With the conclusion of just their second tournament together, Canadian pair Julie Gordon and Camille Saxton proved to be too strong a force, winning gold at the World Tour event in Sepparton, Australia.
The event at Shepparton is the first World Tour event held in Australian since 2001.
In route to their gold medal, Gordon/Saxton didn’t drop a single set. In the final match of the tournament for the Canadians they faced German pair Kim Behrens and Anni Schumacher, winning in a two set sweep 2-0, (21-17, 21-14). In the second set, the German’s took the lead twice, but Gordon/Saxton were able to fight back each time.
“We’re still not quite happy, but we are looking forward to the next event. We are aiming to be together for the long term, with the World Championships this year and the Commonwealth Games next year are our goals,” said Gordon.
Taking the bronze medal was top-seeded Australian pair Nikki Laird and Phoebe Bell, who were able to bounce back from their disappointing semifinal match loss over German duo Leonie Kortzinger and Sandra Seyfferth. Rallying behind their home crowd, the Australian squad was able to put together a two set victory for the bronze 2-0, (21-14, 21-16).
Bell and Laird are a newly formed team that did not drop a set up until they face Behrens and Schumacher in the semifinals.