Hosts New Zealand Set Up World Qualifying Showdown
30 Nov 2010
Hosts New Zealand will face Malaysia in the expected Pool D showdown at the Women's World Team Squash Championship after comfortable wins in today's second qualifying round of the biennial World Squash Federation event in Palmerston North.
Both sides are assured of places in the quarter-finals, but the second-placed team will face a tougher route to the semis.
Fifth seeds New Zealand were again in sparkling form, knocking over Hong Kong China 3/0. Tamsyn Leevey, playing her first singles match for New Zealand since 2006, took just 20 minutes to dispose of Karman Siu. Jaclyn Hawkes quickly made it 2/0 with a straight games victory over Liu Tsz-Ling and Joelle King completed the whitewash with an 11-5, 11-4 11-5 victory over Carmen Lee.
Shelley Kitchen was given the day off, after an impressive win yesterday in her first competitive match in over a year following the birth of baby daughter Amalia in February.
Malaysia, the fourth seeds, were also largely untroubled, notching up a 3/0 win over Canada. Sharon Wee, Nicol David and Delia Arnold all won in straight games, to hand Canada their second 3/0 loss in a row.
Malaysia and New Zealand may be vying for the most supporters at the International Pacific College with a large group of Malaysian students set to attend, along with a contingent from the High Commission in Wellington. Nicol David says they are often well-supported, due to the efforts of Malaysian officials.
"We're just very fortunate that the High Commission get informed where the squash players are and they try their best to recruit all the Malaysians around the area," explained the world number one.
The New Zealand camp have put out a call to locals to come out in support of their team, to avoid the prospect of being outnumbered by the visitors!
"There always seems to be a lot of Malaysians everywhere in the world so hopefully the Kiwis get down here in support," said the confident NZ number two Joelle King.
"I know a lot of us have people coming especially in for tomorrow onwards, so we are definitely hoping to match them!"
Meanwhile England stepped up a gear from their day one performance to crush the Netherlands 3/0. Tania Bailey, making her fifth appearance in the championships since 2000, gave the top seeds the early advantage with an 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 victory over Orla Noom, and team-mate Jenny Duncalf continued her recent dominance over former world champion Vanessa Atkinson to make it 2/0. Second string Laura Massaro wrapped up a comfortable day for the English with a straight games win over Annelize Naude.
In the other Pool A tie, USA bounced back from the disappointment of yesterday's loss to England with a comprehensive 3/0 win over Austria. American number one Natalie Grainger sat out the tie, but her team was still too good for the Austrians, winning all three matches in straight games.
It was business as usual for the remaining top teams in the later session on day two of the championship.
Australia and Egypt also notched up their second successive 3/0 victories, with New Zealand the only team outside the top four yet to drop a game.
The second-seeded Australians look to be in ominous form after making light work of 10th seeds India. However, Egypt's victory was probably the most impressive. The defending champions showed they are not about to give up their title easily, as they put the sixth seeds France to the sword.
Egyptian teenager Nour El Tayeb had a straight forward 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 win over Coline Aumard and Omneya Abdel Kawy downed French number one Camille Serme 11-5, 11-6, 11-9. However, Raneem El Weleily was given a tougher workout by Isabelle Stoehr, edging to a 12-10, 16-14, 11-3 victory.
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2nd qualifying round - Pool A:
 ENGLAND bt  NETHERLANDS 3/0
Tania Bailey bt Orla Noom 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (28m)
Jenny Duncalf bt Vanessa Atkinson 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (22m)
Laura Massaro bt Annelize Naude 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
 AUSTRALIA bt  INDIA 3/0
Donna Urquhart bt Anwesha Reddy 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (22m)
Rachael Grinham bt Joshna Chinappa 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (18m)
Kasey Brown bt Anaka Alankamony 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (22m)
 EGYPT bt  FRANCE 3/0
Nour El Tayeb bt Coline Aumard 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 (30m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Camille Serme 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (25m)
Raneem El Weleily bt Isabelle Stoehr 12-10, 16-14, 11-3 (26m)
 SOUTH AFRICA bt  MEXICO 3/0
Milnay Louw bt Nayelly Hernandez 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (38m)
Tenille Swartz bt Samantha Teran 11-8, 2-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7 (59m)
Siyoli Waters bt Graciela Lopez Perez 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (23m)
 MALAYSIA bt  CANADA 3/0
Sharon Wee bt Stephanie Edmison 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (33m)
Nicol David bt Miranda Ranieri 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 (26m)
Delia Arnold bt Alexandra Norman 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (34m)