Good start for national squash doubles team at Commonwealth Games

BRISBANE, April 10 — Three national squash doubles won their respective first round opening group matches at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) today.

Under the Games’ doubles format, the top two pairs from each group will advance to the second round on Thursday.

Women’s doubles, Rachel Arnold-S. Sivasangari shocked world champions, Joelle King-Amanda Landers Murphy of New Zealand 11-10-11-10 in their opening group A match in Oxenford Studios here.

Rachel, 21, said it was a tough game but they refused to be cowed by the world champions and prevailed.

“It’s just amazing to beat the world champions. We were really nervous but tried out best and it’s great to win. Hopefully this will settle us down for the rest of the competition,” she said after the match.

“The win could have been attributed to a tired Joelle who played the singles final yesterday,” quipped Sivasangari.

The young pair are scheduled to meet hosts doubles, Christine Nunn-Sarah Cardwell tomorrow and they have to win to emerge champions of the group.

Men’s singles bronze medallist, Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan partnered Ivan Yuen to beat Othniel Bailey-Omari Wilson of St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2-0.

They will next meet Kiwis Lance Beddoes-Evan Williams in their second group H match.

Mixed doubles, Sanjay Singh Chal-Aifa Azman also won their opening group match against Kale Wilson-Charlotte Knaggs of Trinidad and Tobago, 11-1 11-4, but they lost 0-2 to Australia’s Rachael Grinham-Ryan Cuskelly, this evening. — Bernama

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