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Joelle King

Antipodean Success Predicted For Commonwealth Games Doubles

New Zealand and hosts Australia are tipped for gold success in the three Doubles Squash events in next month's Commonwealth Games, according to the seedings revealed today by the World Squash Federation.

The Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles events will take place at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, from 10-15 April – immediately following the two Singles championships from 5-9 April.

Kiwi Joelle King is seeded to win Doubles gold – repeating the success she achieved in last August's WSF World Doubles Championships. Retaining the same partnerships, the 29-year-old World No.7 teams up with Amanda Landers-Murphy to head the seedings in the Women's Doubles, and is with World No.11 Paul Coll as favourites in the Mixed Doubles.

King was the hero of Team New Zealand in the 2010 Games in Delhi where she was a double Doubles medallist – winning gold in the Women's and bronze in the Mixed.

Alison Waters of England is expected to be a threat in both of King's Doubles bids. The 34-year-old Londoner, ranked at No.10 in the world, partners World No.17 Daryl Selby in the Mixed event, and links up with former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf in the Women's Doubles – and both pairings are the second seeds.

Alison Waters (left) v Raneem El Welily (right) during the 2018 Windy City Open

Waters was a silver Mixed medallist in the 2014 Games in Glasgow, while 35-year-old Duncalf – who like Waters is making her fourth appearance in the Games since 2006 – will arrive in Gold Coast looking to better successive silver medals in the Women's Doubles in 2010 and 2014.

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