Knight, King lose out in squash mixed doubles

IAN ANDERSON IN GLASGOW
Last updated 03:32 03/08/2014
Martin Knight and Joelle King
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DOUBLES TROUBLE: Martin Knight plays a stroke, as team-mate Joelle King watches from behind, against England's Peter Barker and Alison Waters in their mixed doubles semifinal.

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When Alison Waters last met Joelle King, she left the court distraught.

There were contrasting emotions today from the Englishwoman today though as a beaming smile marked the 11-3 11-6 victory by her and mixed doubles partner Peter Barker over New Zealand's King and Martin Knight.

That meant the Kiwis will play for bronze instead of gold on the last day of the Commonwealth Games.

King beat Waters in the bronze medal match in the women's singles earlier this week but revenge was relatively swift as King and Knight, who won silver in the same event in Delhi four years ago, rarely looked like giving themselves the chance of bettering or equalling that.

"All credit to them, they played pretty impressive squash today," King acknowledged.

"They didn't make many errors, and they sort of exposed us in certain areas of the court that we never combatted.

"They kept the ball pretty much away from me, to not let me get settled. I like to see a lot of ball and they'd just whip it over every now and then."

The left-hander Barker and right-handed Waters proved a potent duo for the two right-handed New Zealanders, as Knight was regularly forced onto backhand duties on the left side of the court.

A string of mistakes from Knight and King didn't help their cause as the first set lasted just nine minutes.

They showed plenty of fight in the second and were tied at 5-5 before some quality shot-making from the English duo gave them the win.

"They did a really good job of keeping Martin honest and pinned and on the backhand side," King said in explaining her rivals' tactics.

"He [Barker] likes to come over and help me out and take some ball, and he never really got an opportunity to do that.

"They executed their game plan pretty well. Pete's a top-10 player and he's got some really nice holds, and that upset our rhythm, slowing us down."

The Kiwis will meet Australia's Cameron Pilley and Casey Brown in the playoff for third tonight at 10.30pm (NZ time).

"It wasn't a good day at the office, but we'll be back tomorrow to fight for the bronze," King said.

"In the semifinal of the singles I lost, and had to come back the next day and turned it around."

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