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The Mixed Doubles podium - Picture from wsfworlddoubles.com

Scotland and New Zealand Take World Doubles Championship Plaudits

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The 2016 World Doubles Squash Championships came to an end today, Thursday August 18, with Scotland prevailing in the Men’s event, while New Zealand took the crowns in both the Women’s and Mixed events in Darwin, Australia.

Men’s

Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban became the first Scotsmen ever to triumph in the Men’s event after they defeated Australia’s Zac Alexander and David Palmer in the final.

Alexander and Palmer, performing on home soil, were looking to keep the title in the host’s hands after Stewart Boswell and Anthony Ricketts’ triumphs a year ago, but a back injury sustained by Palmer in the opening game clearly hampered the 40-year-old. eventually leading the Australian pair to succumb to an 11-8, 11-4 defeat in Clyne and Lobban’s favour.

Result – Final: Men’s World Doubles Championship 2016
[2] Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) v [4] Zac Alexander & David Palmer (AUS)

Women’s

New Zealand, meanwhile, began the day with victory in the Women’s event as Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy produced a devastating display to defeat Australia’s Donna Urquhart and Rachael Grinham.

King and Landers-Murphy, who were unbeaten throughout the tournament, hit multiple winners throughout an impressive 20-minute two-game salvo to retain the title for New Zealand, who saw Shelley Kitchen and Tamsyn Leevey triumph a decade ago.

Result – Final: Women’s World Doubles Championship 2016
[3] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) v [2] Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS)

Mixed

Things got better for King later on in the day as she teamed up with Men’s World No.31 Paul Coll to become the first New Zealanders to win the Mixed title.

Number two seeds India, comprising of top 20 players Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik, were the favourites for the title heading into the match, but were unable to match the Kiwis, who eventually ran out 2-0 winners.

Result – Final: Mixed World Doubles Championship 2016
[3] Paul Coll & Joelle King (NZL) v [2] Saurav Ghosal & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)

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