Nick Matthew insists he leaves Glasgow overjoyed with his two week’s work, although defeat in squash’s men’s doubles final has left him hungrier to add even more gold medals to his collection.
The 34-year-old and men’s doubles partner Adrian Grant were denied the final gold on offer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games by Australian duo David Palmer and Cameron Pilley.
Despite winning a tight opening game 11-10, the English pair lost the second 11-7 and two magical forehand winners from Pilley were enough to hand the Aussies the final game 11-9.
As Matthew’s third Games draw to a close he can reflect on having added two more medals – singles gold to go with doubles silver – to his Commonwealth collection for four in total.
And having found himself lying on a hospital bed five weeks before these Games got underway, Matthew insists his achievements in Glasgow taste that little bit sweeter.
“I’m happy with my work. I was on a hospital bed five weeks ago and had minimal court time but I have played every day of action here,” he said.
“I would have signed for what I have achieved beforehand; we both wouldn’t have achieved what we have done in the game if we weren’t disappointed by this loss.
“I thought the good start in the final game was going to carry us through but you can second-guess every shot in doubles.”
Meanwhile Liam Pitchford insisted he was not about to pass up the chance of making history as he ended his own Glasgow 2014 campaign with men’s singles bronze.
The 21-year-old saw two chances of gold go begging on Saturday as he lost in the men’s singles semi-finals and the mixed doubles final against England teammates Paul and Joanna Drinkhall.
But he hit back in style, defeating India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta to become the first English table tennis player in Commonwealth Games history to win a singles medal.
“I was really disappointed after both the mixed doubles and the singles,” he said. “I wanted to end the tournament on a positive note and to get a bronze medal in the singles is absolutely fantastic.”
Kelly Sibley and partner Danny Reed defeated Singapore’s Jian Zhan and Tianwei Feng to complete a first-ever England clean sweep of mixed doubles medals.
And, while missing out on a second bronze in the women’s doubles, it still meant England collected their biggest ever medals tally at a single Games with five.
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