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Australia make clean sweep at the Thailand stop of the Asian Tour

Australia's Christopher Bernard McHugh tries to block a drop from Kazakhstan's Alexey Sidorenko in the men's final showdown

Songkhla, Thailand, April 16, 2013 - Australia made it two in a row in Thailand when their men's and women's beach spikers beat their rivals in the finals to take home the gold medals at the Samila Open.

Third-seeds Louise Anne Bawden/Taliqua Shanice Clancy of Australia spent only 33 minutes to take the final against Thailand's Asian Beach Games gold medalists (2008) and Asian Games bronze medalists (2010), Jarunee Sannok and Usa Tenpaksee. The Australians won in straight sets 21-18 21-15.

This is the second title for the Aussie duo who won the women’s crown at the last week’s Khanom Open and who have fast become the favourites on the Asian Tour.

Top seeds, reigning champions and the current Asian Beach Games winners Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee of Thailand  outclassed Kazakhstan's Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova in straight sets (21-15, 21-12) to take third place.

Varapatsorn and Tanarattha suffered a shock defeat (17-21, 24-26) against Jarunee and Usa in the all-Thai semi-final clash. The second semi saw Bawden and Clancy power past Mashkova and Tsimbalova in a close battle that lasted a grueling 51 minutes. (21-18, 15-21, 15-9)

History also repeated itself in the men's event when second-seeds Isaac Leonard Kapa/Christopher Bernard McHugh of Australia stunned top-seeds Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko of Kazakhstan  in a rematch of last week's Khanom Open in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. With this win the Australians took the Khanom Open crown.

Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Yakovlev/Alexey Kuleshov finished third place following their 23-21 21-19 victory over New Zealand's Ben Martin O'Dea and Jason William Lochhead in a closely-contested clash.

In the semi-finals, Dyachenko/Sidorenko outclassed Yakovlev/Kuleshov (21-16, 21-13) in the all-Kazakhs battle, while Isaac Kapa/McHugh played an exhausting 65-minute clash against New Zealand’s Ben O'Dea and Lochhead. The Aussies recovered from the opening-set down 26-28 to take the remaining two sets 21-18, 15-9.


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