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Jonathon powers into squash semis


Canadian world number 2 Jonathon Power had to work hard to dispose of a brave challenge from Englandís Lee Beachill and set up a semi-final against world number 4 Stewart Boswell (AUS).

Jonathon Power

Power: into the semi final

Beachill took the match to the defending Commonwealth Games silver medallist and won the opening game 9-3, as the flamboyant Power became embroiled in heated discussions with the referee.

The Canadian hit back with a 9-0 drubbing in the second and won the third 9-7, after Beachill had come from 1-3 down to tie the game at 7-7. Despite two cautions for time-wasting and dissent and a three-minute time-out for an injured toe, Power went on to win a thrilling fourth game 9-4.

Australia is guaranteed a bronze medal after fourth seed Boswell beat team-mate Paul Price 6-9, 9-4, 9-4, 9-2 in an ill-tempered contest, the success marking Boswellís fourth successive win against his Melbourne-based rival.

World number 2 Carol Owens (NZL) struggled to overcome Englandís Tania Bailey in the opening game of their semi-final encounter and Stamford-based Bailey - who beat OWENS in the quarter-finals of the British Open at this same venue back in April - served for the opening game at 9-8.

But Auckland-based Owens struck back almost immediately and clinched the opener 10-9 in 24 minutes. It was one-way traffic from then on as the 30-year-old stamped her authority on proceedings in less than 12 minutes to close out the match 9-0, 9-1 and gain revenge for her defeat earlier in the season.

Her opponent in the semi-finals will be world number 3 Cassie Jackman, who overcame a determined challenge from England team mate Linda Charman, and guaranteed at least a bronze medal for the host nation.

Jackman took the first game 9-2, but Charman hit back 9-1 in the second, only to fall behind again 9-1 in the third. As the pressure intensified in the humid conditions, Charman earned a code of conduct warning for dissent on her way to winning the fourth game 9-7. Several heated exchanges with referee Bruce Kettle followed, but Jackman held on to win 9-2 in the fifth game.

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