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World Games 2013 Squash
02-04 Aug, Cali, Colombia

Sun 4th Aug, Day THREE                  Farewell to the World Games ???

Women's Final
[1] Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 [3] Natalie Grinham (Ned)           11/6, 11/9, 11/8

In a repeat of the 2009 final in Taipai, Malaysia's Nicol David made three World Games Gold medals in a row as she beat Natalie Grinham in straight games.

Men's Final 
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-1 [3] Simon Rosner (Ger)    9/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/4

Top seed Gregory Gaultier came from a game down to beat Germany' Simon Rosner to make it a first-ever World Games Gold for France.
Women's Bronze:   [4] Camille Serme (Fra) bt [2] Low Wee Wern (Mas) 11/8, 11/4, 11/4
Men's Bronze:        [6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)  bt  [2] Peter Barker (Gbr)    w/o 


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Finals Day in Cali
Major Maniam reporte

What a wonderful day it was. France go home with a rich haul of one gold and one bronze, Malaysia takes home a gold, Netherlands and Germany take silver whilst Colombia takes a Bronze.

The morning started of with the bronze medal play-offs, first up Low Wee Wern against Camille Serme.

The first game started off well with both players playing a steady basic game. As the game progressed so did Camile’s sense of urgency. Her determination got her the first game. The second and third largely dominated by Camille. Depth and width deserted Low today as Camile won in three.

“The first game was alright but after that the ball was just flying past me and I could not control it," said a disappointed Low.

“I’m so happy to win bronze for my country,”
said a very excited Camille Serme.

Peter Barker was scheduled to play Miguel Angel Rodriguez but the Englishman was forced to withdrew due to injury. The crowd was treated to an excellent exhibition match between Miguel and Peruvian youngster Diego Elias. The Colombians were happy to accept their first ever squash medal at the World Games. Miguel addressed the gallery in Spanish saying what an honour it was for him and his country to win the bronze.

The women’s final, a repeat of the last World Games climax in Taipei, was an exciting affair with Natalie Grinham giving Nicol David a good run for her money. The first game was evenly poised up to 4-4 before Nicol raced away to take the lead with some steady squash.

Throughout the match Nicol was aggressive whilst Natalie mixed it up with some beautiful lobs and delicate drops, but Nicol was always there to pick them up. Natalie fought hard in every game right to the end, but Nicol prevailed.

"It’s so nice to win a medal at a multi sport event," said the ever smiling champion on collecting her third straight World Games Gold.

The men’s final between Gregory Gaultier and Simon Rosneer was keenly contested. The first game saw some amazing attacking shots, some unbelievable retrieving by both players and the score line read 10-9 game ball to Simon.

During the final rally a ball is called out and the referee announces 11-9 game to Simon. Gregory appeals in his usual dramatic style. Simon showed what a classy sportsman he is by agreeing to play a let. Gregory acknowledged the great gesture, but nevertheless Simon takes the first game.

In the second game Greg was leading 6-3 and he plays a forehand cross court hitting Simon. Referee calls stroke and Greg says lets play a let. Good sportsmanship by both. The second game goes to Gregory, as Simon is highly error prone.

In the third game Gregory plays a forehand cross court drive from a most difficult angle at the back. Simon looks at him in awe and Greg in jest wiggles his racket indicating that you need to do it with a certain position of the racket. Greg serves and Simon plays a dead nick to the front and returns the same gesture to Greg and the spectators are thoroughly amused.

Two days of hard squash begins to tell on Simon as he loses the next two games. Match and Gold to France.

“I’m so happy to contribute this gold to the total tally of medals to my country,” said the new champion at the end [France finished third in the medal table with 16 Golds and 40 in total].

Medals for the women’s event were presented by Mrs. Susie Simcock, WSF President Emeritus, whilst the men’s medals were presented by M. Jacques Fontaine, WSF representative at this event. Colombian Squash President Pablo Serna gave away the mascots.

It was a Happy Ending for one and all.

Major S Maniam signing off from Cali

Farewell to the World Games ???

Sat 3rd Aug, Day TWO

Women's semis:
[1] Nicol David (Mas) 3-0  [4] Camille Serme (Fra) 
                 11/5, 11/5, 11/8

[3] Natalie Grinham (Ned) 3-1 [2] Low Wee Wern (Mas)    
11/7, 2/11, 11/4, 11/4

Men's Semis:
[1] Gregory Gaultier
(Fra) 3-1 [6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 
                  11/6, 11/5, 8/11, 11/9
[3] Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-0 [2] Peter Barker (Gbr)
                  11/8, 11/7, 11/8

Second seeds crash out in Cali semis
Major Maniam reports

The women’s semi finals comprised four players from three different countries  - two from Malaysia, one each from Nederlands and France.

Low wee Wern and Natalie Grinham were the first to get on. The match was of good quality with great frontcourt play from Natalie and excellent retrieving by Low. Natalie played an outstanding tactical game to upset the second seed Low today. She was aggressive and used her chances well.

Low on the other hand was too defensive and did not use the front of the court enough. Low did play attacking squash in the second but could not produce that game after that.

Both players showed true sportsmanship as they owned up to a number of double pickups as well as agreeing to a let when no let was called. The packed crowd thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Two-time World Games champion Nicol David was a phenomenon. She was calm and composed even though she was trailing in the third. Camille Serme gave it everything she had but simply was not as consistent as she would have needed to be to beat Nicol today.

Nicol makes the game look so simple. Perhaps it really is.

The men’s semi finals comprised four players from four different countries-France, Colombia, Germany and Great Britain and this augurs well for the game.

The men’s event commenced with Peter Barker taking on Simon Rosner. It was a match that showcased the talents of two outstanding squash players.

If one expected a long drawn out affair, it was quickly proven wrong as Simon displayed some awe inspiring squash that had the crowd supporting and cheering him on.

Peter played steady squash but it was Simon who was creative, deceptive and less error prone.

There was some pushing and shoving and it was quickly brought under control by the referee. Simon romped home with an unexpected but well deserved 3-0 victory.

When asked as to how come he was able to bounce around the court after the energy sapping match this afternoon, he said: “I was really tired after the afternoon match, but I had a session with my physio and I am feeling fine. He must have done something good.”

At the post match interview Simon mentioned about how great it would be for squash to get into the Olympics and he looked forward to playing in it and he said he was within striking distance.

The final match of the day was as good as one would expect of two extremely fit and skilled players. Gregory Gaultier started off at a furious pace and was in control for the first two games against local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

The third was looking like it was going Gregory’s way when a lapse in concentration gave Miguel confidence and the next game. The fourth was closely fought and the rallies were long and hard laced with some outstanding deception and retrieving by both players.

In the end it was Greg’s finishing shots that saw him home and to his first world games final. Sorry Colombia.!

The gallery was packed to the brim until the end at 12.30 a.m. and they were treated to the highest level of squash by the most talented squash players; what a treat, what a show.

Major S Maniam

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Women's Quarters - top four seeds safely through

[1] Nicol David
(Mas) 3-0 [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (Gbr)                          11/9, 11/9, 11/8
[4] Camille Serme (Fra) 3-1 [5] Rachael Grinham (Aus)              7/11, 11/3, 11/7, 11/6
[3] Natalie Grinham (Ned) 3-1 Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)                9/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/5
[2] Low Wee Wern
(Mas) 3-0 Emma Beddoes (Gbr)                             11/8, 11/6, 11/8

Men's Quarters - Rodriguez stays in medal contention

[1] Gregory Gaultier
(Fra) 3-0 [8] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)                        11/6, 11/4, 11/4
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1  [4] Cameron Pilley (Aus)  5/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/6
[3] Simon Rosner
(Ger) 3-1 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)                11/8, 10/12, 11/9, 12/10
[2] Peter Barker
(Gbr) 3-0 [7] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)                             11/4, 11/8, 11/4

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Miguel joins top seeds in medal hunt
Major Maniam reports from Cali on the quarters

The day started with the women’s quarter-finals. On the glass court Low Wee Wern the second seed took on Emma Bedoes. It was a fairly straight forward 3-0 victory for Low, who did say she was a little apprehensive at the start having not had a match on the glass court:

“I was tense having to be first on but got the hang of it quickly as the weather conditions are similar to back home in Penang. Emma played well and I’m happy to be in the semis.”

On the side court under the watchful eye of her president Jacques Fontaine, Camille Serme defeated Rachael Grinham. It was a keenly contested four games but Camille appeared the fitter of the two making far less errors.

Top seed Nicol David went through with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Sarah-Jane Perry. The first two games were keenly contested but the steadier Nicol stayed the course better.

“I’ve never played her before and having seen and heard about her good results I knew I was going to have a good game," admitted the player who has just completed seven unbroken years at the top of the world rankings. "I used the first game to assess the situation and thereafter I stayed steady to take the match."

Misaki Kobayashi gave a glimmer of hope to the small group of Japanese supporters when she took the first game against Natalie Griinham, and was looking set to take the second. A series of unforced errors in the second and thereafter, was the cause of her downfall.

“My legs were gone and my head was heavy, I just could not push anymore,” said Misaki.

Kobayashi has played some awesome squash at this championship. Natalie echoed the sentiment and said: “Misaki is fit and fast and these conditions suits her game well. It’s so hard to put the ball away. I was limited with what I can do. Had to play a game, which is not my style – lengths and more lengths.”

What about her game with Low Wee Wern tonight? “Let’s see, it will be a lot cooler tonight, I will give it my best, I always do. You might have to carry me off the court, though!” [I’m sure there will be enough volunteers!]

Then it was on to the men's quarters, all on the glass court.

Peter Barker beat Ong Beng Hee 3-0. Beng Hee put up a good fight for two games before he got tired. Yesterday’s game certainly took its toll on the senior Beng Hee.

Likewise top seed Gregory Gaultier beat Ryan Cuskelly 3-0. Gregory kept it fast and basic whilst Ryan stayed with Greg as long as he could, but was simply not enough.

The match between Simon Rosner and Mathieu Castagnet was hugely entertaining with both players displaying an array of shots. In the end it was Simon’s finishing shots that made the difference giving him a 3-1 victory.

The German was elated and said: “I feel so happy making the semis of the world games. It was really hot in there and the ball was bouncy and I found it difficult. Despite that I remained aggressive playing my drops at the right time (Simon played some awesome drops from all parts of the court).

"Mathieu is one of the toughest competitors who push you till the end. I will try to regain my energy for tonight’s match and hope to do well."

Mathieu, who impressed throughout the event said he played well today. “I started badly. I was not so confident and did not play enough to the front. But the next three games was good. It is difficult because the ball is bouncy and the weather is hot but you must push.

"That is the only way I can make top10 in the world which is my goal. Simon played some really good drop shots today and I wish him all the best in the championship.”

Once again the grand finale for the morning session was the match between home hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez and the lanky Australian Cameron Pilley.

The stands were packed and the cheering must have spurred Miguel on. Cameron who is not new to such environments kept his cool throughout. He started off aggressively and did not give Miguel too much room and took the first game.

Miguel, whose retrieving ability is legendary, plodded on with some amazing shots. It was obvious that as the match wore on Pilley’s error rate went up.

Pilley gave it everything he had but today Miguel was simply in superb form to take the match and march proudly into the semis of the world games. His coach Santiago Montoya was a happy man as was the president of Colombian squash Pablo Serna.
Fri 2nd Aug, Day ONE

After the morning's first round matches all the top seeds took to the courts in Cali, and most of them made it through to their expected quarter-final places, but Emma Beddoes, Misaki Kobayashi and Mathieu Castagnet sprang some surprises ...

Major Maniam reports from Cali

A notable upset took place on the centre court when 9-16 seed Emma Beddoes from GB beat Donna Urquhart the 6th seed from Australia in a surprise three setter.

Donna certainly did not play her best and this is what Emma had to say – “I’ve never played in this region before so did not know what to expect. I focused on stepping forward and controlling the T, furthermore Donna was a little error prone today.”

Emma has had a few close matches with Low Wee Wern whom she plays in the quarters tomorrow (second seed Low went through without playing after the withdrawal of Maria Toor Pakay).

At the side courts another upset took place when Misaki Kobayashi the 9-16 seeded Japanese overcame the 5th seeded Mexican Samantha Teran in five hard fought games.

“I’ve played Samantha twice before this year and beaten her both times. This makes it three.. I felt relaxed and had no pressure to win. I look forward to playing Natalie [Grinham] whom I have never played before,”
said a beaming Misaki.

The third and final upset for the day came when Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet beat fifth seeded Englishman Tom Richards in a close four games. Just to release his anger and frustration Tom flung his racket onto the ground. A match he so much wanted to win.

Meanwhile 4th seed Camille Serme broke Colombian hearts as she brushed aside the challenge of local lass Catalina Pelaez. (3-0)

Joshana Chinappa was out of sorts as Rachael Grinham beat her 3-0. “I felt like my head was going to explode,” said Joshana. "I’ve never played in such conditions," she added.

Ryan Cuskelly had to dig deep to overcome Julian Illingworth. He was 2-0 up and cruising and then, Julian staged a mighty fight back and the score was 2-2. A promising start and all of a sudden Julian just gave away point after point. All the work he had done took its toll on him.

Said Ryan of the match: “I had two easy games and I thought I had in the bag and took it easy. Julian came on strong, and I lost my way. In the 5th I stepped up to the T and took charge like I did in the 1st two games and it paid off.”

The final match of the day was between home favourite Miguel Rodriguez and Indian Mahesh Mangaonkar. The capacity crowd while waiting was treated to a highly entertaining 5 setter between Ong Beng Hee and Raphael Kandra. Beng Hee came through a match that could have gone either way.

The pleasant demeanour of both the players drew a thunderous applause at the end of the match. “He is a little rusty, having not played too much. But he knows what exactly to do in a match,” said Malaysian Coach Peter Genever.

The match every Colombian was waiting for, the final match of the night; and Miguel did not disappoint. His athleticism amazed the audience.

Nothing should be taken away from the young Mahesh who fought gallantly for two games before he ran out of gas in the third against a supremely fit and speedy opponent.

The top two seeds meanwhile had an easy day at the office. Nicol David and Gregory Gaultier overcame Franziska Hennes and Shawn Delierre in three easy games.

Morning Session

The world games squash event started his morning at 11 at the Canasgordas sports club. There are 6 glass back courts and an all glass court erected by the swimming pool specially for the games.

A total of 21 men and 18 women representing 19 member nations are participating in this event.

There was a lot of excitement in the morning matches. Colombian Catalina Pelaez (9/16 seed) gave the home crowd a roaring start by cruising past Hungarian Edina Szombati 3-0 [Pelaez later lost out to France's Camille Serme]. However her team mate Laura Tovar Perez was beaten 3-1 by Brazilian Thaisa Serafini (9-16 seed).

In an exciting match on the all glass court Ryosei Kobayashi (Jap) stretched 9-16 seed Christopher Gordon of the USA to 5 hard fought games. Ryosei led 2-1 but was narrowly edged out 11-9 in the 5th. Harinder Pal Sandhu (9-16) was beaten by unseeded Christoper Binnie of Jamaica in three close games.

The evening matches start at 6p.m. local time. The local enthusiasts were treated to a wonderful spectacle of world class squash this morning and are eagerly awaiting for more action later today.


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25-Jul, Preview:
Nicol & Greg head
World Games draws

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David and world No2 Frenchman Gregory Gaultier head world-class draws in the Squash championships in the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

David, the defending women's World Games champion, is aiming for a record third successive gold medal. The 29-year-old from Penang, who has topped the world rankings since August 2006, is expected to face second seed Low Wee Wern in an all-Malaysian final.

Dutch champion Natalie Grinham will be aiming to go one better than she did in the 2009 Games in Chinese Taipei, where she finished as runner-up to David. The former Australian – a record three-time gold medallist in the 2006 Commonwealth Games – is the event's third seed.

Former world number one Gaultier is making his debut in the event. The 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence, seeded to become the first French winner of the men's title, is expected to face English rival Peter Barker in the final.

Londoner Barker, ranked seven in the world, is also making his World Games debut

Some 4500 athletes and officials from more than 100 countries will be competing in the 9th World Games from 25 July to 04 August (the squash event taking place from 02-04 August).

The multi-sport event is being held on the South American continent for the first time in its 32-year history.

The Squash event will boast players from 19 countries, with Kuwait, Jamaica, Peru, Pakistan, Brazil, Guyana and hosts Colombia being represented for the first time.

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In supporting the sport's latest appearance in the event, Commonwealth Games Federation President and IOC Member HRH Tunku Imran highlights the fact that Squash is "truly a 'world game'."

"For me, squash is superbly placed to fill the brief of the title of the event as it is truly a 'world game', with men’s and women’s world champions from all five continents," said HRH Tunku Imran, who is also Patron of the World Squash Federation.

"In addition to Commonwealth participation players are coming from as far afield as Japan, a spread of European nations and of course from across Pan America, which is very gratifying.

"The action on the all-glass showcourt in Cali will definitely be athletic, intense and exciting to watch, demonstrating squash as a true world class sport," Imran added.

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