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Archer and Goode retain title

04 August 2002

England's Simon Archer and Jo Goode retained the mixed doubles title they won at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.


Archer and Goode win it the hard way

Archer and Goode retained their title by beating Malaysians Chew Choon Eng and Chin Eei Hui in a four-set final.

Archer and Goode, ranked No 15 in the world and seeded four at the Games, won it the hard way, losing the first set 0-7 in just two minutes and 16 seconds.

But they ground their way back into contention, taking the second 7-5 and then won a crucial 13-minute third set 7-3 to put them back in the driving seat.

The Malaysian pair struggled to capitalise on their serve in set four, allowing Archer and Goode to race away to a 4-0 lead in set four.

Chew and Chin pulled back to 4-3, but Archer's power and guile became increasingly influential.

Roared on by a partisan home crowd, the experienced Archer and Goode began to take control.

At 6-3, and match point, Chen hit his long shot to give the English pair a three sets to one victory in 36 minutes.

Goode commented: "I felt as though I was still in bed. We have had a really tough schedule, we haven't had many rest days. I thought 'we had better wake up!' But we did it in the end, and that's the main thing."

"I don't think we played our best ever, but we seemed to scrape through the games on mental ability."

Team-mate Archer added: "It's fantastic. This feels better. We hammered everyone at Kuala Lumpur, but the expectation of the crowd here made things hard for us. It means so much to win in front of our home crowd, people who really appreciate it."

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