Squash at the Commonwealth Games: Day Two Preview

After yesterday’s thrilling opening round, the seeded players enter the fray today for round two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

After receiving a bye in round one, women’s top seed Joelle King of New Zealand goes straight into the action. She plays in the day’s first match on the show court at 12:00 (GMT+1). King will be aiming to add to her impressive tally of six Commonwealth Games medals and is the defending women’s singles and doubles champion.

Facing King will be 17-year-old Leungo Katse, who beat Ulema Chisenga of Zambia 3-0 yesterday.

Men’s top seed and World No.2 Paul Coll, a beaten finalist in 2018, immediately follows King as he takes on Niall Engerer, who came through a tough Maltese derby yesterday.

James Willstrop of England (right) celebrates after beating New Zealand’s Paul Coll (left) to win gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Singles event

For the home fans, there is plenty to look forward to after all the English players received a bye in round one. Six English players are involved today, including defending men’s champion James Willstrop, who is up against Gibraltar’s Christian Navas on the show court at 18:30.

The 38-year-old will be joined on the show court by compatriot and women’s No.2 seed Sarah-Jane Perry. Perry, a Birmingham native and runner up in 2018, plays Jade Pitcairn of the Cayman Islands at 19:15.

Elsewhere for the hosts, 5/8 seed Lucy Turmel plays Papua New Guinea’s Amity Alarcos at 12:00, 5/8 seed Adrian Waller faces the Cayman Islands’ Jake Kelly at 12:30, 3/4 seed Patrick Rooney takes on Kelly’s compatriot Julian Jervis at 18:30, and 3/4 seed Georgina Kennedy goes up against Sri Lanka’s Yeheni Kuruppu at 19:15.

14-year-old Anahat Singh, of India, put on a statement performance yesterday.

Also involved today is Indian teen star Anahat Singh. Singh, who is just 14 years old, beat Jada Ross of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0 yesterday, but today faces the daunting prospect of talented Welsh World No.19 and 5/8 seed Emily Whitlock.

Five of Singh’s compatriots are involved today, including Indian men’s No.1 and 3/4 seed Saurav Ghosal. The 35-year-old plays Sri Lanka’s Shamil Wakeel – who put in one of the performances of the day yesterday to come from two games down to beat Jamaica’s Shawn Simpson – and will be hoping for redemption after a shock round two loss in 2018.

Ghosal’s tormentor in Gold Coast, Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie, who recovered from two games down to stun the Indian four years ago, is also involved again today. The 33-year-old, competing in his fifth Commonwealth Games, beat Ghana’s Evans Ayih yesterday and is playing Ramit Tandon for a place in the last 16.

Rachael Grinham was Australia’s flagbearer at this year’s opening ceremony.

Despite the considerable experience of the likes of Willstrop, Ghosal and Binnie, they are all trumped by that of Australia’s Rachael Grinham in the women’s draw. Grinham, 45, has competed at six Commonwealth Games across singles and doubles, including at squash’s Commonwealth Games debut in 1998.

Grinham, who has eight Commonwealth Games medals, plays 9/16 seed Donna Lobban in an all-Australian affair on the show court at 18:00. While the pair share a 5-5 head-to-head record, Lobban will take confidence from a run of three successive wins.

Viewers around the world can watch squash’s show court action at the 2022 Commonwealth Games live. Click here for a list of broadcasters by country.

Click here for the full schedule and live results as they happen.

Stats kindly provided by Squash Info.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Round Two – Men’s Draw
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) v Niall Engerer (MLT)
Emyr Evans (WAL) v [9/16] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
[9/16] Ramit Tandon (IND)  v Christopher Binnie (JAM)
Jake Kelly (CAY) v [5/8] Adrian Waller (ENG)
[5/8] Greg Lobban (SCO) v Ravindu Laksiri (SRI)
Rhys Dowling (AUS) v [9/16] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
[9/16] David Baillargeon (CAN) v Peter Creed (WAL)
Shamil Wakeel (SRI) v [3/4] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[3/4] Patrick Rooney (ENG) v Julian Jervis (CAY)
Temwa Chileshe (NZL) v [9/16] Rory Stewart (SCO)
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) v [9/16] Tayyab Aslam (PAK)
Christian Navas (GIB) v [5/8] James Willstrop (ENG)
[5/8] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v Jason-Ray Khalil (GUY)
Nick Sachvie (CAN) v [9/16] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL)
Abhay Singh (IND) v [9/16] Alan Clyne (SCO)
Mike Kawooya (UGA) v [2] Joel Makin (WAL)

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Round Two – Women’s Draw
[1] Joelle King (NZL) v Leungo Katse (BOT)
[9/16] Georgia Adderley (SCO) v Emma Keane (BER)
Collette Sultana (MLT) v [9/16] Jess Turnbull (AUS)
Amity Alarcos (PNG) v [5/8] Lucy Turmel (ENG)
[5/8] Hollie Naughton (CAN) v Lijana Sultana (MLT)
[9/16] Aifa Azman (MAS) v Sunayna Kuruvilla (IND)
Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) v Mary Fung-a-Fat (GUY)
Meagan Best (BAR) v [3/4] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[3/4] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) v Yeheni Kuruppu (SRI)
[9/16] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) v Chanithma Sinaly (SRI)
Amna Fayyaz (PAK) v [9/16] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
Amanda Haywood (BAR) v [5/8] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[5/8] Emily Whitlock (WAL) v Anahat Singh (AUS)
[9/16] Donna Lobban (AUS) v Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Faiza Zafar (PAK) v [9/16] Chan Yiwen (MAS)
Jade Pitcairn (CAY) v [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

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