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Commonwealth Games: David loses in doubles quarter-finals

Women's squash singles champion Nicol David's Commonwealth Games is over after she and doubles partner Low Wee Wern were knocked out by Alison Waters and Emma Beddoes of England at the quarter-final stage.

GLASGOW: Women's squash singles champion Nicol David's Commonwealth Games is over after she and doubles partner Low Wee Wern were knocked out by Alison Waters and Emma Beddoes of England at the quarter-final stage. The Malaysian pair, beaten in one of their pool matches by Indian's Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa, fell to a narrow 11-10, 11-8 loss to the third seeds.

David, so dominant in the singles, knows the doubles is a different event entirely but was philosophical with September's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea the next big event on the horizon.

"It was close, the first game could have gone either way," said the 30-year-old. "It's just a shame we lost the first game and couldn't turn it around. The singles is always preferable to the doubles as we play that all year round and not just every four years. To win the gold was great but I wish I could have done for Wee Wern as a partner. I have a few more tournaments in Malaysia and Hong Kong and after that we will think about the Asian Games. It's quite a cool stretch."

Victory for Beddoes and Waters means that England are now guaranteed at least a silver medal in the women's doubles after top seeds Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf reached the semi-finals with a routine 11-7, 11-4 win over Australia's Lisa Camilleri and Donna Urquhart.

"You can't underestimate Nicol," said Beddoes. "She's done everything in squash, especially in big match occasions, and we certainly did not underestimate. We did well to come back from a game ball down to win it on sudden death."

In the other quarter-finals later on Thursday, New Zealand's Joelle King and Amdanda Landers-Murphy face Indians Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa.

The winner of that will face the team that wins the match between Australia's second seeds Rachael Grinham and Kasey Brown.

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