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World Games 2009                     Draws & Results
21-24 July, Kaohsiung, Taiwan                          
 2005 Event

24-Jul, Finals:                                  Draws & results

Bronze: Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt Alison Waters (Gbr)
                8/11, 11/7, 6/11, 11/8, 12/10 (51m)

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
                11/6, 11/8, 11/6 (38m)
[1] Nick Matthew (Gbr) bt [2] James Willstrop (Gbr)

                     11/8, 11/6, 11/5 (42m)

Going for Gold ...

First up on the final day of squash action in Kaoshiung was the women's Bronze Medal playoff (the men's is taken by Azlan Iskandar as Stewart Boswell is injured).

Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy took the gong, edging out Alison Waters in a see-saw match. The first four games were shared but the Egyptian maintained a slender advantage through the fifth, taking it on her second match ball to consign Waters to a second consecutive 3-2 defeat.

The women's final featured two players no strangers to each other, or to gold medals. Nicol David is the defending champion, and has Asian Games gold medals in her collection. Natalie Grinham has three Commonwealth Games golds, the singles won after beating Nicol in the semi-finals in Melbourne.

Since then Nicol has won all but one of 14 meetings, was considered a strong favourite, and so it proved as she maintained her run of 3-0 victories to retain the title.

The all-British men's final saw Nick Matthew and James Willstrop both aiming to improve on the bronze medals they won four years ago in Germany. Matthew held the upper hand in recent meetings, and continued that run as he took the final in straight games.
Photos from Colin Hero White

Nicol grabs Gold
KOC-CNA story by Wu Shye-chang

When asked earlier in the tournament about her chances in a possible encounter with top seed Nicol David, second-seeded Natalie Grinham believed she would have a chance.

But in the finals of the World Games women's squash event, David, the world No. 1 in the sport for the past three years, proved once again Friday that she is clearly the best in the game.

Grinham, who needed a gutsy comeback from two sets down in the semifinal against Great Britain's Alison Waters Thursday just to reach the gold medal match, scored more points against the Malaysian than any of her other victims this week, but David still triumphed in straight sets 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 in 35 minutes.

David never trailed in the match and did not drop a set in the entire tournament.

The 31-year-old Grinham of the Netherlands had lost eight consecutive times to David on the squash tour, but had hoped to draw inspiration from the last time they met in a non-tour event, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, when she defeated David in five sets.

In the women's bronze-medal match, David's semifinal victim Omneya Abdel Kawy dealt fourth seeded Waters her second consecutive five-set defeat.

The fifth-seeded Egyptian rallied from a two sets to one deficit and delivered when it mattered after the final set went to deuce to beat Waters 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10 in 51 minutes and capture the bronze.



23-Jul, Semi-Finals:                 Draws & results

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
            11/4, 11/3, 11/6 (25m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned) bt [4] Alison Waters (Gbr)
            8/11, 0/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/6 (61m)

[1] Nick Matthew (Gbr) bt [3] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
            7/11, 6/11, 11/6, 11/7, 13/11 (90m)
[2] James Willstrop (Gbr) bt Stewart Boswell (Aus)
            5/7 rtd (10m)

Grinham & Matthew mount
comebacks to reach final

Top seed, defending champion and world number one Nicol David reached the World Games squash final with another commanding performance against Omneya Abdel Kawy in today's first semi-final - the world number one has yet to concede more than seven points in any of twelve games played ...

Her opponent will be the expected one, second seed Natalie Grinham, but the Dutchwoman had to come from two games down against Briton Alison Waters, losing the second to a rare 11/0 scoreline before mounting a fightback of epic proportions.

Waters was close to victory at 9-all in the fourth, but Grinham closed out that game and went on to complete the comeback on the hour mark.

David will start the final as favourite, having won the pair's last eight encounters, but Grinham brings more recent major games experience, holding three golds from the last Commonwealth Games where David went home empty-handed.

Unlike last time out when both losing semi-finalists were awarded Bronze medals, this year sees Kawy and Waters facing a 3rd/4th playoff match for a medal.

All-British men's final

The first men's semi-final saw another comeback victory, as Nick Matthew came from two games down to dash hopes of a Malaysian upset.

Azlan Iskandar took the first two games, and held match-ball at 10-9 in the fifth, but the Briton held his nerve to complete the comeback in an hour and a half of tense action, the longest match of the tournament.

Gold and Silver medals for Great Britain was guaranteed when second seed James Willstrop benefited from an early retirement by Stewart Boswell with a back injury.

The Australian will not be able to play in the Bronze medal match, so at least Azlan gets some reward for so nearly reaching the final.

"I blew the chance to reach the final. I held match point twice at 10-9 and 11-10 but just could not finish him off. However, the match was a good learning experience for me.

"I will get the bronze medal by default. I am happy to get on the podium in my first World Games."

to the Malaysian Star

Willstrop and Matthew both won Bronze in the World Games four years ago in Duisburg, losing out in the semi-finals, so are guaranteed better this time around.

Matthew has won the pair's last three meetings though, and leads 12-9 overall.

"I was expecting her to play an array of attacking shots that comes so naturally for her. This made me stay more focus on what I had to do to keep her going during the rallies.

"Throughout the first and second game, my movement and shots were coming in well while she made a few unforced errors to give me more of a lead in both games. In the third however, she kept onto the rallies better and made it clear she's not letting this match go just yet.

"I worked harder to keep her out of her zone and got back to my own game again in the last few points.

"Very excited to beat her in three games and to get to the finals here."

Nicol on SquashStars
Nicol on Twitter

Thanks to Colin White for the photos ...

Previews & News

22-Jul, Quarter-Finals:                     Draws & results

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt Joey Chan (Hkg)
                 11/2, 11/3, 11/3 (20m)
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt [3] Jenny Duncalf (Gbr)
                6/11, 13/11, 14/12, 11/8 (46m)
[4] Alison Waters (Gbr) bt [11] Samantha Teran (Mex)
                7/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (36m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned) bt [9[ Kasey Brown (Aus)
                 11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (25m)

[1] Nick Matthew (Gbr) bt [8] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
                  11/4, 11/13, 11/9, 11/6 (61m)
[3] Azlan Iskandar (Mas) bt [6] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
                  11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (44m)
[5] Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt [13] Julien Balbo (Fra)
                  11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (43m)
[2] James Willstrop (Gbr) bt [7] Omar Mossad (Egy)
                  11/6, 12/10, 4/11, 12/10 (54m)

Kawy comeback foils Duncalf

Defending champion Nicol David went through to the semi-finals with a comfortable enough win over unseeded Joey Chan in the first match of quarter-finals day, but Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy created a seeding upset as she ousted Great Britain's third seed Jenny Duncalf.

Duncalf, the British National Champion, looked to be in control as she took the first game and established a 10-3 lead in the second. But the Egyptian, who went into the match with an 8-1 lead in matches between the pair - fought back, taking seven points in a row to force extra points, and saving one more game ball before levelling the match.

Duncalf had chances in the third, leading 10-8 and 12-11, but Kawy took that game too, carried her momentum into the fourth, establishing an 8-1 lead. Duncalf pulled it back to 9-7, but once again Kawy closed out the game to record a seventh successive win over Duncalf and advance to the semis.

There will be British interest in the semi-finals though, with fourth seed Alison Waters coming from a game down to beat Mexican Samantha Teran, and will meet Holland's Natalie Grinham. Grinham, holder of three Commonwealth Games gold medals, beat Australia's Kasey Brown in straight games.

Top seeds progress to semis
KOC-CNA story by Chen Chun-yen

Three of the top four seeds in the World Games women's squash tournament advanced to the semifinals Wednesday, with Britain's Jenny Duncalf, seeded third, the only casualty after stumbling against fifth-seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt.

Top seed Nicol David of Malaysia, who celebrated her third complete year as world No. 1 this month, coasted past Joey Chan  of Hong Kong 11-2, 11-3, 11-3, and seems destined to defend her World Games title.
"A steady quarter with Joey" - Nicol blogs

But Australian-born Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands, the tournament's second seed, who reached the semifinals with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 win over Australia's Kasey Brown, was not conceding anything though she refused to look ahead.

“I don't really predict stuff,” she said when asked about a possible gold medal confrontation with David. “All the players here are really good.”

Grinham believes anything can happen, even against the world No. 1, but she was more focused on her upcoming semi-final match against
fourth-seeded Alison Waters of Great Britain, who reached the semis by defeating Samantha Teran of Mexico 7-11, 11-9, 11-7,

In the other semi-final, David will face Abdel Kawy, who won a tight 6-11, 13-11, 14-12, 11-8 match against the third seed.

Unlike the men's draw, most of the highest ranked women's squash players are at the World Games, with the only notable absence world No. two Natalie Grainger. The American, who had to pull out with a foot injury just before the games, was the last player to beat David.

Grinham says that with the calibre of players participating, the World Games tournament has every bit the feel of a tour event, with one big difference - “Here I'm representing Holland,” she said, and described the World Games as being “as significant as other major tournaments.”

In the men's tournament, top seed and world No. 5 Nick Matthew of Great Britain fought past Saurav Ghosal of India 11-4, 11-13, 11-9, 11-6 in the first of four quarterfinals. Third seed Azlan Iskandar also advanced to the semis with an 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 win over Cameron Pilley of Australia.

In the other quarterfinals, Stewart Boswell of Australia topped Julien Bembo of France and while second seed James Willstrop of Great Britain survived a tough encounter with Omar Mosaad of Egypt.

Though many top-ranked players stayed away, world No. 13 Iskandar said he felt the World Games tournament offered more than the typical tour event:

"The big difference is that you can see many different sports being played here,” he said. He was not at all disheartened by the absence of some of the sport's top players.

"It is still a major world event after all.”

21-Jul, Day One:

Top seeds through to quarters
but no shortage of upsets ...

KOC-CNA story by Chen Chun-yen

The top four women's seeds all won impressively in the first two rounds of the World Games squash tournament at Chung Cheng Martial Arts Stadium in Kaohsiung Tuesday, while the higher-seeded men faced far stiffer challenges to advance.

In the high-calibre women's tournament, which has drawn most of the world's top-ranked players, the top seeds all scored convincing victories.

World No. 1 and defending World Games champion Nicol David of Malaysia reached the quarterfinals with two convincing straight-set victories, sweeping past Helga Kecse-Nagy of Hungary in the opening round and Joshna Chinappa of India in the round of 16. She meets surprise package Joey Chan of Hong Kong - the only unseeded player to make the last eights - for a place in the semis.  Nicol's update on SquashStars

World No. 3 Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands, who is seeded second in Kaohsiung after world No. 2 Natalie Grainger of the United States withdrew prior to the tournament with a foot injury, crushed Chinese Taipei's Pan Kuei-yeh 11-1, 11-1, 11-1 in the opening round.

The three times Commonwealth Games gold medalist who became a Dutch national last year then advanced to the final eight with another straight games win over Miranda Ranieri of Canada, and meets 9th seed Kasey Brown, who came from two games and match-ball down in the third to upset trans-tasman rival Shelley Kitchen.

Third seed Jenny Duncalf of Great Britain dropped a game to Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu in her round of 16 win before advancing to the quarterfinals, while compatriot Alison Waters swept both Raneem El Weleily of Egypt and Siyoli Lusaseni of South Africa. They meet Samantha Teran, who ousted 8th seed Vanessa Atkinson, and Omneya Abdel Kawy, respectively.

Both the men's and women's singles tournaments in Kaohsiung have 32-player draws, up from 16 at the last World Games. The men's draw is not as packed with the world's top-ranked players as the women's, perhaps explaining the top seeds' struggles in the first two rounds.

Only top seed and defending champion, world No. 5 Nick Mathew, had an easy time Tuesday, cruising into the final eight with straight game wins over Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan of Malaysia.His opponent will be India's Saurav Ghosal.

Second-seeded James Willstrop of Great Britain, ranked 12th in the world, easily disposed of Chinese Taipei's Huang Cheng-yao in the first round 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 but had to come back from a two games to one deficit to defeat Simon Roesner of German to reach the final eight, to set up a meeting with Egypt's Omar Mosaad.

Malaysian third seed Azlan Iskandar also struggled in his round of 16 match before defeating Australian Aaron Frankcomb 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-4 to book his place in the quarterfinals - where he meets another Aussie in Cameron Pilley - but fourth seed Ong Beng Hee wasn't as lucky.

One was upset by 13th-seeded Frenchman Julien Balbo 12-10, 11-7, 12-10 in the round of 16 to become the highest seeded casualty in either of the two singles tournaments so far. Balbo now faces newly-crowned Australian Open champion Stewart Boswell, the fifth seed.

Results direct from Kaohsiung

Balbo beats Ritwik

Well, it's a shame SquashSite is not there to live the event as it happens, but next time! [at the Olympics ???]

We'd be delighted to hear from any of the players, coaches, or anyone else out there though ...  wg@squashsite.co.uk

More on the event

Mossad v Clarke

Elegant Opening

The day began with a simple yet elegant opening ceremony for Squash, which was held at the centre court. All participants marched in, accompanied by local girls in colourful dresses.

Mr Huang Chao Hui, Director General of Civil Affairs Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government, welcomed all participants.

Nicol David took the oath on behalf of the athletes and Munir Shah for the referees, before WSF Vice President Heather Deayton declared the championships open. 

World Games 2009 - Men's Draw  
Round One
21 Jul
Round Two
21 Jul
22 Jul
23 Jul
24 Jul
[1] Nick Matthew (Gbr)
11/3, 11/2, 11/1 (22m)
Joe Chapman (Ivb)
[1] Nick Matthew
 11/4, 11/2, 11/4 (25m)
[15] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan

[1] Nick Matthew

11/4, 11/13, 11/9, 11/6

[8] Saurav Ghosal

[1] Nick Matthew


7/11, 6/11, 11/6, 11/7, 13/11 (90m)


[3] Azlan Iskandar

[1] Nick Matthew


 11/8, 11/6, 11/5 (42m)


[2] James Willstrop

[15] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/9, 6/11, 11/9, 11/9 (53m)
Scott Arnold (Aus)
[9] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11/5, 13/11, 7/11, 5/11, 11/8 (81m)
Max Lee (Hkg)
[9] Renan Lavigne
11/7, 11/3, 11/5 (36m)
[8] Saurav Ghosal
[8] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
[6] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/6, 11/3, 11/7 (22m)
Italo Bonatti (Gua)
[6] Cameron Pilley
11/3, 14/12, 11/6 (37m)
[12] Mark Krajcsak
[6] Cameron Pilley

11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (44m)

[3] Azlan Iskandar

[12] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (41m)
Dick Lau (Hkg)
[11] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
12/10, 11/4, 11/7 (46m)
Chris Gordon (Usa)
[11] Aaron Frankcomb
 11/7, 8/11, 12/10, 11/4 (71m)
[3] Azlan Iskandar
[3] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/1, 11/1, 11/5 (20m)
Alexei Severinov (Rus)
[4] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
 7/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/2 (40m)
Yuta Fukui (Jpn)
[4] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
12/10, 11/7, 12/10 (48m)
[13] Julien Balbo
[13] Julien Balbo

11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (43m)

[5] Stewart Boswell

[5] Stewart Boswell


5/7 rtd (10m)


[2] James Willstrop

[13] Julien Balbo (Fra)
11/2, 23/21, 11/6 (49m)
Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
[10] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
[10] Omar Abdel Aziz
11/4, 11/3, 11/5 (32m)
[5] Stewart Boswell
[5] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
11/5, 11/3, 11/8 (26m)
Nyeon-Ho Lee (Kor)
[7] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
 13/11, 4/11, 11/3, 11/1 (35m)
Robin Clarke (Can)
[7] Omar Mosaad
11/9, 11/6, 15/13 (35m)
Steve Coppinger
[7] Omar Mosaad

11/6, 12/10, 4/11, 12/10 (54m)

[2] James Willstrop

Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/5, 11/7, 11/3 (33m)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
[14] Simon Rosner (Ger)
[14] Simon Rosner
 8/11, 11/6, 8/11, 11/5, 11/3 (48m)
[2] James Willstrop
[2] James Willstrop (Gbr)
11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (24m)
Cheng Yao Huang (Tpe)
World Games 2009 - Women's Draw  
Round One
21 Jul
Round Two
21 Jul
22 Jul
23 Jul
24 Jul
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/2, 11/5, 11/4 (19m)
Helga Kecse-Nagy (Hun)
[1] Nicol David
11/2, 11/7, 11/3 (19m)
Joshna Chinappa
[1] Nicol David

11/2, 11/3, 11/3 (20m)

Joey Chan

[1] Nicol David

11/4, 11/3, 11/6 (25m)

[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy
[1] Nicol David


11/6, 11/8, 11/6 (38m)


[2] Natalie Grinham

[15] Sharon Wee (Mas)
13/15, 15/13, 11/13, 11/3, 11/6 (44m)
Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
[16] Aisling Blake (Irl)
 11/7, 11/8, 13/11 (30m)
Joey Chan (Hkg)
Joey Chan
11/5, 10/12, 6/11, 12/10, 11/9 (43m)
Amelia Pittock
[6] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
 8/11, 11/6, 11/8, 7/11, 11/7 (33m)
Amelia Pittock (Aus)
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11/3, 11/4, 11/1 (10m)
Birgit Coufal (Aut)
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy
11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (36m)
[12] Jaclyn Hawkes
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy

6/11, 13/11, 14/12, 11/8 (46m)

[3] Jenny Duncalf

[12] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
8/11, 11/2, 9/11, 11/5, 11/7 (44m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[10] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
11/8, 13/11, 6/11, 11/9 (34m)
Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
[10] Rebecca Chiu
 11/6, 11/8, 11/13, 11/9 (33m)
[3] Jenny Duncalf
[3] Jenny Duncalf (Gbr)
11/8, 11/4, 11/5 (27m)
Pamela Hathway (Ger)
[4] Alison Waters (Eng)
11/6, 11/5, 11/0 (23m)
Siyoli Lusaseni (Rsa)
[4] Alison Waters
11/5, 11/3, 11/5 (18m)
[13] Raneem El Weleily
[4] Alison Waters

7/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (36m)

[11] Samantha Teran

[4] Alison Waters

8/11, 0/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/6 (61m)

[2] Natalie Grinham

[13] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
[11] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/6, 11/7, 15/13 (41m)
Low Wee Wern (Mas)
[11] Samantha Teran
 9/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (38m)
[8] Vanessa Atkinson
[8] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
11/5, 11/7, 8/11, 11/7 (35m)
Chinatsu Matsui (Jpn)
[7] Shelley Kitchen (Nzl)
 11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (27m)
Song Sun-Mi (Kor)
[7] Shelley Kitchen
1/11, 8/11, 16/14, 11/6, 11/2 (54m)
[9] Kasey Brown
[9] Kasey Brown

11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (25m)

[2] Natalie Grinham

[9] Kasey Brown (Aus)
12/10, 11/6, 6/11, 11/8 (49m)
Camille Serme (Fra)
[14] Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/6, 11/7, 7/11, 10/12, 11/4 (44m)
Miranda Ranieri (Can)
Miranda Ranieri
11/4, 11/7, 11/4 (15m)
[2] Natalie Grinham
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/1, 11/1, 11/1 (13m)
Pan Kuei Yeh (Tpe)
Under way in Kaohsiung
Story & Photos courtesy of KOC-CNA
story by CNA reporter Cheng Chi-feng

Under a firework-lit sky, the World Games 2009 Kaohsiung opened Thursday at the main stadium in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, in a ceremony featuring a series of performances that integrated technology and the arts to highlight the multiple aspects of Taiwan's technological expertise and its traditional culture.

As a warm up for the opening ceremony, local children stepped onto the stage shouting "World Games Kaohsiung welcomes you " and then performed "Ode to Joy" along with a group of German children.

Next, a Taiwanese boy displayed the World Games flag after receiving it from two German brothers during a ceremonial exchange.

Amid a brilliant fireworks display, the long-anticipated ceremony started with a performance by 100 dancers led by 84-year-old local dancer Lee Tsai-er, who danced to the sound of waves among 100 giant spheres, designed to symbolize the passage from one generation to the next.

It was followed by a dance featuring images of butterflies, as well as eagle kites that hovered over the stadium, lit from below.

The show was designed to highlight Taiwan's reputation as a "butterfly kingdom" and to highlight the richness and variety of ocean life around its shores.

This was followed by an explosive performance by aboriginal Dawu and Amis people. The Dawu tribesmen carried their traditional canoes onto the stage, while the Amis people depicted a scene of chanting and shouting whilst cutting timber for their houses.

Heralded by the sound of firecrackers, the second part of the ceremony, with a theme of "temple fairs, " began as a number of figures dressed as deities filled the stage from all directions under a screen of smoke.

A show staged by more than 200 members of the Pili Puppet Theater also attracted great interest, taking the audience back to the glorious era of puppet shows with special effects produced by LED lighting technology.

The third part of the ceremony, themed "vigorous Taiwan, " featured Taiwanese ultra-marathon runner Lin Yi-chieh, who jogged toward the center of the stadium leading a 40-strong team of cyclists on Giant bicycles which circled the stadium in various formations.

The ceremony ended with the launch of more than 3,000 fireworks in a three-minute display that gave the audience the feeling of being right in the middle of the display.

More than 4,000 people were involved in the ceremony, including New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra, the ceremony's lead performer, along with many internationally and domestically renowned artists.

The Kaohsiung city government spent an estimated US$4 million on the ceremony to promote the 11-day sporting extravaganza -- the biggest sporting event the nation has ever hosted.


24 Nations to compete in
World Games Squash

Players from 24 nations - more than ever before - will compete in the Squash championships in this month's World Games, the multi-sport event which is being staged in the Chinese Taipei city of Kaohsiung under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.

The Squash events, which will be held in the Chung Cheng Martial Arts Stadium in Kaohsiung from 21-24 July, have attracted world-class fields - led by Malaysia's world number one Nicol David, the top seed in the women's event, and Great Britain's world No5 Nick Matthew, who is favourite in the men's championship.

Over 4,000 athletes, competing in more than 30 sports, will take part in the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games, the eighth edition of the multi-sport event featuring sports not currently on the programme of the Olympic Games.

Squash made its debut in the 1997 World Games in Lahti, Finland. Britain's former world number one Peter Nicol won the men's gold medal in the last event in 2005 in Duisburg, Germany, while Nicol David will have the opportunity to become the first player to successfully defend a World Games squash title after winning the women's trophy four years ago.

David, who celebrates her third complete year as world number one this month, will be competing in Kaohsiung in her first championship since taking part in Squash's presentation to the IOC in the sport's bid to join the programme for the 2016 Olympic Games.

World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran looks forward to the sport's latest appearance in this major multi-sport event: "I am particularly pleased that we have extended this year from 16 to 32 draws, with top world-class players in both and so many countries represented.

"This demonstrates the commitment of Squash and our leading players to the World Games - and is a very important facet of the message in our recent presentation to the IOC Executive Board for inclusion in the ultimate dream for us, the Olympic Games themselves," added the WSF President, who will be attending the Kaohsiung World Games.

After a nine-month layoff following shoulder surgery, Matthew has returned to form in stunning style by re-establishing himself in the PSA world rankings at No5 – the career-high ranking he first achieved in October 2004. Winner of the prestigious British Open title in 2006, the 28-year-old from Sheffield is expected to meet England team-mate and fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop in the final.

Willstrop, a former world number two who has dropped to 12 since taking time off for ankle surgery, will be making his competitive comeback in Kaohsiung. The 25-year-old from Leeds faces local player Cheng Yao Huang in the opening round – while Matthew's first round opponent will be Joe Chapman, an 18-year-old from the British Virgin Islands who is ranked more than 350 positions below the Englishman!

But the British pair will have strong Asian competition in the men's event, led by Malaysians Azlan Iskandar and Ong Beng Hee. Iskandar, the third seed, is expected to face a semi-final showdown with Matthew, while fourth seed Ong Beng Hee is scheduled to meet Willstrop in the other semi.

David is the in-form player on the women's tour: The 25-year-old from Penang set out on an incredible journey in October 2005 when she won the British Open for the first time – and went on to reach the finals in all but two of 37 WISPA World Tour events until the present day, winning 30 of them!

Dutch number one Natalie Grinham, holder of three Gold medals from the 2006 Commonwealth Games, is seeded to meet the reigning World Open champion in the final [following the withdrawal of Natalie Grainger due to a foot injury].

Britons Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters are expected to provide the two top seeds' final opposition before the finale.

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Aussies choose strong
World Games team

Andrew Dent reports

Squash Australia has named a strong national team for the eighth World Games to be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from July 16-26.

The men’s team will be led by Canberra’s Stewart Boswell and also features Cameron Pilley (Yamba, NSW), Aaron Frankcomb (Hobart) and Scott Arnold (Sydney).

World number 13 Kasey Brown, from Taree in NSW, heads the women’s team, where she will be joined by Donna Urquhart (Yamba, NSW), Lisa Camilleri (Tully, Qld) and Amelia Pittock (Dromana, Vic).

The team manager/coach will be Australian squash great Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who won the World Games Gold Medal in Lahti, Finland in 1997.

The World Games is a multi-sport event comprising sports that are not part of the Olympic program. They are held in the year following the Olympics and have grown from 18 sports and 1265 athletes in 1981 to an estimated 4500 athletes taking part in 31 sports this year.

Squash Australia CEO Gary O’Donnell said it was important that Australia had a strong presence at the World Games as squash ramps up its bid for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Squash is vying for one of two places in the 2016 Olympics, along with karate, golf, roller sports, rugby 7s, softball and baseball. A decision will be made in October. Five of the candidate sports are on the program for the 2009 World Games, with only baseball and golf not represented in Taiwan.

“Squash is played in every major multi-sports event in the world apart from the Olympics,” O’Donnell said.  “The World Games provide an ideal opportunity to show IOC delegates that squash is a natural fit for the Olympics. The sport is played on every continent and by both men and women equally – the world men’s number one is Egyptian and the top women’s player comes from Malaysia.

“Most of our team is under 25, so if squash does claim its rightful place at the Olympics, then these players would be hopeful of being part of the first ever Australian team.”

The World Games are also an important part of the build-up to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and Squash Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.


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