Twelve down, four to go for Commonwealth Games quarterfinals


Canada's Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan are one of five women's teams to punch their tickets for the quarterfinals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Australia's Gold Coast.

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 8, 2018 - Seven men's and five women's sides have claimed quarterfinals berths with a day to spare in pool play at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast, where the sport is making its first ever appearance in the history of the competition.

Christopher McHugh / Damien Schumann of Australia remained undefeated in two games after winning against St Claire Hodge / Shawn Seabrookes of Saint Kitts & Nevis 2-0 (21-3, 21-11) in 32 minutes.

Daynte Stewart / Daneil Williams of Trinidad & Tobago shut out Fiji's Sairusi Cavula / Inia Korowale 2-0 (21-7, 21-17) in 38 minutes to also remain undefeated and make the quarterfinals in the men's competition.

And Cyprus' Jimmy Apostolou / Giorgos Chrysostomou scored a convincing win over Mozambique's Carlos Acacio / Delcio Soares 2-0 (21-18, 21-17) in 37 minutes to secure the remaining quarterfinal spot in the men's competition as one of the two best third-ranked teams.

In the same pool as the Cypriots, for a third day in a row, New Zealand's Ben and Sam O'Dea brothers came back from a set down for a win, this time over England's Chris Gregory / Jake Sheaf 2-1 (14-21, 21-18, 15-8) in 53 minutes to top the group undefeated.

In the women's event the top two strong favourites secured their spots in the quarterfinals with comfortable wins on Sunday before sellout crowds at Coolangatta Beach.

Canada's Melissa Humana-Paredes / Sarah Pavan downed Abby Blackman / Rheeza Grant of Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 (21-7, 21-8) in 31 minutes for their second win in the tournament, while Australia's Mariafe Artacho del Solar / Taliqua Clancy won against Scotland's Lynne Beattie / Melissa Coutts 2-0 (21-9, 21-9) in 32 minutes to top their pool undefeated.

Jessica Grimson / Victoria Palmer of England also remained undefeated and advanced to Tuesday's quarterfinals with a 2-0 (21-9, 21-7) win in 31 minutes over Fiji's Laite Nima / Iliseva Ratudina.

In similar fashion, Vanuatu's Linline Matauatu / Miller Pata are through following a 2-0 (21-15, 21-10) win in 33 minutes over Rwanda's Denyse Mutatsimpundu / Charlotte Nzayisenga, as are New Zealand's Shaunna Polley / Kelsie Wills who beat Ee Shan Lau / Wei Yu Ong of Singapore 2-0 (21-16, 21-5) in 36 minutes.

Each of the men's and women's events includes twelve teams in three pools of four for the first phase. The top two of each pool and the best two of the third-ranked teams advance to the quarterfinals on April 10, which are followed by semifinals on April 11 and the medals matches on April 12.

Get full results, statistics, schedules and more on the official Gold Coast 2018 website.

Pool play at Gold Coast wraps up on Monday with nine more matches across three sessions.

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