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Published: Wednesday July 30, 2014 MYT 10:28:00 PM
Updated: Thursday July 31, 2014 MYT 10:17:40 AM

Dipika-Joshna gun down Nicol-Wee Wern in doubles (updated)

Nicol David and Low Wee Wern (in purple) in filepic whilst taking on India's Dipika Pallikal-Joshna Chinappa.

Nicol David and Low Wee Wern (in purple) in filepic whilst taking on India's Dipika Pallikal-Joshna Chinappa.

GLASGOW: India’s Dipika Pallikal-Joshna Chinappa delivered a shocker by beating fourth seeds Nicol David-Low Wee Wern in the women’s doubles squash competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Malaysian pair, who defeated Megan Craig-Kylie Lindsay of New Zealand 7-11, 11-10, 11-6 in the first match of Group D on Tuesday, lost 8-11, 5-11 in 17 minutes to the fifth-seeded Indian pair at the Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Nicol-Wee Wern however still qualified for the quarter-finals after beating Sri Lanka’s Mihilita Methsarani-Nadindhi Udangawa 11-2, 11-2, in their last group match to finish runners-up in the group.

Nicol, who won the individual title on Monday, admitted that Dipika-Joshna were tough opponents and very experienced “as they have been playing together for some time now”.

“Wee Wern and I only play together when I’m back in Malaysia,” said Nicol, who is based in Amsterdam while Wee Wern trains in Penang.

“Playing in the doubles is totally different from playing in the singles. I’m still trying to get into the groove of playing in the doubles.

“We can still qualify for the quarter-finals as group runners-up but we will have to beat the Sri Lankans first.

“Unfortunately, the defeat to the Indians means we will not get a favourable draw for the quarter-finals,” added Nicol, who won a silver and a bronze in the mixed doubles in the 2002 Manchester and 2010 New Delhi Games.

Meanwhile the second Malaysian pair of Rachel Arnold-Vanessa Raj failed to qualify for the last eight after they lost their second Group B losing to Lisa Camilleri-Donna Urquhart 11-4, 11-6.

The Malaysian men's doubles pair of Ivan Yuen-Valentino Bong Bon Jovi also advanced into the quarter-finals by winning their second group match against James Bentick-Kevin Hannaway of St. Vince and Grenadines 11-4, 11-6.

The Malaysian mixed pairs of Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan-Delia Arnold and Valentino-Rachel lost their respective matches.

Eighth seeds Nafiizwan-Delia, who beat Daniel Murphy-Eilidh Bridgeman of Cayman Islands 11-5, 11-3 on Tuesday, were stunned by ninth seeds Alan Clyne-Frania Gillen Buchert of Scotland 8-11, 10-11 in Group H.

But Nafiizwan-Delia can still reach the last eight if they beat Suari Madako Junior-Lynette Vai of Papua New Guinea on Thursday.

Top seeds Cameroon Pilley-Kasey Brown of Australia had no problem beating Valentino-Rachel 11-5, 11-5 in a Group A match.

However, the Malaysian pair still have a fighting chance to reach the quarter-finals – by beating Guyana’s Alexander Arjoon-Nicolette Fernandes.

Tags / Keywords: Sport, Sport Others, squash, Commonwealth Games, Nicol David-Low Wee Wern, Dipika Pallikal-Joshna Chinappa

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