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04/04/2022
World Doubles Championship 2022

World Doubles Championships

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World Doubles Championships
Men's Draw
05-09 Apr
Glasgow, Scotland

Final:
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt
[6] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) 11-10, 11-6 (51m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt
[5] Alan Clyne & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (93m)
[6] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
[2] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) 7-11, 11-7, 11-5 (53m)

5th - 8th place play-offs:
[3] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt
Peter Creed & Emyr Evans (WAL) 8-11, 11-4, 11-5 (40m)
[4] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt
Addeen Idrakie & Ong Sai Hung (MAS) 11-5, 11-9 (45m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt
Peter Creed & Emyr Evans (WAL) 11-9, 11-6 (28m)
[5] Alan Clyne & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) bt
[3] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-2, 8-11, 11-10 (67m)
[6] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
[4] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-6, 11-6 (39m)
[2] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
Addeen Idrakie & Ong Sai Hung (MAS) 11-7, 11-5 (23m)

Last sixteen round:
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bye
Peter Creed & Emyr Evans (WAL) bt
Jean-Pierre Brits & Christo Potgieter (RSA) 11-4, 11-7 (28m)
[3] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bye
[5] Alan Clyne & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) bt
Rhys Dowling & Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (79m)
[6] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
Tsz Kwan Lau & Henry Leung (HKG) 4-11, 11-6, 11-6 (47m)
[4] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS) bye
Addeen Idrakie & Ong Sai Hung (MAS) bt
Bernat Jaume & Joel Jaume Izcara (ESP) 11-3, 11-8 (20m)
[2] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) bye

2nd pool round:
Pool A
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt
Lwamba Chileshe & Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (66m)
Pool B
[2] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
Rhys Dowling & Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-7, 11-5 (33m)
Pool C
[3] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt
David Baillargeon & Nick Sachvie (CAN) 11-9, 11-9 (29m)
Addeen Idrakie & Ong Sai Hung (MAS) bt
Niall Engerer & Kijan Sultana (MLT) 7-11, 11-2, 11-2 (39m)
Pool D
[4] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt
Peter Creed & Emyr Evans (WAL) 9-11, 11-10, 11-10 (82m)
Samuel Kang & Pang Ka Hoe (SGP) bt
Samuel Bonello & Duncan Stahl (MLT) 11-5, 11-3 (16m)
Pool E
[5] Alan Clyne & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) bt
Vikram Malhotra & Ramit Tandon (IND) 11-7, 11-3 (32m)
Pool F
Bernat Jaume & Joel Jaume Izcara (ESP) bt
Aaron Liang & Chua Man Tong (SGP) 11-6, 11-5 (19m)

1st pool round:
Pool A
[1] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt
Tsz Kwan Lau & Henry Leung (HKG) 11-8, 11-7 (34m)
Tsz Kwan Lau & Henry Leung (HKG) bt
Lwamba Chileshe & Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-9, 11-8 (27m)
Pool B
[2] Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
Elliott Morris Devred & Owain Taylor (WAL) 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
Rhys Dowling & Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt
Elliott Morris Devred & Owain Taylor (WAL) 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
Pool C
[3] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt
Niall Engerer & Kijan Sultana (MLT) 11-5, 11-5 (11m)
Addeen Idrakie & Ong Sai Hung (MAS) bt
David Baillargeon & Nick Sachvie (CAN) 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
[3] Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt
Addeen Idrakie & Ong Sai Hung (MAS) 11-7, 11-5 (21m)
David Baillargeon & Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt
Niall Engerer & Kijan Sultana (MLT) 11-10, 11-6
Pool D
[4] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt
Samuel Bonello & Duncan Stahl (MLT) 11-1, 11-4 (14m)
Peter Creed & Emyr Evans (WAL) bt
Samuel Kang & Pang Ka Hoe (SGP) 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
[4] Eain Yow Ng & Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt
Samuel Kang & Pang Ka Hoe (SGP) 11-7, 11-7 (20m)
Peter Creed & Emyr Evans (WAL) bt
Samuel Bonello & Duncan Stahl (MLT) 11-3, 11-2 (11m)
Pool E
[5] Alan Clyne & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) bt
Jean-Pierre Brits & Christo Potgieter (RSA) 11-10, 11-7 (37m)
Jean-Pierre Brits & Christo Potgieter (RSA) bt
Vikram Malhotra & Ramit Tandon (IND) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 (50m)
Pool F
[6] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
Aaron Liang & Chua Man Tong (SGP) 11-3, 11-2 (14m)
[6] Greg Lobban & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
Bernat Jaume & Joel Jaume Izcara (ESP) 11-8, 11-3 (26m)

 

World Doubles Championships
Women's Draw
05-09 Apr
Glasgow, Scotland

Final:
[3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) 11-9, 4-11, 11-8 (40m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) w/o
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) bt
[4] Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 11-9, 6-11, 11-3 (29m)

3rd pool round:
Pool A
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt
[5/8] Georgia Adderley & Lisa Aitken (SCO) 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (32m)
[4] Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt
Alexandra Fuller & Cheyna Wood (RSA) 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 (24m)
Alex Haydon & Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Lucy Turmel (ENG) 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (42m)
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt
[4] Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 11-10, 11-5
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt
Alexandra Fuller & Cheyna Wood (RSA) 10-11, 11-7, 11-5 (38m)
[5/8] Georgia Adderley & Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt
Alex Haydon & Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-7, 3-11, 11-3 (28m)
Pool B
[3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt
Abbie Palmer & Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 11-5, 11-3 (16m)
Ainaa Amani & Chan Yiwen (MAS) bt
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Donna Lobban (AUS) w/o
Abbie Palmer & Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) bt
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Donna Lobban (AUS) w/o
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) bt
[5/8] Tong Tsz-Wing & Tze Lok Ho (HKG) 11-2, 11-10 (16m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) bt
[3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 11-9, 11-8 (18m)

2nd pool round:
Pool A

[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-9, 11-6 (25m)
[4] Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt
[5/8] Georgia Adderley & Lisa Aitken (SCO) 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 (33m)
Alexandra Fuller & Cheyna Wood (RSA) bt
Alex Haydon & Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-4, 11-7 (20m)
Pool B
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) bt
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Donna Lobban (AUS) 11-10, 9-11, 11-2 (37m)
[3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt
[5/8] Tong Tsz-Wing & Tze Lok Ho (HKG) 11-9, 11-8 (23m)
Ainaa Amani & Chan Yiwen (MAS) bt
[5/8] Tong Tsz-Wing & Tze Lok Ho (HKG) 11-9, 10-11, 11-6 (38m)
Ainaa Amani & Chan Yiwen (MAS) bt
Abbie Palmer & Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 11-9, 9-11, 11-4 (30m)

1st pool round:
Pool A
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt
Alexandra Fuller & Cheyna Wood (RSA) 11-4, 11-9
[4] Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt
Alex Haydon & Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-7, 11-4
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt
[5/8] Georgia Adderley & Lisa Aitken (SCO) 11-7, 11-9
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt
Alex Haydon & Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-6, 11-3
[4] Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-10, 11-10
[5/8] Georgia Adderley & Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt
Alexandra Fuller & Cheyna Wood (RSA) 11-4, 11-5
Pool B
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) bt
Abbie Palmer & Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 11-10, 5-11, 11-7
[3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt
Ainaa Amani & Chan Yiwen (MAS) 11-6, 11-8
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Donna Lobban (AUS) bt
[5/8] Tong Tsz-Wing & Tze Lok Ho (HKG) 11-4, 11-9
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry & Alison Waters (ENG) bt
Ainaa Amani & Chan Yiwen (MAS) 11-7, 11-10
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Donna Lobban (AUS) bt
[3] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 11-7, 11-9
[5/8] Tong Tsz-Wing & Tze Lok Ho (HKG) bt
Abbie Palmer & Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 11-4, 11-2

 

World Doubles Championships
Mixed Draw
05-09 Apr
Glasgow, Scotland


Final:
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt
[4] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-6, 11-8 (22m)

Semi-finals:
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt
[5/8] Tesni Evans & Joel Makin (WAL) 11-9, 11-5 (28m)
[4] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
[5/8] Lisa Aitken & Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-6, 10-11, 11-10 (40m)

Quarter-finals:
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11-6, 11-7 (25m)
[5/8] Tesni Evans & Joel Makin (WAL) bt
[13/16] Georgia Adderley & Rory Stewart (SCO) 11-4, 11-8 (33m)
[4] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-6, 11-8 (21m)
[5/8] Lisa Aitken & Greg Lobban (SCO) bt
[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) 11-7, 11-5 (30m)

4th pool round:
Pool A
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt
[9/12] Joshna Chinappa & Vikram Malhotra (IND) 11-9, 11-7 (28m)
[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt
Alexandra Fuller & Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) 11-7, 11-5 (16m)
Pool B
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt
[13/16] Emily Whitlock & Peter Creed (WAL) w/o
Pool D
[4] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
Cheyna Wood & Christo Potgieter (RSA) 11-7, 11-2 (18m)

3rd pool round:
Pool A
[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt
[9/12] Joshna Chinappa & Vikram Malhotra (IND) 11-2, 11-7 (23m)
[9/12] Joshna Chinappa & Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt
[13/16] Ka Yi Lee & Wong Chi Him (HKG) 10-11, 11-5, 11-10 (40m)
Pool B
[9/12] Aifa Azman & Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt
[13/16] Emily Whitlock & Peter Creed (WAL) 11-6, 11-8 (21m)
[5/8] Lisa Aitken & Greg Lobban (SCO) bt
[9/12] Aifa Azman & Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-5, 11-4 (16m)
Kaitlyn Watts & Evan Williams (NZL) bt
[13/16] Emily Whitlock & Peter Creed (WAL) 11-7, 9-11 ret. (38m)
Pool C
Au Yeong Wai Yhann & Aaron Liang (SGP) bt
[3] Donna Lobban & Zac Alexander (AUS) w/o
[13/16] Georgia Adderley & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
[9/12] Rachel Arnold & Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-9, 11-7 (21m)
[13/16] Georgia Adderley & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
[3] Donna Lobban & Zac Alexander (AUS) w/o
Pool D
[13/16] Hollie Naughton & Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt
[9/12] Liu Tsz-Ling & Max Lee (HKG) 11-8, 11-2 (21m)
[9/12] Liu Tsz-Ling & Max Lee (HKG) bt
Cheyna Wood & Christo Potgieter (RSA) 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 (31m)
[5/8] Tesni Evans & Joel Makin (WAL) bt
[13/16] Hollie Naughton & Nick Sachvie (CAN) 11-4, 11-5 (22m)

2nd pool round:
Pool A
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt
[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (47m)
[13/16] Ka Yi Lee & Wong Chi Him (HKG) bt
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11-5, 11-9 (26m)
Alexandra Fuller & Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) bt
[13/16] Ka Yi Lee & Wong Chi Him (HKG) 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 (32m)
[9/12] Joshna Chinappa & Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt
Alexandra Fuller & Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) 11-6, 11-8 (19m)
Pool B
[5/8] Lisa Aitken & Greg Lobban (SCO) bt
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-6, 11-4 (24m)
[9/12] Aifa Azman & Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt
Kaitlyn Watts & Evan Williams (NZL) 11-2, 11-3 (16m)
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt
[9/12] Aifa Azman & Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 (40m)
[5/8] Lisa Aitken & Greg Lobban (SCO) bt
Kaitlyn Watts & Evan Williams (NZL) 11-7, 11-8 (28m)
Pool C
[13/16] Georgia Adderley & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 (41m)
[13/16] Georgia Adderley & Rory Stewart (SCO) bt
Au Yeong Wai Yhann & Aaron Liang (SGP) 11-10, 11-7 (19m)
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt
[9/12] Rachel Arnold & Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-4, 11-8 (18m)
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt
[3] Donna Lobban & Zac Alexander (AUS) 11-2, 10-11, 11-4 (30m)
[9/12] Rachel Arnold & Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt
Au Yeong Wai Yhann & Aaron Liang (SGP) 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (20m)
Pool D
Cheyna Wood & Christo Potgieter (RSA) bt
[13/16] Hollie Naughton & Nick Sachvie (CAN) 11-8, 4-11, 11-9 (34m)
[4] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
[5/8] Tesni Evans & Joel Makin (WAL) 11-5, 11-7 (25m)
[4] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
[13/16] Hollie Naughton & Nick Sachvie (CAN) 11-4, 11-7 (19m)
[5/8] Tesni Evans & Joel Makin (WAL) bt
[9/12] Liu Tsz-Ling & Max Lee (HKG) 11-9, 11-3 (19m)

1st pool round:
Pool A
[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt
[13/16] Ka Yi Lee & Wong Chi Him (HKG) 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 (36m)
[5/8] Georgina Kennedy & Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt
Alexandra Fuller & Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) 11-9, 5-11, 11-7 (36m)
Pool B
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt
Kaitlyn Watts & Evan Williams (NZL) 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 (33m)
[5/8] Lisa Aitken & Greg Lobban (SCO) bt
[13/16] Emily Whitlock & Peter Creed (WAL) 11-2, 11-3 (13m)
Pool C
[3] Donna Lobban & Zac Alexander (AUS) bt
[9/12] Rachel Arnold & Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-7, 11-9 (16m)
[5/8] Rachael Grinham & Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt
Au Yeong Wai Yhann & Aaron Liang (SGP) 11-6, 11-4 (16m)
Pool D
[4] Alison Waters & Adrian Waller (ENG) bt
[9/12] Liu Tsz-Ling & Max Lee (HKG) 11-9, 11-3 (22m)
[5/8] Tesni Evans & Joel Makin (WAL) bt
Cheyna Wood & Christo Potgieter (RSA) 11-9, 11-8 (21m)

 

REPORTS

Gold for England as James and Willstrop triumph at WSF World Doubles Squash Championships

England’s 25-year wait for a WSF World Doubles Championship title is over after top seeds Declan James and James Willstrop beat Scotland’s Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart in straight games in the men’s final in Scotstoun, Glasgow today.



The result comes as just reward for the pair, both for today’s display and for a series of strong performances throughout the tournament that saw them overcome Hong Kong China’s Tsz Kwan Lau and Henry Leung, New Zealand’s Lwamba and Temwa Chileshe, Wales’ Peter Creed and Emyr Evans, and Scotland’s Alan Clyne and Douglas Kempsell to reach their maiden final.

When James and Willstrop went game ball down at 10/8 in the first game against a strong Scotland team, England fans were in danger of seeing wait for the championship title - which England had not won since Hong Kong in 1997 - prolonged further.

However, the experienced pair kept their cool and chipped away at the lead, before a brutal shot from the ever-attacking James took the first game 11/10.

James and Willstrop appeared buoyed by that win and came out well in the second, with the cooler court allowing them to play their naturally expansive game well and they were able to wrap up the title with an 11/6 victory.

Commenting afterwards, Willstrop said: “That was tremendous. We knew that we had to just be absolutely on it. We gave them full respect because they deserve it. And hopefully, we deserve it. We're chuffed to bits.

“It’s a huge event, it’s a world title. We’re so grateful to Scottish Squash, to the WSF and to everyone who’s put this together.

“It’s a great facility, isn't it? And it's good memories from Glasgow [where the 2014 Commonwealth Games were played] for some of the old geezers in the team. So yeah, we're thrilled with it. And we're glad to be up here playing!”

James added: “It’s really special after the last couple of years to have a crowd back in to play squash. We're quite fortunate, aren't we, to be in this position? I love playing doubles and I love playing with James. He's such a great influence on me and he makes me feel really relaxed on court. We're just lucky to be here and I’m so happy about it.



There were further podium finishes for England as Adrian Waller and Alison Waters, and Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters captured mixed and women’s silver respectively.

In the mixed doubles, Adrian Waller and Alison Waters fell to 11/6, 11/8 to Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik, with Waters suffering another defeat as she and Sarah-Jane Perry went down 11/9, 4/11, 11/8 to Joshna Chinappa and Pallikal Karthik.



Elsewhere, in the playoffs for final rankings, England’s second men’s team of Daryl Selby and Waller finished fourth after an 11/9, 10/11, 11/9 defeat to Scotland’s Alan Clyne and Douglas Kempsell. Meanwhile England’s second women’s team of Lucy Turmel and Georgina Kennedy finished sixth after an 11/5, 3/11, 11/4 defeat to Scotland’s Georgia Adderley and Lisa Aitken.

The mixed duo Georgina Kennedy and Patrick Rooney, meanwhile, finished seventh, with yesterday’s 4/11, 11/7, 11/8 defeat to Stewart and Adderley their final match of the tournament.


 
Scotland, England and India reach WSF World Doubles  Championships finals

The three finals of the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships will be contested by hosts Scotland, England, and India, in the Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow, with England eying up a hat trick of titles after they qualified for all three.

In the men’s draw, Scotland’s No.6 seeds Greg Lobban reached his third and Rory Stewart his fifth World Doubles final as they launched a dramatic fightback to beat England’s No.2 seeds Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller 2-1. Having conceded the first game 11/7, Lobban and Stewart were able to disrupt the English pair’s rhythm and took the second game by the same scoreline before pressing their advancing with an 11/5 win in the decisive third game.



Afterwards, Lobban said: There’s no better incentive than a world championship final and even though we didn’t start our best, we knew we weren’t going to go down without a fight. It’s a special occasion in Glasgow, a home Games. To be in the World Championship final is a huge achievement and I’m really proud of how Rory stepped up today."

There was some measure of revenge for England, though. In a mammoth 93-minute-long match, top seeds Declan James and James Willstrop beat Scotland’s No.5 seeds Alan Clyne and Douglas Kempsell 2-1 in the other men’s semi-final. There was also some personal redemption for Waller as he and Alison Waters combined to beat Lobban and Lisa Aitken in the mixed doubles, with the English duo overturning three match balls before snatching an 11/10 win in the third.



“That was just a fight, wasn’t it,” Willstrop said afterwards. “I’m thrilled that we dug in. That was a real gutsy performance and it’s great if you know you can do that going into a final and hopefully a Commonwealth Games. We were as tough as boots!”

In joining Waters and Waller in the mixed doubles final are India’s Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik, after they downed Wales’ Joel Makin and Tesni Evans in an entertaining bout, taking the first game 11/9 before finishing the match with an impressive 11/5 win.

Speaking after their match, Pallikal Karthik - who give birth to twins last October, said: “For us women, our bodies go through a lot, day in and day out, and I think it’s important to believe in ourselves. What’s really worked for me is I’ve had a lot of support from family and friends and that’s why I’m here today, because a lot of people believed in me.”

In the women’s final, England’s Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters putdown a comeback from a spirited Malaysian team of Rachel Arnold and Sivasangari Subramaniam to take a 2-1 win.

The English pair took a hard-fought first game 11/9, only for the Malaysians to strike back with an 11/6 win in the second. Perry and Waters recovered quickly, though, taking the third in relative comfort, with an 11/3 win sending them through to the final.



Afterwards Perry said: “I think every game this week has given us confidence in different ways. They really came back at us there but we regrouped and found some solid squash and worked together really well. We communicate well on court and I think that helps when we’re trying to work things out. I think that’s what doubles is a lot of the time, adapting and working things out!”

Perry and Walters’ opponents in the final will be India’s Joshna Chinappa and Pallikal Karthik, after the Indians’ opponents in the semi-final, New Zealand’s No.1 seeds Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy were forced to withdraw due to an injury suffered by King.

Reacting to the news, Chinappa said: “It’s so unfortunate that we had to reach the finals in this way. I wish Joelle a very speedy recovery and hope that it’s not too serious and that she’ll be back on court soon.”

In the first of the finals, Ghosal and Pallikal Karthik will play Waller and Waters at 12:30, with Pallikal Karthik and Waters both returning to action at 14:00 to contest the women’s title. In the day’s final match, James and Willstrop will play Lobban and Stewart at 14:45.

Elsewhere, there will be a number of matches to decide the final tournament rankings.

The last day of the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships gets underway tomorrow, April 9, in Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow and will be streamed live on YouTube, the WSF and Scottish Squash Facebook pages and on the Olympic Channel.

For more information on the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships, and to buy tickets, visit the tournament website or follow the WSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Keep up to date with the latest in World Squash news with the WSF Newsletter.
 
Hosts spectacular form continues as Scotland defy seedings

WSF World Doubles Squash Championships hosts Scotland captured the headlines after their men’s doubles pairings of No.5 seeds Alan Clyne with Douglas Kempsell and No.6 seeds Greg Lobban with Rory Stewart both overcame higher-seeded opponents to reach the men’s semi-finals.

Despite both Scottish teams topping their groups yesterday, each had to navigate tricky last 16 matches earlier in the day to reach this evening’s quarter-finals, with Clyne and Kempsell beating Australia’s Rhys Dowling and Rex Hedrick 2-1 in 79 minutes and Lobban and Stewart beating Hong Kong, China’s Tsz Kwan Lau and Henry Leung by the same scoreline in 47 minutes.

Clyne and Kempsell faced another Australian pair in the quarter-final: No.3 seeds Zac Alexander and Ryan Cuskelly. In the match of the tournament so far, the tie swung back and forth as Australia responded to Scotland’s heavy first game win with an 11/8 win in the second. With the scores at 10/10 in the decisive third game, both sides knew that a single mistake would prove fatal. To the joy of the home fans, Scotland held their nerve, with Kempsell finishing the match with a powerful backhand between Alexander and Cuskelly.



Speaking after the match, Clyne said: “That was an unbelievable match, the quality that Douggie produced was great and I was happy with the way I played as well. We played some great doubles, but we have to against them! They’re one of the top pairings in the world and we haven’t had an easy draw. The Australians were unbelievable and I was so pleased with us.”

Kempsell added: “A lot of things were going through my head at 10-10. That’s the first time I’ve been in that position at such a crucial point. You’re constantly thinking ‘don’t make mistakes, don’t make mistakes,’ but you still have to be positive. I think we did that, and it paid off in the end.”

Both Scottish teams will face English opponents in tomorrow’s semi-finals, with Clyne and Kempsell taking on No.1 seeds Declan James and James Willstrop, and Lobban and Stewart playing No.2 seeds Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller, who beat Wales and Malaysia, respectively.

In the women’s event, the group stage came to an end as New Zealand’s top seeds Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy and England’s No.2 seeds Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters topped the two groups.



Reflecting after an impressive 2-0 win over Malaysian No.4 seeds Rachel Arnold and Sivasangari Subramaniam that ensured New Zealand would end the group stage unbeaten, King said: “I think today is the most pleased I’ve been with all my partnerships. Over the last couple of days with Paul [Coll, King’s mixed doubles partner], I had been a little flat and without the intensity we like to play at but we started off well today with Amanda and then got better with Paul and we finished very well. I’m very pleased to have topped the group, but now it’s the business end of the tournament and we just want to keep going with this momentum!”

New Zealand’s opponents in the semi-final will be No.3 seeds Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal-Karthik, who, despite a defeat to England in their final game, were able to qualify in second place.

Pallikal-Karthik, who has returned to squash after giving birth to twins late last year, said: “It’s a nice feeling to be back in the semi-finals. The job’s not done yet, obviously, but we’re happy to be there and hope we can do well tomorrow. Because of COVID and me being away, Joshna and I have not had as much match-play as we would have liked, but we’re getting better with each match and hopefully we can do well tomorrow and make it to the final.”

Perry and Waters, meanwhile, will play Arnold and Subramaniam in the other semi-final.

In the mixed doubles, the group stage of which concludes tomorrow, there were wins for Scotland, Malaysia, Wales, India, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong, China, with the 2-1 win for Hong Kong, China’s Max Lee and Liu Tsz-Ling over South Africa’s Christo Potgieter and Cheyna Wood the pick of the bunch.

Day four of the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships get underway tomorrow in Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow and will be streamed live on YouTube, the WSF and Scottish Squash Facebook pages and on the Olympic Channel.

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Rooney and Kennedy stun top seeds Coll and King on WSF World Doubles Championships day two.

England’s Patrick Rooney and Gina Kennedy produced a stellar performance to beat top seeds Paul Coll and Joelle King 2-1 on the second day of the WSF World Championships in Scotstoun, Glasgow.

After losing earlier in the day against Hong Kong, China’s Chi Him Wong and Ka Yi Lee in their first ever match together, Rooney and Kennedy bounced back to produce a quality performance to down the Kiwis.

Rooney and Kennedy took the first game 11-8 only to be pegged back in the second by an 11-9 New Zealand win. If the new English pairing were nervous, they showed few signs of it, as Kennedy attacked well with strong support from Rooney and they were able to claim a famous win with an 11-8 win in the third.



After the match, Rooney said: “I’m buzzing after that, especially after losing to Hong Kong. I think in doubles every match can go either way, I’m very happy. I felt pretty tense at the end because I wasn’t sure if we could do it or not. I was getting more and more tense the closer we got! At 10-8 it became a bit of a hack-fest!”

Kennedy added: “I was actually so relaxed and I think that’s why we were playing quite well. As Pat said, in doubles it’s always all to play for, anyone can beat anyone so that’s why I knew we had a chance of beating Paul and Joelle. Even at match ball I felt pretty relaxed and I think that really helped us.”

Elsewhere, Scotland continued their impressive early form in their home championships as Scottish teams won five out of their six matches.

In an early early-afternoon upset, mixed doubles partners Greg Lobban and Lisa Aitken downed Indian No.2 seeds and 2016 silver medalists Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik, much to the delight of the home crowd. The pair played an impressive attacking game, fighting hard to push up the court and deservedly took the first game 11-6 before sealing the match with an 11-4 win in the second.



Afterwards, Aitken paid tribute to Lobban, saying: “That was a very good match. Greg shocks me sometimes with how good he is. When he’s in that mood he brings out the best in me, so it’s a win-win. There was a lot of pressure in that match, they’ve won several medals and it was a big match in the pool, so it was one we were really looking forward to!”

Lobban and Aitken’s win was far from the only strong Scottish performance to draw boisterous applause from the home fans, with Alan Clyne, Douglas Kempsell, Rory Stewart and Georgia Adderley all impressing.

Stewart and Adderley looked in great form in their first ever competitive outing together. They began the day by beating higher-ranked Australian pair Ryan Cuskelly and Rachael Grinham 2-0 and Singapore’s Aaron Liang and Au Yeong Wai Yhann by the same scoreline, with that first win drawing some of the loudest cheers of the day from the delighted crowd.

Afterwards, Adderley said: “Hearing people shout ‘come on Scotland!’ gives you that extra push when you’re nervous or struggling a bit, physically or mentally.”

Stewart agreed, adding: “It was really good having the crowd, you gain a lot of confidence knowing there’s people there to cheer for you. It probably gets an extra 10 percent out of me!”

For Hong Kong, China’s Wong and Lee, their early victory over Rooney and Kennedy Lee became all the more impressive in light of the English duo’s win over New Zealand. Wong and Lee, who narrowly lost out to Coll and King yesterday, were good value for the win, with Wong reflecting afterwards: “Yesterday [against Coll and King] was definitely a tough loss to take when you’re 1-0 up against the British Open champion. I think we picked ourselves up well to take away the negative emotions from yesterday. Yesterday we had some positives to take and we kept a positive mindset and we’re grateful to hold on and get the win today.”

With just seven matches in the women’s event today, results went largely to seedings, with Malaysia’s Ainaa Ampandi and Yiwen Chen the only pair to beat higher ranked opponents. They beat Hong Kong, China’s Tsz-Wing Tong and Ho Tze Lok 2-1 in the day’s final match.

Elsewhere, the group stage of the men’s competition came to a close, with two England teams, Australia, Malaysia, and two Scotland teams topping the six groups.

In some of the day’s other matches, Spain collected their first ever win at the World Doubles Championships, Malaysian No.4 seeds Eain Yow Ng and Ivan Yuen survived an 82-minute clash with Wales’ Peter Creed and Emyr Evans, and Ryan Cuskelly and Rachael Grinham beat No.3 seeds Zac Alexander and Donna Lobban in an all-Australia affair.
Day three of the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships get underway tomorrow in Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow and will be broadcast live on Youtube, the WSF and Scottish Squash Facebook pages and on the YouTube, the WSF and Scottish Squash Facebook pages and on the Olympic Channel.

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Top seeds survive scare as WSF World Doubles Championships get underway

The top-seeded mixed doubles duo of World No.1 Paul Coll and World No.5 Joelle King avoided an opening-day shock as they came from behind to beat a spirited Hong Kong, China pairing of Chi Him Wong and Ka Yi Lee 2-1 in 36mins.

Wong and Lee took the Kiwis by surprise when they put Lee on Coll’s side of the court, and the Hong Kong, China team were good value for a one-game lead as they shocked the heavy favourites with an 11-9 win.

Coll and King began to find their rhythm in the second game and the pair becoming increasingly accurate as they drew level with an 11-9 win in the second before completing the comeback with an 11-7 win in the third game.



Afterwards, Coll said: “It was different, because we don’t usually practice with a female opponent on the left against Joelle on the right. It was a different dynamic for us and we missed our angles in the first game so we’re happy to get a first win. It’s always a different dynamic. We’re happy and I thought we played really well at the end of the second and in the third. Joelle put a lot of pressure on them and I didn’t do too much! She carried the team!”

The rest of the day’s matches went predominantly according to seedings, with men’s top seeds England beginning the day with a 2-0 win over a spirited Hong Kong, China team, while women’s top seeds New Zealand’s King and Amanda Landers-Murphy picked up wins against South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller and Cheyna Wood, and Australia’s Alex Haydon and Jessica Turnbull.

Speaking after his match, James said: “Im feeling positive and really good. It was the perfect start, really. The first ten minutes of the first game was steady, we were figuring each other out. We worked through the gears and finished really strongly.”

Willstrop, meanwhile, joked: “Dec’s a nightmare of a partner, I’m constantly carrying him! But no, he’s great, I love playing with him. We’ve had good times together playing doubles over the last four or five years and we get on really well and enjoy playing with each other.”



Elsewhere, hosts Scotland enjoyed a positive day. After losing to England’s Georgina Kennedy and Lucy Turmel in her first women’s doubles match, Lisa Aitken responded with a dominant 11-2, 11-3 mixed doubles over Wales’ Peter Creed and Emily Whitlock and a strong 11/4 11/5 win over South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller and Cheyna Wood.



Reacting after her win over Creed and Whitlock, Aitken said: “I feel pretty chilled out after that. Obviously I had my women’s match in the morning and that didn’t go to plan, but with Greg [Lobban] we’ve practiced a lot and we’re really good friends off the court.

We have a connection that fills each other with confidence. We’re very sure of what we’re trying to do. I think when you’ve got that sort of trust in your partner, all you need to do is relax and play.

“I like coming back after playing in the morning, because doubles is so short and sharp! You can really get yourself hyped up!”

Also representing the hosts, men’s duo Alan Clyne and Douglas Kempsell beat South Africa’s Jean-Pierre Brits and Christo Potgieter 2-0, while Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart picked up 2-0 wins over Singapore’s Aaron Liang and Chua Man Tong, and Spain’s Bernat Jaume and Joel Jaume Izcara.

Despite their defeat, Bernat Jaume – whose Spain team was making its first ever appearance at the Championships – said he was pleased with their performance.

“It was pretty cool, it’s the first time we’ve played and I think we did pretty well. Greg is a former world champion, he’s been playing for a while and is comfortable with these facilities. I think we did pretty well, we didn’t embarrass ourselves! I think we did well and I’m happy with it,” he said.

Day two of the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships get underway tomorrow in Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow and will be broadcast live on YouTube, the WSF and Scottish Squash Facebook pages and on the Olympic Channel.

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PREVIEW

Fifteen Nations Set To Compete for WSF World Doubles Titles in April

Fifteen nations will compete for honours at the upcoming WSF World Doubles Squash Championships, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, for the first time between
April 5-9.

The 2022 WSF World Doubles will be organised by Scottish Squash and will feature three events - a men’s event, a women’s event and a mixed event - with all of the action taking place at Glasgow Life’s Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

Hosts Scotland will look to recapture the form which saw them win the men’s event in 2016, and they will be joined by Australia, who dominated the 2019 WSF World Doubles on home soil with wins in all three events in Carrara and are the most successful nation ever at the championships.

New Zealand, who have won six events, and England, who won the inaugural men’s event in 1997, will also travel to Glasgow to battle for the prestigious titles. The entry list also includes Hong Kong and India, who hosted the 1997 and 2004 events, respectively.

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “We’re delighted to host this fantastic event in our city, and there is no better-suited venue in the country than Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

“Glasgow is dedicated to attracting world-class events and hosting this event for the first time is yet further recognition of our international status as an international sporting city.

“It’s exciting to see such a wide-ranging list of countries have entered the competition, and we can’t wait to welcome the players, teams and fans to Glasgow.”

Maggie Still, Chief Executive Scottish Squash said: “With just under six weeks to go until the 2022 WSF World Doubles Championships gets underway, we’re really excited to be able to confirm the nations that will be competing in Glasgow.

"The 15 nations who will participate span across six continents demonstrating the global sport that we’re lucky to be part of.

"We’re looking forward to being able to confirm the athletes who will represent their nations in the coming weeks and welcome some of the best squash players from across the world to Scotland.”

The list of confirmed players attending the event will be revealed in due course.

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2022 WSF World Doubles Squash Championships - Entry List
Australia
Canada
Colombia
England
Hong Kong
India
Malaysia
Malta
New Zealand
Scotland
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Wales
 
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