King claims squash bronze in Glasgow

  • 28/07/2014

In a performance befitting a royal audience, New Zealand's Joelle King has won bronze in the women's squash singles at the Commonwealth Games.

The Cambridge 25-year-old proved too good for England's Alison Waters winning 11-7, 11-7 11-5 to add a bronze medal to the doubles gold and silver medals she won in Delhi.

In front of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, King dominated the front of the all-glass court to leave the 30-year world No.6 struggling to make headway.

A backhand winner sealed the match and with it King raised both arms aloft to salute the crowd at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

King, ranked fourth in the world, was beaten in straight sets by world No.1 Nicol David in their semi-final on Sunday and she paid tribute to her sports psychologist David Galbraith for helping her get over that defeat.

"A while ago I would have sulked and probably been a mess out there on the court today," she said.

"I was just really happy that I put on a really strong mental performance and managed to get off in three (games)."

Waters had endured a taxing 65-minute 3-1 semi-final defeat to countrywoman Laura Massaro on Sunday and King said she was intent on keeping the pressure on.

"That match yesterday, both mentally and physically, was really tough for her and I knew that coming in, so I just wanted to make it as hard as possible for her.".

Malaysia's David beat Massaro 3-0 in a repeat of the Delhi final to successfully defend her title.

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source: newshub archive


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