little lucky to come away relatively unscathed at the end.

"I came in probably expecting to play Ryan in front of the Aussie crowd - but I'll have to fully reassess that. I've played Wan before - he is a dangerous player. He used to be based in Manchester and I trained with him a few times. He's a little bit more of a known quantity compared to today as I'd never played Vikram before."

On competing in the Commonwealth Games, Matthew added: "We had that massive moment at the Opening Ceremony and everyone is buzzing in the village. Team England are such a close team. I just love things like this, rubbing shoulders with the other big names in the England team. It shows in the respect each of has for each other's sports.

"Squash may not be an Olympic sport but, if it was based on the respect the other athletes have for our sport, we'd be in there tomorrow! You can sense that among the guys and I just want to make them proud.

"Australia's a great sporting country and we've been given an unbelievable welcome."

Later, compatriots James Willstrop and Daryl Selby joined Matthew in the last eight. Fifth seed Selby overcame rising Scottish star Greg Lobban 11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 11-7, while Willstrop, the No2 seed and 2010 and 2014 silver medallist, despatched New Zealander Campbell Grayson 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 in 70 minutes.

When asked how easy it is to motivate himself for a fourth Games, Willstrop replied: "It's a more relaxed motivation now maybe - it's not life and death like it is when you're younger.

"It's probably likely to be my last one," added the 34-year-old. "So I'll try and give everything I can and I hope it works.

"A multisport event like this is totally different to what we're used to - it's like a super-charged squash event. I usually walk off after an event, but here the world's press line up to talk to me!"

Willstrop (pictured above in action with Grayson) will face career-long rival Cameron Pilley for a place in the semi-finals after the seventh-seeded Aussie ended Jamaican Lewis Walters' historic run 11-3, 11-4, 11-8

Selby's opponent will be Kiwi Paul Coll, the No.2 seed and the event's highest-ranked player who defeated unseeded Malaysian Ivan Yuen 11-5, 11-6, 11-4.

The other quarter-final will be an all-British affair in which Scot Alan Clyne and Welshman Joel Makin will both be making their quarter final debuts.

Clyne clinched an 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 win over Australian Rex Hedrick, while Makin stopped the other surprise Jamaican last 16 player Christopher Binnie 11-4, 11-5, 11-2.

Top women's seed Laura Massaro needed to call upon all her experience to overcome Kiwi Amanda Landers-Murphy 11-8, 13-11, 11-8. The former world number one from England, now ranked seven in the world, is bidding to go one better than the silver medal she won four years ago.

"It was always going to be tough because I've never played Amanda before," said Massaro (pictured above with Landers-Murphy) after the match. "I knew she was a leftie but we tend to play in different tournaments. I thought she played really well.

"Yesterday was tough because you're playing a complete unknown, someone from a country you've never been to - so that was tough - and today Amanda had quite a lot of support in the crowd. But obviously I've got quite a lot of experience behind me now and know how to fight my way through.

"The Commonwealth Games is massive - it's brilliant to be part of a multi-sport games and be in the village. It's something really special, being able to follow other sports and their results.

"There's not many tournaments that I haven't got my name on. There's a few that I'd still like to try and win before my career is over - and this is one of them.

"But I don't want to put too much pressure on myself because I play my best squash when I just believe in myself and sometimes when I'm not expecting myself to win. I'm the No.1 seed for this tournament but on my recent form I really feel like I probably should be four or maybe five - so I'm taking a bit of pressure off myself even though I've put a lot of work in the last few weeks.

"But everybody's been playing so well - I think people would look at the draw and say that there's probably five of us in with the chance of a gold medal. I certainly think I'm one of them and I've just got to get my best level out."

Massaro will line up against fast-rising Welsh star Tesni Evans, the 6th seed who beat 16-year-old Malaysian prodigy Aifa Azman 11-7, 11-1, 6-11, 11-8.

Massaro's England team-mates Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters produced decisive victories on the side courts to reach the quarter-finals - fourth seed Perry beating Canadian Nikki Todd (CAN) 12-10, 11-3, 11-5 while Waters crushed India's Dipika Pallikal Karthik 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.

Waters progresses to face Malaysian star Nicol David, the third seed who battled for 50 minutes to get the better of Canadian Samantha Cornett 20-18, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3. David, making her sixth successive Games appearance after making her debut in 1998, is bidding to win a third successive gold medal.

Meanwhile Perry will take on sole Aussie hope Donna Urquhart, the No.7 seed from New South Wales who was taken the full distance before beating compatriot Christine Nunn 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5.

"All credit to Christine - she didn't let me play my game," said Urquhart after earning her first quarter-final berth in the Games. "We're team-mates but I don't think we've ever played in a tournament. I know she's in really good form at the moment. I went into this expecting a tough battle on my hands. It's really great to see her playing so well.

"It was really important today to get all those nerves out - I feel I've played myself into the tournament now.

"I'm going to be the one going out there tomorrow with nothing to lose - and going for it. Hopefully I can play a little more freely.

"Being in my first quarter-final is huge. I'm stoked!"

After a series of injury woes, Urquhart is just three places short of her career-high ranking of 13. Is she back to her best?

"I think I'm playing better than I ever was before. It's just that the standard of squash is even higher. So every time I've been out injured I've not only had to get back to where I was, but catch up with where everybody else is too. I think I've got a lot more experience and play a better game mentally."

The final quarter-final will see No.2 seed Joelle King take on eighth-seeded Indian Joshna Chinappa.

After reaching the last eight for the first time following her 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 win over Australian Tamika Saxby, Chinappa said: "It's nice to be able to justify your seeding but you obviously want to take it further - and I'm looking forward to trying to do that."

The 31-year-old from Chennai was a surprise gold medallist in the 2014 Women's Doubles, with Dipika Pallikal Karthik.

"It was great to win the gold last time - and to be honest, when it happened, it never really sunk in for me. But we soon realised how much value the gold actually has meant and what it did for Indian squash - and that's what we're trying to do with our game, trying to promote it, trying to make it a big sport in our country so that people can take it up. I am very privileged to have had that opportunity."

Second seed King, now the highest-ranked woman in the draw, was taken to four games by Games debutante Sivasangari Subramaniam, a 19-year-old from Malaysia, before winning 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3.

"I've never played her before but I know she's a very dangerous player - if she has any opportunity to go short and take the ball, she will," explained King afterwards. "In the third, it took me a while to get in front of her - she dominated me on the T, but once I went back to basics and found the corners I gained control. She's definitely one to watch and gave me a run for my money.

"I came here wanting to do well and know I've got to do everything I can to do well."

Opening Day Is Jamaica Day

While the two reigning gold medallists eased into the third round of the Squash singles events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the opening day of action belonged to Jamaica after the Caribbean country's only two male players caused major upsets to reach the last 16.

UK-born Lewis Walters, ranked 260 in the world, raised his country's spirits in the first round when he beat Peter Creed, the 15th seed from Wales ranked over 200 places higher, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 in 48 minutes.

Just a few hours later, the 30-year-old Games debutant continued his unscheduled run by seeing off Malta's Daniel Zammit-Lewis 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 to claim his slot in the last 16 round.

Walters was then able to join his team-mates watching the epic second round battle between his Doubles partner Christopher Binnie and India's bronze-medal hope Saurav Ghosal. The No.3 seed from Kolkata, who this month celebrated a career-high world No.13 ranking, took the opening two games and looked to be coasting to his anticipated place in the next round.

But world No.65 Binnie, who had already played a 1st round match in the afternoon session, kept his focus and drew level. In a topsy-turvy decider, favourite Ghosal moved forward to match-ball at 10-8. But, undaunted - and cheered on by a significant weight of Jamaican support from the crowd - Binnie battled through to claim his shock 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 triumph in 74 minutes.

"I felt pretty confident going into the match and even though I went down two love I kept on pushing," said a delighted Binnie afterwards. "We had all the Jamaican contingent here tonight - a big crowd tonight and that was great."

On the decider, the eight-time Caribbean champion explained: "I was just trying to play one point at a time and keep calm. I think I controlled my emotions pretty well. He made a couple of errors at eight-all and put a couple of balls in the middle where thankfully I didn't hit the tin. He had a couple of match balls and I was lucky to pounce on a couple of good ones at the end. I'm just happy to get through

"It's the biggest day of my career for sure - even though it's a short career so far - but it's only the second round so I have to put some perspective on it. But I have to enjoy this - he's top 20 in the world and it's the first top 20 win I've ever had. But I've been working really hard and hopefully tomorrow I can be close to this again to try and put in another good performance."

Jamaican team manager Karen Anderson (pictured above with Binnie), who competed in the 2002 and 2006 Games, said: "We're very excited. He's working really, really hard and he's been on the edge so many times. I think it will do the world of good for his confidence.

"Lewis beat the No.15 seed this morning - and it was a tough battle. But he held his focus and came back today and won again and so we have two Jamaicans in the last 16!

"We're so happy - this means a lot for squash and we hope it can catapult the game in Jamaica."

(Pictured above, the six side courts on which the two Jamaica R2 matches took place)

On his surprise run, Walters agreed: "It's probably one of the best days of my life - it's got to be up there, for sure!

"To win this morning, in terms of beating Peter, it's probably one of my best wins, rankings-wise, ever, to be honest. And to do it in this event makes me really happy.

"Going into the event, Chris and I were talking about it and saying that for one us to get to the second day would be really special - but two of us, that's really cool!"

Defending champions Nick Matthew and Nicol David both reached the third round without incident. Englishman Matthew, the men's gold medallist both in 2010 and 2014, began his 2018 campaign by despatching Ugandan Ian Rukunya 11-2, 11-6, 11-2. The 37-year-old favourite, who plans to retire at the end of this season, will now face Indian Vikram Malhotra, the 16th seed, for a place in the quarter-finals.

David is also going for a third successive gold medal. The only player competing in the singles event for the sixth successive time, David overwhelmed Maltese left-hander Colette Sultana 11-1, 11-4, 11-2 in 23 minutes.

"It was a good match - it's always good to see new countries coming to the Commonwealth Games," said the third seed.

"The set up here is amazing - you can see that the Games has always improved every single time, the venue is amazing and we've been looked after really well.

"I'll be playing Samantha Cornett - it'll be a good match and I'll definitely have to be sharp from the word go.

"It all started for me in 1998 where the opportunity was there for me to participate in this event. We had so much support from the Malaysian government to take squash to the next level and I was lucky enough to keep getting that support from Malaysia up to now. So these Games are really important to Malaysia, for myself - but most importantly for squash being in a multi-sport games like this where the medals are held in the highest regard. So everyone's going for it!

"The Commonwealth Games was the highlight for me this year so I came to Australia twice to prepare - first earlier in February, then just before coming here I was in Brisbane for three and a half weeks with Liz Irving and training with some of the local players - and it was really good to get some time on the glass court here."

Cornett was the first woman to claim her place in the third round after beating Mary Fung-A-Fat, from Guyana, 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 in 18 minutes.

"It feels very good to be the first player through to the last 16," said the 27-year-old tenth seed from Toronto, one of only two Canadians competing in the 2018 Games.

"I know that our guys, and the other women, would love to be here too - but they didn't qualify. We had to qualify, so Squash Canada sent us to the World Doubles to try and get us in the top five, which was Commonwealth Canada's criteria. Nikki (Todd) and I finished in fifth place so we are here.

"This is the biggest event I've been a part of - it's pretty tough going. It's huge and I'm delighted to be part of it."

On the prospect of playing Nicol, Cornett added: "I really respect her - on court and off - and I know it's going to be a fun match."

One of the event's biggest prospects is Tesni Evans, the sixth seed from Wales who has enjoyed some major scalps in recent months. The world No.12 from Rhyl beat Guyana's Taylor Fernandes 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 to earn her place in the last 16 round.

On the possible pressure she faces, 25-year-old Evans said: It's a good thing, I think! Obviously compared to four years ago there's a lot more pressure and a little bit more expectation - but I still think there are a lot of other people with a lot of pressure on them as well.

"The field is so strong that anyone could almost do it - and because it's the Commonwealth Games, everyone's going to give probably 10 or 15 percent more than they would do in another match if they can. So I don't think of it as pressure, but another opportunity!"

In the longest - and, arguably, most popular - win of the day, Aussie Rex Hedrick upset the form book by overcoming Malaysia's 13th seed Eain Yow Ng in five dramatic games.

At 2/1 down, the unseeded 29-year-old came back to draw level, then saved two match-balls in the decider to beat Ng 13-11, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 in 93 minutes - to rapturous applause from the partisan showcourt (see above) crowd.

Ng looked in control at 10-8 up in the fifth, but after an endless rally fell to the ground with apparent cramp in his right leg. Clearly in significant pain and barely able to bend the leg, Ng was unable to respond to the home hero's remaining attack as Hedrick stormed to victory.

Hedrick fully capitalised on this first round win to beat Guyana's Sunil Seth in the next round to earn himself a third round berth.

"It was probably the hardest first round match in the draw," conceded the Aussie. "He's a really good player - I've got a lot of respect for him.

"This is the best crowd I've ever played in front of, by far - and the best atmosphere - I've never played in front of an atmosphere like that, it was unbelievable."

On the Commonwealth Games experience, Hedrick admitted: "This is the biggest one - we all try and peak for this tournament and get in the best physical shape."

Kiwi Hopes Boosted On Eve Of Commonwealth Games Squash Action

New Zealand hopes of Squash gold success in the Commonwealth Games in Australia this month were given a boost on Sunday when Kiwis Paul Coll and Joelle King both became the highest-ranked players in the men's and women's Singles events, respectively, according to the new April PSA World Rankings.

Both players are seeded to win silver - behind English favourites Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro.

Coll, now ranked nine in the world - just one place below his best ever No.8 - has overtaken former world No.1 Matthew, the two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist who has slipped out of the world top ten for the first time since January 2009, to No.12.

King, a bronze medallist in the 2014 Games in Glasgow, has risen three places to return to a career-high world No.4 - replacing Massaro, the 2014 silver medallist, who slips to No.7.

Squash is celebrating its sixth appearance in the Commonwealth Games since making its debut in 1998 in Malaysia. The Men's and Women's Singles Championships will take place at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, from 5-9 April, followed by the Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles events from 10-15 April.

While Coll, 25, and King, 29, are currently enjoying some of the best successes of their careers, their English rivals are arguably in the twilight of their professional squash lives - indeed 37-year-old Matthew plans to retire at the end of the current season.

The three-time World Champion from Sheffield was the top-ranked player in both 2010 and 2014 - when he won gold in Delhi and Glasgow - and is unlikely to be too concerned by the latest ranking change.

"The Commonwealth Games has been a key landmark in my career as a whole and also in this final season," said the distinguished Yorkshireman when the draw was announced. "It's something I earmarked to prepare and peak for a long way out and am getting more and more excited the closer it's getting."

Massaro, the 34-year-old former world No.1 and world champion from Preston, boasts three silver medals from 2014 and 2010 - and will undoubtedly be focussing on a maiden gold in 2018.

Players from 28 nations will be competing in the two singles competitions, the full updated draws for which (including seeding) are as follows:

Men's 1st round:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bye
Ian Rukunya (UGA) v Stephen Henry (FIJ)
Xavier Koenig (MRI) v Yusif Mansaray (SLE)
[16] Vikram Malhotra (IND) v Manda Chilambwe (ZAM)
[12] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bye
Evan Williams (NZL) v Jacob Kelly (CAY)
Othneil Bailey (SVG) v Hardeep Reel (KEN)
[6] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bye
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bye
Ernest Jombla (SLE) v Klaus Pragassen (SEY)
Kale Wilson (TRI) v Daniel Zammit-Lewis (MLT)
[15] Peter Creed (WAL) v Lewis Walters (JAM)
[10] Campbell Grayson (NZL) v Jason-Ray Khalil (GUY)
Kevin Moran (SCO) v Jules Snagg (SVG)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) v Joe Chapman (IVB)
[4] James Willstrop (ENG) bye
[3] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
Christopher Binnie (JAM) v Jason Doyle (SVG)
Micah Franklin (BER) v James Fayia (SLE)
[11] Joel Makin (WAL) v Sailesh Pala (FIJ)
[13] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v Rex Hedrick (AUS)
Sunil Seth (GUY) v Shawn Simpson (BAR)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v Neville Sorrentino (IVB)
[8] Alan Clyne (SCO) bye
[5] Daryl Selby (ENG) bye
Madako Junior Suari (PNG) v Michael Kawooya (UGA)
Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) v Romit Parshottam (FIJ)
[9] Greg Lobban (SCO) bye
[14] Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) v Cameron Stafford (CAY)
Ivan Yuen (MAS) v Mandela Patrick (TRI)
Christian Navas (GIB) v Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bye

Women's 1st round:
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bye
Amanda Haywood (BAR) v Caroline Laing (CAY)
Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) bye
[11] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bye
[14] Lisa Aitken (SCO) bye
Aifa Azman (MAS) bye
Taylor Fernandes (GUY) bye
[6] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[7] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bye
Faiza Zafar (PAK) bye
Dianne Kellas (MLT) bye
[16] Christine Nunn (AUS) bye
[13] Nikki Todd (CAN) bye
Khaaliqa Nimji (KEN) bye
Alison Mua (FIJ) bye
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[3] Nicol David (MAS) bye
Colette Sultana (MLT) v Samantha Hennings (CAY)
Mary Fung-A-Fat (GUY) bye
[10] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bye
[9] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bye
Charlotte Knaggs (TRI) bye
Meagan Best (BAR) bye
[5] Alison Waters (ENG) bye

[8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bye
Lynette Vai (PNG) bye
Eilidh Bridgeman (CAY) bye
[15] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bye
[12] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bye
Alison Thomson (SCO) bye
Deon Saffery (WAL) v Madina Zafar (PAK)
[2] Joelle King (NZL) bye


Squash Celebrates 20 Years Of Sport & Legacy In The Commonwealth Games

A strong united delegation of senior officials of the World Squash Federation (WSF), joined by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), are in Gold Coast this week to attend the XXI Commonwealth Games, as the sport celebrates the 20th anniversary of its inclusion in the event.

Squash's participation at the Commonwealth Games is a powerful demonstration of where it stands today internationally: a well-established sport that is played worldwide on 50,000 courts in no less than 185 countries and one that regularly reinvents itself by placing a strong emphasis on innovation, inclusiveness and sustainability.

As Squash is vying to be included in the programme of the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, along with other high-profile international multi-sport events such as the World Games, Pan American Games and Asian Games have been providing the sport with a high-level testing ground for the latest showcourt, refereeing and broadcast technologies, as well as a platform to showcase the legacy that Squash is capable of leaving to the host cities and countries.

The Commonwealth Games have indeed left significant tangible legacies in Delhi, Glasgow, Kuala Lumpur and Manchester, where the Squash venues have become major centres or the sport's National Centres, providing access to high-performance training and competition for thousands of young people over the years.

The showcourt from the Melbourne Games in 2006 is still in use - and the state-of-the-art Gold Coast showcourt, plus the nine match courts, will be relocated locally to establish a new Australian National Centre in Carrara.

The Games have also showcased the development of referee Video Review, and a new generation of all-glass showcourts, which have since become an integral part of Squash competitions around the world.

To name a few examples of intangible legacy: Malaysia attributes its current major status on the international Squash scene to its debut in the home Commonwealth Games back in 1998; India can claim a similar effect, as the country's greatest success in the sport was achieved when Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, initially perceived as outsiders, claimed the Women's Doubles title and India's first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. This victory not only reinforced India's sporting profile internationally, but also created the new role models for all young women in the country.

In 2018, Squash makes its sixth appearance at the Commonwealth Games and the sport's truly international profile is on display in Australia. 105 players from 28 nations, including the host country, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and India, but also Lesotho, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, all came together in Gold Coast to do their best at this prestigious competition.

WSF President Jacques Fontaine said: "With the inclusion of Squash in the Commonwealth Games twenty years ago, the event became a major showcase for our sport. Today we want to take it even further. As our sport goes through a significant transformation inspired by new technologies, new ways of youth engagement through sport, new geographies joining in, and a better representation of women in sport, we hope to capitalise on this incredible journey and showcase why Squash has all the ingredients to be included in the Olympic Games programme."

PSA CEO Alex Gough commented: "With its ultra-modern glass showcourts on display here at the Commonwealth Games this week and the innovative plans we have for the upcoming Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in October this year, Squash has been at the forefront of the innovation which enhances the spectator experience and allows for sustainable, cost-effective and adaptable infrastructure solutions."

Next week delegation members will travel from the Commonwealth Games in Australia to represent WSF and PSA at the SportAccord Convention in Bangkok where they will be able to discuss the current international sport agenda and make the case for Squash with representatives of the global sport movement.




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