Malaysia Oust Title-Holders Egypt In New Zealand
2 Dec 2010
Defending champions Egypt crashed out of the Women's World Team Squash Championship after losing 2/1 to Malaysia in today's quarter-finals of the biennial World Squash Federation event in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Raneem El Weleily had given Egypt the perfect start, with a straight games win over Low Wee Wern. However, world number one Nicol David squared the ledger with an 11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4 victory over Omneya Abdel Kawy.
Malaysia will now play Australia in the semis after the second seeds edged to a 2/1 win over USA. The Aussies got off to a flyer with Kasey Brown beating Latasha Khan in straight games, but former world number one Natalie Grainger turned things around for the US in the second match, bouncing back from two games down to beat Rachael Grinham, the world No5, in five games.
It turned out to be merely a speed bump for Australia as Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the record five time world champion who celebrated her 42nd birthday 24 hours earlier, strolled to an 11-4, 11-1, 11-2 victory over Olivia Blatchford, the 17-year-old US fourth string, in the decider.
Meanwhile, the fairytale continues for home favourites New Zealand. The fifth seeded kiwis beat France 2/1 to set up a semi-final with top seeds England.
Once again, it was Commonwealth Games star Joelle King who gave the hosts a positive start. The world number 17 raced to a 3/0 win over Isabelle Stoehr, winning 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 in 27 minutes. However, her gold medal partner Jaclyn Hawkes couldn't close out the tie, going down to Camille Serme, the tenth-ranked French top string, in straight games.
Kitchen says she had a few butterflies, but was confident her opponent would have had more. "I've definitely been in this situation many times before, being in the deciding match, whereas my opponent I think it's probably one of the first times she's been in that situation so I knew I had that on her."
Kitchen says it is great to be through to the semi-finals, but England is going to be a stiff challenge. However, she says a New Zealand win is not out of the question, based on England's surprise loss to Egypt in the final two years ago.
"The pressure's on them and we just have to relax - and we're going to have the home support as well."
The New Zealand players wore black arm bands today, in recognition of the 29 miners who lost their lives at the Pike River Coal Mine. The crowd also observed the nationwide two minutes silence at 2 o'clock.
England earned their place in the semis with a straightforward 3/0 win over Ireland. Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf both won in straight games, with Tania Bailey securing the dead rubber against Zoe Barr 2/0. The Irish weren't helped by the absence of their top player Madeline Perry, the world No6 who was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
 ENGLAND v  NEW ZEALAND
 AUSTRALIA v  MALAYSIA
5th - 8th place play-offs:
 FRANCE v  IRELAND
 EGYPT v  USA
9th - 12th place play-offs:
 NETHERLANDS v  HONG KONG
 INDIA v  SOUTH AFRICA
13th - 16th place play-offs:
 MEXICO v  JAPAN
 CANADA v  AUSTRIA
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 NEW ZEALAND bt  FRANCE 2/1
Joelle King bt Isabelle Stoehr 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 (27m)
Jaclyn Hawkes lost to Camille Serme 7-11, 5-11, 7-11 (26m)
Shelley Kitchen bt Coline Aumard 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (24m)
 MALAYSIA bt  EGYPT 2/1
Low Wee Wern lost to Raneem El Weleily 5-11, 4-11, 4-11 (21m)
Nicol David bt Omneya Abdel Kawy 11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4 (53m)
Delia Arnold bt Engy Kheirallah 11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8 (80m)
 AUSTRALIA bt  USA 2/1
Kasey Brown bt Latasha Khan 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (27m)
Rachael Grinham lost to Natalie Grainger 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 10-12 (49m)
Sarah Fitz-Gerald bt Olivia Blatchford 11-4, 11-1, 11-2 (18m)
9th - 16th place play-offs:
 NETHERLANDS bt  JAPAN 3/0
Annelize Naude bt Miwa Maekawa 11-2, 11-3, 11-7 (14m)
Vanessa Atkinson bt Misaki Kobayashi 11-6, 11-3, 7-11, 13-11 (52m)
Milou van der Heijden bt Yuki Sakai 11-7, 11-9 (14m)
 HONG KONG bt  MEXICO 2/1
Elise Ng bt Nayelly Hernandez 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (24m)
Liu Tsz-Ling lost to Samantha Teran 3-11, 9-11, 4-11 (23m)
Carmen Lee bt Imelda Salazar Martinez 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (21m)
 SOUTH AFRICA bt  CANADA 2/1
Siyoli Waters bt Alexandra Norman 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-2 (38m)
Tenille Swartz bt Miranda Ranieri 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (33m)
Cheyna Tucker lost to Stephanie Edmison 5-11, 8-11 (15m)
 INDIA bt  AUSTRIA 3/0
Joshna Chinappa bt Sandra Polak 11-4, 11-7, 12-10 (20m)
Dipika Pallikal bt Birgit Coufal 11-5, 8-11, 15-13, 11-5 (36m)
Anaka Alankamony bt Judith Gradnitzer 11-6, 11-7 (15m)