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The Queen watches Walker’s opening win

26 July 2002

Her Majesty The Queen attended the opening match of the squash tournament and witnessed English veteran and 10th seed Chris Walker cruise into the second round by beating Jamaica’s Wayne Prescod 9-0, 9-5, 9-2.


The state-of-the-art squash courts saw their first Commonwealth action

Walker, a former world number four and now ranked 12th in the world, was never troubled by the relatively-unknown Jamaican. He will now meet the winner of the Gareth Webber (GUE) and Robby Lingashi (ZAM) clash in the second round on Saturday.

“It’s great to win,” said 35-year-old Walker. “I suppose this was a one-off seeing the Queen at a squash match. Before the game she asked me if I had played on the court before and I told her I had. Then she joked that I had been practising. I had been to the palace before for a garden party and I think she remembered me from there.”

Prescod, who had carried the Jubilee Baton in his native Jamaica prior to the Games, was delighted to meet the Queen before the match.

“It was a great occasion, a real privilege,” said Prescod, who rallied midway through the second game, but was never a match for the former England captain.

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