Barker Wins Bronze

Essex’s Peter Barker today guaranteed England a second successive clean sweep of the Commonwealth Games men’s singles squash medals by winning the bronze in Glasgow.

The 30-year-old third seed and World No. 8 overcame a stern challenge from India’s Saurav Ghosal, seeded four and ranked 16th, to win 3/1.

Barker, who had never lost to the Indian in five previous meetings including the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, triumphed 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6 in front of Prince Edward.

The left-hander said of the match: "It wasn’t easy. It was very nip-and-tuck. He played well and it was never comfortable, ever.

“I was gutted after the semi-final, but someone had to lose and I woke up today and I was determined to seize that chance of a bronze medal.That was my motivation.”

Gold and silver were assured yesterday with top seed Nick Matthew and second seed James Willstrop reaching today’s final.

Middlesex’s Alison Waters was unable to emulate Barker, her mixed doubles partner, falling to a straight-games loss to New Zealander Joelle King in the women’s singles bronze play-off.

Waters therefore finished fourth for the second consecutive Games, although in Delhi it was injury that denied the 30-year-old world no.6 a chance to bid for bronze against Australian Kasey Brown.

This time it was the world no.4’s excellence as King avenged her Delhi loss to Waters in the last eight and her more recent Allam British Open quarter-final defeat at the English player’s hands with an 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 win.

“I’m very disappointed,” Waters said. "She was just the better player on the day and it just wasn’t to be.

“I’m just really looking forward to the doubles now and I want to put this behind me. We’ve trained lots over the summer and it’s coming together nicely.”

In addition to competing in the mixed with Barker, Waters is partnering Warwickshire’s Emma Beddoes in the women’s.

Barker said of his partnership with Waters: "She’s a good doubles partner. I don’t know my expectations, but hopefully she can carry me a bit!

“We didn’t play in Delhi, but we are seeded four and we are quietly confident we can do well. It’s a very open event.”

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