For the second time in a row the pair from England, Clive Leach & John Russell and Suzie Pierrepont & Georgina Stoker struck gold in the Men’s and Women’s events, respectively, in the Stifel World Hardball Doubles Squash Championships. in Missouri, USA.

According to WSF press release, the established English pair appeared in the final for the fourth time in five years. They took a two-game lead against their Canadian opponents Thomas Brinkman & Robin Clarke. The unseeded pair soon drew level to force a decider – but it was the seasoned English pair, aged 43 and 38, who reached match-ball first at 14-12.

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After two match-balls were saved, it was sudden death at 14-all. With Leach pressuring Brinkman to hit the ball back to himself and give away a stroke, it was the English duo who retained their title 15-10, 15-10, 3-15, 7-15, 15-14.

The Australian sisters Narelle Krizek & Natarsha McElhinny who were the women favourites,  reached the final. After dropping the first game, the England pair came back to take the title 12-15, 15-11, 15-3, 15-7.

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The hardball doubles campaigner Natalie Grainger, the 40-year-old former world No.1, was partnered by 28-year-old Christopher Callis in the Mixed final and faced third-seeded Canadians Stephanie Hewitt & Viktor Berg.  After taking the opening game, Grainger and Callis fell 2/1 behind. The experience showed its colours and the home pair marched on to win 15-9, 10-15, 11-15, 15-14, 15-7.

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The final scores were:

Men’s Final:
[4] Clive Leach & John Russell (ENG) bt Thomas Brinkman & Robin Clarke (CAN) 15-10, 15-10, 3-15, 7-15, 15-14

Women’s Final:
[2] Suzie Pierrepont & Georgina Stoker (ENG) bt [1] Narelle Krizek & Natarsha McElhinny (AUS) 12-15, 15-11, 15-3, 15-7

Mixed Semi-finals:
[6] Natalie Grainger & Christopher Callis (USA) bt [7] Tina Rix & John Russell (ENG) 15-8, 15-8, 15-4
[3] Stephanie Hewitt & Viktor Berg (CAN) bt [5] Suzie Pierrepont & James Stout (ENG) 11-15, 7-11, 15-11, 15-14, 15-13
Final:
[6] Natalie Grainger & Christopher Callis (USA) bt [3] Stephanie Hewitt & Viktor Berg (CAN) 15-9, 10-15, 11-15, 15-14, 15-7

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