AND ENGLAND DOMINATE DOUBLES FINALS
By Zabidi Osman/Zaiful Mohd Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- After winning
the women's singles gold in the 16th Commonwealth
Games squash competition, Australia now have the
opportunity to grab the three gold medals at
stake in tomorrow's doubles finals.
Ironically, three Australian pairs qualified for
the men's, women's and mixed doubles finals and
all their opponents are from the England.
Michelle Martin who won the women's singles gold
medal has a chance to grab her second gold when
she partnered Craig Rowland to qualify for the
mixed doubles final.
The pair defeated South Africa's Rodney
Durbach/Natalie Grainger 15-9, 15-11 in the
semifinal today. Australia's Rodney Eyles/Byron
Davis had earlier shocked world champions and top
seeds Chris Walker/Mark Cairns 4-15, 15-12, 15-10
to qualify for the men's doubles final.
Eyles who had crashed out in the men's singles
competition said he was looking forward to bag
Australia's second gold medal in the squash
competition Martin's effort in the women's
"There is only one more hurdle for us to
grab the gold and we are going to take it,"
he said. Eyles/Davis will meet fourth seeds Paul
Johnson/Mark Chaloner of England in the men's
In the women's doubles, Robyn Cooper and Rachael
Grinham of Australia qualified for the final
after outplaying South Africa's Claire Nitch and
Natalie Grainger 15-7, 15-9 in the semifinal.
The joint fifth seeds will meet second seeds Sue
Wright and Cassie Jackman oF England. Cooper and
Grinham created a major upset when they ousted
top seeds and world champions Philippa
Beams/Leilani Joyce of New Zealand 17-15, 15-17,
15-13 in yesterday's quarterfinals.
England's Wright/Jackman booked their ticket in
the final after they edged third seeds Sarah
Fitz-Gerald/Carol Owens of Australia 13-15,
17-14, 15-5 in the other semifinal today.--