Players seeded for GC2018 Squash competition
The seeds for the GC2018 Squash singles competition have been released with England, New Zealand, Australia, India and Scotland expected to be the teams to beat.
Based on the March PSA Rankings, England's Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro are the early favourites in their respective singles competitions on the Gold Coast.
Matthew is bidding for a third successive Commonwealth individual squash title in what will be his final Games.
The 37-year-old reached the semi-finals in his first Commonwealth Games appearance in Melbourne 2006, before claiming gold in Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.
Joining him in the men’s top 10 seeds is compatriots and 2014 Glasgow men's doubles bronze medallists James Willstrop (fourth) and Daryl Selby (fifth).
World number four Massaro is making her third Commonwealth Games appearance after reaching the quarterfinals in 2010 and claiming silver at Glasgow 2014.
On both occasions, Massaro lost out to Malaysia's multiple world champion Nicol David, who is seeded third in the women’s event at GC2018.
David is set for a remarkable sixth Games appearance after making her debut, on home soil, at the age of 15 in 1998 - when squash was contested for the first time.
The current world number eight will also be chasing her third consecutive gold medal.
New Zealand squash players Paul Coll and Joelle King ranked 11th and seventh in the world, have been seeded second in their respective singles draws.
Coll, 25, made his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow, while 29-year-old King will contest her third Games.
India’s national champion Saurav Ghosal has been seeded third in the men’s competition with Glasgow 2014 women’s doubles gold medallists Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik coming into the Gold Coast event as the eighth and ninth seed.
Ryan Cuskelly will be Australia’s highest-ranked player in the squash competition going into the Gold Coast event as the sixth seed.
Teammate and doubles partner Cameron Pilley and recent Cincinnati Gaynor Cup winner Donna Urquhart, are both seeded seventh in their respective competitions.
England's Sarah-Jane Perry will make her Commonwealth Games debut as the fifth seed and Alison Waters will make her third Games appearance, seeded sixth.
Rounding out the men's competition is Scotland's dynamic doubles duo Alan Clyne (eighth) and Greg Lobban (ninth) and New Zealand's Campbell Grayson (10th).
Five-time Welsh national squash champion Tesni Evans will enter her first Commonwealth Games seeded sixth with Canada's Samantha Cornett rounding out the women's singles competition
Players from 28 nations will be competing in the two singles competitions with the tournaments taking place at Oxenford Studios from 5-9 April, followed by the men's, women's and mixed doubles events from 10-15 April.
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The top 10 seeds for the GC2018 singles competition is as follows: