Glasgow 2014: Scots’ squash exits dampen mood
SCOTLAND’S male squash players were defeated in the men’s singles round of 16 at Scotstoun. Scottish number one Alan Clyne lost 3-0 to world champion and top seed Nick Matthew.
Compatriot Greg Lobban also lost his match 3-0 against Australian number one Cameron Pilley.
Clyne had been involved in a thrilling five set match the previous night, however he was keen to wave away any suggestions of that affecting his performance today. Instead, he pointed towards Matthew’s skill and professionalism.
He said: “I was behind the whole time today and I couldn’t really insert my game, which was disappointing. He’s a good player and he did a professional job.”
Nick Matthew started the better player and took the first two games 11-4, 11-5. Clyne, known for his stamina and energy around the court, battled for every point but the double gold medal winner from the 2010 Games in Delhi proved to be too good.
Unusually, Clyne and his opponent share the same birthday but there’ll be no cake or candles tonight.
The Scot said: “In the changing room he said happy birthday and I said it back but that was the extent of it! There’ll be no birthday celebrations today – well, not for me, maybe for him.”
Both Clyne and Lobban have another chance to put their stamp on the Games when they both compete in the men’s doubles, and also mixed doubles for Clyne.
Speaking about his doubles partner Harry Leitch, Clyne said: “Harry finished his exams 6 weeks ago so we’ve been practising more and he’s been able to just focus on the squash, which has been a big help. We’re aiming for a medal.”