Bronze Medal For Kiwi Squash Mixed Pair With More To Come Tomorrow15 Apr 2018
Another medal for the New Zealand squash team as the mixed combination of Joelle King and Paul Coll won bronze in emphatic fashion at Oxenford Studios.
The Kiwi pair ranked as top seeds beat the second seeds Alison Waters and Daryl Selby of England for the bronze 11-6, 11-6 in 29 minutes. For King and Coll it was a repeat triumph over the same pair which earned them the world champs title last year.
In each game the Kiwis gained a significant lead which the never relinquished. Both King and Coll seemed keen to hurry the match up and get stuck in from the start of the contest, but especially Coll who won a silver in bronze and was so disappointed in the teams loss in the semis the previous day.
The first game featured a number of long rallies and some quite spectacular and usually successful dives from Coll, who in his last match of the tournament wanted a medal to finish with.
In the second game the New Zealanders had and 8-5 lead when Waters had a service fault called against her which meant King and Coll went to 9-5 ahead and the next two points were relatively plain sailing.
"After yesterday's disappointment we wanted to make sure we came out and did everything we could. I think we played one of our best performances. Super excited about what we did today," said King
For Coll the disappointment of a singles silver and losing their mixed semifinal had been difficult to take.
"I was on the floor 24 hours ago, but I've got a champion partner and she picked me off the ground and got a bit of fire in the belly to help her out today, she's an inspiration to me...to get a bronze, it's not the colour we wanted. She's got another match tomorrow and she's going to crush it for sure. We're guaranteed four (medals) most we've ever got as a squash team. We had high expectations coming in here we have a wicked team and wicked support team," said Coll.
For King there is one more match remaining in the competition and she wants to finish on a high.
"I cannot wait. Another gold to get my, partners, both of them are playing amazing. Amanda put in together and incredible performance today I don't want to let her down. I'll do everything I can to recover tonight. It's like ground hog day for me. I'm just going to do what I've been doing every night...go to the foodhall - crush it, get a massage and go to sleep."
Earlier in the day King and Amanda Landers-Murphy defeated the Australian team of Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart in the women's doubles semifinals 11-9 11-5 to move through to final where they will face the Indian team of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik at midday local time (2pm NZT) tomorrow (Sunday).
It will be the 16th match of the Commonwealth Games for 29-year-old King. She has a gold medal from women's singles, a bronze from the mixed and is guaranteed either a silver or gold in the women's doubles.
Schedule for the final day is below: