2017 WSF World Doubles Squash Championships wrap-up
The 2017 WSF World Doubles finished up on Sunday 6 August (AEST) seeing all three titles go to Tasman Sea neighbours Australia and New Zealand in the climax of the squash championships event.
New Zealand upset the British duos and retained both the Women’s and Mixed gold medals whilst Australia reclaimed the Men’s title in Manchester.
In a repeat of the 2016 men’s double semi-final in Darwin, Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley hit back last year's loss with a 34-minute victory over defending champions Scotland’s Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban (11/6, 11/3).
The Australian pair were undefeated through their round-robin matches, and won the title without losing a set, setting the duo as the ones to beat for doubles gold at GC2018.
New Zealand's Joelle King, retained her women's and mixed doubles titles, defeating fifth-seeded England's Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters in the women’s final with partner Amanda Landers-Murphy.
The New Zealand pair lost the first game with the English duo winning six points for the lead 11-9. However, King and Landers-Murphy stormed back in the second game winning it 11-1 and then ending the third 11-0 after a series tense rallies.
After the win and a brief respite, King returned to the courts partnering with Paul ‘Superman’ Coll and Waters walked back on with Daryl Selby for the mixed doubles final.
This match also went to three games, with the Kiwi’s defending their title for 47 minutes and ultimately winning with Coll driving a ball down the middle 11/8, 9/11, 11/6.
Coll was elated with the team’s performance in Manchester, also claiming Bronze in the men’s, pairing with Campbell Grayson.
"I’m just really happy we came away with two gold and a bronze," Coll said.
I think it’s just positive for us all looking at the season ahead and moving forward to the Commonwealth Games."
England’s Declan James and James Willstrop also claimed bronze.
Commonwealth nations took up all of the medal standings with the remaining bronze’s going to Australia’s Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart and Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal from India in the women’s double event and Australia’s mixed pair David Palmer and Grinham and fiery Welsh couple Peter Creed and Tesni Evans.
Urquhart was forced to withdraw from the women's semi-final with Grinham, which was to be played against eventual champions King and Landers-Murphy, after injuring her calf muscle in the in the mixed-doubles quarter-final with Pilley.
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