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English pair in squash walkover win

31 July 2002

The National Squash Centre was host to a morning display of squash with all the seeded pairs in action winning comfortably.

Mark Chaloner

Chaloner had an easy morning with a walkover win

The men's doubles will be whittled down to the last 16 for the knockout phase which begins on Friday, whilst the knockout stages of the mixed doubles begin with the quarter-finals on Saturday.

England's Mark Chaloner and team-mate Paul Johnson, the No 2 seeds, were handed a walkover win in pool B against Keabetsoe and Lentsoe Monnapula Lesotho after Lentsoe pulled out with an elbow injury.

In pool F, Canadians Shahier Razik and Graham Ryding made light work of the second Lesotho pairing of Baitsi Motsamai and B K Taoana, despatching them 15-5, 15-3 in a mere 16 minutes.

New Zealand's Leilani Rorani and Glen Wilson, seeded eight in the mixed doubles, began their campaign with a convincing 15-5,15-3 win over Guyana's Luke Fraser and Nicolette Fernandes in pool A.

Rorani commented: "Where some teams might become unstuck is when they might not know each other's games and they might not know who can retrieve what and they might go for the same ball up front."

"They may not have established already who will take the front game. There is a need to for the games to gel."

Team-mate Glen Wilson added: "That was pretty easy really. There is a fear of playing too much doubles. The doubles games generally go on a lot longer than singles matches so when you train for doubles you don't train for weeks on end and kill ourselves for the doubles."

"It's more of a mental game."

Over on show court one, Kelvin Ho and Sharon Wee of Malaysia became embroiled in an interesting tussle with Scott Fitzgerald and Katrina Hogan of Wales, eventually winning 15-7, 15-11 in the second pool A match.

Seventh seeds Joe Kneipp and Robyn Cooper of Australia cruised through their opening pool B game against Jamaica's Marlene West and James Bullock, taking just seven minutes to win 15-0. They were made to work harder in the second game but ran out comfortable winners.

The opening men's doubles pool C match was an all-African affair between the Kenyan brothers Rajdeep and Hartaj Bains and Patrick Chifunda and Ernest Chisenga of Zambia. The Zambians won a marathon contest 17-16, 11-15, 15-10.

Scotland's Wendy Maitland and Neil Frankland won the final mixed doubles pool D match of the session 15-5, 15-1 against Wayne Prescod and women's singles Plate finalist Karen Anderson of Jamaica.

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