MIXED FOR­TUNES

Vic­to­ri­ous in women’s dou­bles but find mixed dou­bles de­fend­ing champs too strong

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DEVINDER SINGH devinder@nst.com.my

DE­FEND­ING cham­pi­ons Sau­rav Ghosal and Dipika Pal­likal of In­dia proved too strong for mixed dou­bles pair Syafiq Ka­mal and Rachel Arnold at the World Dou­bles Squash Cham­pi­onships in Manch­ester yes­ter­day.

Syafiq and Rachel, who are us­ing the tour­na­ment as a warm-up for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games, lost the Group B match 11-7, 11-4 in 20 min­utes.

The Malaysian pair made a great start on Tues­day af­ter beat­ing Canada’s Shawn De­lierre and Samantha Cor­nett 9-11, 11-2, 11-7 in their open­ing Group B match.

But Syafiq and Rachel still have a chance of mak­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals with matches against Pe­ter Creed and Tesni Evans of Wales and Dutch pair Dy­lan Ben­nett and Milou Van Der Hei­j­den to come.

Rachel also en­joyed an­other win on Tues­day play­ing along­side eight-time world cham­pion Ni­col David in the women’s dou­bles, in which she who won a bronze medal last year with her sis­ter Delia Arnold.

Ni­col and Rachel up­set 2016 run­ners-up Rachael Grin­ham and Donna Urquhart of Australia, 11-10, 9-11, 11-8 in a Group C match.

“Rachel and I had a good day 1!” Ni­col posted on Twit­ter af­ter beat­ing the third-seeded Aus­tralian pair.

Vic­tory over an­other Aus­tralian pair, Sarah Card­well and Chris­tine Nunn, in a late match yes­ter­day would se­cure a berth in the quar­ter-fi­nals for Ni­col and Rachel, who were paired off with next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games in mind.

But Nafi­izwan Ad­nan and Ivan Yuen are out of the run­ning to reach the men’s dou­bles quar­ter­fi­nals af­ter suf­fer­ing two de­feats in Group A on Tues­day.

Piedro Sch­weert­man and Ben­nett up­set the Malaysians 11-7, 111, 11-7 be­fore de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Alan Clyne and Greg Lob­ban of Scot­land scored an 11-3, 118 win over Nafi­izwan-Ivan.

The same fate be­fell Ng Eain Yow and Syafiq Ka­mal, who will also team up for the Sea Games, in Group C.

Eng­land’s Tom Richards and Daryl Selby won 11-7, 11-4 over Eain Yow-Syafiq, who then lost 411, 11-6, 11-7 to Colom­bians An­dres Her­era and Juan Camilo Var­gas.

Rachel Arnold

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