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Squash preview Ė 2 August


Fridayís action again focuses on the menís, womenís and mixed doubles competitions, with the womenís section reaching the quarter-final stages.

Leilani Rorani

Rorani goes in the women's doubles

The menís category reaches the last 16 knockout matches.

The final morning pool matches in the menís and womenís sections will finalise the order for the respective last 16 and quarter-final line-ups.

The pick of the early womenís pool stage matches is the mouth-watering prospect of fourth seeds Linda Charman and Fiona Geaves of England taking on the fifth seeds Leilani Rorani and Carol Owens from New Zealand on show court one in pool D - the contest pitting four of the worldís top 10 singles players against each other on one court.

Another England-New Zealand clash sees Tania Bailey and Cassie Jackman up against Lara Petera and Shelley Kitchen in pool C.

Australian menís doubles top seeds David Palmer and Paul Price kick off the morningís action on court six with a potential banana skin match against the highly-rated Pakistani duo Farrukh Zaman and Shamsul Islam Khan.

Defending Commonwealth Games menís doubles gold medallists and second seeds, Mark Chaloner and Paul Johnson, take on the Welsh pairing of Gavin Jones and Scott Fitzgerald, as they bid to retain the gold medal they won in Kuala Lumpur four years ago.

Womenís doubles top seeds Rachael and Natalie Grinham take on Katrina Hogan and Karen Hargreaves.

In the final mixed doubles pool stage matches, English top seeds Fiona Geaves and Chris Walker will hope to keep up their unbeaten run against their toughest opponents of the competition so far, the New Zealanders Leilani Rorani and Glen Wilson.

Upon completion of the pool matches, the womenís quarter-finals begin at 18.00. The eveningís action also sees the start of the menís last 16 matches.

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