Gold, silver in Commonwealth Games squash

2:42 am on 10 April 2018

New Zealand's Joelle King has won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games squash, beating England's Sarah-Jane Perry in five games.

Joelle King

Joelle King Photo: 2018 Getty Images

The world number four beat the world number eight 16-14, 11-8, 6-11, 11-13, 11-8. The bronze medal went to Wales' Tesni Evans.

The match was aggressive and often tense, with multiple appeals to the referee. King won the first two games, but Perry held on to win the second two and force the fifth set, and the lead changed in every game.

"I think that's finals squash - or any finals really," King said.

"Both players just want to give everything they have,and leave everything out on court and I think that's what was happening."

It's New Zealand first Commonwealth gold in squash singles.

"It's a privilege to be honest, and I'm just looking forward to celebrating with my teammates," King said.

She won't get much of a chance to celebrate, though - she's back on court on Tuesday in the women's doubles.

"I guess no rest for the wicked. I've just got to go back, recover and be ready."

Paul Coll took the silver medal in his final, losing out to England's James Willstrop in three games, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6.

Coll, who is ranked 9th in the world, struggled against 14th-ranked Willstrop, who led 5-0 at one point in the third game.

Coll will also be back on Tuesday in the men's singles.

The bronze medal was won by Malaysia's Nafiizwan Adnan.