Nicol & Greg take World Games Gold

Sun 4th Aug, Day THREE

The 2013 edition of the World Games in Cali came to an end with one repeat and one new champion.

In a repeat of the 2009 women’s final in Taipai, Malaysia’s Nicol David made three World Games Gold medals in a row as she beat Natalie Grinham in straight games.

Top seed Gregory Gaultier came from a game down to beat Germany’ Simon Rosner to make it a first-ever World Games Gold for France.

Women’s Final:
[1] Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 [3] Natalie Grinham (Ned)      11/6, 11/9, 11/8

Men’s Final :
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 
3-1 [3] Simon Rosner (Ger)        9/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/4

Women’s Bronze:   [4] Camille Serme (Fra) bt [2] Low Wee Wern (Mas) 11/8, 11/4, 11/4
Men’s Bronze:        [6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)  bt  [2] Peter Barker (Gbr)    w/o  

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Finals Day in Cali

Major Maniam reporte

What a wonderful day it was. France go home with a rich haul of one gold and one bronze, Malaysia takes home a gold, Netherlands and Germany take silver whilst Colombia takes a Bronze.

The morning started of with the bronze medal play-offs, first up Low Wee Wern against Camille Serme.

The first game started off well with both players playing a steady basic game. As the game progressed so did Camile’s sense of urgency. Her determination got her the first game. The second and third largely dominated by Camille. Depth and width deserted Low today as Camile won in three.

“The first game was alright but after that the ball was just flying past me and I could not control it,” said a disappointed Low.

“I’m so happy to win bronze for my country,” said a very excited Camille Serme.

Peter Barker was scheduled to play Miguel Angel Rodriguez but the Englishman was forced to withdrew due to injury. The crowd was treated to an excellent exhibition match between Miguel and Peruvian youngster Diego Elias. The Colombians were happy to accept their first ever squash medal at the World Games. Miguel addressed the gallery in Spanish saying what an honour it was for him and his country to win the bronze.

The women’s final, a repeat of the last World Games climax in Taipei, was an exciting affair with Natalie Grinham giving Nicol David a good run for her money. The first game was evenly poised up to 4-4 before Nicol raced away to take the lead with some steady squash. Throughout the match Nicol was aggressive whilst Natalie mixed it up with some beautiful lobs and delicate drops, but Nicol was always there to pick them up. Natalie fought hard in every game right to the end, but Nicol prevailed.

“It’s so nice to win a medal at a multi sport event,” said the ever smiling champion on collecting her third straight World Games Gold.

The men’s final between Gregory Gaultier and Simon Rosneer was keenly contested. The first game saw some amazing attacking shots, some unbelievable retrieving by both players and the score line read 10-9 game ball to Simon.

During the final rally a ball is called out and the referee announces 11-9 game to Simon. Gregory appeals in his usual dramatic style. Simon showed what a classy sportsman he is by agreeing to play a let. Gregory acknowledged the great gesture, but nevertheless Simon takes the first game.

In the second game Greg was leading 6-3 and he plays a forehand cross court hitting Simon. Referee calls stroke and Greg says lets play a let. Good sportsmanship by both. The second game goes to Gregory, as Simon is highly error prone.

In the third game Gregory plays a forehand cross court drive from a most difficult angle at the back. Simon looks at him in awe and Greg in jest wiggles his racket indicating that you need to do it with a certain position of the racket. Greg serves and Simon plays a dead nick to the front and returns the same gesture to Greg and the spectators are thoroughly amused.

Two days of hard squash begins to tell on Simon as he loses the next two games. Match and Gold to France.

“I’m so happy to contribute this gold to the total tally of medals to my country,” said the new champion at the end [France finished third in the medal table with 16 Golds and 40 in total].

Medals for the women’s event were presented by Mrs. Susie Simcock, WSF President Emeritus, whilst the men’s medals were presented by M. Jacques Fontaine, WSF representative at this event. Colombian Squash President Pablo Serna gave away the mascots.

It was a Happy Ending for one and all.

Major S Maniam signing off from Cali

Full World Games Squash coverage: www.worldsquash.org/worldgames

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