XD : Both top seeds beaten as Indians & Aussies move into final
After dropping a close first game to top seeds King & Coll, India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik &Saurav Ghosal fought back to level, then moved into the final as they carries a slender lead through the decider, clinching the win in sudden-death.
“It has been for two years now that the Indian pair had been losing to this Kiwi pair in what always used to be close encounters. We always knew Dipika and Saurav had the potential and finally it had to happen today.”
“We both wanted it really badly,” said Pallikal. “They were two up on us and they had their confidence going. We knew it was going to be a really long match – the main thing for us was to get everything up, regardless of how good a shot it was. We also knew we had to enjoy ourselves.”
Australia’s Donna Urquhart & Cameron Pilley also lost the first game, to second seeded English pair Waters & Selby, but fought back to take the next two games to the delight of the packed crowd at Oxendale Studios.
“They’re the No.2 seeds. The crowd brought us home there. It was so good to hear them cheering their heads off – it doesn’t happen much for the Aussies.”
“Great game tonight, gave everything we could to try and make it into the gold medal match but wasn’t to be,” said Selby. “Aussies played really well, but we’ll be back fighting for that bronze medal tomorrow night!”
MD : Top seeds beaten as English finalist is assured
England were assured a finalist as they claimed victory in the first two Men’s quarters. James Willstrop & Declan James came from a game down to beat India’s Malhotra & Tandon, while Daryl Selby & Adrian Waller produced a big upset on the side courts as they too came from a game down to beat top seeds and world champions Cuskelly & Pilley in third game sudden death.
“Don’t know what to say, another emotional sudden death decider,” tweeted Selby. “Always feel for the other team in these situations but delighted for Adrian (who lost a sudden-death mixed match yesterday) that we were able to sneak a huge win for us. Semis tomorrow against some more team mates!”
James tweeted : “Solid work today brings me and Jimbo into the semi finals tomorrow. These occasions are special.”
In the bottom half of the draw second seeded Scots Greg Lobban & Alan Clyne came from a game down to beat young Malaysian pair Ng & Kamal, while Zac Alexander & David Palmer kept Aussie hopes alive as they beat third seeded Kiwis Coll & Grayson in three games.
WD : Top seeds recover to deny English again
After losing their first Pool Match (albeit 10-11, 10-11) top seeds Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy found themselves pitches into a quarter-final against second seeds Jenny Duncalf & Alison Waters, a repeat of last year’s World Doubles Final! As in Manchester, it was the Kiwis who came through, taking the first in sudden death before easing through the second.
“Shocker of a format to have no.1 & 2 seeds playing in the quarter finals but have to beat whoever is in front of you to win Gold & we weren’t good enough today,” tweeted Duncalf. “Credit to the kiwis. Tough to take.”
Home interest was maintained as Aussie pairing Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart staged a remarkable comeback to deny Wales’ Tesni Evans & Deon Saffery. After taking the first game the Welsh went 9-1 up in the second but the Aussies fought back to lead 10-9, saved match ball as they won the sudden death point and went on to take the third comfortably.
“I haven’t ever experienced a comeback like that,” said Grinhan. “Not that I can remember – but that’s a big one and we’ll always remember that! At 9-1 down the crowd were really quiet and with every point we got back they got louder and louder!
“Wales played amazingly. In the first game I thought we were playing well and in control but they did really well to play winners on some big points. In the second they went up because they were playing really well.”
Having lost to compatriots Duncalf and Waters in the Pool stages, Laura Massaro & Sarah-Jane Perry would have expected to face the top seeds in the quarters, but that close win by Malaysian youngsters Rachel Arnold & Sivasangari Subramaniam threw the draw up in the air, and the English pair took full advantage as they won in two games.