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Commonwealth Video games Reside Weblog: Semi-finals day on the College of Birmingham

Hollie Naughton and Gina Kennedy stun prime seeds Joelle King and Sarah-Jane Perry to succeed in the ladies’s remaining
By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor)

England’s Gina Kennedy will meet Canada’s Hollie Naughton within the Commonwealth Video games ladies’s singles remaining tomorrow after they each produced gorgeous victories to beat the highest two seeds in at the moment’s semi-finals on the College of Birmingham. 

Left-hander Naughton was first on courtroom and delivered a surprising efficiency to beat reigning champion Joelle King of New Zealand.

Naughton powered by the fourth sport to succeed in the ultimate within the greatest win of her profession with a sensational scoreline of 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-1.

Later, Kennedy produced an all-action, attacking show to beat Perry 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 14-12.


The Barnsley-born Naughton confirmed nice management and steadily slowed the tempo of the match to disrupt the hard-hitting King’s rhythm.

As her confidence grew, Naughton performed some beautiful drop photographs from all around the courtroom, together with an outrageous flick off her toes when King hit the ball down the center of the courtroom.

She moved to 7-0 with a decent drive that King did not scrape off the wall after which slotted a easy straight drop off a weak service return.

A sliced crosscourt backhand volley drop took her to 9-0 however then struck the tin with a volley to present King her first level.

A cheeky little flicked drop from again proper to entrance left gave her match ball after which she switched a crosscourt from proper to left which resulted in King being unable to maneuver from the T.

The gang erupted as Naughton celebrated and there have been loads of Yorkshire voices becoming a member of within the refrain.

Considered one of them was referee Andrea Santamaria, Hollie’s aunt, who was at courtside to referee the next match between Paul Coll and Saurav Ghosal.


4pm: Girls’s Singles Bronze Medal Play-Off:
(1) Joelle King (NZL) v (2) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
5pm: Males’s Singles Bronze Medal Play-Off:
3/4 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v 5/8 James Willstrop (ENG)
6pm: Girls’s Singles Gold Medal Last:
(3/4) Gina Kennedy (ENG) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)
7pm: Males’s Singles Gold Medal Last:
(1) Paul Coll (NZL) v (2) Joel Makin (WAL)


It’s Joel Makin v Paul Coll within the males’s remaining

[2] Joel Makin (WAL) beats  [5/8] James Willstrop (ENG) 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (50m)

Joel Makin v James Willstrop: Can the 38-year-old reigning champion get better from final evening’s bodily battle with Rory Stewart to deal with one of many fittest males in squash?

Makin will likely be blissful to increase the rallies. Willstrop is not going to.

Three fast factors for Makin. Willstrop grabs one again. Willstrop off to alter his racket as Makin leads 4-1. Now 5-1. Stroke makes it 6-1.
Willstrop tries a cheeky crosscourt drop however hits it down. 7-1. Stroke to Makin. 8-1.
Lengthy rally however Willstrop hits the volley into the ground when nicely arrange. 9-1 to Makin.

Two photographs off the again wall by JW and Makin smacks a profitable crosscourt. 10-1 sport ball.

Willstrop hits a deep crosscourt to double his rating: 2-10.
JW smacks a forehand kill: 3-10.
JW forehand drop: 4-10.
The cleaners are on. The place’s Ken?

TV shot switches to Rob Owen, who’s sweating greater than SJP.

Wow! What a shot from Willstrop, an ideal backhand drive down the road: 5-10.
Drop shot goes down from JW and Makin takes the primary sport 11-5.

Second sport: Makin is blissful to work the ball round and maintain Willstrop transferring. Makin leads 3-1 and searching comfy. Stroke to Makin: 4-1.
Crosscourt winner from JW: 2-4.
Willstrop tins it: 5-2 to Makin.
Willstrop smacks a backhand that bounces across the service field and his massive follow-through forces Makin to ask for a evaluate after the ref Glen Carson says No Let. VR backs the ref, who tells Makin to make extra effort!
JW buries a forehand volley kill: 4-5.
Trickle boast from Makin makes it 6-4 however JW asks ref about Makin distracting him by waving his arms round. Makin smacks the ball again to himself as loudly as attainable to drown out Willstrop’s dialog.
Willstrop boast goes down: 7-4 to Makin.
Traditional JW backhand drop: 5-7.
Large rally finishes with Willstrop hitting the tin. 8-5. Makin pleased with the work he has made his opponent make investments. Willstrop asks for the courtroom cleaners to return on.
Once more, the place’s Ken?
Makin boast and the large man will get too near the ball and places his shot within the tin: 9-5.
So busy typing, my Sauvignon Blanc has gone a bit heat.
Willstrop hits the ball off the again wall and Makin smacks it previous him: 10-5.
Similar once more and Makin wins the second sport. 11-5.

James Willstrop leads 2-1 within the third. Can he string some factors collectively? Can he channel his interior Lucy Turmel once more?
JW backhand drop goes within the tin: 2-2.
Makin backhand within the tin: 3-2 to JW.
JW boast hits the tin: 3-3.
Superb rally! After three excellent pick-ups by Makin Willstrop lastly buries a winner with a forehand volley: 4-3.
Adopted by  a easy error: 4-4.
Good shot … or was it a mis-hit from JW? Anyway, he’s 5-4 up.
JW places the ball down: 5-5.
Stroke to Makin: 6-5.
Makin misses a ball within the again left nook. 6-6.
Sucks all, says the ref.
Cleaners are again on. Nonetheless no signal of Ken.
Makin chasing however Willstrop places a drop down once more. 7-6 to Makin.
Big, brutal rally ends with Willstrop chipping a crosscourt drop into the tin. Eight sucks to Makin, says the ref.
Makin tins a backhand volley: 7-8.
Willstrop pushes a volley to the again and Makin will get a No Let! 8-8.
Makin whips a low crosscourt to steer 9-8. Willstrop asks for each mop within the campus to return on courtroom. Ken should be doing a coaching course within the arts of courtroom cleansing.
Large straight volley kill try down the left wall from JW. Stroke? VR says stroke to Makin. Match ball at 10-8.
Ha! Willstrop volleys down the left wall and Makin will get a No Let. Makin appeals for a evaluate. NO LET name is upheld. JW serves at 9-10.
Willstrop hits a low backhand volley into the tin and Makin is in to the ultimate in opposition to Paul Coll.

The Welsh Tiger ROARS!


Scorching Information Flash: Synchronised Courtroom Cleansing is now into consideration for the LA Olympics.

Immediately’s Schedule.

16:00: [5/8] Hollie Naughton (CAN) beat [1] Joelle King (NZL) 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-1 (37m)
16:45: [1] Paul Coll (NZL) beat [3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 (43m)
17:45: [3/4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) beat [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 14-12 (55m)
18:30: [2] Joel Makin (WAL) beats  [5/8] James Willstrop (ENG) 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (50m)


[3/4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) beat [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 14-12 (55m)

First sport: Kennedy led 6-3 then 7-5. Perry again to 6-7
Big backhand crosscourt made it 8-6 to Kennedy and a decent boast 9-6 dragged Perry into entrance proper and unable to succeed in the ball.

Forehand volley nick took Kennedy to sport ball earlier than a Perry pick-up was referred to as down.

Kennedy then hit a easy forehand drop to clinch the sport 11-6.

A dominant Perry raced right into a 5-0 lead within the second earlier than placing a drop into the tin to present Kennedy her first level.

Kennedy started to select up factors however Perry countered her opponent’s physicality with a extra managed efficiency. There have been some scrappy episodes, particularly when Perry thought she had gained the sport with a penalty stroke just for the VR to award a No Let resolution.

Nonetheless, Perry clinched the subsequent rally to win it 11-8.

Kennedy made a constructive begin to the third. She upped her tempo however managed to keep up an excellent stage of management together with her mixtures of drives, drops and boasts.

There have been some bodily exchanges and at one level Perry was warned for pushing her opponent within the again.

Kennedy was within the zone and she or he ripped in a backhand crosscourt to win it 11-5 to steer two video games to at least one.

Fourth sport: 5-5 then Perry places the ball down.
Perry smashes a easy forehand volley into the tin to present Kennedy 7-5 lead.

Kennedy chases the ball around the courtroom then wins with a quick, low forehand crosscourt. 8-5.

Perry hits an excellent straight backhand drive. 6-8.

Kennedy tins a forehand. Perry 7-8.

Kennedy strikes to 9-7 with a backhand size that Perry hits down off the boast.

Tight, tight, tight backhand caught glued to the wall 10-7

Perry deep within the again proper nook Kennedy can’t dig it out. Perry 8-10.

Perry straight forehand kill into the nick 9-10.

Kennedy backhand boast into the tin. 10-10.

Kennedy nick off the serve 11-10.

Kennedy lifts the ball out of courtroom. 11-11.

Drama, drama, drama …. nerves jangling!

Perry profitable backhand crossc ourt. She is now on sport ball at 12-11.

Kennedy backhand drop referred to as down and Perry rushes off courtroom however VR confirmed the pick-up was good.  “Play a let,” says ref.

12-ALL!!! Kennedy smacks a profitable forehand crosscourt into again left.

Perry hits forehand lob out: 13-12 to Kennedy.

Kennedy serves. Perry hits a crosscourt and Kennedy’s profitable drop shot places her into the ultimate: 14-12.

Gina Kennedy, making her Commonwealth Video games debut, is within the remaining, and is the favorite to win gold! 


16:45: [1] Paul Coll (NZL) beat [3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 (43m)

Paul Coll regarded assured and composed as he gained the opening sport in opposition to Saurav Ghosal, however there was a second of giant drama as he clinched the sport.

After a classy comeback introduced Ghosal from 6-10 to 9-10, he had Coll in hassle with a straight forehand drop shot.

Then got here a traditional Coll second. Stretching for the shot, he ended up on the ground within the entrance proper nook and scraped the ball again into play.

A shocked Ghosal stretched to play a drop shot that landed low in the course of the entrance wall. Coll obtained to his ft, surged ahead and smashed the ball down the center of the courtroom to win the sport 11-9.

Coll was in management all through the second sport and was much more adventurous in his shot choice as he gained it 11-4.

His crushing size and shot placement had Ghosal chasing shadows within the third sport because the New Zealander performed precision squash to win it 11-1 and full victory in 43 minutes.


JK and Mo about to have a success on the Squash United mini courtroom

What an all-star line-up on the mini courtroom at the moment! Becoming a member of Mike “Mr Squash” Harris have been two of the sport’s best legends, Jahangir Khan and Mohamed ElShorbagy.


The BBC are promising a lot of reside protection at the moment, so let’s hope they maintain their promise.


Photos courtesy of World Squash and England Squash




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