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Australia take double gold at Samila Open

Australia take double gold at Samila Open

Australia completed clean sweep of men’s and women’s titles at the action-packed AVC Beach Tour 23rd Samila Open at the wonderful white sandy Samila Beach on Tuesday.

Paul Burnett and Jack Pearse dashed Iranian hopes of winning two AVC Beach Tour events on the trot, before Jasmine Fleming and Georgia Johnson came from behind to beat Kiwis Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley in three sets.

In the morning women’s semifinals, Fleming and Johnson showcased their prowess with swift counter-attacks and efficient blocks to power past Japanese third seeds Asami Shiba and Saki Maruyama 2-0 (21-16, 22-20).

Kiwi fourth seeds and 2022 Asian winners Zeimann and Polley denied Stefie Fejes and Jana Milutinovic’s hopes of setting up an all-Australian, beating the Australian top seeds for the second time this season 2-0 (21-17, 21-14).

In the highly-anticipated final, Fleming and Johnson rebounded from a slow start to seal the dramatic 2-1 (13-21, 21-18, 15-13) win for the women’s crown.

In the third-place playoff clash earlier, Fejes and Milutinovic defeated Shiba and Maruyama 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) for bronze medal.

Australia also stamped their authority in the men’s event, with fifth seeds Burnett and Pearse defeating last week’s Nuvali Open woinners Abbas Pourasgari and Alireza Aghajanighasab in the gold medal match.

Earlier, Burnett and Pearse defeated Kiwi sixth seeds Thomas Reid and John McManaway in the semi-finals.

The AVC Beach Tour breaks now until July when the Tianjin Open will be played in China.

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