Commonwealth Games: Joelle King, Paul Coll qualify for squash singles finals

  • 09/04/2018
New Zealand will be guaranteed two more medals at the Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand will be guaranteed two more medals at the Commonwealth Games. Photo credit: Getty Images

World squash No 4 Joelle King will be boosted by the memory of a recent win when she meets Sarah-Jane Perry in the Commonwealth Games gold medal singles match on Monday.  

Perry is ranked eighth in the world, and King defeated the 27-year-old Englishwoman in four games last time they met.               

That was in the second round of the world championships in December, a month after King grabbed another four-game victory at the Hong Kong Open.

"She's a great player and it will be tough... it's for a medal. I think my record against her is good," King said.         

The Kiwi won through to the final when she defeated former eight-time world champion Nicol David, who won the last two Commonwealth Games titles, 13-11 11-5 1-11 11-5 in 39 minutes on Sunday.

She paid tribute afterwards to the Malaysian's tenacity.               

"Great players find a way back. I got a good start, she just never gives up," King said.     

"I guess that's the reason what she was No.1." 

Paul Coll.
Paul Coll. Photo credit: Photosport

She'll be joined in the finals by compatriot Paul Coll, who took 106 minutes to down Welsh 11th seed Joel Makin 6-11 9-11 11-9 11-2 11-8.  

That win earned him a gold medal clash with world No 14 James Willstrop of England.    

"He came out strong, I just had to come out and be more positive and aggressive after the second game," Coll said.       

"If you had told me four years ago I wouldn't have believed it that I would now be in the gold medal final at the Commonwealth Games.              

"He's a class player. I'm just going to go out there and give it my all."      

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