SELBY HOPEFUL OF FIRST GAMES MEDAL
Essex’s Daryl Selby is optimistic of adding a Commonwealth medal to his trophy cabinet at the forthcoming Glasgow Games, where he will compete in two doubles events.
The 31-year-old from Chelmsford fell at the quarter-final stages of both the men’s singles and doubles on his Games debut in Delhi four years ago, losing 3/1 to Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskandar in the former event, before partnering Peter Barker to a 2/0 defeat in the latter against Scotland’s Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch.
However, Selby is hopeful of going at least one step further this time, since he is seeded third with Yorkshire’s James Willstrop in the men’s doubles and sixth with Cheshire’s Sarah Kippax in the mixed.
He said: "I’m hoping to come away with a medal, but doubles is a completely different animal to singles and there are a lot of good partnerships which we will have to overcome to get on the podium.
“The tactics are very different, the tin is another four inches lower and there is the element of playing as a partnership, which we aren’t used to.
“You have to be willing to open your mind to the doubles and accept the fact that good singles squash doesn’t necessarily win you points in doubles.”
Selby is looking forward to receiving more support than he did four years ago, with the Games taking place on British soil.
“I think this Games will be really spectacular, as it carries on the momentum of the London Olympics,” he said. "The crowds should be really special and I’m sure we will get some great support, despite being from the other side of the border!
“It also means my family and friends are able to travel to watch a little easier than when it was in Delhi.”
Nevertheless, the world no.10 has happy memories of his first Commonwealth Games experience.
“I remember the opening ceremony vividly, as it was an amazing experience to walk out in front of 60,000 people, knowing you are representing your country,” he said.
“The Commonwealth Games always feel special to us squash players, as it’s our biggest time to shine.”