David Palmer, Rachael Grinham make history at CWG Games
Glasgow: David Palmer and Rachael Grinham became the most successful Commonwealth Games squash players of all time after they upset top seeded Australian compatriots Cameron Pilley and Kasey Brown to make the final of the mixed doubles in Glasgow on Saturday.
The pair each had six medals before the tournament began and are now guaranteed a silver or gold apiece after Pilley and Brown were seen off 11-7, 11-4 in just 29 minutes.
Grinham, who plays a bronze medal match with Brown on Saturday afternoon in the women`s doubles against Emma Beddoes and Alison Waters, later admitted she was not even aware that history had been made.
"Really? Is that true? Wow! I never knew, no-one told me," she said.
"I have still got the women`s bronze medal match this afternoon to play. But that is exciting.
"I think Rachael`s dominance was the real standout today," said Palmer.
"I thought she played perfectly today, she really dominated. Obviously the girls had most of the balls and she really dominated on the forehand side there.
"It`s hard playing your other teammates, I played with Pilley and Rachael plays with Kasey so it`s always a little bit of a sombre win.
"We`re happy but disappointed for them as well and it`s a shame we ended up in the same half of the draw. It would have been nice it that was a final match, but we had to get on there and do our job."
"You know it`s going to be fair and there`s going to be no issues, we`re good friends so that`s the easy part, we know each other`s game.
"We practised a lot and we`ve been preparing for this for the last 12 months. We`ve done numerous camps around the world getting ready, so they know our game and we know theirs. It`s just a matter of what happens on the day." Defending champions and top seeds Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant were given a tough opening game in their Anglo-Scottish semi-final but came back from 7-5 down to win the match 11-7, 11-2.
Later on Saturday, Dipika Pallikal and Joshanna Chinappa, already assured Indian`s first ever squash Commonwealth games medal, will look to go one stage further when they take on top seeds from England Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro in the women`s doubles.