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First squash session comes to an end

26 July 2002

England’s Chris Walker was the star of the opening session of the men’s squash tournament, the 10th seed comfortably beating Jamaica’s Wayne Prescod 9-0, 9-4, 9-2 to move into the second round on Saturday.

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His show court match was televised live on BBC TV and part of it was watched by Her Majesty the Queen. Walker aces Guernsey’s Gareth Webber in round two. Webber took 47 minutes to overcome the Zambian Masambo Selisho in four games.

Welsh No 1 and 11th seeded Alex Gough was never troubled against the Zimbabwean Murray Martin. Gough, a bronze medallist in Kuala Lumpur four years ago, and dropped only three points in a 9-0, 9-0, 9-3 canter into the second round. He will now face Canada’s Shahier Razik, a 9-4, 9-1, 9-6 winner over the Kenyan Rajdeep BAINS.

Bermuda’s Nicolas Kyme, the winner of the Mark Talbott Fair Play award two years ago, coasted past Damien Tam (PNG) 9-3, 9-0, 9-3 to set up a second round clash with Peter Nicol, England’s world No 1 and defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Welshman Gavin Jones cruised past the little known Baitsi Motsamai in a mere 17 minutes, without the Lesotho player managing to score a single point. He now faces Scotland’s world No 9 and seventh seed Martin Heath in the second round.

India’s Ritwik Bhattacharya set up a mouth-watering clash with world No 3 David Palmer (AUS) by disposing of Gabe Rabess 9-1, 9-0, 9-5.

RABESS will now be able to concentrate on the table tennis tournament for which he is also registered to compete for Dominica.

Both Canada’s Graham Ryding and Pakistan’s Farrukh Zaman were first round winners and will now meet in the second round.

Other first round victors were Sri Lanka’s Saman Thilakarathna and 14th seed Mansoor Zaman (PAK). Thilakarathna now faces ninth-seed Anthony Ricketts (AUS) on Saturday.

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