BAG FIRST GOLD IN SQUASH
By Zaiful Mohd Ariffin & Zabidi Osman
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) -- England bagged
their first gold medal in the 16th Commonwealth
Games squash competition when Sue Wright and
Cassie Jackman won the women's doubles final
Wright/Jackman, the second seed in the
tournament, outclassed Robyn Cooper/Rachael
Grinham of Australia 15-10, 15-12 in the
57-minute clash at the National Squash Complex
"We are absolutely delighted to win the
first squash gold medal for England," said
world number three Jackman after the match.
England had won three bronze medals in the
singles and one silver in the mixed doubles
through Simon Parke/Suzanne Horner who lost in
the final recently.
The English pair started well when they took a
4-0 lead in the first game before the Australians
narrowed the gap to 8-10. But numerous mistakes
by Cooper/Grinham gave enough room to their
opponents to claim a 15-10 victory.
"They were a bit nervous in the beginning
and we realised it. So we kept steady and waited
for them to make the mistakes," said Wright,
the world number four.
The joint fifth seed, Cooper/Grinham, who created
a major upset in the quarterfinals by defeating
top seed and world champion Philippa Beams and
Leilani Joyce of New Zealand, however, failed to
bounce back in the second game.
A strong combination of Wright/Jackman had forced
the Australians to make numerous errors by
hitting the tin or lobbing the ball out.
Wright/Jackman wrapped up the match with a 15-12
win in the second game. "I made more
mistakes in the match than Rachael. It was my
fault, but anyway we are happy to play in the
final and win the silver where we had never
expected to do so," said Cooper, who is also
the Malaysian women's coach.
The bronze medal of the women's doubles event
went to Sarah Fitz-Gerald/Carol Owens of
Australia and Claire Nitch/Natalie Grainger of
South Africa who lost in the semis yesterday. --