Commonwealth Games: Joelle King, Paul Coll through to squash semi-finals

  • 08/04/2018
NZ's top singles players are great chances of landing medals on the Gold Coast.
NZ's top singles players are great chances of landing medals on the Gold Coast. Photo credit: Getty Images

World No 4 Joelle King has safely navigated her way through to the Commonwealth Games squash semi-finals with a clinical three-set victory over India's Joshna Chinappa.  

King took just 34 minutes to account for Chinappa, ranked 14th in the world, eventually winning 11-5 11-6 11-9.

The 29-year-old Kiwi will face former world No.1 Nicol David in Sunday's semi- final after the Malaysian edged 10th-ranked Englishwoman Alison Waters 7-11 11-13 11-9 11-9 12-10 in a 61-minute marathon.           

World No 12 Tesni Evans (Wales) beat seventh-ranked Englishwoman Laura Massaro 11-8 11-8 5-11 15-13 and will meet Sarah-Jane Perry in the other semi-final.             

Ranked eighth in the world, Perry (England) beat Australian Donna Urquhart 11-5 7-11 11-2 11-5.             

Paul Coll.
Paul Coll. Photo credit: Photosport

For Paul Coll, the victory over fifth seed Selby was a little more challenging. Including putting up with the constant questioning of calls and a number of collisions into the Kiwis back. Selby irked officials so much that the match ended with the Englishman being docked a point on match ball and the win being awarded to Coll.

Earlier in the match Coll had started the third game 1-0 ahead after a conduct stroke against Selby at the end of the second game.

"I wasn't too sure what happened at the end of the game, but I'll take a win however I can get it," said Coll, who hasn't played Makin before.

"I just played him last week in Auckland in practice, but I haven't played him competition. He's a rising player, hopefully the match will be a bit earlier in the night. It's good to have both Joelle and I in the semis. We came in here with high expectations."

Although making the semi-finals puts King and Coll in the medal rounds, it does not guarantee them a medal as there are playoffs for bronze if they do not progress to the final.