Commonwealth Games: Nicol David fails to win squash medal

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  • Monday, 20 Mar 2006

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - World No. 1 Nicol David came to Melbourne with high hopes of winning a Commonwealth Games squash gold medal for Malaysia. 

She'll leave without a singles medal. 

A day after losing a marathon, 80-minute semifinal to Australia's Natalie Grinham, David lost the bronze-medal match 5-9, 9-6, 9-5, 9-2 to New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen on Monday. 

"Yesterday really took it out of me and to come back and play my best was difficult,'' said David, winner of last year's British Open and World Open. 

In the men's bronze-medal match, Lee Beachill beat fellow Englishman Nick Matthew 9-3, 9-7, 9-3. 

Kitchen had to earn the bronze medal this time.  

Both losing semifinalists were awarded bronze in singles events at Manchester four years ago. 

"I was complaining about having to play today,'' she said. 

"To win, it's just amazing. I can't believe it actually ... it feels like I've won a gold medal. I know it's bronze but I still feel great.'' 

Australian sisters Natalie and Rachael Grinham meet in the women's final later Monday, while Peter Nicol of England played David Palmer of Australia in the men's gold medal final. 

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