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Squash preview - 26 July


Englandís Chris Walker will play Jamaicaís Wayne Prescod in the opening squash match of the Manchester Commonwealth Games, in full view of Her Majesty The Queen who is visiting the Squash Centre on Friday. She will watch the match for 10 minutes, starting at 11:30.

David Evans

Wales' David Evans will be hoping to progress

Tenth-seeded Walker is expected to beat his little-known rival, but realises that he must treat his opponent with respect.

Essex-born and now residing in the USA, Walker has just returned from a six-month lay-off from international squash and is relishing the prospect of a potential clash with seventh-seeded Scotsman Martin Heath in the last 16.

The top nine seeded menís players have received byes for the opening round on Friday, although there is no such luck for the 11th-seeded Welshman Alex Gough. He must face the Zimbabwean Murray Martin on court one.

In the bottom half of the menís draw, the 12th seed Paul Price, from Australia, will face Papua New Guineaís Derek Hunter.

Former world No 3 David Evans (WAL) is a past British Open champion and lines up against B K Taoana, from Lesotho.

Now ranked 15th in the latest Dunlop PSA Menís World Squash rankings, 27-year-old EVANS faces a potential clash with two-times national champion Lee Beachill (ENG) in the last 16 and a possible quarter-final against the in-form Canadian Jonathon Power.

Pakistanís Mansoor Zaman, ranked 22 in the world and seeded at 14, is drawn to face the outsider Regan Pollard (GUY).

There are no matches scheduled in the womenís competition on Friday. Their competition starts on Saturday morning, when 15th seed Wendy Maitland (SCO) takes on the former international Robyn Cooper (AUS) on court two at 11:00.

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