King And Landers-Murphy Beat Aussies To Make Women's Doubles Final15 Apr 2018
A big win for the New Zealand women's doubles pair of Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy has set up a chance for King to repeat her 2010 Commonwealth Games success.
King and Landers-Murphy put the tough Australian pair of Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquart to the sword in their semi winning 11-9 11-5 in just 20 minutes in front of a vocal crowd.
King, 29 will try and add another gold to the one she already has from her singles victory when they face the Indian team of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik at midday local time (2pm NZT) tomorrow (Sunday).
The women's doubles final will be King's 16th match of the Commonwealth Games, having played on every day of the event.
In 2010 at the Dehli Commonwealth Games King and Jackie Hawkes won the women's doubles gold medal.
On this occasion in their semifinal King was keen to give credit to her partner, Rotorua's Landers-Murphy who excelled throughout the match with plenty of winners in pressure situations.
Left-hander Landers-Muphy, 26 was typically bashful of her performance, but certainly happy to be in the final.
"It took a while for us to get in to it but once we got into it we were absolutely fired for it. Having Joey on my team she just comes over to me and tells me she believes in me, tells me to back myself and having that support allows me to play my game," said Landers-Murphy.
In the first game of the semi the Kiwis found themselves down 4-8 and 5-9 but came back and won six straight points to take the game and they carried the momentum into the second game as well as they gained a 6-1 lead.
"I think we definitely believed we could do it and come out and take it to our opponents after really tight first game we had to stay up and lift our levels as well. It's always our game plan to dominate the front. We definitely want to go in there and take the points at every opportunity," said Landers-Murphy.
For King it was a pleasure to have her partner take on a huge workload and hit the winners that counted.
"I was enjoying out there just being a spectator just as much as everyone in the crowd today. It was definitely the Amanda Landers-Murphy show. It's nice when it's your partner putting on a show like that. She's got better every game and I'm just proud of her. Amanda hit loads of winners. What changed in the first game when we came back was our intensity and doubles is all about momentum. We just came out and kept rolling with it. A pretty good performance all round," said King.
When it comes to the number of matches she has played throughout the Commonwealth Games, King just wants to keep winning....
"If you want to win medals you have to play that amount. It's like on a hamster wheel you just keep going. I think I'll crash at the end. Thanks to my wonderful partners who have my back out there."
Later this evening King will team up with Paul Coll in the mixed doubles bronze medal playoff when they take on the difficult English pair of Alison Waters and Daryl Selby.