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Squash at Commonwealth Games 2018 Odds

Squash is much more than those 50 year olds who come out of the court dripping in sweat. That small rubber ball can travel at up to 280km/h. Elite players use a combination of speed, agility and reflexes to out play their opponent. It has been a commonwealth sport since 1998 and since then a combination of Australia, New Zealand and England have dominated. So could a new challenger change that this year or will it be more of the same? You’ll have to watch and find out.

Singles

One man has dominated the singles squash game since winning gold in Dehli 4 years ago. Nick Matthew looks to add his 5th commonwealth gold in the singles this year. He heads into the competition as the top seed, despite faltering with a second round exit of the windy city open earlier this year. He’s also a 3 time world cup winner and has won almost every major squash competition there is. It’ll be difficult to knock of Matthew next month.

Malaysian squash queen Nicol David, who made her debut as a fresh-faced teenager at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, has come a long way. Now 20 years later, the Penangite has gone on to create a legacy of her own by winning the world title a record eight times. She has won the last 2 women's singles golds, and heading to the Gold Coast she’ll be looking to make it 3 in a row. Despite going 1 further than Matthews and crashing out in the first round of the windy city open, she is still the number 3 rank heading into this years commonwealth games.

Double

That;s right, its not just singles that Nick Matthews wins medals in. Him and partner Adrian Grant narrowly missed out on gold 4 years ago after losing in the final. However it seems likely that Matthews gets former number 1 singles player James Willstrop as his partner this year. Willstrop is usually Matthews closest competitor and has already got 2 commonwealth medals for his doubles play. The 2 playing together would be an unstoppable force and it looks likely these 2 can be bringing in gold for Britain this year.

At the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow four years ago, the Indian pair of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik created history when they overcame the odds to upset the top-seeded English pair of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro to win the squash women's doubles gold medal. This year, the pair – the only two women from India's seven-member squash contingent – would love to replicate their success. The pair could easily pull out another win for India who aren’t always known for the country’s squash prowess 

Amanda L. Murphy and Paul Coll may have had a swift exit from the mixed doubles competition 4 years ago, but this year they’re back and seeking that medal which has eluded them. Coll especially goes into the game in the best form of his career, currently the number 8th ranked badminton player in the world. This is most likely the pair to watch as they will have the playing experience with some of the top doubles losing players to retirement.

Unibet has odds at squash at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.