AND POWER THROUGH TO THE LAST SIXTEEN
|By Zabidi Osman
and Zaiful Mohd Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- World number
one, Peter Nicol of Scotland took another step
towards a clash with Canadian Jonathon Power in
the men's singles of the 16th Commonwealth Games
squash competition at the National Squash Complex
The top seed Nicol raced to a 9-0, 9-0, 9-0 win
over Papua-New Guinean part-timer Scot Evans to
qualify for the last 16 draw tommorrow.
The Scot will next meet Canadian Graham Ryding
who defeated the world junior champion Ong Beng
Hee of Malaysia 10-9, 9-2, 9-1. Power, seeded
second, had another easy match when he demolished
Zambian Patrick Chifunda 9-0, 9-2, 9-0 to set up
a meeting with Asian champion Zarak Jahan Khan of
Nicol is on looking forward to meeting Power who
had defeated him in the Hong Kong Open final last
month, "It would be a perfect time for me to
avenge that defeat."
Alex Gough of Wales, who had earlier indicated
his determination to stop Power in the semis,
cleared his second hurdle with a convincing 9-1,
9-0, 9-1 win over Botswana's Lefika Ragontse.
World champion Rodney Eyles of Australia also
make it to the second round when he subdued a
determine Botswanan Cunning Machinya 9-3,9-2,9-0.
"Its quite different playing in the side
courts and the main glass court...the players
have to adapt," he said after the match.
Malaysia's good run ended today when only Kenneth
Low made it into the next round. His teammates,
Mohd Azlan Iskandar, Ong Beng Hee and Michael
Soo, failed to overcome their opponents.
"I'm quite lucky to win because the pressure
was enormous...the thoughts of winning is making
me so nervous," says the Malaysian number
one player after the match with Glen Whittaker of
Low was leading 2-0 before Whittaker won the next
two games. "I slowed down in the third and
fourth games. It was a mistake and I knew that I
had to attack furiously to wrap up the
match," Low said. Meanwhile, in the women's
singles which started today, Asian champion Nicol
David of Malaysia caused the upset of the day
when she outplayed 14th seed Melanie Jans of
Canada 9-3, 9-2, 5-9, 9-5.
The 15-year-old David, who was describe as future
world champion in the making, is the youngest
player in the tournament. "It feels great to
win against the world number 34 player and I did
not expect to claim the victory in four
games," David said, after the match.
Another Malaysian player Leong Siu Lynn also
found her step into the next round after a
hard-fought victory over Madeline Perry of
Northern Ireland. Siu Lynn won 9-0, 5-9, 7-9,
9-5, 9-5 in 67 minutes clash. Sandra Wu and
Sharon Wee, both of Malaysia, found an early
exit, losing to better opponents.
National chief coach Major (Rtd) S. Maniam said
although only three out of eight Malaysian
players managed to enter the last 16, the whole
squad had performed well.
"Low, David and Siu Lynn had shown a high
fighting spirit and I hope they will continue
with such performaces," Maniam said. --