King wins gold twice at World Doubles Squash Champs

Cambridge’s squash superstar Joelle King was the star of the show at the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships over the weekend, winning a gold medal in both the women’s final and the mixed final – allowing New Zealand to claim both gold medals for the second year running.

First partnering Amanda Landers-Murphy in the Women’s final, the Kiwi pair beat England’s Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters, fighting back from a game down and saving three match-balls from 10-8 in the decider to win 9-11, 11-1, 11-10 in 46 minutes.

Immediately afterwards, the 28-year-old World No.12 linked up with Paul Coll to face England pair Waters and Daryl Selby in the Mixed final, grabbing an 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 victory in 47 minutes.

Finals winners Joelle King, Paul Coll and Amanda Landers-Murphy show off their medals

“We have a great team spirit in the Kiwi camp. It’s been a tough week to start the season off, but a lot of fun, and we’re obviously delighted to be going back with more gold medals!” said Coll.

Englishman Selby said, “Al and Joelle both did really well to play two matches in a row and we weren’t far away in the end.”

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