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Nicol cruises through second round

27 July 2002

World no 1 and defending Commonwealth gold medallist Peter Nicol (ENG) cruised effortlessly into the third round of the Men’s Singles.


He beat Bermuda’s Nicholas Kyme 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 in just 19 minutes.

Nicol said: “It was quite exciting and I feel good. It was another new experience and it will help me as the tournament progresses.”

World no 3 David Palmer (AUS) eventually romped to victory over India’s No 1 Ritwik Bhattacharya, 9-6, 9-2, 9-5 and now faces the Welsh 11th seed Alex Gough on Sunday. Palmer, the former world No 1, trailed 0-3 in the opening game before stepping up a gear to win in 41 minutes.

World no 11 Anthony Ricketts (AUS) was never troubled by the Sri Lankan Saman Thilakarathna on outside court seven, the Brisbane player winning 9-4, 9-1, 9-0 to set up a fascinating duel with Nicol.

Malaysia’s medal hope and world no 8 Ong Beng Hee disposed of Scotland’s Neil Frankland in three games to set up a last 16 clash with Canada’s Graham Ryding, who upset Pakistan’s Farrukh Zaman 9-7, 4-9, 4-9, 9-5, 9-1 in a 68-minute marathon.

Former England captain and 10th seed Chris Walker now faces Scotland’s seventh seed Martin Heath after disposing of Guernsey’s Gareth Webber 9-2, 9-1, 9-0. Heath overcame a stubborn challenge from Welshman Gavin Jones 9-2, 9-5, 9-2 in the last match of the session.

In the women’s section, the top seeds were given a bye through the opening round, but eighth-seeded Australian Rachael Grinham made light work of four-times Jamaican champion Karen Anderson to set up a Sunday clash with Scotland’s Pamela Nimmo, Grinham winning 9-0, 9-1, 9-4.

Grinham said of her opening round win against Anderson (JAM): “I wasn’t expecting it to be easy and my opponent played better than I expected. Looking to the future I’m seeded to get through to the quarter-finals against Leilani Rorani, who has been injured for a long time, so that should be a little easier for me.”

Nimmo cruised past Papua New Guinea’s Naluge Guy, dropping only a single point in the first game. She is joined in the last 16 by Malaysia’s Sharon Wee, a 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 winner over Alana Simmons (LCA). 14th seed Wee now meets the world No 1 Sara Fitz-Gerald (AUS) in Sunday’s second round.

World no 16 Nicol David (MAS) disposed of St Lucia’s Lindy-Ann Alexander with the loss of just two points and set up a mouth-watering clash with the former world no 1 Leilani Rorani (NZL), who is seeded at four and recovering from a serious achilles tendon injury.

David said: “It was an amazing game and I am happy with my performance. It is exciting to play on one of the main show courts and it gives me great encouragement to do well.”

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