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WSF World Doubles: Top Seeds Seal Semi Spots

Men’s top seeds and defending champions Clyne & Lobban of Scotland continued their stellar run on day three of the WSF World Doubles Championships, dispatching Welsh duo [7] Creed & Makin in straight games, 11/4, 11/7 (37m) to advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals.

"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 two-nil win under our belts."

Clyne & Lobban will meet Kiwi pair Coll & Grayson, the fourth seeds who ended the run of England's [6] Selby & Richards in two tough games, 11/7, 11/7 (47m).

Meanwhile, second seeds Pilley & Cuskelly of Australia made quick work of unseeded Dutchmen Bennett & Schweertman - 11/7, 11/1 in just 20 minutes.

"It was a bit of an unknown quantity playing the Dutch dark horses," said Pilley. "We needed to stay sharp and try to control things and that's what we did."

English duo [5] James & Willstrop got the better of Aussies [3] Palmer & Alexander in an entertaining 77-minute thriller, the longest of the tournament so far - 11/10, 6/11, 11/9 (77m).

“My partner played brilliantly tonight,” Willstrop, 33, 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 and 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.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, defending champions and top seeds King & Landers-Murphy of New Zealand despatched Welsh duo [7] Evans & Saffery in straight games, 11/9, 11/8 (38m). They’ll meet familiar foes in Australia’s [3] Grinham & Urquhart who got the better of three close games against England’s Massaro & Perry, just falling short of a comeback as they lost the first 10/11, then coming from 2-6 down to take the decider 11/9.

"It was all Rachael today," said Urquhart. "It was her type of crosscourt game and she played really well to get us back into it in the third."

England’s [5] Duncalf & Waters advanced to the last four of the women’s draw after their Malaysian opponents, [6] Arnold & David, withdrew with injury.

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

They’ll meet second seeds Pallikal & Chinappa of India who survived a close three-game tussle with Canadians [8] Cornett & Todd winning 10/11, 11/6, 11/8 (44m).

"They played well and surprised us," admitted Pallikal. "We're just glad to get through that one and be in the semis."

The semi-finalists in the mixed doubles will be decided tomorrow morning from 11am.

 

DAY THREE RESULTS

MEN’S Quarters

[1] Clyne / Lobban (Sco) 2-0 [7] Makin / Creed (Wal) 11/4, 11/7 (37m)
[4] Coll / Grayson (Nzl) 2-0 [6] Richards / Selby (Eng) 11/7, 11/7 (47m)
[5] Willstrop / James (Eng) 2-1 [3] Palmer / Alexander (Aus) 11/10, 6/11, 11/9 (77m)
[2] Cuskelly / Pilley (Aus) 2-0 Bennett / Schweertman (Ned) 11/7, 11/1 (20m)

 

WOMEN’S Quarters

[1] King / Landers-Murphy (Nzl) 2-0 [7] Evans / Saffery (Wal) 11/9, 11/8 (38m)
[3] Grinham / Urquhart (Aus) 2-1 [4] Massaro / Perry (Eng) 10/11, 11/9, 11/8 (54m)
[5] Duncalf / Waters (Eng) w/o [6] Arnold / David (Mas) Rachel injured
[2] Chinappa / Pallikal (Ind) 2-1 [8] Cornett / Todd (Can) 10/11, 11/6, 11/8 (44m)

 

MIXED (11.00 Fri)

[9] Kempsell / Aitken (Sco) v [7] Creed / Evans (Wal)
[5] Selby / Waters (Eng) v [3] Pilley / Urquhart (Aus)
[6] Malhotra / Chinappa (Ind) v [4] Palmer / Grinham (Aus)
[2] Ghosal / Pallikal (Ind) v [1] Coll / King (Nzl)

 

Pool Matches

Mixed A Coll / King (Nzl) 2-1 Makin / Saffery (Wal) 9/11, 11/0, 11/8 (47m)
Mixed A Kempsell / Aitken (Sco) 2-0 Potgieter / Louw (Rsa) 11/5, 11/8 (24m)
Mixed A Potgieter / Louw (Rsa) 2-0 Makin / Saffery (Wal) 11/7, 11/9 (25m)
Mixed A Coll / King (Nzl) 2-0 Waller / Lust (Eng) 11/2, 11/8 (23m)

Mixed B Ghosal / Pallikal (Ind) v Delierre / Cornett (Can) 11/5, 11/5 (16m)
Mixed B Bennett / vd Heijden (Ned) w/o Kamal / Arnold (Mas)
Mixed B Ghosal / Pallikal (Ind) 2-0 Creed / Evans (Wal) 11/8, 11/6 (32m)
Mixed B Delierre / Cornett (Can) 2-0 Bennett / vd Heijden (Ned) 11/1, 11/9 (19m)

Mixed C Pilley / Urquhart (Aus) 2-0 Millar / Landers-Murphy (Nzl) 11/6, 11/3 (17m)
Mixed C Herrera / Pelaez (Col) 2-0 Leiper / Hallam (Sco) 11/5, 11/9 (35m)
Mixed C Malhotra / Chinappa (Ind) 2-1 Pilley / Urquhart (Aus) 7/11, 11/7, 11/7 (42m)
Mixed C Millar / Landers-Murphy (Nzl) 2-0 Leiper / Hallam (Sco) 11/5, 11/9 (24m)

Mixed D Palmer / Grinham (Aus) 2-0 Schweertman / Grinham (Ned) 11/6, 11/4 (22m)
Mixed D Baillargeon / Todd (Can) 2-0 Vargas / Tovar (Col) 11/5, 11/10 (20m)
Mixed D Selby / Waters (Eng) 2-1 Palmer / Grinham (Aus) 11/4, 9/11, 11/5 (47m)
Mixed D Schweertman / Grinham (Ned) 2-1 Vargas / Tovar (Col) 9/11, 11/5, 11/8 (42m)

Men D Coll / Grayson (Nzl) 2-1 Baillargeon / Delierre (Can) 11/2, 10/11, 11/5 (57m)
Men D Willstrop / James (Eng) 2-0 Kempsell / Moran (Sco) 11/5, 11/6 (40m)

Men C Richards / Selby (Eng) 2-0 Herrera / Vargas (Col) 11/5, 11/5 (38m)

 

For photos, draws, schedules, live streaming and more visit the official website at: http://wsfworlddoubles.com 

Follow the action on Twitter with @WSFworlddoubles.


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