Doubles Off to a Fine Start

Team England’s two women’s doubles pairs both made winning starts to their campaigns for Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow last night.

Favourites Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf, silver medalists four years ago, beat Papua New Guinea’s Eli Webb and Lynette Vai 11-4, 11-5 in just 12 minutes in Pool A, while third seeds Emma Beddoes and Alison Waters defeated Scotland’s Alex Clark and Frania Gillen-Buchert 11-8, 11-10 in 32 minutes in Pool C.

Massaro was happy to have an evening match after losing the singles final to world no.1 Nicol David on Monday.

“Obviously this morning I was a little bit disappointed when I woke up, but luckily our match was this evening and we’ve been raring to go with the doubles for a while now,” said the 30-year-old Lancastrian.

“It’s nice that it was in the evening so that I could have the day to chill out, get that match out of my system and come down fresh and ready to go.

“We’re really excited to get going. It’s a bit of an honour to be seeded and we just want to live up to our billing.”

Beddoes, who was making her Games debut, was thrilled to finally take to the court.

“It’s without a doubt a highlight of my career," she said. "Obviously we don’t have the Olympics, so it is our pinnacle. Everyone wants a gold medal here.
“It’s just brilliant. I’m really happy to be here and I just want to be able to get out there again. This is why I play sport, for these big occasions."

However, the Leeds-based 28-year-old felt there was room for improvement on her performance.

“I probably wasn’t at a hundred per cent, but it’s the first match of a tournament and it always takes a while to get into the groove – and we were playing a home team on their home courts," Beddoes said.

“We certainly didn’t take them lightly and it was a tough battle."

Meanwhile in the men’s doubles, defending champions Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant recorded their second successive Pool A victory with a 15-minute win over Guyana’s Alexander Arjoon and Sunil Seth 11-5, 11-5.

Third seeds Daryl Selby and James Willstrop also notched their second consecutive Pool C success, beating Zambia’s Mwinga Lengwe and Kelvin Ndhlovu 11-3, 11-6 in 21 minutes.

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