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(L-R): Australia's David Palmer, England's Declan James, England's James Willstrop and Australia's Zac Alexander

Home Pairs Claim Surprise Semi Slots At World Doubles In Manchester

The quarter-final knockout stage of the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships in England produced two surprise semi-final pairs for the hosts at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

Jenny Duncalf & Alison Waters, the fifth seeds who upset the form book by beating higher-seeded English compatriots Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry to finish in pole position in Pool D in the Women's event, secured their place in the last four when number six seeds Rachel Arnold & Nicol David of Malaysia were forced to concede the match due to an injury to Arnold.

“It’s never the way you want to win, but we’re delighted to be in the semis,” said Duncalf.

The English underdogs will face second seeds Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik after the Indians – winners of the Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2014 in Glasgow – survived a close three-game tussle with Canadians Samantha Cornett & Nikki Todd, dropping the first game but pulling away at the end of the third.

“They played well and surprised us,” admitted Pallikal.

“We’re just glad to get through that one and be in the semis.”

England’s other unexpected semi-finalists are Declan James & James Willstrop, the fifth seeds in the Men’s event who upset the third-seeded Australian duo Zac Alexander & David Palmer 11-10, 6-11, 11-9 in 77 minutes.

“My partner played brilliantly tonight,” Willstrop said.

“He had to put up with a lot of striking down the backhand side and you don’t get the rewards straight away in doubles, you have to have the mental strength to keep going and know that the momentum can swing in your favour in the match.

“I had complete confidence in Dec tonight, it was coming on to his forehand a lot and he handled it.”

There will also be Australian and New Zealand interest in both the Men’s and Women’s semi-finals.

Rachael Grinham, the former World No.1 from Queensland who is bidding for a record fourth World Doubles gold medal in Manchester, partnered Donna Urquhart to a 10-11, 11-9, 11-8 win over England’s Massaro & Perry.

Australia's Rachael Grinham is embraced by Donna Urquhart

“It was all Rachael today,” said left-hander Urquhart.

“It was her type of crosscourt game and she played really well to get us back into it in the third.”

Scotland's men's title-holders Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban extended their unbeaten run in the event with an 11-4, 11-7 win over Welsh pair Peter Creed & Joel Makin.

“We played good doubles in the first game, moving them around and controlling things,” said Clyne.

“The second was a bit messy, but we worked well together to get through. It's good to get another 2-0 win under our belts.”

A full day of action in the Mixed event produced the line-up for Friday's quarter-finals – which includes outsiders Lisa Aitken & Douglas Kempsell, the 13/16 seeds from Scotland who scored their fourth successive pool win today by beating South Africans Milnay Louw & Christo Potgieter 11-5, 11-8.

In only their second ever appearance in the World Doubles Championships, Colombia achieved their first win today when 13/16 seeds Catalina Pelaez & Andrés Herrera beat Scotland's Carrie Hallam & Chris Leiper in straight games in the final pool round in the Mixed event.


Men's Quarter-Finals
[1] Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [7] Peter Creed & Joel Makin (WAL) 11-4, 11-7 (37m)
[4] Paul Coll & Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [6] Tom Richards & Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-7, 11-7 (47m)
[5] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Zac Alexander & David Palmer (AUS) 11-10, 6-11, 11-9 (77m)
[2] Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Dylan Bennett & Piedro Schweertman (NED) 11-7, 11-1 (20m)

Women's Quarter-Finals
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [7] Tesni Evans & Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-9, 11-8 (38m)
[3] Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [4] Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 10-11, 11-9, 11-8 (54m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf & Alison Waters (ENG) bt [6] Rachel Arnold & Nicol David (MAS) w/o
[2] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt [8] Samantha Cornett & Nikki Todd (CAN) 10-11, 11-6, 11-8 (44m)

Mixed 3rd & final Pool round

Pool A

[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt [9] Deon Saffery & Joel Makin (WAL) 9-11, 11-0, 11-8 (47m)
[13/16] Lisa Aitken & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) bt Milnay Louw & Christo Potgieter (RSA) 11-5, 11-8 (23m)
[1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL) bt [8] Victoria Lust & Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-2, 11-8 (23m)
Milnay Louw & Christo Potgieter (RSA) bt [9] Deon Saffery & Joel Makin (WAL) 11-7, 11-9 (24m)

Pool B
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [10] Samantha Cornett & Shawn Delierre (CAN) 11-5, 11-5 (16m)
Milou van der Heijden & Dylan Bennett (NED) bt [13/16] Rachel Arnold & Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) w/o
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [7] Tesni Evans & Peter Creed (WAL) 11-8, 11-6 (32m)
[10] Samantha Cornett & Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Milou van der Heijden & Dylan Bennett (NED) 11-1, 11-9 (19m)

Pool C
[3] Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [11] Amanda Landers-Murphy & Zac Millar (NZL) 11-6, 11-3 (17m)
[13/16] Catalina Pelaez & Andrés Herrera (COL) bt Carrie Hallam & Chris Leiper (SCO) 11-5, 11-9 (35m)
[6] Joshna Chinappa & Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt [3] Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley (AUS) 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (42m)
[11] Amanda Landers-Murphy & Zac Millar (NZL) bt Carrie Hallam & Chris Leiper (SCO) 11-5, 11-9 (24m)

Pool D
[4] Rachael Grinham & David Palmer (AUS) bt [12] Natalie Grinham & Piedro Schweertman (NED) 11-6, 11-4 (22m)
[13/16] Nikki Todd & David Baillargeon (CAN) bt Laura Tovar & Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) 11-5, 11-10 (20m)
[5] Alison Waters & Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [4] Rachael Grinham & David Palmer (AUS) 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 (47m)
[12] Natalie Grinham & Piedro Schweertman (NED) bt Laura Tovar & Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 (42m)


Men’s Semi-Finals
[1] Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban (SCO) v [4] Paul Coll & Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[2] Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [5] Declan James & James Willstrop (ENG)

Women’s Semi-Finals
[1] Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) v [3] Rachael Grinham & Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[2] Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [5] Jenny Duncalf & Alison Waters (ENG)

Mixed Quarter-Final
[13/16] Lisa Aitken & Douglas Kempsell (SCO) v [7] Tesni Evans & Peter Creed (WAL)
[3] Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [5] Alison Waters & Daryl Selby (ENG)
[4] Rachael Grinham & David Palmer (AUS) v [6] Joshna Chinappa & Vikram Malhotra (IND)
[2] Dipika Pallikal Karthik & Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [1] Joelle King & Paul Coll (NZL)

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