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Commonwealth Games: David to face Massaro for squash gold

Malaysia's Nicol David will face England's Laura Massaro in the final of the Commonwealth Games women's squash event, while Nick Matthew tackles fellow Englishman James Willstrop for the men's gold.

GLASGOW: Malaysia's Nicol David will face England's Laura Massaro in the final of the Commonwealth Games women's squash event, while Nick Matthew tackles fellow Englishman James Willstrop for the men's gold.

Reigning champion and world number one David beat New Zealand's Joelle King in three games and she comes up against world champion Massaro, who beat fellow Englishwoman Alison Waters in four games.

The men's top seed Matthew beat England's Peter Barker in three games and he next tackles Willstrop, who beat India's Saurav Ghosal 3-0, as he looks to retain his Commonwealth title.

David secured her place in the final with an 11-6, 11-8 11-5 win over King, who is ranked fourth in the world.

But despite being world number one for eight years, David, speaking before Massaro won her semi-final, was taking nothing for granted.

She said: "It's great, I played really well to beat Joelle. She was really playing very determinedly, and she's very confident when she gets the chance.

"She was leading in the second game and I knew I would have to work really hard to take the confidence away from her and get the control and momentum on my side. It was a tough battle.

"I had to dig deep and fight to get through the valleys. I had to be sharp and I was really pleased to win 3-0 because it could have gone either way."

Massaro succeeded David as world champion in March but David beat Massaro in the British Open in May.

After a tough battle against Waters, which even saw her being shoved into the wall in the third game, Massaro insists her recent defeat to David is more significant.

"I'm playing a completely different opponent. I didn't play Nicol in the Worlds as she lost in the semi-finals so it's more comparable to the British Open a few months ago," she said.

"It's still quite fresh in my mind and I can try to address some of those things I learned from that match."

Second seed Willstrop is delighted to have made the final after fearing he was facing a lengthy lay-off with a hip injury six weeks ago.

He beat Ghosal, who had gone to five sets in his previous two matches, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 to earn his place in the final.

Matthew underwent knee surgery in June and has been pleased with his own progress.

Willstrop said: "I was crying into a bowl of soup six weeks ago. There have been a few difficult times, to be honest."

Matthew feels ready for the final.

"I couldn't have dreamt of feeling this good a couple of weeks ago. I'm delighted but conscious that the job is not done yet. There's still a long way to go with lots of tough squash to be played."

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