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Squash - 05. October 2010.

English girls claim wins in Dehli

Women's 3rd round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-5, 12-10, 11-7 (29m)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [16] Alana Miller (CAN) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (26m)
[4] Madeline Perry (NIR) bt [13] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [11] Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (85m)
[12] Joelle King (NZL) bt [8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4 (37m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Stephanie Edmison (CAN) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (17m)
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt [9] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 (62m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [10] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (43m)



Commonwealth games 2010 Second seed Jenny Duncalf and third seed Alison Waters claimed the first two England wins on the all-glass court. Duncalf, the world No2 from Harrogate, recovered from a game down to beat English compatriot Sarah Kippax


Second seed Jenny Duncalf and third seed Alison Waters claimed the first two England wins on the all-glass court. Duncalf, the world No2 from Harrogate, recovered from a game down to beat English compatriot Sarah Kippax, the tenth seed, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2, while Londoner Waters defeated Stephanie Edmison 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 in her second successive straightforward win over an unseeded Canadian.

"I don't really know what happened in the first game - I remember that the first rally was pretty long," Duncalf recalled later. "But I tried to impose myself on the match from the second game and managed to turn things round.

"I'm seeded two so I'm certainly hoping to reach my seeding," responded the 27-year-old when asked about her chances in the event. "But I'm here to win - I don't want to be second best."

On the issue of playing a team-mate, Duncalf explained: "It's unfortunate we had to play each other. All of us in the team are genuinely good friends. You'd like everyone to do well, but these things happen.

"Being in the Games is really different - it's great, I love it. There's a great team spirit - we travelled in this morning with the badminton team, and we were each interested in what the others were doing. It's a really happy feeling."

Both English players will play New Zealanders for places in the semi-finals. Duncalf takes on Jaclyn Hawkes after the seventh seed from Auckland beat Malaysia's Low Wee Wern 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4, and Waters faces Joelle King, the 12th seed from Cambridge who caused the day's first upset by defeating Australia's No8 Donna Urquhart 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4.

"We've had some tough battles over the years - but I was confident," explained the jubilant 22-year-old afterwards. "This is my first Commonwealth Games and it's just awesome. It's fantastic just taking it all in - everything is better than we expected."

On her forthcoming clash with Waters, Joelle said: "I'll have to step up my game - she's not number four in the world for nothing. But I'll take positives form my game today and give it my best shot."

For more info, visit the WSF's dedicated Commonwealth Games site www.cwgsquash.com

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