DOUBLES CHAMPS HUMBLED
Osman/Zaiful Mohd Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- World squash
doubles champions, Chris Walker/Mark Cairns of
England were beaten by Australia's Rodney
Eyles/Byron Davis in the semifinal of the 16th
Commonwealth Games men's squash doubles today.
The Australians shocked the top seeds 4-15,
15-12, 15-10 in a tense and thrilling encounter
at the National Squash Complex in Bukit Jalil,
"They are a tough pair, we made numerous
mistakes especially in the second and third
games, giving away easy points," Walker said
after the match.
After losing the first game, third seeded
Eyles/Davis staged a fightback to win 15-12 in
the second game.
The Aussie duo maintained their superiority in
the decider to win 15-10 and booked their place
in tomorrow's final match.
Eyles who crashed out in the men's singles
competition said he was looking forward to bag
Australia's second gold medal in squash after
Michelle Martin won the women's singles.
"There is only one more hurdle for us to
grab the gold and we are going to take it,"
Eyles/Davis will meet another English pair,
fourth seeded Paul Johnson/Mark Chaloner in the
The English duo stopped Scotland's Peter
Nicol/Stuart Cowie 15-10, 17-14 in the other
The Scottish pair just could not repeat their
performance in yesterday's surprise quarterfinal
victory over second seeds Jonathon Power/Graham
Ryding of Canada.
"We just piled the pressure on them and gain
points from their mistakes," Chaloner said
after the match. On the final tomorrow, Chaloner
said it will be a tight match.
"We saw how they played today and in order
to win the match, we have to stop Eyles from
doing his blocking tricks," "Eyles is a
very experienced player and his partner Davis is
playing very well at the moment," he said.