FINALS : top seeds take Gold on Gold Coast
Top seeds take Gold in aussie Gold Coast clean sweep
The 2019 WSF World Doubles concluded with the top seeds taking all three titles in three all-Australian at the Carrara Squash Centre on the Gold Coast.
Australia’s Cameron Pilley and Donna Lobban have swept the final day of the WSF World Doubles Championships, with the cousins from New South Wales both claiming two gold medals.
Pilley and Ryan Cuskelly defended their world title, again claiming gold in the men’s event with victory over fellow Australian’s Zac Alexander & Rex Hedrick.
Cuskelly & Pilley set the tone early racing to a lead in the first game and taking it convincingly 11-5. In the second Alexander & Hedrick fought hard with Cuskelly taking issue to a number of refereeing decisions. The experienced duo from New South Wales managed to prevail in the second to secure a second straight world championship title.
“That second game was very much 50-50 and could have been anyone’s but very happy that we pulled back that deficit at the end of the last one,” Pilley said.
“They has us a little nervous at the end but they played some good squash by we’re just happy to have got the job done,” Cuskelly added.
Pilley joined with Lobban to take gold in the mixed decider as well. The combination which was victorious at the 2018 Commonwealth Games again proved too strong to defeat Australian pair Ethan Eyles & Christine Nunn.
17-year-old Eyles, making his Australian senior debut, was impressive in the final against his more experienced opponents.
Nunn added to her silver medal in the mixed and Lobban to her gold, with the pair teaming to win gold in the women’s doubles event.
The experienced duo, who were partnered for the first time in this tournament, were pushed by fellow Australian’s Sarah Cardwell and Jessica Turnbull.
Lobban and Nunn claimed a tight first game 11-9 and were up 2-0 in the second game before a heavy collision between Nunn and Cardwell sent the latter to the floor. Cardwell hit her head in the fall, but was cleared by medical staff and was able to resume the match.
Lobban and Nunn stayed composed despite the delay in play and went on to win the second 11-4.
“I’m really happy with how we played and stayed focus throughout the tournament,” Nunn said.
“It’s been a good week and we’ve been able to build on every match.”
The two said their immediate concern after the match was for the health of their team-mate Cardwell but were elated with the result.