Joelle King and Paul Coll have advanced to today's squash singles finals at the Commonwealth Games today in contrasting fashion.

King delivered a passive-aggressive masterpiece to push double defending champion Nicol David to the brink in a four-game 13-11, 11-5, 1-11, 11-5 duel.

The world No.4's only obvious brush with emotion was a cry of "yes" as she crouched with fists clasped after the successful match ball.

Compatriot Paul Coll forced his way past Welshman Joel Makin across five games 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8.


The match was decided by a video review on a let. World No.9 Coll fell to his knees in triumph as the 43rd-ranked Makin stumbled away exhausted.

King meets Sarah-Jane Perry and Coll plays James Willstrop in their respective denouements. Both opponents are English.

David wrested back some control with a dominant third game against King, but the Kiwi had her measure.

"She doesn't go away," King said.

"Great players find a way out of a hole. She changed her game and started hitting ball lower and harder.

"I wasn't expecting it and, as you saw, it [the third game] can just go like that. It was a case of let it go and reset."

David was once world No.1 for nine consecutive years from 2006-15. The 34-year-old remains ranked ninth. She defeated King at the same stage of the tournament in Glasgow, where the Kiwi took bronze.

"You have to be accurate, which was one of the major things I was thinking about," King said.


"That meant making sure my length was tight all the way to the back, and my drops were short all the way to the front.

"Someone like Nicol can pick up the ball from everywhere, but I felt like I was hitting my targets well."

King caught her foot thrusting for a backhand at 6-2 up in the fourth game, but had the presence of mind to call a successful let.

David's demise was swift from there.

King paid tribute to the masseurs at the athletes' village.

"We have an amazing team back there. They texted me straight afterwards to say 'whenever you're ready to come, come back'.

"I had two guys massaging me last night at midnight. Craig and Hans were holding the fort; I had one on each leg as we watched the end of Paul's game.

"It was a late night, but we're used to that. Then it was back down for practice with Paul."

Coll won an intense encounter.

The only levity came in the third game when the New Zealander slipped on the court and the Benny Hill music cameoed.

Makin looked fired up from the start, possibly courtesy of the MC referring to him as a Scotsman.

The players traded lets and duelled relentlessly down the alleys as the match extended beyond an hour and a half.

The sweat was streaming off both as they clawed at the walls of the sauna to regain some grip for their racquets.

"I wanted to make it tough for him at the start," Coll said.

"I was guilty of going a bit passive. That was disappointing. I came out and tried to be more aggressive in the last three games."