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Kennedy and Coll take Commonwealth Video games titles – World Squash

England’s Georgina Kennedy and New Zealand’s Paul Coll are the 2022 Commonwealth Video games singles champions after they beat Canada’s Hollie Naughton and Wales’ Joel Makin in entrance of a sell-out crowd of two,000 contained in the College of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

Showing in her debut Commonwealth Video games, 3/4 seed Kennedy put in yet one more outstanding efficiency to cap a yr through which she has risen from a relative-unknown World No.185 to World No.8 and a nationwide star, drawing comparisons with clubmate Emma Raducanu.

Kennedy, as she had in victories over Yeheni Kuruppu, Nicole Bunyan, Rachel Arnold and compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry in Birmingham, at present blew 5/8 seed Naughton away together with her devastating pace and court docket protection.

There was an intriguing conflict of types in recreation one, with Naughton’s energy and Kennedy’s tempo nicely matched because the scores reached 6-6.

Kennedy, although, quickly kicked on and took the primary recreation 11-7 earlier than doubling her benefit with a dominant 11-5 win within the second.

Naughton responded nicely within the third and blasted her option to a 10-4 lead, earlier than Kennedy extremely saved all six recreation balls to drive a tie break.

Kennedy had one hand on the gold medal when she had match ball at 11-10, earlier than a decided Naughton pulled the sport again with a 14-12 win.

One way or the other, Kennedy moved even sooner within the fourth recreation and went on the assault as she raced away to a 6-1 lead. This time, Naughton was unable to get well, and Kennedy took the title with a 11-5 victory.

“I’m a bit misplaced for phrases actually,” Kennedy stated afterwards. “Yesterday after I gained the semi-final I used to be crammed with emotion and in the meanwhile I’m simply in shock a bit bit!

“I want I might put into phrases what this implies to me, however I truthfully can’t. It’s a dream and this dream has turn into a actuality now. I’ve been serious about how it will really feel for therefore lengthy and I’ve been increase for this for 2 years now, and now it’s occurred, I’m only a bit speechless!”

Coll is introduced along with his medal by squash legend Jahangir Khan

Extra historical past was made within the males’s ultimate, as Coll grew to become the primary Kiwi to win a singles gold medal after twice coming from behind in an epic encounter with Makin.

Coll went into the match with an 11-2 head-to-head document over Makin, together with a victory from two video games down within the semi-finals of the 2018 Video games.

It was the College of Birmingham graduate Makin, although, who started faster and the World No.7 made the perfect begin to the match when his attacking technique caught Coll off guard as he gained the primary recreation 11-3.

Makin continued to indicate wonderful ball management in a good second recreation, however was unable to forestall an enhancing Coll – who was ranked World No.1 between March and Could of this yr – from edging the competition 11-9.

Makin, who loved the overwhelming majority of the group’s help, responded fantastically within the third recreation. The 27-year-old attacked the entrance of the court docket with relish to reclaim the lead with an 11-8 win, because the unbelievable athleticism of each males drew gasps and applause from the followers.

Neither participant elected to vary the ball for the fourth recreation, which grew to become a shootout as each males performed thrilling squash. Coll, although, was in a position to maintain his nostril forward all through and took the match right into a fifth recreation with an 11-8 win.

Though Makin continued to throw all the things at Coll within the ultimate recreation, the 2018 runner up appeared ice chilly in his bid to erase the ache of 4 years in the past. The Kiwi started to dominate the court docket and had 5 gold medal balls at 10-5. Makin went all out and saved two, however Coll ultimately introduced an exciting match to an finish with an 11-7 win.

After sharing an extended embrace along with his New Zealand teammates , Coll stated: “I used to be battling with wanting it an excessive amount of earlier.

“It’s such a tremendous crew surroundings. I used to be looking on the finish and everybody who got here out gave me loads of vitality to push by means of.

“I’m over the moon and I can’t wait to return to the village with the gold draped round my neck.”

From left to proper: Joel Makin, Paul Coll, Saurav Ghosal

There was one other historic accomplishment within the bronze medal matches as India’s Saurav Ghosal grew to become the primary Indian to win a singles medal when he downed 2018 champion James Willstrop.

Ghosal performed a superb recreation and continuously nullified Willstrop’s menace with combos of drops after which correct lobs over the 1.9 metre tall Englishman.

This plan labored nicely and the Indian took the primary recreation 11-6, earlier than seeing out the match with 11-1 and 11-4 wins.

“At present is the toughest match I’ve ever performed. Mentally, it was so onerous. I’ve learnt a lot from him,” Ghosal stated.

From left to proper: Hollie Naughton, Georgina Kennedy, Sarah-Jane Perry

Within the ladies’s ultimate, England’s Sarah-Jane Perry avenged her defeat within the 2018 Gold Coast ultimate with a superb comeback to beat New Zealand’s 2018 champion Joelle King.

Birmingham-born Perry was in a determined state of affairs at two video games down and trailing 8-4 within the third. The 32-year-old, although, confirmed outstanding psychological power to come back again and take the sport 12-10, earlier than levelling the match with an 11-6 win within the fourth.

In an absorbing fifth recreation, Perry saved two bronze medal balls after which had one among her personal saved, earlier than ultimately taking the match with a 14-12 victory to the roars of the group.

“I’ve had some comebacks in my time however that’s proper up there. Due to everybody for believing and everybody who places that confidence in me,” Perry stated.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games Males’s Gold Medal Match
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) beat [2] Joel Makin (WAL) 3-2: 3-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (102m)

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games Girls’s Gold Medal Match
[3/4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) beat [5/8] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 11-7, 11-5, 12-14, 11-5 (56m)

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games Males’s Bronze Medal Match
[3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) beat [5/8] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0:11-6, 11-1, 11-4 (42m)

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games Girls’s Bronze Medal Match
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) beat [1] Joelle King (NZL) 3-2: 6-11, September 11, 11-8, 11-6, 14-12 (76m)



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