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TODAY in Glasgow – Day ONE

TODAY in Glasgow – Day ONE

SH7660Ndhlovu advances,
Clyne survives …

The first day’s play in Glasgow saw three rounds of men’s action, but only one results against the seedings as Zambia’s Kevin Ndhlovu beat eighth seed Ong Beng Hee in the afternoon session, and went on to claim a place in the last sixteen .

The longest match of the day had the Glasgow crowd on the edge of their seats as Scottish #1 Alan Clyne was taken the full distance by India’s Harinderpal Sandhu, 9th seed Clyne edging through 11-9 in the fifth in a 116-minute marathon.


Men’s Round TWO:

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0 Chris Binnie (JAM)  11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (27m)
[9] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2 Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND)  12-14, 11-9, 13-15, 11-1, 11-9 (116m)
[7] Chris Simpson (GGY) 3-0 Colin Ramasra (TRI)  11-2, 11-4, 11-1 (22m)
[11] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-2 Shawn Delierre (CAN)  11-2, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8 (84m)

[3] Peter Barker (ENG) 3-0 Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)  11-4, 11-6, 11-2 (40m)
[10] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0 Peter Creed (WAL)  11-9, 11-7, 13-11 (52m)
[5] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0 Sunil Seth (GUY) 11-6, 11- 3, 11-9 (25m)
[16] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0 Nick Taylor (JEY)    12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)

[12] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0 Micah Franklin (BER)  11-1, 11-1, 11-4  (21m)
Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) 3-1 Joe Chapman (IVB)  11-6, 10-12, 11-0, 12-10 (51m)
[14] Steve Finitsis (AUS) 3-0 Joel Makin (WAL)  11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (44m)
[4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0 Paul Coll (NZL)  11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (23m)

[15] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-1 Bradley Hindle (MLT)  9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (57m)
[6] Alister Walker (BOT) v Cameron Stafford (CAY) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
[13] Martin Knight (NZL) 3-1 Kevin Moran (SCO) 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6 (55m)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0 Anthony Brindle (GIB)  11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (15m)

They Said:

SH7674Alan Clyne had to wait  for Sandhu’s appeal to be denied on the final point: “Was it really 60 seconds – it felt more like five minutes,” joked the 27-year-old world No35. “There wasn’t much in it – the crowd probably made the difference,” acknowledged Clyne.

Harinderpal Sandhu said: “My goal now is the next Commonwealth Games in 2018. Most of the top players now won’t be playing anymore – my age will be in my favour.”

Alister Walker: “I was much more nervous before my first match than I expected to be. It’s the whole expectation – more so back in your own country than there is for the Tour events we play. I’m hoping my matches will be shown on TV back in southern Africa – which would be a first.

“I’m dying to get onto the glass court – which I will tomorrow. It’s easy when you’re from Botswana – every step is history!”

Women’s seeds all safely through

All sixteen seeds made it safely through to tomorrow’s third round. Top seed and defending champion Nicol David neatly sidestepped a potential problem – when she and her opponent both turned up in white shirts the referee asked Vanessa Florens to change, but the Mauritius player didn’t have an alternative, so David took the initiative and changed into her Malaysian ‘tiger’ top !

They said:

 SH7675Nicol David: “It was an unbelievable experience – and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” said David. “Representing Asia and carrying the Commonwealth Games flag with some of my greatest sporting heroes was phenomenal. Just thinking about it gives me goose-bumps.

“It was a dream to win the gold medal for Malaysia last year.”

Laura Massaro: “It was unbelievable for a first round match – an unbelievable atmosphere. I think I’m playing OK.

“For squash players, there are three major titles they want – the British Open, the World Open and the Commonwealth Games – and I’m lucky enough to have won two of them so this is the one I now want. The Commonwealth Games doesn’t come round very often,” said Massaro.


Women’s Round TWO:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) 3-0 Vanessa Florens (MRI) 11-6, 11-2, 11-1
[16] Megan Craig (NZL) 3-0 Safina Madhani (KEN)  11-1, 11-2, 11-2
[8] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-0 Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)  11-2, 11-0, 11-8
[14] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-0 Sarah Cardwell (AUS)  11-5, 11-7, 11-7

[3] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0 Sarah Taylor (JEY)  11-2, 11-3, 11-2
[12] Joshana Chinappa (IND) 3-1 Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9
[7] Madeline Perry (NIR) 3-0 Sharon Chimfwembe (ZAM)  11-3, 11-2, 11-4
[10] Kasey Brown (AUS) 3-0 Nadindhi Udangawa (SRI)  11-3, 11-6, 11-3

[15] Delia Arnold (MAS) 3-0 Anaka Alankamony (IND)  11-6, 11-8, 11-6
[6] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 3-0 Charlotte Knaggs (TRI)  11-4, 11-2, 11-1
[9] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0 Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI)  11-6, 11-3, 11-1
[4] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0 Eli Webb (PNG)  11-2, 11-1, 11-2

[13] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0 Kerrie Sample (TRI)  11-3, 11-2, 11-3
[5] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-0 Eilidh Bridgeman (CAY)  11-1, 11-2, 11-2
[11] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 3-0 Namweene Muchaile (ZAM) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-0 Lynette Vai (PNG)  11-2, 11-4, 11-1

Day ONE Photo Gallery

Afternoon session:

Ndhlovu beats Bengy

Men’s round one saw all but one of the top sixteen seeds progress, Zambia’s Kevin Ndhlovu beating eighth seed Ong Beng Hee – who to be fair was struggling for fitness in advance of the event – in four games.

They Said:

from Howard Harding, on site in Glasgow

Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) 3-1 [8] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)  11-7, 11-2,  9-11, 11-5

SH7648Ong Beng Hee:
“I’ve been struggling with a knee problem for a few weeks and then a few days ago was struck down with a fever and just haven’t been able to practise – in fact today’s the first time I’ve been to the venue. But well done to Kelvin – I’ve never seen him play before but he deserved the win.

“I’m very sad – you look forward to something like this every four years and not to be able prepare and then perform is very disappointing.  But at least I have the Asian Games still to go this year. At least I can now prepare for that, but I’ve still got the doubles here – though I’ve never played men’s doubles before.”

Kelvin Ndhlovu:
“I’m really happy about that – it was a big win, the biggest of my career and I’m very proud.

“I had some good wins last week in South Africa, where I am based, which was good preparation.  I lost easily in my first appearance in the Games four years ago – but I came into this with a different mind-set – I was much more motivated. But I was really nervous when I walked in.  I then got too tense when I was ahead in the third game, and he came back strongly to take the game.”

“I really didn’t expect to win – I have got no idea who I’m playing next!”

[2] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0 Nick Kyme (BER)  11-4, 11-3 , 11-4

 James Willstrop:
“The atmosphere here was unbelievable – a lot of big finals wouldn’t get this.  It’s great for the game and it’s wonderful to be involved – I’m trying to soak up every minute.

“The Commonwealth Games? It doesn’t come any better than this – it’s quite exceptional what Glasgow has been doing.

“It’s long time since I’ve played two matches in day – back in the days of the Under-12s – it’s quite rare!”

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0 Xavier Koenig (MRI) 11-3, 11-3, 11-1

SH7646Nick Matthew:
“He had a good array of shots – and that’s what I wanted, to get rid of the cobwebs. After last night’s massive high, I got to bed around midnight and was up at eight o’clock!

“It was just good to come out to such an amazing response – it’s more like a finals crowd than a first round! I’ve had a long career and played in some amazing venues, but never experienced a first round crowd like that.”

On his 100th England cap: “To be honest, I was originally a bit disappointed when I knew my last England match, when I beat world number one Greg Gaultier in the European Championship final, was my 99th cap, as it was such a big game. And I expected this to be relatively low-key – but it was far from it!

“I’m feeling good being back on court after the knee surgery. My back-up team, with England physio Jade here with me, are looking after me well.”

Xavier Koenig:
“I wanted to get a least two points – I had to try everything. He was very kind to me – but I was so relieved to get that first point! I studied in Perth, Australia, for six years so that’s where my squash improved.”

[9] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3 -0 Kevin Hannaway (SVG) 11-1, 11-2, 11-2

SH7647Alan Clyne:
The crowd reaction was pretty incredible – I didn’t expect it to be like this! When I first came out, I had goose-bumps. But I could see from the warm-up that he was a good player.

I’ve never played in front of a home crowd like this – in fact the first time was only a month ago when I played a small Tour event in Inverness – but it was nothing like on this scale! I wanted to play good squash today and I think I did that.


Men’s Round ONE:

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0 Xavier Koenig (MRI)   11-3, 11-3, 11-1
Chris Binnie (JAM) 3-0 Ntholeng Lechesa (LES)  11-0, 11-0, 11-1
[9] Alan Clyne (SCO) -0 Kevin Hannaway (SVG) 11-1, 11-2, 11-2
Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) 3-0 Michael Craig (NIR)  11-9, 11-5, 11-5
[7] Chris Simpson (GGY) 3-0 Julian Jervis (CAY)  11-7, 11-4, 11-1
Colin Ramasra (TRI) 3-2 Ravindu Laksiri (SRI)  11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-6
[11] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0 Kenneth Maina (KEN)  11-7, 11-6, 11-7
Shawn Delierre (CAN) 3-0 Moreaina Wei (PNG) 11-0, 11-2, 11-5

[3] Peter Barker (ENG) 3-0 Manda Chilambwe (ZAM) 11-4, 11-1, 11-3
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-0 Hardeep Reel (KEN)11-1, 11-5, 11-7
[10] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0 Robert Maycock (BER) 11-2, 11-5, 11-3
Peter Creed (WAL) 3-0 Ian Rukunya (UGA)  11-0, 11-2, 11-0
[5] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0 Kale Wilson (TRI)  11-3, 11-2, 11-2
Sunil Seth (GUY) 3-0 Daniel Zammit-Lewis (MLT)  11-2, 12-10, 11-0
[16] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0 Bruce Burrowes (JAM)  11-3, 11-5, 11-9
Nick Taylor (JEY) 3-0 Othneil Bailey (Svg)  11-6, 11-6, 11-7 

Micah Franklin (BER) 3-2 Michael Kawooya (Uga)
[12] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0 Hartaj Bains (Ken)  11-0, 11-4, 11-1
Joe Chapman (IVB) 3-0 James Fayia (SLE)  11-4, 11-2, 11-2
Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) 3-1 [8] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)  11-7, 11-2,  9-11, 11-5
Joel Makin (WAL) 3-0 Alexander Arjoon (GUY)  11-9, 11-8, 11-5
[14] Steve Finitsis (AUS) 3-0 Mwinga Lengwe (ZAM) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3
Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0 Issa Kamara (SLE)  11-0, 11-5, 11-7
[4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0 Jules Snagg (SVG)  11-1, 11-6, 11-3

Bradley Hindle (MLT) 3-0 Scott Fitzgerald (WAL)  11-5, 14-12, 11-9
[15] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-0 Ridvan Prosper (SEY) 11-0, 11-3, 11-1
Cameron Stafford (CAY) 3-0 Christian Navas (GIB) 11-2, 11-5, 11-3
[6] Alister Walker (BOT) 3-0 Dilshan Gunawardena (SRI)  11-5, 11-4, 11-2
Kevin Moran (SCO) 3-0 Scott Gautier (JEY)  11-3, 11-3, 11-4
[13] Martin Knight (NZL) 3-0 Gihan Suwaris (SRI)  11-0, 11-6, 11-3
Anthony Brindle (GIB) 3-0 Madako Junior Suari (PNG)  11-5, 11-4, 11-9
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0 Nick Kyme (BER)  11-4, 11-3 , 11-4

Squash kicked off at 11.00 with a handful of men’s prelim and women’s first round matches …


11.00 Men’s Prelims: 

Othneil Bailey (Svg) 3-2 Mark Tewkesbury (Gib)  11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-2
Michael Kawooya (Uga) 3-0 Schubert Maketu (Png) 11-1, 11-1, 11-5
Hartaj Bains (Ken) 3-1 Daniel Murphy (Cay)   11-7, 11-4, 11-1

Women’s Round One:

Sarah Taylor (JEY) 3-0 Violet Luchendo (KEN) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6
Deon Saffery (WAL) 3-0 Kimberley Borg-Cauchi (MLT)  11-3, 11-1, 11-1
Sharon Chimfwembe (ZAM) 3-0 Dorothy Boyce (PNG)  11-4, 11-7, 11-9
Nadindhi Udangawa (SRI) 3-0 Eva Alphonse (SEY)   11-1, 11-1, 11-3
Anaka Alankamony (IND) 3-0 Khaaliqa Nimji (KEN)  11-2, 11-3, 11-6
Charlotte Knaggs (TRI) 3-1 Naduni Gunawardane (SRI)  11-0, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9
Mihiliya Methsarani (SRI) 3-2 Colette Sultana (MLT)  9-11, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 11-2