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RESULTS: WSF World Team Squash Championship, Marseille, France

Final:
[1] EGYPT bt [2] ENGLAND 2/zero
Karim Abdel Gawad bt Nick Matthew 11-9, 11-Three, 11-7 (34m)
Ali Farag bt James Willstrop 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (36m)

Bronze medallists: [4] AUSTRALIA & [5] HONG KONG CHINA

fifth place play-off:
[3] FRANCE bt [6] NEW ZEALAND 2/1
Gregoire Marche misplaced to Paul Coll 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, Eight-11 (73m)
Mathieu Castagnet bt Campbell Grayson 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (45m)
Lucas Serme bt Evan Williams 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (37m)

seventh place play-off:
[8] INDIA bt [10] SCOTLAND 2/1
Vikram Malhotra misplaced to Alan Clyne 5-11, 14-16, 7-11 (37m)
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu bt Greg Lobban 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 (41m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Douglas Kempsell 11-Eight, 11-7, 5-11, 11-1 (44m)

ninth place play-off:
[7] GERMANY bt [11] USA 2/zero
Simon Rösner bt Todd Harrity 11-Eight, Eight-11, 11-Three, 11-5 (37m)
Raphael Kandra bt Christopher Gordon 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (35m)

11th place play-off:
[12] SPAIN bt [9] MALAYSIA 2/1
Iker Pajares Bernabeu misplaced to Nafiizwan Adnan Eight-11, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11 (63m)
Carlos Cornes bt Eain Yow Ng 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (62m)
Bernat Jaume bt Addeen Idrakie 11-2, 11-Eight, 11-9 (42m)

13th place play-off:
[14] CANADA bt [13] WALES 2/1
Nick Sachvie misplaced to Peter Creed 6-11, Eight-11, Eight-11 (45m)
Shawn Delierre bt Emyr Evans 11-6, 13-11, Three-11, 7-11, 17-15 (92m)
Andrew Schnell bt David Haley 7-11, 11-Eight, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7 (71m)

15th place play-off:
[15] FINLAND bt [16] SWITZERLAND 2/1
Olli Tuominen misplaced to Nicolas Müller 11-7, 5-11, 11-13, 12-14 (50m)
Miko Äijänen bt Dimitri Steinmann 11-Eight, 13-11, 11-Four (32m)
Jami Äijänen bt Roman Allinckx 6-11, 11-9, 11-Four, 6-11, 12-10 (52m)

17th place play-off:
[18] ARGENTINA bt [22] SOUTH AFRICA 2/zero
Leandro Romiglio bt Christo Potgieter 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)
Robertino Pezzota bt Rodney Durbach 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9 (64m)

19th place play-off:
[17] PAKISTAN bt [20] IRELAND 2/zero
Farhan Zaman bt Arthur Gaskin 11-6, 11-7, 11-Eight (24m)
Shahjahan Khan bt Brian Byrne 11-Eight, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)

21st place play-off:
[19] CZECH REPUBLIC bt [21] JAMAICA 2/zero
Daniel Mekbib bt Christopher Binnie Eight-11, 11-6, 11-Eight, 11-6 (42m)
Ondrej Uherka bt Lewis Walters 11-Four, 11-Eight, 13-11 (35m)

23rd place play-off:
[24] IRAQ bt [23] AUSTRIA 2/1
Husham Al-Saadi misplaced to Aqeel Rehman 7-11, 2-11, 6-11 (25m)
Hasanain Dakheel bt Jakob Dirnberger 7-11, 11-Four, 11-Eight, 11-2 (36m)
Rasool Alsultani bt Lukas Windischberger 11-9, 11-Three, 11-6 (30m)

Dominant Egypt Reclaim World Team Title In Marseille

Favourites Egypt defeated defending champions England within the closing of the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship at Salle Vallier in Marseille to reclaim the World Squash Federation title they misplaced to England 4 years in the past in Mulhouse, additionally in France.

England reached the ultimate for the ninth time since 1983 in comfy type and offered a line-up for the ultimate boasting three gamers with greater than 300 worldwide caps between them – most likely probably the most skilled crew ever to characterize the nation within the 50 years of the event!

By distinction the four-man Egyptian squad solely included one participant who had ever competed within the championship earlier than – but the three-man crew within the closing all had rankings inside the world high 5!

With the agreed taking part in order being 1, 2, Three, title-holders England offered three-time world champion Nick Matthew, the 37-year-old world No.6 showing within the occasion for the seventh time since 2003, to face 26-year-old world No.Four Karim Abdel Gawad, a championship debutant.

Matthew was clearly not the participant who despatched Australian primary Ryan Cuskelly in straight video games simply 24 hours earlier. The Yorkshireman was compelled to take a three-minute ‘self-inflicted harm break’ halfway by means of the second recreation – and it later transpired that he had suffered a minor recurrence of his outdated ankle harm in the course of the warm-up for the match.

After simply 34 minutes, Egypt took the lead when Gawad (pictured above with Matthew) claimed an 11-9, 11-Three, 11-7 victory.

Egyptian quantity two Ali Farag was additionally making his debut within the closing – whereas English opponent James Willstrop was not solely celebrating his fifth successive World Team Championship battle towards an Egyptian opponent since 2003, but in addition his 156th cap for his nation.

Former world primary Willstrop, 34, did what he may to maintain his 24-year-old opponent at bay – however Farag was clearly on a mission and after 36 minutes clasped his face in his fingers as he celebrated his championship-winning 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 triumph.

“The word big is an understatement – it is much bigger than big!” gushed Farag (pictured under in motion with Willstrop) when requested to touch upon the importance of the win.

“I felt I had the entire Egyptian squash group on my shoulders. I wished to make them proud.

“Four years in the past, I used to be nonetheless in school. I bear in mind watching the ultimate – it was a dream of mine to put on the Egyptian shirt.

“Winning the US Open with my wife Nour (El Tayeb) was very special, of course – but, because this was for Egypt, I can say it is the highlight of my career.”

When it was identified that Egypt had the posh of not taking part in their fourth string Ramy Ashour, one of many sport’s biggest names and a three-time world champion, Farag stated: “It says quite a bit about how a lot he values the crew that Ramy, our captain, was completely happy to go away the crew choice to our coach and never play tonight.

“We will celebrate for just tonight then get back to work to prepare for next week’s PSA World Championship.”

Ashraf Hanafi, the recently-appointed Egyptian nationwide coach, added: “The most important thing is that we have got the title back. I am very happy to be their coach.”

Nick Matthew had a lot reward for England’s successors: “They had been high quality opponents tonight – particularly Ali towards James.

“We knew we had the expertise and we hoped that might carry us by means of, however I didn’t fairly get into the match.

“We felt we had extra to present. We had been taking part in guys on the pinnacle of their careers. We wished to push them to their absolute limits – we knew we had the perfect alternative now earlier than they dominate for maybe the following decade.

“But we’re proud that we are still second best in the world.”

On his harm, Matthew defined: “It was in January 2015 that I used to be instructed I wanted surgical procedure on my ankle – because of which I modified my entire life round: I modified every thing on the again of that – my coaching, my food plan, my taking part in.

“The manner I performed within the semis towards Australia was among the finest squash I’ve performed this season. But I felt a twinge in the course of the heat up. The method of my defeat gave them the momentum going into the second match.

“But I don’t want to overshadow their dominant form tonight.”

Success in Marseille implies that Egypt now have all the boys’s and ladies’s, senior and junior, crew and particular person WSF and PSA world titles – EXCEPT the Men’s Junior World Team title, through which closing in 2016 the nation narrowly misplaced to Pakistan!

After their shock quarter-final exit to Hong Kong China, hosts France – the third seeds – beat New Zealand within the play-off for fifth place earlier right this moment on the all-glass showcourt at Salle Vallier.

Third string Lucas Serme clinched victory within the decider, beating Kiwi Evan Williams (each pictured under).

“If someone had told me we’d be playing on finals day I would have been delighted,” stated French nationwide coach Renan Lavigne. “But to not play for fifth place!

“It’s not we’d been working for. But I assumed Hong Kong handled the state of affairs on Friday higher than we did and it’s important to hand that to them. My guys gave every thing they’d.

“The final two days have been the hardest for me over the previous 5 years. We’ve been taking a look at every thing, together with what we have to do to enhance.

“We intentionally rested Greg (Gaultier) right this moment to present the remainder of the crew the duty, they usually did what we wished – and though Marche misplaced, he confirmed nice energy and bought a little bit of confidence again.

“Next week we can make amends in Manchester (at the PSA World Championship) – but as far as this event is concerned we will have to wait another two years. It’s in Washington in the USA – and we will be there!”

One of the primary positions to be determined amongst the 24 groups was the one for 23rd place – gained in spectacular type, towards the percentages, by Iraq, the 24th seeds making their debut within the occasion.

With 45-year-old Rodney Durbach within the squad, 22nd seeds South Africa ended up in a creditable 18th place after shedding 2/zero to 18th seeds Argentina within the play-off for 17th place. Durbach, his nation’s most capped participant, endured his third successive five-game battle, this time narrowly taking place 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9.

Despite crew primary Borja Golan being unavailable for the final three days resulting from harm, 12th seeds Spain led to 11th place to report their highest end ever in 13 appearances since 1985.

Scotland additionally achieved their finest end since 2003 after taking eighth place.

 

– ENDS –

Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director


Semi-finals:
[1] EGYPT bt [5] HONG KONG CHINA 2/zero
Marwan Elshorbagy bt Yip Tsz Fung 11-Three, Eight-11, 11-Four, 11-7 (39m)
Karim Abdel Gawad bt Max Lee 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7 (67m)

[2] ENGLAND bt [4] AUSTRALIA Three/zero
Daryl Selby bt Zac Alexander 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (62m)
Nick Matthew bt Ryan Cuskelly 11-Eight, 11-6, 11-Four (48m)
James Willstrop bt Cameron Pilley 12-10, 11-6 (22m)

fifth – eighth place play-offs:
[3] FRANCE bt [10] SCOTLAND 2/zero
Lucas Serme bt Douglas Kempsell 11-7, 11-Four, 11-6 (27m)
Gregory Gaultier bt Alan Clyne 11-9, 11-Four, 11-6 (34m)

[6] NEW ZEALAND bt [8] INDIA 2/1
Ben Grindrod misplaced to Mahesh Mangaonkar Four-11, 7-11, 5-11 (29m)
Paul Coll bt Saurav Ghosal 7-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-Four, 11-1 (70m)
Campbell Grayson bt Vikram Malhotra 11-Eight, 13-15, 11-1, 11-Four (51m)

ninth – 12th place play-offs:
[11] USA bt [9] MALAYSIA 2/1
Chris Hanson bt Addeen Idrakie 15-13, 11-6, 11-6 (36m)
Todd Harrity misplaced to Nafiizwan Adnan 13-11, Four-11, 11-6, 7-11, 7-11 (73m)
Christopher Gordon bt Eain Yow Ng 11-5, 12-10, 6-11, 12-10 (47m)

[7] GERMANY bt [12] SPAIN 2/1
Valentin Rapp misplaced to Bernat Jaume 2-11, 2-11, 5-11 (26m)
Simon Rösner bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu 11-7, 5-11, 11-13, 11-1, 11-2 (59m)
Rudi Rohrmuller bt Carlos Cornes 11-Eight, 11-Eight, Four-11, 11-Four (50m)

13th – 16th place play-offs:
[13] WALES bt [15] FINLAND 2/1
David Haley bt Jami Äijänen 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 (41m)
Peter Creed bt Olli Tuominen 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-Eight (49m)
Emyr Evans misplaced to Miko Äijänen 12-10, 1-11, 7-11 (45m)

[14] CANADA bt [16] SWITZERLAND 2/1
Michael McCue bt Roman Allinckx 11-9, 11-5, 11-Three (43m)
Nick Sachvie misplaced to Nicolas Müller 9-11, Four-11, Four-11 (31m)
Shawn Delierre bt Dimitri Steinmann 11-9, 17-15, 10-12, Four-11, 11-7 (99m)

17th – 20th place play-offs:
[22] SOUTH AFRICA bt [17] PAKISTAN 2/1
Rodney Durbach bt Asim Khan 9-11, 11-Eight, 11-7, 11-13, 12-10 (58m)
Thoboki Mohohlo misplaced to Farhan Zaman 9-11, 11-Eight, 6-11, 7-11 (39m)
Christo Potgieter bt Shahjahan Khan 11-6, 6-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-7 (54m)

[18] ARGENTINA bt [20] IRELAND 2/1
Rodrigo Obregon misplaced to Sean Conroy 11-7, 11-2, Eight-11, 7-11, 10-12 (67m)
Leandro Romiglio bt Arthur Gaskin 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (43m)
Robertino Pezzota bt Brian Byrne 13-15, 11-7, Four-11, 11-6, 11-7 (67m)

21st – 24th place play-offs:
[19] CZECH REPUBLIC bt [23] AUSTRIA 2/1
Jakub Solnicky bt Paul Mairinger 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 (26m)
Daniel Mekbib misplaced to Aqeel Rehman 5-11, 9-11, 11-Eight, 11-7, 6-11 (50m)
Martin Svec bt Jakob Dirnberger Three-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-Eight (39m)

[21] JAMAICA bt [24] IRAQ 2/1
Dane Schwier misplaced to Hasanain Dakheel Three-11, Eight-11, 1-11 (16m)
Christopher Binnie bt Husham Al-Saadi 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 (38m)
Lewis Walters bt Mohammed Hasan 14-12, 13-11, 11-6 (30m)

Title-Holders England To Face Top Seeds Egypt In World Final In Marseille

Defending champions England and high seeds Egypt will contest the ultimate of the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship for the third time in a row after prevailing within the semi-finals of the biennial World Squash Federation occasion in Marseille with out dropping a match.

England, the second seeds, overcame arch-rivals Australia Three/zero whereas favourites Egypt noticed off shock semi-finalists Hong Kong China – the fifth seeds who shocked hosts France within the quarter-finals.

Despite the absence of the house facet, the packed crowd at Salle Vallier totally engaged with the groups on present – significantly throwing themselves behind underdogs Hong Kong of their battle with Egypt.

The victory over perennial rivals Australia noticed England safe a spot within the closing for the ninth time since 1983. The two international locations have gained the title 13 occasions between them – and had been clashing within the championship for the 12th time since 1983, with England narrowly forward 6-5 earlier than right this moment’s encounter.

The groups’ third strings took to the courtroom for the opening match – with Aussie underdog Zac Alexander, ranked 126 on the planet, dealing with world No.15 Daryl Selby (each pictured above). It was the pair’s first assembly and Alexander saved a recreation ball within the first recreation earlier than taking the lead 12-10. But Selby quickly stamped his authority on the match, taking the following three video games 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 to present England the lead.

Aussie No.1 Ryan Cuskelly got here into the second match after being taken to 5 video games in a gruelling 97-minute encounter with Kiwi Paul Collthe night time earlier than. The New South Welshman confronted Nick Matthew, the three-time world champion whom he had by no means crushed in 4 conferences in seven years.

World No.6 Matthew delivered a masterclass in constant squash to beat Cuskelly, ranked eight locations decrease, 11-Eight, 11-6, 11-Four (each pictured above) to clinch England’s place within the closing.

In the best-of-three lifeless rubber which gave England most factors, world No.10 James Willstrop – taking part in in his third successive world championship battle towards Australia since 2007 – defeated Cameron Pilley 12-10, 11-6.

“We’ve got New Zealand to thank for pushing Australia hard in their quarter-final last night,” Matthew instructed the group when interviewed post-match. “I’m sorry it gained’t be France, however I can’t look ahead to tomorrow’s closing – whoever we play!”

England crew coach David Campion was impressed with Alexander. “He led all through many of the first recreation and it was solely in third recreation that you can see that Daryl was attending to him.

“Nick had a plan in his match and it labored.

“We’ve bought massively skilled gamers and we’ll be prepared tomorrow, whether or not it’s Egypt or Hong Kong.”

The Hong Kong gamers who lined up for the semi-final had been the three stalwarts who silenced the group 24 hours earlier by denying the hosts a crack on the title – and consigned France to the bottom end within the occasion for a minimum of 16 years.

In the opening match, Egypt’s world No.5 Marwan Elshorbagy dropped a recreation earlier than prevailing 11-Three, Eight-11, 11-Four, 11-7 over the Hong Kong No.Three Yip Tsz Fung (each pictured above).

The second match went the complete distance – Egypt’s reigning world champion Karim Abdel Gawad twice having to deal with fightbacks from Max Lee earlier than beating his HK opponent (each pictured under) 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7 in 67 minutes.

Recently-appointed Egyptian nationwide coach Ashraf Hanafi admitted afterwards: “That was onerous – I’ve full respect for Hong Kong. They proved that it wasn’t luck yesterday. They had been very robust.

“The quality was very high. Max never gave up. It was good for squash.”

When requested to touch upon the up-coming closing, Hanafi exclaimed: “England is England! All three players are very experienced. We have to prepare ourselves for them!”

Recalling the defeat to England within the earlier championship 4 years in the past, Hanafi added: “I hope we will get revenge for our defeat in 2013.”

Hong Kong nationwide coach Chris Robertson, additionally a current appointment, stated: “I used to be more than happy with my crew. They performed with loads of assault and no worry. They put in efficiency – significantly Max. I used to be actually completely happy that they had been capable of play like this, significantly after final night time.

“They regarded comfy towards Egypt – they had been so dynamic, so aggressive so assured.

“I thought we were on a par with them for a lot of the time.”

In battles for decrease positions, France recovered from the shock of their quarter-final defeat to beat Scotland 2/zero to arrange a gathering with New Zealand within the play-off for fifth place. The sixth seeds defeated eighth seeds India 2/1.

South African veteran Rodney Durbach, the 45-year-old who’s marking his ninth look within the championships since making his debut 22 years in the past in 1995, wound again the clock to outlive his second successive five-game marathon to guide his nation into the play-off for 17th place. South Africa beat 17th seeds Pakistan 2/1 and, seeded 22, will end effectively forward of their seeding.

Final line-up:
[1] EGYPT v [2] ENGLAND

third place: [4] AUSTRALIA & [5] HONG KONG CHINA

fifth place play-off:
[3] FRANCE v [6] NEW ZEALAND

seventh place play-off:
[8] INDIA v [10] SCOTLAND

ninth place play-off:
[7] GERMANY v [11] USA

11th place play-off:
[9] MALAYSIA v [12] SPAIN

13th place play-off:
[13] WALES v [14] CANADA

15th place play-off:
[15] FINLAND v [16] SWITZERLAND

17th place play-off:
[18] ARGENTINA v [22] SOUTH AFRICA

19th place play-off:
[17] PAKISTAN v [20] IRELAND

21st place play-off:
[19] CZECH REPUBLIC v [21] JAMAICA

23rd place play-off:
[23] AUSTRIA v [24] IRAQ

 

– ENDS –

 

Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director

 


Quarter-finals:
[1] EGYPT bt [10] SCOTLAND Three/zero
Karim Abdel Gawad bt Alan Clyne 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (34m)
Ramy Ashour bt Kevin Moran 11-5, 11-9, 11-Four (24m)
Marwan Elshorbagy bt Greg Lobban 11-7, 11-Eight (32m)

[5] HONG KONG CHINA bt [3] FRANCE 2/1
Max Lee misplaced to Gregory Gaultier 6-11, 5-11, 11-13 (45m)
Yip Tsz Fung bt Mathieu Castagnet 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-Four (67m)
Leo Au bt Gregoire Marche 11-6, 7-11, 11-Eight, 11-2 (57m)

[4] AUSTRALIA bt [6] NEW ZEALAND 2/1
Ryan Cuskelly misplaced to Paul Coll Eight-11, 11-Eight, 6-11, 11-9, 9-11 (97m)
Zac Alexander bt Evan Williams 11-Four, 11-6, 12-10 (35m)
Cameron Pilley bt Campbell Grayson 11-Three, 11-Eight, 11-9 (49m)

[2] ENGLAND bt [8] INDIA Three/zero
Nick Matthew bt Saurav Ghosal 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 (76m)
Daryl Selby bt Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu 11-2, 11-Four, 11-2 (37m)
James Willstrop bt Vikram Malhotra 11-Four, 9-11, 11-Eight (26m)

ninth – 16th place play-offs:
[9] MALAYSIA bt [15] FINLAND 2/1
Nafiizwan Adnan misplaced to Olli Tuominen 11-6, 12-14, 5-11, Three-11 (42m)
Addeen Idrakie bt Jami Äijänen 6-11, 11-Four, 11-7, 11-7 (44m)
Eain Yow Ng bt Miko Äijänen 11-7, 11-Four, 11-Eight (31m)

[11] USA bt [13] WALES 2/1
Todd Harrity bt Joel Makin 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-Eight, 11-9 (65m)
Chris Hanson bt Emyr Evans 9-11, 11-Four, 11-Three, 11-7 (46m)
Christopher Gordon misplaced to Peter Creed 11-Eight, Eight-11, ret. (16m)

[12] SPAIN bt [14] CANADA 2/zero
Iker Pajares Bernabeu bt Nick Sachvie 11-Eight, 7-11, 12-10, 11-5 (72m)
Bernat Jaume bt Michael McCue 11-9, 11-Eight, Four-11, 11-6 (53m)

[7] GERMANY bt [16] SWITZERLAND 2/zero
Simon Rösner bt Nicolas Müller 14-12, 11-7, 11-7 (40m)
Valentin Rapp bt Reiko Peter 12-14, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6 (86m)

17th – 24th place play-offs:
[17] PAKISTAN bt [23] AUSTRIA 2/1
Farhan Zaman misplaced to Aqeel Rehman 11-7, 5-11, 11-13, 7-11 (39m)
Asim Khan bt Paul Mairinger 11-Three, 11-5, 11-Four (27m)
Shahjahan Khan bt Jakob Dirnberger 11-Eight, 11-7, 11-9 (37m)

[22] SOUTH AFRICA bt [19] CZECH REPUBLIC 2/1
Christo Potgieter misplaced to Daniel Mekbib 11-Eight, Three-11, 9-11, 11-9, Eight-11 (65m)
Gary Wheadon bt Ondrej Uherka 11-7, 11-2, 11-Three (33m)
Rodney Durbach bt Martin Svec 6-11, 11-Eight, 11-7, 5-11, 13-11 (55m)

[20] IRELAND bt [24] IRAQ 2/1
Arthur Gaskin bt Mohammed Hasan 11-Eight, 11-6, 13-11 (36m)
Sean Conroy bt Rasool Alsultani 14-12, 11-7, 11-Three (34m)
Brian Byrne misplaced to Hasanain Dakheel 11-9, 10-12, Four-11 (32m)

[18] ARGENTINA bt [21] JAMAICA 2/1
Leandro Romiglio misplaced to Christopher Binnie 9-11, Four-11, 11-Eight, Eight-11 (53m)
Rodrigo Obregon bt Bruce Burrowes 11-Three, 11-Three, 11-7 (25m)
Robertino Pezzota bt Lewis Walters 11-7, 7-11, 11-Three, 7-11, 11-Three (53m)

Hong Kong Deny Hosts In Major World Championship Upset In Marseille

Hong Kong China relegated France to their lowest end within the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship for a minimum of 16 years after upsetting the hosts within the quarter-finals of the biennial World Squash Federation occasion in entrance of a capability French crowd at Salle Vallier in Marseille.

The third seeds, led by world No.1 Gregory Gaultier, had been anticipated to outlive this early encounter en-route to reaching their predicted place within the semi-finals, earlier than then totally exploiting dwelling benefit in Sunday’s closing by successful the title for the primary time.

Hong Kong had been the fifth seeds – bidding to attain their highest ever place since ending in eighth place in 2003.

Gaultier was in his typical defiant kind as he put France forward together with his fourth successive straight video games win within the championship.

The match towards the Hong Kong primary Max Lee, nonetheless, led to controversial circumstances when, some 10 minutes after successful match ball at 10-9, he and Lee returned to the courtroom to play out the end once more after it was realised that the referee had miscalled the rating at 9-Eight when it was in reality eight-all.

The crowd went silent when Lee moved forward to recreation ball at 11-10 – however the French ‘General’ was in no temper to drop his first recreation of the event and snatched the following three factors to shut out the match 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 to wild applause from the partisan crowd.

After celebrating this early lead, the group was silenced once more when Hong Kong drew degree when third string Yip Tsz Fung fought again from 2/1 right down to beat France’s world No.27 Mathieu Castagnet 11-7, 7-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-Four in 67 minutes.

The decider had the group on the sides of their seats – with dwelling favorite Gregoire Marche dealing with four-time Hong Kong champion Leo Au(each pictured above), with simply seven positions between them on the planet rankings.

It was a nail-biting affair through which Marche wins had been greeted by deafening applause and Au successes by silence. After 57 minutes of tense motion on the all-glass showcourt it was Au who emerged victorious, successful 11-6, 7-11, 11-Eight, 11-2 to finish the French dream.

“It is a very special achievement for Hong Kong,” stated 27-year-old Au minutes later. “We put numerous effort into our preparations for this and actually wished to do effectively right here.

“The crowd was really behind France, but I had my team-mates in my corner and that helped me a lot.”

Chris Robertson, who solely took over the mantle of Hong Kong nationwide coach just a few months in the past, was understandably delighted together with his crew’s success: “It all began when Max was 2/zero down within the first match, throughout which period he had been outplayed by Gaultier.

“He then confirmed numerous character to take the third recreation to a tie-break – and, though he misplaced, this gave confidence to the remainder of the crew.

“When Tsz Fung was 2/1 down in his match, I stated to him that he wanted to remain calm and belief his abilities – and he stored up the stress within the fourth and fifth and gained.

“Leo is in good kind and he dealt with the stress brilliantly within the decider.

“We are actually delighted with this success, however we wish to construct on this, going ahead. They’ve created historical past already – however we will chill out now after we play Egypt tomorrow.”

Event favourites Egypt, now boasting a squad with three gamers on the planet high 5 (primarily based on the brand new December PSA world rankings), cruised into the semis courtesy of a Three/zero win over shock opponents Scotland, the 10th seeds.

Karim Abdel Gawad put the three-time champions into the lead following a 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 win over Alan Clyne. Scot Kevin Moran had few solutions to the mercurial abilities of the ‘Artist’ that’s Ramy Ashour as the previous world primary took simply 24 minutes to win 11-5, 11-9, 11-Four.

“It’s an honour to be here,” Ashour (pictured above in Marseille motion with Moran) instructed the group afterwards. “I have all the members of the team, and the coach, in my head while I’m playing – I am really enjoying this kind of team spirit.”

Egypt nationwide coach Ashraf Hanafi echoed Ashour’s message later: “The most vital factor is the crew spirit.

“If we meet France tomorrow, the stress will probably be on us as they are going to have the group behind them. But our gamers are skilled sufficient to cope with that.

“We will probably be watching their matches tonight. It’s our homework – we’ve got to do it!”

Defending champions England, the No.2 seeds, had been the primary crew to safe a spot within the semi-finals – extremely, the nation’s 18th successive look within the occasion’s final 4. But the five-times champions got a tough experience within the opening first string match towards eighth seeds India when Saurav Ghosal twice drew degree with England’s seasoned campaigner Nick Matthew (each pictured under) and, within the decider, was solely factors away from his first ever win over the previous world primary.

When the 2 gamers clashed at match ball within the fifth, the referee awarded a let – which Matthew questioned, requesting a ‘video evaluate’. The video evaluate official overruled the choice and awarded the Englishman a stroke, thus placing England forward after 76 minutes in an 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 scoreline.

It was Matthew’s second five-game battle in a row after the 37-year-old world No.6 staged a mighty restoration from two video games down within the final 16 spherical to beat Swiss primary Nicolas Müller.

A consummate Three/zero win by the English quantity three Daryl Selby over Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu within the second match put England into the semis – and James Willstrop beat Vikram Malhotra within the lifeless best-of-three rubber to present England most factors.

“Nick wasn’t happy with his performance yesterday but we thought it would serve him well here today,” defined England coach David Campionafterwards. “Saurav performed extremely effectively right this moment – his current outcomes have been actually good, he’s actually taking part in above his rating. Nick needed to dig deep right this moment to get by means of – he’s taking part in on a unique degree right this moment.

“Daryl performed recreation – you all the time know what you’re going to get with him, it was a tough and strong show.

“We are not looking to peak too soon here – but we are very ambitious in our aims,” continued Campion.

“Now we’ve got to go and chill out and prepare for tomorrow.”

Indian nationwide coach Cyrus Poncha was additionally stuffed with reward for his primary: “Saurav actually outshone himself right this moment – he actually labored Nick onerous. For his entire life he has been hammered by Nick and right this moment he had a bit window! In the fifth recreation it was neck and neck.

“Today he showed that he is without doubt the greatest Indian squash player ever.”

England will face Australia after the fourth seeds recovered from a match right down to beat Trans Tasman rivals New Zealand.

“We beat certainly one of our nice sporting rivals tonight and we now face one other one tomorrow,” stated Australian crew supervisor Paul Price. “We’re ready to throw everything we’ve got at England to beat them!”

 

– ENDS –

 

Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director


Last 16 spherical:
[1] EGYPT bt [15] FINLAND Three/zero
Ali Farag bt Jami Äijänen 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (25m)
Karim Abdel Gawad bt Miko Äijänen 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (41m)
Marwan Elshorbagy bt Matias Tuomi 11-6, 11-Three (16m)

[10] SCOTLAND bt [9] MALAYSIA 2/1
Greg Lobban bt Eain Yow Ng 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 (50m)
Alan Clyne misplaced to Nafiizwan Adnan 7-11, 11-1, 11-Eight, Three-11, Eight-11 (74m)
Douglas Kempsell bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal 11-Three, Three-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6 (69m)

[3] FRANCE bt [13] WALES Three/zero
Mathieu Castagnet bt Peter Creed 11-6, 11-Four, 11-9 (36m)
Gregory Gaultier bt Joel Makin 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 (54m)
Lucas Serme bt David Haley 11-6, 11-Four (19m)

[5] HONG KONG CHINA bt [11] USA 2/1
Leo Au bt Christopher Gordon 11-Four, 11-6, 9-11, 11-Four (43m)
Max Lee misplaced to Todd Harrity 7-11, 11-Four, 7-11, 9-11 (45m)
Yip Tsz Fung bt Chris Hanson 11-9, 11-7, 11-Four (40m)

[6] NEW ZEALAND bt [12] SPAIN 2/1
Campbell Grayson bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu 11-Eight, Eight-11, 11-5, 11-6 (65m)
Paul Coll bt Borja Golan Eight-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-1 (76m)
Evan Williams misplaced to Carlos Cornes 11-5, Eight-11, Eight-11 (27m)

[4] AUSTRALIA bt [14] CANADA Three/zero
Cameron Pilley bt Shawn Delierre 11-Three, 11-Three, 11-7 (28m)
Ryan Cuskelly bt Nick Sachvie 11-Eight, 11-Four, 11-9 (49m)
Rex Hedrick bt Michael McCue 11-9, 11-Three (27m)

[8] INDIA bt [7] GERMANY 2/1
Vikram Malhotra bt Rudi Rohrmuller 11-Eight, 11-1, 11-Eight (27m)
Saurav Ghosal misplaced to Simon Rösner 9-11, 11-Four, 5-11, 11-6, Three-11 (57m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Valentin Rapp 11-6, 11-Eight, 11-Four (31m)

[2] ENGLAND bt [16] SWITZERLAND Three/zero
James Willstrop bt Dimitri Steinmann 11-6, 11-9, 11-Three (32m)
Nick Matthew bt Nicolas Müller 9-11, 9-11, 11-Eight, 11-5, 11-7 (53m)
Adrian Waller bt Reiko Peter 9-11, 14-12, 11-1 (33m)

India Strike Back To Reclaim Top Eight World Status In Marseille

After slumping to a shock defeat to lower-seeded Malaysia within the qualifying levels of the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship, eighth seeds India fought again to make sure a high eight end within the biennial World Squash Federation occasion by beating Germany, the No.7 seeds, within the final 16 spherical at Modern Squash within the French metropolis of Marseille.

Germany suffered a setback in a single day when squad quantity two Raphael Kandra, the in-form left-hander ranked at a career-high world No.41, was taken in poor health. So, with the day’s taking part in order being 2,1,Three, it was the nation’s third string Rudi Rohrmuller, an unranked 26-year-old, who took to the courtroom to face India’s world No.61 Vikram Malhotra.

Underdogs India duly took the lead when Malhotra beat Rohrmuller 11-Eight, 11-1, 11-Eight in 27 minutes – however within the following battle between high strings Saurav Ghosal and Simon Rösner (each pictured above), it was Rösner who prevailed 9-11, 11-Four, 5-11, 11-6, Three-11 in a dramatic 57-minute conflict which ebbed and flowed between the 2 common PSA World Tour combatants – and noticed Germany draw degree.

India took full benefit of their weakened opponents within the decider when world No.69 Mahesh Mangaonkar defeated Valentin Rapp, ranked greater than 200 locations decrease, 11-6, 11-Eight, 11-Four to assert victory for the eighth seeds.

“I am really relieved,” exclaimed Indian nationwide coach Cyrus Poncha. “There was numerous stress on us to make the highest eight.

“From the beginning, Vikram was very sound. Saurav was completely sensible. He had his possibilities – he was excellent within the first recreation. In the fifth, Rosner was very strong – Saurav performed his coronary heart out.

“We knew we couldn’t take any possibilities within the third match. We didn’t need any mishaps, no straightforward factors – however Mahesh was robust.

“Overall, the boys had been very down after the loss to Malaysia and we took full benefit of yesterday’s relaxation day to place in numerous preparation. The boys had been very focussed and really hungry.

“Now it’s on to England tomorrow, after we’ve bought nothing to lose.”

Elsewhere at Modern Squash, one other tie went the complete distance when fifth seeds Hong Kong China needed to get better from the lack of the second match to beat USA 2/1.

Hong Kong champion Leo Au put his facet forward after beating former US champion Christopher Gordon in 4 video games. But the 11th seeds bounced again when high string Todd Harrity performed the sport of his life to see off world No.28 Max Lee 7-11, 11-Four, 7-11, 9-11 (each pictured above) and declare maybe the perfect scalp of his profession.

To the delight of his team-mates, Yip Tsz Fung restored order for the fifth seeds to beat Chris Hanson 11-9, 11-7, 11-Four and put Hong Kong into the quarter-finals.

“It wasn’t how I predicted it – I thought all my players were in good form,” admitted the brand new Hong Kong nationwide coach Chris Robertson afterwards. “But it simply exhibits how this crew occasion produces a unique environment and totally different adrenalin. Max was taking part in a man who was fairly impressed however Max wasn’t as optimistic as he has been. The match created an ideal state of affairs – the favorite struggling towards the underdog – and Harrity’s success fuelled the American camp.

“But it gave Yip an ideal alternative to play below stress – and that was a optimistic. I wished to see my gamers below stress.

“I stated to Max, should you had been taking part in on the PSA Tour, you’d be in your manner dwelling – however you’re not and tomorrow you can be taking part in Greg Gaultier.

“We didn’t play as well as we can and USA played really well – it showed what the event is all about. I’m now looking for a response from my players to get us back.”

US crew supervisor Paul Assaiante added: “That was fun – it was a great match. I don’t know where we’ll end up this week, but we are making progress.”

Harrity was more than pleased together with his contribution to the tie: “I simply felt actually relaxed right this moment and was up for the match. I bought an important begin – successful the primary recreation was enormous. I didn’t wish to let him get on high of me, I wished to place as a lot stress on him as potential. I used to be actually on kind and I may see he was edgy.

“I’m really happy that I could put it together. Towards the end of the fourth I kept telling myself not to get tense. It was very close, but the win will give me a lot of confidence.”

One of the preferred sporting confrontations within the southern hemisphere will happen at Modern on Friday when Australia and New Zealand face one another for a spot within the semi-finals. Australia, the No.Four seeds, beat 14th seeds Canada Three/zero, whereas sixth seeds New Zealand defeated 12th seeds Spain 2/1.

“The pressure was on us today so it was good to come through,” stated Australian crew supervisor Paul Price. “It was additionally good to be on the glass courtroom for the primary time.

“If we get New Zealand subsequent, that will probably be nice – there’s all the time that additional dimension to a sporting battle with our Trans-Tasman rivals. We have an everyday Trans-Tasman junior sequence with New Zealand, so if we meet tomorrow will probably be an enormous probability for the seniors to point out the juniors the way it’s executed!”

New Zealand coach Kashif Shuja stated: “It’s an enormous deal for us to make the quarters as a result of we hadn’t reached that stage for greater than 20 years. We’ve been working onerous for the final three years and are undoubtedly on a excessive for the time being, so this provides us an additional enhance.

“We’ve had six wonderful days up to now right here, and the boys are assured and taking part in effectively. Yes, it was a really shut tie towards Spain, however we had been anticipating this, it’s the World Championship in spite of everything!

“Now we’re taking part in Australia, who’re our sporting rivals. They are seeded 4 and we’re six, so it’s an in depth one on paper – and I anticipate it to be on the courtroom tomorrow!”

The occasion’s high three seeds had been in motion on the all-glass showcourt at Salle Vallier in Marseille. Favourites Egypt comfortably claimed their place within the quarter-finals after beating Finland Three/zero, whereas within the night tie, hosts France despatched Wales by the identical rating.

There was drama within the England v Switzerland conflict when, after James Willstrop put title-holders England head, team-mate Nick Matthew confronted his first ever defeat to Nicolas Müller (each pictured under) when the Swiss primary constructed up a 2/zero and Eight-7 lead and was simply three factors away from an historic upset.

With three world particular person titles to his title and greater than 100 caps for England, 37-year-old Matthew known as upon his huge expertise within the recreation to climate the storm and assert his authority on his opponent to shut out the match 9-11, 9-11, 11-Eight, 11-5, 11-7 in 53 minutes to hold England into the final eight.

“The team stuck with me mentally,” stated the relieved world No.5 after the match. “I wasn’t feeling assured and Nicolas performed rather well. The coach and the blokes helped me keep optimistic. I used to be shifting a bit bit slowly and Nicolas is a really fast and harmful participant. I want to enhance for tomorrow!”

Back at Modern, day 4 completed in dramatic type when 10th seeds Scotland fought out a shock 2/1 win over Malaysia, the ninth seeds.

When squad second string Greg Lobban defeated Malaysian Eain Yow Ng (each pictured under) 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7 and crew primary Alan Clyne solid a 2/1 lead over Nafiizwan Adnan, it regarded as if Scotland had been heading for a simple 2/zero upset over their extra fancied opponents.

But Adnan, who had a superior head-to-head report over the Scot, regained management to beat Clyne 7-11, 11-1, 11-Eight, Three-11, Eight-11 in 74 minutes.

So it was left to the decider for Scotland to clinch victory when third string Douglas Kempsell beat Mohd Syafiq Kamal 11-Three, Three-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6.

“I thought we had it in the second match,” stated Scottish crew supervisor Martin Heath. “I used to be fairly assured as soon as Alan went 2/1 up, however Wan (Adnan) performed faultless squash within the fourth and fifth video games to disclaim us.

“I didn’t know what to anticipate within the decider – it was all the time going to be shut.

“But I am so proud of the guys for taking us into the last eight.”

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] EGYPT v [10] SCOTLAND
[3] FRANCE v [5] HONG KONG CHINA
[4] AUSTRALIA v [6] NEW ZEALAND
[2] ENGLAND v [8] INDIA

– ENDS –

Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director

 


third & closing qualifying spherical:
Pool A:
[16] SWITZERLAND bt [17] PAKISTAN Three/zero
Nicolas Müller bt Farhan Zaman 11-Three, 14-12, 9-11, 12-10 (42m)
Dimitri Steinmann bt Amaad Fareed 11-6, 9-11, 11-Three, 11-Four (36m)
Reiko Peter bt Asim Khan 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-Eight (50m)
Final positions: 1 Egypt, 2 Switzerland, Three Pakistan

Pool B:
[15] FINLAND bt [18] ARGENTINA 2/1
Olli Tuominen bt Leandro Romiglio 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 (47m)
Miko Äijänen misplaced to Robertino Pezzota 5-11, 6-11, 6-11 (37m)
Jami Äijänen bt Juan Pablo Roude 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
Final positions: 1 England, 2 Finland, Three Argentina

Pool C:
[14] CANADA bt [20] IRELAND Three/zero
Nick Sachvie bt Arthur Gaskin 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2 (52m)
Shawn Delierre bt Brian Byrne 11-Eight, 11-9, 11-Four (39m)
Andrew Schnell bt Sean Conroy 11-Four, 11-7, 11-9 (31m)
Final positions: 1 France, 2 Canada, Three Ireland

Pool D:
[13] WALES bt [19] CZECH REPUBLIC Three/zero
Joel Makin bt Daniel Mekbib 11-Three, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)
Peter Creed bt Martin Svec 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10 (48m)
Emyr Evans bt Jakub Solnicky 11-9, 11-6, 16-14 (41m)
Final positions: 1 Australia, 2 Wales, Three Czech Republic

Pool E:
[12] SPAIN bt [24] IRAQ Three/zero
Borja Golan bt Husham Al-Saadi 11-1, 11-2, 11-9 (27m)
Carlos Cornes bt Mohammed Hasan 11-6, 11-9, 11-2 (24m)
Bernat Jaume bt Hasanain Dakheel 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 (41m)
Final positions: 1 Hong Kong China, 2 Spain, Three Iraq

Pool F:
[11] USA bt [22] SOUTH AFRICA Three/zero
Todd Harrity bt Thoboki Mohohlo 11-Four, 11-5, 11-6 (31m)
Christopher Gordon bt Rodney Durbach 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-Three (46m)
Chris Hanson bt Gary Wheadon 11-9, 11-Four, 11-7 (36m)
Final positions: 1 New Zealand, 2 USA, Three South Africa

Pool G:
[10] SCOTLAND bt [21] JAMAICA Three/zero
Alan Clyne bt Christopher Binnie 11-7, 11-1, 11-6 (37m)
Greg Lobban bt Lewis Walters 11-9, 14-12, 11-6 (37m)
Kevin Moran bt Bruce Burrowes 11-Four, 11-Eight, 11-5 (22m)
Final positions: 1 Germany, 2 Scotland, Three Jamaica

Pool H:
[9] MALAYSIA bt [23] AUSTRIA Three/zero
Nafiizwan Adnan bt Aqeel Rehman Eight-11, 11-Eight, 9-11, 11-Three, 11-Four (54m)
Eain Yow Ng bt Jakob Dirnberger 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 (36m)
Addeen Idrakie bt Lukas Windischberger 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (25m)
Final positions: 1 Malaysia, 2 India, Three Austria

Top 16 Seeds Ease Into World Championship Last 16 In Marseille

The views of the seedings committee of the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship had been totally endorsed when the highest 16 seeds secured their locations within the final 16 knockout stage of the biennial World Squash Federation occasion at Modern Squash within the French metropolis of Marseille.

Spain ended a 28-year absence from the highest 16 after beating occasion newcomers Iraq Three/zero to safe second place in Pool E. With all of the gamers dealing with one another for the primary time, long-time top-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan led the 12th seeds to victory, supported by team-mates Carlos Cornes (pictured under in motion towards Mohammed Hasan) and Bernat Jaume.

“For years we have been relying on Borja but now we have strength in depth with players like Bernat, Carlos and Iker (Pajares Bernabeu) – and others like Edmon (Lopez) who we left at home,” defined Jonas Gornerup, Spain’s crew supervisor.

“It’s great to be in the top 16 for the first time since 1989. But we are seeded to do better than we have ever done – and it’s because we are worth it!”

Competing within the occasion for the primary time since 2009, Wales defeated Czech Republic Three/zero to make sure their place within the high 16. Number one Joel Makin put the 13th seeds forward within the Pool D tie earlier than Welsh second string Peter Creed beat Swiss Martin Svec (each pictured above) 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10 to clinch victory. 21-year-old occasion debutant Emyr Evans ensured most factors with a straight video games win over the 19th seeds’ Jakub Solnicky.

“We have to prioritise which world team events we play and haven’t played this event for a few years,” defined Welsh nationwide coach David Evans, a former British Open champion. “But with Joel at his highest world rating and Peter and Emyr each taking part in effectively, we thought we may do effectively right here. And now we’ve achieved our first goal, which was to make the final 16.

“The Three/zero rating of our defeat to Australia yesterday doesn’t do us justice because it was very shut. I’m happy with right this moment’s efficiency because it exhibits that we will again it up.

“Now it’s another tournament and I think we play France – which would be great!”

After upsetting higher-seeded India of their opening qualifying tie, ninth seeds Malaysia confirmed their supremacy in Pool H once they beat Austria Three/zero. But the 23rd seeds gave Malaysia a fright within the opening match when Aqeel Rehman twice led Nafiizwan Adnan, the Malaysian primary who 24 hours earlier surprised top-ranked Indian Saurav Ghosal to guide the shock consequence.

Adnan raised his recreation, nonetheless, to shut out the match Eight-11, 11-Eight, 9-11, 11-Three, 11-Four earlier than team-mates Eain Yow Ng and Addeen Idrakie additionally prevailed to cement Malaysia’s high 16 berth.

“Today was tough for two reasons,” stated Malaysian supervisor Major Maniam. “Firstly the boys had really hard matches yesterday and so are feeling a little tired, and secondly the glass court yesterday was a little dead, so on this plaster court it’s very difficult to win points.”

The win sees Malaysia by means of to face Scotland: “At this stage all the teams are good,” Maniam continued. “The Scottish boys are hard and aggressive players and they’re going to come at us. It’s going to be a hell of a battle!”

It was in Pool G that 10th seeds Scotland confirmed their place within the elite knockout stage by defeating Jamaica Three/zero. The Scots took no prisoners – Alan ClyneGreg Lobban and Kevin Moran seeing off their opponents, all making their debuts within the occasion, in straight video games. The win noticed the Scots end as runners-up to Germany, the No.7 seeds.

“I don’t think it mattered too much whether we won or came second in the pool,” stated Scottish crew supervisor Martin Heath. “We knew we’d anticipate both Malaysia or India within the subsequent spherical.

“We have a robust squad and are on the lookout for wins at each place.

“At this stage of the event, it can come down to little swings of momentum one way or the other and we’re ready to deal with that.”

Jamaica, seeded 21, are showing within the championship for the primary time. Team supervisor Douglas Beckford stated: “We had been actually hoping to get into the final 16, however in actuality we knew it will be tough and at the moment are combating for 17th place. We got here in seeded 21 and hope to enhance on that.

“It’s been an amazing occasion for us and we haven’t been overwhelmed in any respect: Three/zero scores can typically give the fallacious impression!

“We have two players competing on the PSA Tour – and winning titles – so that’s good for Jamaica.”

Finland survived the one tie determined by the third rubber once they beat 18th seeds Argentina 2/1. Olli Tuominen, the 38-year-old former world No.12 celebrating his ninth look within the championships, put the 15th seeds forward when he beat Leandro Romiglio 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 – however Argentinean Robertino Pezzota arrange a decider when he beat Miko Äijänen in three video games.

It was left to older brother Jami Äijänen to clinch victory for the Finns, overcoming Juan Pablo Roude (each pictured above) 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.

“We were definitely slightly nervous about this match,” stated Finland nationwide coach Tomi Niinimäki. “I watched Argentina play England on the primary day they usually had been good. Winning right this moment is an enormous reduction – we’re actually completely happy to be within the high 16.

“We have some good gamers coming by means of – the (Äijänen) brothers are fairly younger and will probably be right here for a very long time. We can anticipate quite a bit sooner or later.

“Playing Egypt next will be big for us – especially for the younger guys.”

Seeded 14, Canada maintained their presence within the high 16 for the 22nd time since 1971 after beating Ireland Three/zero. Team primary Nick Sachvie put the facet forward towards the 20th seeds, beating Arthur Gaskin 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2 (each pictured under) earlier than Shawn Delierreand Andrew Schnell wrapped issues up with Three/zero wins.

“We knew we would be challenged here and had to be ready,” stated Canada’s nationwide coach Yvon Provencal. “Nick is taking part in his first worlds – and he’s simply fearless, and that’s nice for the crew to see.

“Shawn was within the zone right this moment so I knew we had been OK. Andrew was in want of match and he had run.

“We’re working to get up there with the top guys.”

Canada will face 4th seeds Australia for a spot within the quarter-finals. “Australia will be tough. Their top two guys have more experience than we do on the glass, but the pressure will be on them!”

The closing locations within the high 16 had been determined within the night: 11th seeds USA confirmed their place by defeating South Africa, the 22nd seeds, Three/zero. After Todd Harrity put the Americans forward with a Three/zero win over Thoboki Mohohlo, second string Christopher Gordon put the consequence past South Africa’s attain after recovering from a recreation right down to beat 45-year-old Rodney Durbach 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-Three.

US crew supervisor Paul Assaiante stated: “The 1,2,Three taking part in order was good for us. Thoboki strikes like a cat so we needed to hold the tempo excessive.

“We had been shocked to see Rodney at two: he has magical fingers and is a superb competitor, and nonetheless performs an important recreation. But Chris handled him effectively.

“Now we get into the tall weeds – and will probably play Hong Kong. The team feels good and the guys are enjoying each other’s company.”

Durbach, the championship’s oldest ever participant who made his occasion debut 22 years in the past, commented: “I felt good after the primary recreation – I hit my photographs effectively, it was good.

“I didn’t really feel in any respect misplaced. It was most likely the size of the rallies that I wasn’t used to – again dwelling they don’t final that lengthy!

“But I’m disenchanted – I assumed I may have executed higher.

“The highest we can now get is 17 – so that’s what we’re going for!”

In the ultimate tie of the day, 16th seeds Switzerland beat former champions Pakistan, the 17th seeds, Three/zero and can face defending champions England in a bid to achieve the quarter-finals for the primary time.

Last 16 draw:
[1] Egypt v [15] Finland
[9] Malaysia v [10] Scotland
[3] France v [13] Wales
[5] Hong Kong China v [11] USA
[6] New Zealand v [12] Spain
[4] Australia v [14] Canada
[7] Germany v [8] India
[2] England v [16] Switzerland

17-24 place draw:
[17] Pakistan v [23] Austria
[19] Czech Republic v [22] South Africa
[20] Ireland v [24] Iraq
[18] Argentina v [21] Jamaica

 

– ENDS –

Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director


2nd qualifying spherical:
Pool A:
[1] EGYPT bt [16] SWITZERLAND Three/zero
Ali Farag bt Dimitri Steinmann 11-Three, 11-Four, Eight-11, 11-7 (36m)
Ramy Ashour bt Roman Allinckx 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (21m)
Marwan Elshorbagy bt Reiko Peter 12-10, 11-5, 11-5 (28m)

Pool B:
[2] ENGLAND bt [15] FINLAND Three/zero
James Willstrop bt Olli Tuominen 11-9, 11-7, 11-Eight (33m)
Adrian Waller bt Matias Tuomi 11-Four, 11-7, 11-Three (27m)
Daryl Selby bt Jami Äijänen 11-7, 11-7, 11-Four (27m)

Pool C:
[3] FRANCE bt [14] CANADA Three/zero
Gregory Gaultier bt Nick Sachvie 11-6, 11-6, 11-1 (31m)
Mathieu Castagnet bt Andrew Schnell 11-7, 11-Four, 12-10 (35m)
Gregoire Marche bt Shawn Delierre 11-Four, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)

Pool D:
[4] AUSTRALIA bt [13] WALES Three/zero
Ryan Cuskelly bt Joel Makin 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, Four-11, 11-7 (85m)
Rex Hedrick bt Emyr Evans 12-10, 11-Eight, 11-1 (54m)
Cameron Pilley bt Peter Creed 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (68m)

Pool E:
[5] HONG KONG CHINA bt [12] SPAIN Three/zero
Max Lee bt Borja Golan Eight-11, 11-6, 11-Eight, 11-9 (56m)
Yip Tsz Fung bt Carlos Cornes 11-5, 12-10, 11-Three (35m)
Leo Au bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu 11-9, 7-11, 11-Eight, 11-Four (55m)

Pool F:
[6] NEW ZEALAND bt [11] USA 2/1
Paul Coll bt Todd Harrity 11-9, 11-7, 11-Three (40m)
Evan Williams misplaced to Chris Hanson 11-Eight, Eight-11, 7-11, 7-11 (47m)
Campbell Grayson bt Christopher Gordon 11-6, 11-Three, 9-11, 11-7 (58m)

Pool G:
[7] GERMANY bt [10] SCOTLAND 2/1
Simon Rösner bt Alan Clyne 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (44m)
Rudi Rohrmuller bt Douglas Kempsell 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6 (73m)
Raphael Kandra misplaced to Greg Lobban 11-9, Three-11, 10-12, 12-10, Eight-11 (57m)

Pool H:
[9] MALAYSIA bt [8] INDIA 2/1
Nafiizwan Adnan bt Saurav Ghosal 11-Eight, Eight-11, 5-11, 11-Four, 11-9 (72m)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal misplaced to Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-Eight, Eight-11, 5-11, 5-11 (53m)
Eain Yow Ng bt Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu 11-7, 5-11, Eight-11, 11-6, 11-5 (62m)

Malaysia Shock India In World Team Championship Upset In Marseille

Malaysia produced the primary upset within the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship by beating Asian rivals India, the eighth seeds, 2/1 within the second qualifying spherical of the biennial World Squash Federation occasion at Modern Squash in Marseille.

Playing in crew order 1, Three & 2, world No.21 Saurav Ghosal opened proceedings for India by taking up Nafiizwan Adnan, a lower-ranked Malaysian to whom he had by no means earlier than misplaced.

The Malaysian primary took the opening recreation earlier than Ghosal fought again to forge a 2/1 lead. Adnan, the 31-year-old UK-based world No.31, drew degree to drive a decider – however twice once more Ghosal led, Eight-6 & 9-7.

Underdog Adnan persevered nonetheless and, after 72 minutes, clinched the 11-Eight, Eight-11, 5-11, 11-Four, 11-9 victory which swung the momentum in favour of the ninth seeds.

India struck again when Mahesh Mangaonkar recovered from a recreation right down to beat 21-year-old Mohd Syafiq Kamal Eight-11, 11-Eight, 11-5, 11-5 to degree the tie.

Teenager Eain Yow Ng, who, like Kamal, was making his maiden look within the championship, then confronted India’s skilled Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, a 28-year-old from Chennai celebrating his fourth time on the planet championship.

It was the pair’s first assembly, however 19-year-old Ng (pictured above, proper, with Sandhu) was unfazed – and battled again from 2/1 down to beat Sandhu 11-7, 5-11, Eight-11, 11-6, 11-5 in 62 minutes to strengthen Malaysia’s bid to high Pool H.

Malaysia’s crew supervisor Major Maniam, who solely a yr in the past returned to his dwelling nation after a prolonged interval because the Indian National Coach, was delighted together with his crew’s efficiency: “With our No.2 out with an harm, we arrived in Marseille with a barely weakened crew – however Wan (Nafiizwan) and Yow had been excellent right this moment.

“Wan was completely focussed and confronted an skilled opponent in Saurav.

“And with Yow, what can I say! He performed one other very skilled participant and actually lived as much as our expectations. We had been anticipating onerous battle. Hari simply didn’t have a solution within the fifth.

“I am very happy with the way the boys played.”

India’s nationwide coach Cyrus Poncha had a unique view: “I’m disenchanted with the consequence, for certain – we must always have gained. With Saurav Eight/6 up within the fifth and Hari 2/1 up, they each let it go.

“It’s going to make it harder to remain within the high eight.

“It’s a relaxation day tomorrow – I hope we will regroup and are available again robust.”

Sixth seeds New Zealand had been additionally taken the complete distance earlier than seeing off USA, the 11th seeds, 2/1 to make sure high place in Pool F. ‘Superman’ Paul Coll, the present world No.9, put the Kiwis forward after beating US high string Todd Harrity 11-9, 11-7, 11-Three – however Chris Hanson compelled a decider when he defeated NZ’s Evan Williams in 4 video games.

It took Campbell Grayson 58 minutes to lastly get the higher of US No.2 Christopher Gordon (pictured, proper, above with Grayson), successful 11-6, 11-Three, 9-11, 11-7, a lot to the reduction of his NZ team-mates.

“It’s the world team championship so the seeding doesn’t mean much,” defined NZ crew supervisor Kashif Shuja. “They have some nice gamers and we knew it was going to be robust – and it was. Chris Gordon’s sportsmanship actually impressed me – that was an important match.

“It’s good to be within the final 16, however we’re simply going to take every day because it comes. It’s a relaxation day tomorrow so we’re going to chill out and hopefully come again contemporary.

“Paul (Coll) has done a fantastic job – not just for himself but for squash back in New Zealand,” Shuja continued. “He has shown our kids back home that you can do it. What he’s achieved over the past two years is amazing and it’s great having him in the team.”

US crew supervisor Paul Assaiante added: “I assumed we performed effectively. Coll simply places a lot stress on his opponents, not simply bodily however mentally too. Hanson did a very good job to carry us again into the tie.

“You may see that Grayson was labouring within the fourth towards Gordon, however hastily he bought again into the sport.

“So now we’ve got to organize for South Africa tomorrow, when little question we are going to face the extremely skilled (45-year-old) Rodney Durbach.”

The longest battle of the day took over 4 hours to resolve when 4th seeds Australia finally prevailed Three/zero over 13th seeds Wales. Left-hander Ryan Cuskelly, competing because the Australian No.1 for the primary time, survived an 85-minute five-game encounter towards fast-rising Welshman Joel Makin (each pictured under), successful 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, Four-11, 11-7, earlier than Victorian Rex Hedrick sealed victory for report eight-time champions Australia with a 12-10, 11-Eight, 11-1 victory over occasion newcomer Emyr Evans in 54 minutes.

The third rubber additionally went the complete distance earlier than hard-hitting Aussie Cameron Pilley claimed his 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 victory in 68 minutes over 30-year-old Welshman Peter Creed.

“We knew Wales would be tricky to get past,” stated Paul Price, the Australian nationwide coach and a former world No.Four. “If Joel had gained the match with Ryan, that might have modified every thing.

“But the boys are really focussed and we now look forward to finding out who we play next.”

Germany eased into the final 16 with a second successive victory in Pool G – however this time the No.7 seeds dropped a match as opponents Scotland, the 10th seeds, claimed some comfort after going 2/zero down when second string Scot Greg Lobban beat Raphael Kandra in 5 video games.

German coach Oliver Pettke stated: “I’m proud of the win – and it’s undoubtedly optimistic for the crew spirit for the remainder of the week. It’s all the time shut with Scotland – and it’s harder than the European Championships the place there are 4 gamers within the crew.

“It’s good to be in the top 16, but our best is yet to come!”

Ramy Ashour made his first look within the 2017 championship when he helped favourites Egypt to a Three/zero win over Switzerland, the 16th seeds. Appearing in his fourth championships now as a 30-year-old – following a distinguished profession through which he frequently achieved successes as one of many recreation’s youngest gamers – Ashour beat the event’s youngest participant Roman Allinckx, a 19-year-old, 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 to increase his all-time unbeaten report within the championship to 15 matches since 2009.

“It’s unusual for me to be the oldest player in the team and the fact that I’ve played in the event before makes it a little bit more comfortable as I know what to expect,” stated the previous world No.1 and three-time world champion.

“It’s special for me to be playing in this event and I’m honoured to be representing my country for a fourth time – and to be the team captain, which I’ve never been before!”

When it was identified that his opponent was the occasion’s youngest participant, Captain Ashour stated: “He was the youngest? I’ve been in that place earlier than!

“There’s more pressure playing for your country, with the whole crew behind you,” added Ashour. “But there’s a good spirit in the team and, after playing individual events for most of the time, it’s nice for one tournament a year not to be selfish.”

Finland‘s report 17-time nationwide champion Olli Tuominen additionally reached a notable milestone in Marseille when, in his ninth look within the championships since 1999, he performed his 50th match. The former world No.13 went down 11-9, 11-7, 11-Eight to long-time European rival James Willstrop as defending champions England eased into the final 16 with their second Three/zero win in two days.

“Finnish people aren’t naturally proud, but it feels good to have played my 50th match in this event,” stated the 38-year-old (pictured above with Willstrop). “The indisputable fact that I’ve been capable of play at this degree for this lengthy is nice.

“Even although I misplaced right this moment, it means quite a bit to me that I can nonetheless deal with these guys – and I’m nonetheless having fun with it!

“Three years ago I began to struggle with my calfs, but this is behind me now and I feel in really good shape – movement-wise perhaps better than ever!”

 

– ENDS –

Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director

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