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Briggs and Wolfenden lift YONEX Canada Open title

Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden claimed the YONEX Canada Open title in Calgary on Sunday night with a 22-20 16-21 21-19 victory over Kim Won Ho and Seung Jae Seo.

Kim had already won the mixed double’s trophy earlier in the day but was denied a second success by the English pair who were eighth seeds for the tournament. 

Briggs and Wolfenden, in their first ever Grand Prix Final, snuck a very tight first set before the Koreans fought back to claim the second and force a decider.

The English duo raced into a 14-8 lead in the third set and, despite being pegged back by the Korean pair, they managed to hold on for the win.

Briggs and Wolfenden became the first English pair to win a men's doubles title since 2004.

It capped a perfect week for Briggs and Wolfenden in Calgary which saw them beat Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura 14-21, 21-17, 21-15 in their opening match on Wednesday.

They followed that up with a 21-18, 16-21, 21-17 win over Germany’s Daniel Benz and Andreas Heinz before knocking out second seeds Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko 8-21 21-16 21-15 in the quarter-finals.

The Korean duo of Hyuk Gyun Choi and Park Kyung Hoon were beaten in the semi-finals on Saturday before Briggs and Wolfenden secured the title with victory on Sunday.

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