2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Squash

  • 22/03/2018
 Joelle King
Kiwi squash ace Joelle King in action. Photo credit: Photosport

World No 7 Joelle King looms as New Zealand's best hope of squash medals on the Gold Coast, having achieved that distinction at the previous two events.

King combined with Jaclyn Hawkes in the women's doubles at Delhi 2010 and with Martin Knight for silver in the mixed event.

She followed that up with singles bronze at Glasgow four years later.

In the meantime, she achieved a career-high world ranking of No 4 in April 2014 and won six titles from 14 finals on the world circuit.

Most recently, she was named PSA Player of the Month for February 2018, after capturing the Cleveland Classic title, beating Egyptian world champion Raneem El Weleily in the process, and reaching her first-ever World Series final at the Windy City Open.

King is currently ranked second in the Commonwealth behind England's Laura Massaro, having leaped ahead of twice Games gold medallist Nicol David from Malaysia in the most recent list.

Paul Coll, ranked 11th in the world, is our leading men's hope. He has been ranked as high as eighth and brings good form to the Gold Coast, having lost to Egyptian top seed Marwan El Shorbagy in the Motor City Open final in Detroit in February.

Last year, he became the first Kiwi since Ross Norman in 1995 to break into the world's top 20, where he is ranked second among Commonwealth athletes, behind only England's Nick Matthew.

He and King will form a particularly strong mixed doubles combination on the Gold Coast.

Since squad was introduced at the Kuala Lumpur 1998, New Zealand has won nine squash medals, including gold to Leilani Rorani/Carol Owens in the women's doubles and Rorani/Glen Wilson in mixed doubles at Manchester 2002.

Paul Coll - singles, doubles, mixed doubles
Campbell Grayson - singles, doubles
Evan Williams - singles, doubles
Lance Beddoes - doubles
Zac Millar - doubles

Joelle King - singles, doubles, mixed doubles
Amanda Landers-Murphy - doubles