After dramatic semi-finals before a capacity 2,500 crowd surrounding the all-glass showcourt at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast, Australia, it will be England and New Zealand going for Squash singles gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Monday.
 James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-6, 12-10, 11-4 (49m)
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt  Joel Makin (WAL) 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (106m)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt  Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (34m)
 Joelle King (NZL) bt  Nicol David (MAS) 13-11, 11-5, 1-11, 11-5 (43m)
England’s event debutante Sarah-Jane Perry was the first to claim a place in the women’s final after a powerful performance against rising Welsh star Tesni Evans. Perry, the fourth seed ranked eight in the world, hardly put a foot wrong as she dismissed sixth seed Evans – the surprise conqueror of event favourite Laura Massaro – 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 to extend her unbeaten record over the 25-year-old from Rhyl
Perry will go for gold against Kiwi opponent Joelle King, the No.2 seed (pictured below) who, as world No.4, is the highest-ranked player in the event.
A bronze medallist in the 2014 Singles, and a gold and silver medallist in the 2010 Doubles in Delhi, King is no stranger to the Commonwealth Games experience. The 29-year-old faced ‘veteran’ Games star Nicol David – the illustrious former world number one who has played in every Games since 1998 and won gold in 2010 and 2014, and boasted a 13-1 head-to-record over her opponent going into the match.
But the Malaysian’s formidable eight-year unbeaten Games run came to an end when King triumphed 13-11, 11-5, 1-11, 11-5 in 43 minutes.
England’s seasoned campaigner James Willstrop became only the second player in Games’ history to reach a third final – following the achievement of his fellow countryman Peter Nicol in 2006 – when he beat Nafiizwan Adnan, the No.12 seed from Malaysia, in the first men’s semi.
It was in the previous round that Adnan brought a notable era to an end when he removed England’s Nick Matthew, the gold medallist in 2010 and 2014. Fourth seed Willstrop played a sure-footed and disciplined game to see off the UK-based Malaysian 11-6, 12-10, 11-4 in 49 minutes.
The final match of the day was a long-drawn-out affair which – despite the lack of local interest – had the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats. New Zealand’s No.2 seed Paul Coll, the current world No.9 who has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the international squash ranks over the past two years, faced surprise opponent Joel Makin, a Welshman ranked 43 in the world.
It took 106 minutes to produce a winner – with underdog Makin one point away from a match-ball in the third game before Coll grinded his way to a 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 victory which sees the 25-year-old into the final for the first time.