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Commonwealth Video games Doubles: Alison Waters leads England into two semi-finals

By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor)

Alison Waters leads Group England into two semi-finals within the Commonwealth Video games doubles. She is partnering Sarah-Jane Perry within the ladies’s doubles and fellow Londoner Adrian Waller within the blended occasion.

The 2 England males’s pairings, prime seeds Declan James and James Willstrop, and three/4 seeds Daryl Selby and Waller, superior to the quarter-finals with wins over pairings from Malta and Malaysia.

Within the blended doubles, No.2 seeds Waters and Waller recovered from a troublesome begin to beat Wales’ Tesni Evans and Joel Makin in a crowd-pleasing encounter.

The English pair appeared in bother after the 5/8 seeds took the primary recreation 11-4, however managed to reset effectively within the subsequent video games.

Within the second recreation, play was dominated by Waters and Evans, with Waller and Makin typically going complete rallies with out touching the ball. This performed effectively into the palms of Waters, who since retiring from the World Tour has cast a status for being a doubles specialist, and England had been capable of stage with an 11-8 win.

Whereas the third recreation started evenly, Waters and Waller quickly started to dominate, trying more and more assured as they moved right into a semi-final conflict towards Australia’s defending champions Donna Lobban and Cameron Pilley with an 11-5 win.

Lobban and Pilley of Australia got here from a recreation down to beat Lobban’s husband, Greg, and Lisa Aitken of Scotland.

“We received’t be signing any divorce papers after immediately. We’re nonetheless all proper,” Donna joked afterwards.

Waters stated: “They performed rather well the entire match. Within the first recreation, we had been below the cosh. I’m actually proud that we got here out with a special plan and (within the third recreation) we performed in addition to we might do on the market.”

Waters had already been on courtroom earlier within the day when she and Perry overcame cussed resistance from Scottish 5/8 seeds Georgia Adderley and Lisa Aitken.

The No.2 seeds started rapidly and opened up a 6-2 margin, earlier than the Scots diminished the result in 7-6. In an entertaining finish to the sport, Waters and Perry had been capable of transfer by the gears and choke the Scottish momentum to take it 11-7.

The second recreation adopted an analogous sample, with Perry and Waters coasting at 9-3 up, earlier than Adderley and Aitken put collectively an excellent run of factors to tug again to 9-7.

As soon as once more, although, the No.2 seeds had been capable of regain management, with Waters bringing issues to an finish 11-8 as she fired the ball to the entrance, past the determined dive of Adderley.

After the match, Perry, who simply two days in the past overcame Joelle King to win a singles bronze, stated: “It’s clearly a fast turnaround from singles to doubles, however I really feel settled and happy, I felt good immediately.”

Perry and Waters will play Rachel Arnold and Aifa Azman within the semi-finals on Sunday after the Malaysian 5/8 seeds stunned 3/4 seeds Rachael Grinham and Donna Lobban of Australia.

Within the males’s draw, Waller once more fought again from a recreation down as he and Selby overcame Malaysia’s Mohammed Syafiq Kamal and Ong Sai Hung 2-1.

The No.2 seeds went down 11-9 in a fast-paced opener, earlier than hitting their stride with 11-4 and 11-7 wins to arrange a quarter-final match with 9/16 seeds David Baillargeon and Nick Sachvie of Canada.

Selby, who didn’t play within the singles competitors, stated: “It was a little bit of a shootout and we knew they had been going to be good. We’ve been affected person ready for everybody else to play, however it’s totally different as soon as on there. There’s lots of strain and nerves, however the vital factor is that we’re by!”

There was a neater first match of the Video games for prime seed James and Willstrop, with the pair breezing into the second spherical with a snug 2-0 victory over Malta’s Niall Engerer and Kijan Sultana.

“It’s been a nervous week watching from the bench and watching the workforce. Inspirational stuff from them and it’s nice to be right here,” James stated.

In England’s sole defeat of the day, ladies’s singles gold medal winner Georgina Kennedy and Lucy Turmel, the 5/8 seeds,  went down in a spirited contest 2-0 towards New Zealand’s defending champions Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy.

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Malaysia loved a spectacular day as their two ladies’s doubles groups surprised the highest seeds and three/4 seeds to succeed in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Video games for the primary time within the nation’s historical past.

The 5/8 ladies’s doubles seeds Rachel Arnold and Aifa Azman had already recorded one of many outcomes of the spherical after they ended Malaysia’s run of three consecutive quarter-final exits to turn into the primary Malaysian ladies’s doubles workforce to succeed in the Commonwealth Video games semi-finals with a powerful 2-1 win over Australian 3/4 seeds Rachael Grinham and Donna Lobban.

Then their compatriots Ainaa Amani and Chan Yiwen captured the headlines with a 2-0 win over Indian prime seeds Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik.

There have been indicators of a shock outcome brewing when Amani and Yiwen stormed into the lead with an 11-2 victory in recreation one, with the reigning World Champions unable to deal with the decided defence of the Malaysians.

The second recreation was a stop-start affair, with the Indians turning into annoyed at each their opponents and the referee. After falling 6-3 behind, India gave the impression to be constructing momentum and clawed their means again to simply 8-7 down. From right here, although, the Malaysians dug in impressively and floor out an enormous upset with an 11-7 win.

“I’m nonetheless in shock,” Yiwen stated afterwards. “We simply needed to benefit from the Video games as a result of it’s our first outing at a Commonwealth Video games and we didn’t anticipate to go this far. We simply hoped that we might proceed the momentum and we went on the market with none strain.

“Everybody within the Malaysia squad is in very excessive in spirits now. It’s good to have two Malaysian groups collectively to inspire one another and hopefully we are able to meet within the ultimate. We noticed [Arnold and Azman] play within the first session and that basically pumped us up!”

Amani and Yiwen will play defending champions and three/4 seeds Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy after the Kiwi pair navigated their well past England’s 5/8 seeds Georgina Kennedy and Lucy Turmel.

Arnold and Azman, in the meantime, go up towards No.2 seeds Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters after they overcame a spirited problem from Scottish 5/8 seeds Georgia Adderley and Lisa Aitken.

The opposite blended doubles semi-final will likely be contested by Indian prime seeds Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal, who beat Australia’s Rachael Grinham and Zac Alexander 2-0, and New Zealand’s Joelle King and Paul Coll, who overcame Scotland’s Georgia Adderley and Rory Stewart by the identical margin.

Within the males’s second spherical, Indian 9/16 seeds Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh saved three match balls as they fought from one recreation right down to upset 3/4 seeds Alan Clyne and Douglas Kempsell of Scotland.

The Indian pair appeared down and out after they misplaced the primary recreation 11-8 and trailed 10-8 within the second, however had been capable of keep ice chilly as they levelled the tie with an 11-10 after which powered on to an 11-8 win within the third.

Afterwards, Singh stated: “It was a great combat from me and my accomplice, we’ve grown up collectively for 15 years.”

Elsewhere within the males’s doubles, Canada’s 9/16 seeds David Baillargeon and Nick Sachvie upset Welsh 5/8 seeds Peter Creed and Emyr Evans, and defending champion Zac Alexander mixed with Ryan Cuskelly to beat Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie and Julian Morrison.

The blended doubles semi-finals and males’s doubles quarter-finals will likely be performed immediately (August 6) from 12 midday, whereas the ladies’s doubles semi-finals will likely be performed from 12:00 on Sunday (August 7), forward of the blended doubles medal matches.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games Squash Doubles, College of Birmingham, England.

Blended Doubles Quarter-Ultimate Outcomes:
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [9/16] Rachael Grinham & Zac Alexander (AUS) 2-0: 11-9, 11-5 (31m)

[3/4] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt [5/8] Georgia Adderley & Rory Stewart (SCO) 2-0: 11-7, 11-9 (38m)
[5/8] Donna Lobban & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [3/4] Lisa Aitken & Greg Lobban (SCO) 2-1: 9/11, 11-8, 11-8 (54m)
[2] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [5/8] Tesni Evans & Joel Makin (WAL) 2-1: 4-11, 11-8, 11-5 (46m)

Males’s Doubles Spherical Two Outcomes:
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt [9/16] Niall Engerer & Kijan Sultana (MLT) 2-0: 11-2, 11-1 (13m)

[5/8] Rhys Dowling & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [9/16] Ravindu Laksiri & Shamil Wakeel (SRI) 2-0: 11-7, 11-7 (24m)
[5/8] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [9/16] Lwamba Chileshe & Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 2-1: 11-3, 4-11, 11-8 (44m)
[9/16] Velavan Senthilkumar & Abhay Singh (IND) bt [3/4] Alan Clyne & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 2-1: 8-11, 11-10, 11-8 (68m)
[3/4] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt [9/16] Mohd Syafiq Kamal & Ong Sai Hung (MAS) 2-1: 9/11, 11-4, 11-7 (51m)
[9/16] David Baillargeon & Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt [5/8] Peter Creed & Emyr Evans (WAL) 2-0: 11-8, 11-5 (39m)
[5/8] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [9/16] Christopher Binnie & Julian Morrison (JAM) 2-0: 11-5, 11-5 (16m)
[2] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt [9/16] Tayyab Aslam & Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 2-1: 11-4, 10-11, 11-3 (40m)

Ladies’s Doubles Quarter-Ultimate Outcomes:
[5/8] Ainaa Amani & Chan Yiwen (MAS) bt [1] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 2-0: 11-2, 11-7 (21m)

[3/4] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Lucy Turmel (ENG) 2-0: 11-8, 11-6 (21m)
[5/8] Rachel Arnold & Aifa Azman (MAS) bt [3/4] Rachael Grinham & Donna Lobban (AUS) 2-1: 11-9, 4-11, 11-10 (43m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) bt [5/8] Georgia Adderley & Lisa Aitken (SCO) 2-0: 11-7, 11-8 (23m)

Blended Doubles Semi-Finals:
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [3/4] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL)

[2] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) v [5/8] Donna Lobban & Cameron Pilley (AUS)

Males’s Doubles Quarter-Finals:
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) v [5/8] Rhys Dowling & Cameron Pilley (AUS)

[9/16] Velavan Senthilkumar & Abhay Singh (IND) v [5/8] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS)
[3/4] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) v [9/16] David Baillargeon & Nick Sachvie (CAN)
[2] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) v [5/8] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)

Ladies’s Doubles Semi-Finals:
[5/8] Ainaa Amani & Chan Yiwen (MAS) v [3/4] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)

[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) v [5/8] Rachel Arnold & Aifa Azman (MAS)

Photos courtesy of World Squash and England Squash 




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