World Doubles Preview

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An all-star line-up featuring two-time British Open champion Laura Massaro, former World No.1 James Willstrop and eight-time world champion Nicol David has been revealed ahead of next month's WSF World Doubles Championships in Manchester.

 

Reigning champions New Zealand and Scotland are expected to retain their gold medals according to the seedings announced today by the World Squash Federation. The 2017 championships, hosted by England Squash in conjunction with Scottish Squash, will take place at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, England, between 1-5 August.

 

The 5th World Doubles Championships, featuring Men's, Women's and Mixed events, will be contested by a record 50 pairings from Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.

 

Scots Alan Clyne & Greg Lobban, winners of the Men's gold medal in the 2016 championship in Darwin, Australia, are top seeds in Manchester - where they are expected to face second-seeded Australians Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley in the final.

Kiwi Joelle King is bidding to become a double gold medallist for the second year in a row after guiding New Zealand to title success in both the Women's and Mixed events in Darwin.

Paired with Amanda Landers-Murphy again in the 2017 women's championship, King is predicted to line up against Joshna Chinappa & Dipika Pallikal, the No.2 seeds from India, in a repeat of the 2016 final.

 

King and Paul Coll are the Mixed favourites, while the second seeds are also the same Indian pairing of Dipika Pallikal & Saurav Ghosal whom they beat in the 2016 climax.


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