2019 NZ Doubles Open Round Up19 Mar 2019
A successful national doubles tournament had plenty of talent, competitive matches and even some unusual shot making on display at the National Squash Centre at Unitec over the weekend.
One of the favourites, 2018 Commonwealth Games player, Lance Beddoes retained his men’s doubles title by combining with Lwamba Chileshe (Waikato) to account for Victor Romero and Kashif Shuja 11-8, 11-9 and the team of Willz Donnelly and Anthony Lepper 11-7, 11-8 in the top three playoff pool.
In the mixed final it was Beddoes and New Zealand women’s team member, Abbie Palmer defeating Lwamba Chileshe and Ellie Epke 11-8, 11-9 for the win.
The women’s title was won by second seeds, Kaitlyn Watts (Manawatu) and Anika Jackson (Waikato) who were four wins from four matches, including over top seeds Epke and Palmer 11-8, 11-8.
The Masters category had top seeds Romero and Shuja from the Manawatu who won all four of their matches to take the title back to Palmerston North. Shaun Madden and Craig Stratford finish in second place with three wins from their four matches.
Women's Open - Anika Jackson (Waikato) & Kaitlyn Watts (Central)
Men's Open - Lance Beddoes (Auckland) & Lwamba Chileshe (Waikato)
Mixed Open - Lance Beddoes & Abbie Palmer (Auckland)
Masters - Kashif Shuja (Central) & Victor Romero (Central)
Men's Div 1 - Jason Burton-Brown (Central) & Croydon Rutherford (Central)
Men's Div 2 - Jonathan Choy (Auckland) & Rajat Wagh (Auckland)
Women's Div 1 - Wendy Calder (Waikato) & Daralyn Hurford (Waikato)
Mixed Social - Ken Louie (Waikato) & Wendy Calder
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