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Gold for Nick and Nicol

08 October 2010

Women’s Bronze : Kasey Brown (Aus) bt Alison Waters (Eng)   w/o

Men’s Bronze: Peter Barker (ENG) bt Azlan Iskandar (MAS)  11-5, 11-4, 11-2 (45m)

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

Men’s Final:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [2] James Willstrop (ENG)  11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (66m)

David & Matthew collect Gold

Malaysia’s Nicol Daved added the only major title missing from her trophy cabinet as she beat England’s Jenny Duncalf impressively in the Women’s Final in Delhi to come through the tournament without dropping a game, just as she did in last month’s World Open in Egypt.

The Englishwoman made a sound enough start, going 3-2 up in the first game, but the Malaysian’s pace, precision and retrieving skills meant that Duncalf was having to work the harder of the two, and the pressure told as David reeled off eitht points in a row with Duncalf forced into errors towards the end of the game. The second was a similar story, David pulling clear after a competitive opening to take a commanding two game lead.

A quick 3-0 start to the third for David looked ominous, but Duncalf dug in well and played her best squash of the final, pulling it back to 3-all. It was still the Malaysian generally in charge though, and she pulled away again, taking leads of 6-3, 8-4 and reaching match bll at 10-7. It was converted first time on a stroke, and Malaysia had their gold medal.

The men’s final was sure to see an English winner, as top seeded Yorkshire pair Nick Matthew and James Willstrop met for the 35th time in their careers.

The squash was of the highest quality, with the crowd of over 2,00 at the Siri Fort Complex regularly erupting at the end, or even in the middle of some of the spectacular, punishing rallies.

Matthew kept a tight grip on the first two games, and was always ahead, finishing both on his first game ball opportunities. Willstrop, who looked tired at the end of the second, took an early lead in the third, but more punishing rallies saw Matthew get back on level terms, and aided by some unforced errors from hjis opponent, moved from 6-all to 9-6. Willstrop pulled one point back, but Matthew finished it off in style with two winners that saw him raise his arms in triumph.

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2 Responses to “Gold for Nick and Nicol”

  1. Sashe Tharan says:

    Congratulation to Nicol David for her first Commonwealth Games gold medal. David has been playing with such a very high quality performance because I believe she has increased her game during training. She can beat any female squash player because she performs with a very high quality performance.

  2. ASHUVINI says:

    CONGRATULATION NICOL!!! as usual, U made the whole MALAYSIA proud…. u r the best that we have… all the best… love u, nicol.. may GOD bless you…

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