World Championships Doubles Eliminator - Battle of the Brits
Open Champions, Tom Billings and Richard Owen, win 5-0 against fellow Brits, Mike Bailey and Nick James.
The first leg saw the Billings/Owen combination take a commanding 4-0 lead. The Billings serve and resilience, together with the Owen precision and power, were the deciding factor on Tuesday evening. Bailey and James fought hard and played some excellent Rackets but were ultimately chasing the game. The first two games were the tightest, as Bailey and James fought their way back into contention. However, it was the strength of Billing and Owen which saw them through.
The second leg saw Billings and Owen play superb Rackets to take the deciding game 15/3. Starting the game strongly to take an early 4-0 lead gave Billings and Owen the momentum. Bailey and James responded and played some spectacular Rackets but were always chasing the game. With both Billings and Owen serving with power and precision, they maintained the lead, gradually carving out further points to take the game and the match.
Both pairs stayed on court for a wonderful exhibition of Rackets to entertain the packed gallery, with Billings and Owen taking the spoils 15/3 15/10 15/12 11/15 15/2, completing the best-of-seven spectacle.
The reward for the winning pair is the right to challenge for the World Doubles Crown against reigning world champions, Jonathan Larken and James Stout in November. The stakes couldn’t be higher and excitement is heightened by the US lifting the travel ban on UK citizens entering the US, removing one of the main hurdles.