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Australia & Hosts Canada Win World Hardball Doubles Titles

Australia and hosts Canada won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, in the 2011 World Hardball Squash Doubles Championships in front of a capacity crowd at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club in Toronto.

In the men’s final, top seeds Team Australia, comprising Damien MudgeBen Gould, fought back from 2/1 down to defeat Team England, the No2 seeds featuring John RussellClive Leach, 15-7 13-15, 12-15, 15-5, 15-9 in a 105-minute marathon showcasing the power, finesse, unbelievable retrieving and athletic ability with which the men’s hardball game has now become synonymous.

Stephanie HewittSeanna Keating produced a dramatic and popular upset for the hosts in the women’s final by beating top-seeded Team Australia, featuring Narelle KrizekNatarsha McElhinny, 7-15, 11-15, 15-7, 15-11, 15-12.

“It was an exciting match that displayed the best of women’s doubles squash and highlighted why the women’s game has grown so much over the last few years,” said event spokesman James Hewitt.

Men’s quarter-finals:
[1] Ben GouldDamien Mudge (Australia) bt Imran KhanKhayal Khan (Pakistan)
15-9, 15-8, 15-10
[3/4] Greg ParkPreston Quick (USA) bt Willie HoseyMichael Pirnak (Canada)
15-9, 15-10, 10-15, 15-11
Mark ChalonerJonathan Smith (England) bt [3/4] Matt JensonPaul Price (Australia)
14-15, 15-13, 15-13, 15-13
[2] John RussellClive Leach (England) bt James HewittFred Reid (Canada)
15-11, 12-15, 15-12, 15-12
Semi-finals:
[1] Ben GouldDamien Mudge (Australia) bt [3/4] Greg ParkPreston Quick (USA)
15-8, 15-8, 8-15, 15-9
[2] John RussellClive Leach (England) bt Mark ChalonerJonathan Smith (England)
7-15, 15-12, 15-12, 7-15, 15-12
Final:
[1] Ben GouldDamien Mudge (Australia) bt [2] John RussellClive Leach (England)
15-7 13-15, 12-15, 15-5, 15-9 (105m)

Women’s quarter-finals:
[3/4] Emily LungstrumDana Betts (USA) bt Karen JeromeRebecca Hazell (Canada)
15-8, 15-9, 15-8
[3/4] Amy MilanekDawn Gray (USA) bt Marcia SierAdriana DiMauro (Canada)
15-6, 15-12, 15-13
Semi-finals:
[1] Narelle KrizekNatarsha McElhinny (Australia) bt [3/4] Emily LungstrumDana Betts (USA)
15-9, 15-14, 13-15, 15-14
[2] Stephanie HewittSeanna Keating (Canada) bt [3/4] Amy MilanekDawn Gray (USA)
9-15, 15-13, 15-9, 8-15, 15-14
Final:
[2] Stephanie HewittSeanna Keating (Canada) bt [1] Narelle KrizekNatarsha McElhinny (Australia)
7-15, 11-15, 15-7, 15-11, 15-12

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