New Zealand & Wales Make World Quarter-Finals
28 Jul 2011
After a dramatic final day of qualifying action in the WSF Women's World Junior Team Squash Championship in Boston, USA, ninth seeds New Zealand and tenth seeds Wales claimed unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the World Squash Federation event at the Murr Center at Harvard University.
New Zealand faced eighth seeds Canada for second place in Pool A - and a berth in the quarter-finals. Megan Craig put the Kiwis ahead with a 41-minute win over Danielle Letourneau, but the match was anyone's all the way up to a nail-biting nine-all in the fifth!
"We knew that this would be the crucial one, and in matches like this anything can happen," Kiwi coach Joanne Williams told the official website www.worldsquash.org/worldjuniors2011 later. "The pressure was really on both sets of girls, but I think we were a little more nervous than they were, for some reason.
"Megan played so well, she did what needed to be done, and Danielle was so close to finishing it off. But Rebecca played really well in the last match. We're all just delighted to be through!"
Wales made their Pool B breakthrough on day one by beating seventh seeds Australia. But after going down to hosts USA, the No2 seeds, in the morning, the tenth seeds brushed aside championship newcomers Guyana 3/0 to ensure a second place finish in the pool - and a place in the quarter-finals.
The slip by Australia will leave the three times former champions outside the top eight for the third time in a row since 2005.
England, winners of the title five times, slipped up in their final tie in Pool D. After Emily Whitlock put the fourth seeds ahead against Malaysia, Vanessa Raj levelled the tie for the No5 seeds with an 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8 victory over Sophie Lemom.
The result puts both sides into the quarter-finals - but whilst Malaysia will line up against sixth seeds Hong Kong China, England must face third seeds India.
"That's a really good win for us - to beat England is a great achievement," said Malaysian coach Allan Pete Soyza. "The decider was an up and down match, but Sue Ann did really well to come back from two games down.
"It's a young team we have, and one of the best I've been involved with for team spirit and camaraderie.
"Tomorrow's another day, and it's wonderful that we're now guaranteed at least one Asian semi-finalist, but for now we'll just enjoy this win."
 EGYPT v  WALES
 MALAYSIA v  HONG KONG CHINA
 INDIA v  ENGLAND
 USA v  NEW ZEALAND
9th - 16th place play-offs:
 CANADA v [13/16] GUYANA
 FRANCE v [13/16] NETHERLANDS
 GERMANY v [13/16] ECUADOR
 AUSTRALIA v [13/16] SOUTH AFRICA
Official website: www.worldsquash.org/worldjuniors2011
Final qualifying rounds - Pool A:
 EGYPT bt  CANADA 3/0
Nour El Sherbini bt Michelle Gemmell 11-2, 8-11, 11-2, 11-1 (19m)
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy bt Abbey Foster 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (17m)
Nouran El Torky bt Hollie Naughton 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (22m)
 NEW ZEALAND bt [13/16] SOUTH AFRICA 3/0
Megan Craig bt Alexandra Fuller 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 (32m)
Danielle Fourie bt Lume Landman 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (23m)
Rebecca Barnett bt Elani Landman 11-8, 11-4, 11-8
 EGYPT bt [13/16] SOUTH AFRICA 3/0
Nour El Sherbini bt Elani Landman 11-0, 11-4, 11-6 (15m)
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy bt Julie Lee 11-2, 11-6, 11-2 (16m)
Nouran El Torky bt Lume Landman 11-2, 11-6, 11-2 (16m)
 NEW ZEALAND bt  CANADA 2/1
Megan Craig bt Danielle Letourneau 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (41m)
Danielle Fourie lost to Hollie Naughton 14-12, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 6-11 (47m)
Rebecca Barnett bt Michelle Gemmell 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 (36m)
Final positions: 1 Egypt, 2 New Zealand, 3 Canada, 4 South Africa
 AUSTRALIA bt [13/16] GUYANA 2/1
Tamika Saxby bt Ashley Khalil 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 (14m)
Jennifer Brown bt Kayla Jeffrey 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7
Selena Shaikh lost to Keisha Jeffrey 5-11, 12-10, 4-11, 5-11 (25m)
Final positions: 1 USA, 2 Wales, 3 Australia, 4 Guyana
 INDIA bt [13/16] ECUADOR 3/0
Anaka Alankamony bt Mireya Lucia Espinosa Proano 11-0, 11-2, 11-0
Ankita Sharma bt Maria Jose Guarderas 11-2, 11-5, 11-2
Aparajitha Balamurukan bt Nicole Gordillo Bravo 11-5, 11-2, 11-5
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  FRANCE 2/1
Ho Ka Po lost to Melissa Alves 6-11, 8-11, 3-11 (33m)
Choi Uen Shan bt Marie Stephan 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (22m)
Ho Tze-Lok bt Julia Lecoq 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 (38m)
Final positions: 1 India, 2 Hong Kong China, 3 France, 4 Ecuador
 MALAYSIA bt  ENGLAND 2/1
Tan Yan Xin lost to Emily Whitlock 7-11, 6-11, 5-11 (26m)
Vanessa Raj bt Sophie Lemom 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8 (34m)
Sue Ann Yong bt Katie Smith 12-14, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (62m)
 GERMANY bt [13/16] NETHERLANDS 2/1
Caroline Sayegh bt Ilona Lagerweij 12-10, 13-11, 11-9
Steffi Rosner lost to Nikki van der Heijden 7-11, 5-11, 8-11
Annika Wiese bt Tessa ter Sluis 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4
Final positions: 1 Malaysia, 2 England, 3 Germany, 4 Netherlands