- WORLD CHAMPION RODNEY EYLES OUT FROM MEDAL HUNT
|By Zabidi Osman
& Zaiful Mohd Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Paul Johnson
of England caused a major upset today by beating
current world champion Rodney Eyles of Australia
in the men's singles quarterfinal of the 16th
Commonwealth Games squash competition at the
National Squash Complex here today.
Johnson, the world number eight, performed a
superb squash game in a three games battle to
kick out the world number four and the number
three seeds, 9-1, 10-8, 9-2.
"I have played according to plan and it was
not easy to beat the world champion...he just
made more mistakes than me," said Johnson
after the match.
Johnson, who is seeded sixth, said it was their
first encounter after seven years but not the
first win as he had beaten the Aussie in league
"I think he is bit nervous and a little slow
as he was yard of the pace," said the
26-year old Johnson who obviously had the age
advantage over the 31-year old champion.
In the semi finals tommorrow, Johnson will meet
world number one Peter Nicol of Scotland who had
an easy win against England's Mark Chaloner 9-5,
9-3, 9-3 in the other quarterfinals clash today.
"It is going to be an exciting as both of us
playing fast game," he said.
Nicol had beaten Johnson in the quarterfinals
stage of the Hong Kong Open last month.
Meanwhile, Nicol's is confident of repeating his
win over Johnson to pave way for his revenge
match with Canadian Jonathon Power who had beaten
him in the Hong Open final last month.
"It's a tough win and I am confident of
reaching the finals as I have keep improving my
form in every matches," said the top seed
Scottish after his victory over Chaloner.
In an earlier match, Power, the number two seeds
easily dismissed Wales David Evans in a straight
games of 9-1, 9-2, 9-2.
It was a straight forward match from the start
for Power who dominated the games with his fast
shots and tricky drops.
"Evans could not cope with my fast pace,
he's a little bit slow especially when he wants
to turn at the back of the court," said
His route to the finals, however, will be tough
as he will be facing a formidable opponent in the
form of another Welshman, the fourth seeds Alex
The in-form Gough also recorded a three nil
victory when he defeated giant killer Craig
Wapnick of South Africa in the other quarter
finals clash at the centre court.
"Alex (Gough) is a good player, he is very
fast and I am expecting a tough match against him
tomorrow," said Power.--BERNAMA