Silver medallist Jenny Duncalf hails ‘great’ Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

hsb  Jenny Duncalf.  (140110M3d)
hsb Jenny Duncalf. (140110M3d)

Harrogate squash ace Jenny Duncalf hailed a “brilliant” Commonwealth Games after returning from Glasgow with a silver medal.

Duncalf partnered world champion Laura Massaro to the women’s doubles final but the pair were beaten to gold in straight games by competition “dark horses” India.

The medal was her third Games silver in her career, after winning two in Delhi four years ago.

The Games act as one of squash’s biggest competitions, with its exemption from the Olympic Games.

And Duncalf said the Glasgow Games had put the sport on the map.

She said: “It was a brilliant Games. I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was great from day one.”

Doubles silver made up for a difficult singles draw that saw her exit the competition to world number one Nicol David in the quarter-finals.

However the 31-year-old, who has struggled with injuries in 2014, was the only player to take a game off David throughout the competition.

Reflecting on her performance, she said: “I was really pleased.

“It was the best I have played in a while, particularly because I was in one piece. I just wanted to stay on court for as long as I could.”

Meanwhile, James Willstrop added to his singles silver, by claiming bronze in the men’s doubles alongside Dayrl Selby.