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Historical past awaits in Birmingham – World Squash


Historical past will probably be made in at the moment’s Commonwealth Video games singles finals, that are going down on the College of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

Within the ladies’s draw, Canada’s 5/8 seed Hollie Naughton performs England’s 3/4 seed Georgina Kennedy as they bid to develop into the primary ever feminine winners from their respective international locations. Equally, there will probably be a brand new nation topped champion within the males’s singles remaining between New Zealand’s prime seed Paul Coll and Welsh No.2 seed Joel Makin.

The bronze medal matches of squash on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games start at 16:00 (GMT+1). The gold medal matches will start at 18:00 with the ladies’s remaining, adopted by the boys’s remaining at 19:00. Viewers all over the world can watch the motion reside, with BBCiPlayer streaming for house followers. Click on right here for an inventory of broadcasters by nation.

[5/8] Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [3/4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG)

Hollie Naughton is the primary Canadian girl to succeed in the Commonwealth Video games remaining

Within the ladies’s semi-final, event shock package deal Hollie Naughton of Canada will probably be hoping she will be able to pull off yet another upset. The 27-year-old has already develop into the bottom seeded participant to succeed in the ultimate in Video games historical past, having seen off Lijana Sultana and 9/16 seed Aifa Azman, earlier than gorgeous 3/4 seed Joshna Chinappa after which prime seed and defending champion Joelle King.

Ought to Naughton win, she’ll be the primary Canadian girl to realize the feat.

Naughton’s opponent at the moment is England’s fellow Commonwealth Video games debutant Georgina Kennedy. Kennedy has been one of many largest tales in squash this season, with the 25-year-old’s spectacular upturn in type taking her from World No.185 in Might 2021 to World No.8 in July of this 12 months.

Kennedy, whose biggest power is her limitless motion and high-tempo sport, stormed previous  Sri Lanka’s Yeheni Kuruppu, Canada’s 9/16 seed Nicole Bunyan and Malaysia’ 9/16 seed Rachel Arnold in a complete of simply 55 minutes, earlier than downing her compatriot, No.2 seed and 2018 silver medallist Sarah-Jane Perry 3-1 yesterday.

Surprisingly, that is solely the second ever assembly between Naughton and Kennedy, with the Canadian recovering from one sport right down to document a 3-1 win over Kennedy in March’s PSL Cup.

[1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [2] Joel Makin (WAL)

Joel Makin, who represents Wales, studied on the College of Birmingham

Within the males’s remaining, both New Zealand or Wales can have their first ever winner as the highest seeds meet.

Each World No.2 Paul Coll, who reached World No.1 between March and Might of this 12 months, and World No.7 Joel Makin have seemed in positive type in Birmingham. Coll, a crushed finalist within the Gold Coast Video games, swatted apart Malta’s Niall Engerer in his opening sport earlier than recovering from a shaky begin to beat Wales’s 9/16 seed Emyr Evans. A extra routine victory over English 5/8 seed Adrian Waller adopted, earlier than Coll put in his greatest efficiency of the event in a 3-0 win over India’s 3/4 seed Saurav Ghosal in yesterday’s semi-final.

Makin, in the meantime, started his marketing campaign with comfy victories over Uganda’s Michael Kawooya and Scotland’s 9/16 seed Alan Clyne, earlier than overcoming cussed resistance from Malaysian 5/8 seed Eain Yow Ng within the quarter-final. The Welshman, who studied on the College of Birmingham and lives close by, then broke the hearts of the house crowd with a 3-0 over England’s defending champion and 5/8 seed James Willstrop final night time.

Coll and Makin have met 13 instances earlier than, together with within the semi-finals of the 2018 Commonwealth Video games, when Coll got here from two video games right down to document a surprising 3-2 win in a brutal 106-minute encounter. That win was one in every of 11 to Coll’s identify, with the Kiwi at the moment on a five-match successful run towards Makin.

Bronze medal matches

Joelle King went down 3-1 in a shock defeat to Hollie Naughton.

Within the bronze medal matches, New Zealand’s King and England’s Perry will reenact the 2018 remaining at 16:00. 4 years in the past, the Kiwi downed Perry in an exhilarating 3-2 win to develop into the primary New Zealander to win the title and will probably be hoping so as to add to her 11-4 head-to-head document.

Within the males’s bronze medal match Willstrop will look to earn his seventh Commonwealth Video games medal when he takes on Ghosal, who’s on the lookout for a primary singles medal after successful silver within the 2018 blended doubles. Though the pair haven’t met in 4 12 months, Willstrop enjoys an 11-1 document towards the 35-year-old, together with a 3-0 win within the semi-finals of the 2014 Video games.

At present additionally sees the plate event, performed between gamers knocked out earlier within the event, finals start happen. India’s Sunayna Sara Kuuvilla takes on Guyana’s Mary Fung-A-Fats within the ladies’s remaining, whereas Zambia’s Kundanji Kalengo performs Kenyan College of Birmingham scholar Muqtadir Sadruddin Nimji within the males’s.

Click on right here for the total schedule and reside outcomes as they occur.

Stats kindly supplied by Squash Data.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games: Males’s Remaining
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [2] Joel Makin (WAL)

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games: Girls’s Remaining
[3/4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) v [5/8] Hollie Naughton (CAN)

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games: Males’s Bronze Medal Match
[3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [5/8] James Willstrop (ENG)

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games: Girls’s Bronze Medal Match
[1] Joelle King (NZL) v [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)



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