14 Oct 2010

New Zealand wins squash gold

7:44 am on 14 October 2010

The young New Zealand squash player Joelle King has finished her Commonwealth Games campaign with a gold and a silver medal.

King, the rising star of New Zealand squash, teamed with Jaclyn Hawkes to win the women's doubles - then she and Martin Knight lost a long, tough final of the mixed doubles.

In the women's doubles, King and Hawkes beat the English pairing of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro 11-9, 11-10, after trailing 10-6 in the second game, King and Hawkes peeled off five straight points to seal the match.

King had a short break before the mixed doubles final. They won the first game before losing to Australians Kasey Brown and Cameron Pilley in three.

22-year-old King, who won her first national title last month, says it's an unbelievable result and a moment she'll cherish for the rest of her life.

King was exhausted after playing up to three matches a day for the last 10 days, but says it's worth it.

The Cambridge player has a world ranking of 21st at present, but if she can maintain the standard she showed in Delhi she is a likely top 10 player. After a short stop at home, she has tournaments in Hong Kong and Doha lined up.