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Squash - 15. July 2015.

Grainger/Sobhy Win Doubles PanAm Games Gold

Grainger and Sobhy were unseeded in the women’s event – but wasted little time securing their place in the women’s final after beating Brazilians Tatiana Damasio Borges & Giovanna Veiga and second-seeded Colombians Catalina PelaezLaura Tovar.

“It’s not often you finish a match you’ve lost and feel awesome,” said Canadian No.1 Samantha Cornett after she and partner Nikki Todd took the US pair the full distance before going down 11-9, 9-11, 11-6.



“Fans came to the women’s doubles for excitement – and found it,” said World Squash Federation Vice President Linda MacPhail (action from the final pictured above). “The match was frantic and once the players took a break after the second game, it became a turning point.”


The triumph provided a second PanAm Games gold medal for both US partners (pictured above) – 38-year-old former world No.1 Grainger adding to her singles success in Brazil in 2007, and Sobhy, the 22-year-old world No.10 from New York, claiming her second in 24 hours after her Toronto singles title success.

“GOLD MEDAL for Team USA in the Doubles tonight!” Sobhy told her Twitters followers later. “So stoked to secure my 2nd PanAm gold medal tonight”


RESULTS: Pan American Games Squash Championships, Toronto, Canada

 

Women’s Doubles quarter-finals:
[1] Samantha Teran & Karla Urrutia (MEX) bt Giselle Delgado & Anita Pinto (CHI) 11-9, 8-11, 11-7
[3/4] Samantha Cornett & Nikki Todd (CAN) bt Pamela Anckermann & Winifer Bonilla (GUA) 11-7, 11-5
Natalie Grainger & Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [3/4] Tatiana Damasio Borges & Giovanna Veiga (BRA) 11-3, 11-10
[2] Catalina Pelaez & Laura Tovar (COL) bt Maria Antonella Falcione & Fernanda Rocha (ARG) 11-2, 11-6

Semi-finals:
[3/4] Samantha Cornett & Nikki Todd (CAN) bt [1] Samantha Teran & Karla Urrutia (MEX) 11-2, 11-7 (30m)
Natalie Grainger & Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [2] Catalina Pelaez & Laura Tovar (COL) 11-6, 11-6 (18m)

Final:
Natalie Grainger & Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [3/4] Samantha Cornett & Nikki Todd (CAN) 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 (32m)

PanAm images courtesy of Paige Stewart

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