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Squash - 04. October 2010.

David opens Dehli with style

Women's 2nd round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Damindhi Udangawa (SRI) 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (18m)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Sharon Wee (MAS) 11-1, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4 (30m)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 (22m)
[16] Alana Miller (CAN) bt Anwesha Reddy (IND) 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 (22m)
[4] Madeline Perry (NIR) bt Sharya Guruge (SRI) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (15m)
[13] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO) 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Miranda Ranieri (CAN) 11-2, 11-4, 4-0 ret. (19m)
[11] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Issey Norman-Ross (GGY) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (19m)
[12] Joelle King (NZL) bt Jeannine Cowie (JEY) 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (18m)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)
Stephanie Edmison (CAN) bt Surbhi Misra (IND) 11-2, 11-7, 12-10 (21m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (15m)
[9] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Zoe Barr (NIR) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (20m)
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt Amelia Pittock (AUS) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (25m)
[10] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Anaka Alankamony (IND) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (21m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Zephanie Curgenven (GGY) 11-4, 11-3, 11-1 (18m)

Malaysian super star Nicol David began her 2010 Games campaign in stunning style, overcoming Sri Lankan Damindhi Udangawa 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 in just 18 minutes.

The top women's seed, who celebrated her 50th consecutive month as world number one last month, is firm favourite to win her first gold medal - after finishing a disappointing fourth last time in Melbourne.

"I've learned a lot from the last few years, even the last few weeks, and I want to take that energy forward into the Games," said the 27-year-old from Penang when asked about the pressure on her to win the only major title that has eluded her.

"I felt good on court today. I was trying to get the feel of the glass court. She got a few good shots in and I had to tighten up.

"It's a real boost having your team mates around you - they give you extra support. Once you're there, you just want to get in there and get going."

Alison Waters, one of David's main rivals from England, took three fewer minutes to earn her place in the last 16, beating Canadian Samantha Cornett 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 in her opening match in 15 minutes.

"I've never played Sam before - but it's quite funny, as I met her years ago when I played one of my first international events in Canada and stayed with her family," explained the No3 seed afterwards.

"She was 11 years old then, and playing junior squash. But she's a good player now, and hits the ball really well.

"Being in the Games is a great experience - it was brilliant being involved with last night's Opening Ceremony. The atmosphere is great - and the England team spirit is brilliant - we all want to do well.

"But it's good to get the first match out of the way," added the 26-year-old world No4 from London.


Women's 3rd round line-up:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [15] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [16] Alana Miller (CAN)
[4] Madeline Perry (NIR) v [13] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS) v [11] Delia Arnold (MAS)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) v [12] Joelle King (NZL)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) v Stephanie Edmison (CAN)
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) v [9] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [10] Sarah Kippax (ENG)

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