Husband and wife compete with each other


Birmingham: The results of any competition always end in tears for one party and celebration for the other. But rarely does the situation arise when a player competes with a win-win situation. That scenario will play out in Birmingham when Donna Lobban battles her husband Greg Lobban on Friday at CWG2022.

CWG2022: ‘Mind War’ as husband and wife compete with each other

Defending Commonwealth mixed doubles champions Donna Lobban and Cameron Pilley defeated India’s Joshana Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu in straight sets, 11-8, 11-9, in the round of 16 on Thursday.

Now the Australian squash player has a bigger speed bump on her way to the semi-finals as she has launched a campaign of ‘mental warfare’ against her Scottish husband.

“I’ve already started the mental war,” Lobban said.

“I’ve already started to finish him off. I was telling him we were pulling the punch when we got that draw.”

Lobban partner Pilley said: “Every team is a potential speed bump. We’re not even in the top four, so probably the seeds if they see us on their way, they’re probably more worried about us , to be defending champions”.

” When you go to the Comm Games you don’t go expecting a medal, you go for the gold. Having done this once, for us it was the best thing ever. So let’s go get him again.”

The Australian women’s doubles team of Lobban and Grinham are through to the quarter-finals after defeating India’s Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla and Anahat Singh 11-4 11-4.

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