There cannot be any better advertisement for our great sport than this match which was full of incidence, incredible entertainment & exemplary sportsmanship from both players.
Rory Stewart of Scotland pulled-off the shock of this year’s Commonwealth Games Men’s Singles Squash Competition with a spellbinding 12-10 7-11 10-12 13-11 11-5 victory over 3/4 seed Patrick Rooney of England.
There could not be any better advertisement for our great sport than this match, which was full of incidence, incredible entertainment & exemplary sportsmanship from both players.
Scotland’s Rory Stewart produced a stunning comeback to knock out Patrick Rooney to set-up a quarter-final match against defending Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist & fellow #teamunsquashable player James Willstrop.
Rory Stewart was in imperious form against World No.24 Patrick Rooney ranked & deservedly took the first game 12-10, with the World No.66 & 9/16 seed overpowering an out-of-sorts Rooney, who struggled for width.
Rooney improved in the second game, levelling with an 11-7 win, before edging in front with a fiercely contested third game which he won 12-10. The Englishman then made a confident start to the fourth game, racing to 7-0 lead.
Incredibly, though, Rory Stewart not only reeled Rooney in but, after saving four match balls, forced the match into a fifth game with a nerve-shredding 13-11 win.
Both players looked evenly matched at the beginning of the fifth game, which was as much about mental ability as physical & technical.
Rory Stewart, however, then put together another spectacular scoring sequence to progress from 4-3 down to an 11-4 winner after a brief wait for a video review to confirm his win.
“I’m delighted,” Rory Stewart said afterwards. “To be honest I’d have said to myself I was probably getting beaten & to do anything more than that, I’d be happy to accept as a bonus.
“I definitely felt the tension. I think [my Scotland teammates] probably all thought I was losing [when 7-0 down].
“My ranking is lower than Patrick, but on a glass court I can pull off wins like this. There are a lot of Scots here & I’m glad they got to see this!”