Gold Coast 2018: Nafiizwan stuns Commonwealth Games champion

By Seng Foo 7 April 2018 111
Gold Coast 2018: Nafiizwan stuns Commonwealth Games champion
Malaysian squash player Nafiizwan Adnan advanced to the men's singles semi-finals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the expense of defending champion Nick Matthew on Saturday.

The victory did not come easy, as the 31-year-old needed five sets and 81 minutes to overcome the Englishman, who won gold at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014, beating him 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6.

"The key to my victory today was that I did not look at him as a legend [that he is]," he told Astro Arena.

"For me, he is my idol and has won the World Championships many times [but] today I told myself to be myself, use my strengths and cover my weaknesses.

"This is the biggest victory in my life. I have always wanted to win a Commonwealth Games medal and give it as a gift for Malaysia and my parents."

Nafiizwan will next face England's James Willstop, currently ranked no.14 in the world, tomorrow.

Squash queen Nicol David, who is gunning for her third straight gold medal, also progressed to the semi-finals in the women's singles event, beating England's Alison Waters.

After losing the first two sets 7-11, 11-13, she took the remaining sets 11-9, 11-9, 12-10.

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