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Squash - 04. October 2010.

David on form to win The Commonwealth Games

Women's 1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bye
Damindhi Udangawa (SRI) bye
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bye
Sharon Wee (MAS) bye
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bye
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bye
[16] Alana Miller (CAN) bye
Anwesha Reddy (IND) bye
[4] Madeline Perry (NIR) bye
Sharya Guruge (SRI) bt Safina Madhani (KEN) 11-3, 11-9, 11-2 (16m)
[13] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bye
Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO) bt Ashley Khalil (GUY) 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (20m)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS) bye
Miranda Ranieri (CAN) bt Kate Cadigan (JEY) 11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (21m)
[11] Delia Arnold (MAS) bye
Issey Norman-Ross (GGY) bt Kerrie Sample (TRI) w/o
Jeannine Cowie (JEY) bt Barbara Stubbings (PNG) 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
[12] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt Khaaliqa Nimji (KEN) 11-0, 11-3, 11-1 (13m)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bye
Stephanie Edmison (CAN) bt Natalie Dodd (GGY) 11-5, 11-1, 11-5 (16m)
Surbhi Misra (IND) bye
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bye
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bye
Zoe Barr (NIR) bye
[9] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bye
Amelia Pittock (AUS) bye
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bye
Anaka Alankamony (IND) bye
[10] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bye
Zephanie Curgenven (GGY) bye
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bye

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David is seeded to win her first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women's singles event - but had a bye in the first round and will face Sri Lanka's Damindhi Udangawa in today's second round

David made her debut in the sport's maiden appearance in the Games in her home country in 1998 - as a 15-year-old.

But history was made today when Khaaliqa Nimji became the youngest competitor ever to compete in the Games. The 12-year-old from Nairobi took on the Guyana number one Nicolette Fernandes - but went down 11-0, 11-3, 11-1 to the 27-year-old former world No27.

"It was very exciting for me, especially as I am so young - but it was a great experience," said the schoolgirl who last year, aged just 11, became the Kenyan women's national (senior) champion.

"Nicolette is very good - she really plays some great shots," enthused the youngster. "I tried my best, but I just couldn't do it. She's the best player I've ever played."

Khaaliqa took up squash when she was five. "My Dad (Sadruddin) started me off. I started with tennis, but I liked squash better.

"My aim is to be world number one in squash - and I would love to meet Nicol David while I'm here," added the confident Miss Nimji who now moves forward to represent Kenya in the Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles later in the week.


Women's 2nd round line-up:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v Damindhi Udangawa (SRI)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Sharon Wee (MAS)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Lisa Aitken (SCO)
[16] Alana Miller (CAN) v Anwesha Reddy (IND)
[4] Madeline Perry (NIR) v Sharya Guruge (SRI)
[13] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) v Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS) v Miranda Ranieri (CAN)
[11] Delia Arnold (MAS) v Issey Norman-Ross (GGY)
[12] Joelle King (NZL) v Jeannine Cowie (JEY)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) v Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
Surbhi Misra (IND) v Stephanie Edmison (CAN)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) v Samantha Cornett (CAN)
[9] Low Wee Wern (MAS) v Zoe Barr (NIR)
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) v Amelia Pittock (AUS)
[10] Sarah Kippax (ENG) v Anaka Alankamony (IND)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Zephanie Curgenven (GGY)

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