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Commonwealth Games: David advances in squash doubles despite loss

Women's squash singles champion Nicol David was beaten for the first time in Glasgow but she and women's doubles partner Low Wee Wee still progressed to the quarter-finals.

GLASGOW: Women's squash singles champion Nicol David was beaten for the first time in Glasgow but she and women's doubles partner Low Wee Wee still progressed to the quarter-finals.

The Malaysian pair's participation in the competition was in doubt after they were beaten 11-8, 11-5 in 17 minutes by Indian pair Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa in their second pool game. But David and Low, the fourth seeds, responded by seeing off the threat of Sri Lankans Mihiliya Methsarani and Nadindhi Ugangaw 11-2, 11-2 in just nine minutes.

"You just know the doubles is anyone's game but we have to learn from our defeat," said David. "We have to be really confident from the start."

Next up for David and Low are English pair Emma Beddoes and Alison Waters, the third seeds, who won all three games with number six seeds Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy of New Zealand also qualifying from Pool C.

On a day when the pools matches in the men's and women's doubles were completed, there were no major surprises with the elite players all progressing. Top seeds Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro won both their matches on Wednesday and all three in total to safely make it through to the quarter-finals where they will face Australians Lisa Camilleri and Donna Urquhart.

Massaro, who won silver in the singles, insists she is not feeling the effects of a gruelling week. "I feel fine physically," she said. "We were all just saying we would like another match on there really because it's so different.

"But I think it's really going to suit us because when we are severe with our hitting then we're quite accurate and I think other teams will struggle with that. That court is going to suit us because it's definitely more dead and we are a lot more used to playing on the glass individually than a lot other people so that would definitely work in our favour."

Second seeds Kasey Brown and Rachael Grinham won Pool B while Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa won Pool D. In the men's doubles, singles champion Nick Matthew and partner Adrian Grant won all three matches. For Matthew, who injured his knee before the Games, it is a case of refreshing his game plan with his partner with whom he won the doubles title with in Delhi.

"We've not obviously had as much time with my involvement in the singles and also the injury before to practise but five years this partnership has been together so it's not just been the last five months which is good so it's just a case of refreshing," he said.

"We need to have some practice sessions and look at our stats now with the other players. Today was really nice fun it's like the calm before the storm. I think we've had plenty preparation we've got confidence as a pair and that's always going to be there."

David Palmer and Cameron Pilley of Australia, the second seeds, and English duo James Willstrop and Daryl Selby also cruised into the knockout stages. The mixed doubles pool stage will be completed on Thursday but the top seeds have won all their matches so far, with the highlight of Wednesday being home favourites Alan Clyne and Frania Gillen-Buchert winning on a sudden death final point to beat Malaysians Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Delia Arnold.

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