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World University Team Championship 2018


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World University Team Championship 2018
10 - 12 SEP
Birmingham, England
Final  Results

Joshua Masters bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (32m)
Lily Taylor bt Aika Azman 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (36m)
Adam Auckland v Addeen Idrakie (match withdrawn)

3rd place:

5th place play-off:
David Zeman bt Dewald van Niekerk 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 (25m)
Tereza ElznicovŠ lost to Hayley Ward 6-11, 9-11, 8-11 (19m)
Jakub Solnicky bt John Feliks Kuhn 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4 (49m)

7th place play-off:
Thomas Calvert bt David Mill 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (39m)
Jessica Osborne lost to Chloe Chemtob 6-11, 6-11, 3-11 (22m)
Nicholas Calvert bt Ravi Seth 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (36m)

9th place play-off:
Sion Wiggin lost to Robin Gadola 3-11, 3-11, 3-11 (21m)
Eleanor Epke bt Milena Penkov 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (19m)
Joe Williams bt Remo Handl 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (29m)
Joshua Masters lost to Yip Tsz Fung 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11
Grace Gear bt Ho Ka Wing 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10
Adam Auckland bt Wong Chi Him 11-6, 12-10, 11-9
[1] MALAYSIA bt [4] FRANCE 2/0
Mohd Syafiq Kamal bt Auguste Dussourd 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
Aika Azman bt Julia Le Coq 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 (39m)
Addeen Idrakie v Edwin Clain (match withdrawn)

United Kingdom Win Gold
in Final Against Malaysia

Birmingham World University Squash

The curtain came down on the biggest World University Squash Championship to date with the completion by the host nation of a maximum triple gold-medal haul.
Victory for Great Britain over defending champions Malaysia in the Final of the team event at the University of Birmingham came three days after the award of the Championshipís individual titles to home players Josh Masters and Lily Taylor.

And by way of fittingly neat symmetry, the newly-crowned menís and womenís champions - who are also fellow students at the University of the West of England - gained the two necessary match-wins to ensure gold for their team yesterday afternoon.

The Malaysian side, who had also won the event on home ground, in Kuala Lumpur, two years previously, featured three individual bronze medallists in its Final team- although Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Aika Azman had been beaten in their respective menís and womenís Semi-Finals by Masters and Taylor.

Now, as fate would have it, they were paired against them once more, and, happily for Team GB, very recent history was to repeat itself.

An aggressive start by the 23-year-old Masters saw him race into an early 9-2 lead in the opening game - and while Kamal, one year his junior, closed the gap slightly by gaining a further three points, the menís champion duly picked up the two he required to draw first blood after ten minutes had been played.

A second game of quicker pace and tougher rallies was notably more even - although Masters remained calm and in control, before edging ahead when it mattered. And the third very much followed the pattern of the first, with Masters storming in front and rarely having to look back as he triumphed, as he had done in their weekend meeting, with a straight-games victory (11-5, 11-8, 11-6) - achieved in just over half an hour.

The individual Semi-Final between Taylor and Azman, both 21, had, in contrast with that of their male compatriots, gone the full five-game distance at the weekend. But Taylor replicated the relative ease of her victory in the first game from Saturday by going one-up with only six minutes on the clock.

The games then became tighter, as Taylor proceeded to double her advantage by claiming the second, before Azman won the third to halve the arrears and take to the court with a visible spring in her step for the fourth.

But it was Taylor, who, following a long rally of quality on match-point, prevailed to triumph 3-1 (11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8) after 36 minutes - and, with no need for the tieís final match that would have put Team GBís Semi-Final hero Adam Auckland up against Addeen Idrakie, the womenís championís work was done for her side. The hosts had struck gold not twice, but thrice!

A delighted Great Britain coach Josh Taylor said: ďIím immensely proud of the team this week, there were great performances from everyone. It was truly a team effort in the team event, having rotated the whole squad and claimed gold.
ďIt wraps up a great week and the best performance by any nation at this event, taking GB to the top of the all-time medal table.Ē

Team Malaysia were generous in defeat, commenting: ďWe expected it to be hard for us, as they (Masters and Taylor) had both won their matches against us in the individual champs. We just tried to play our best squash, but they played much better than us today - big credit to them!

ďItís been a great week for us. The University of Birmingham has one of the best facilities in the world, so itís been really good!Ē

The next FISU 2020 World University Squash Championship will be held in Shanghai.
Day 6 Report
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Birmingham World University Squash

The sixth and penultimate day of the FISU 2018 World University Squash Championship saw the remaining nations in contention for the team event complete the competitionís group stage, followed by a best-of-three Semi-Finals.

Todayís Final at the University of Birmingham promises to be an intriguing contest - pitting the first seeds and reigning champions Malaysia against the hosting United Kingdom, which now has an opportunity to achieve a clean sweep in the Championship, following the award of the individual titles on Sunday to home players Joshua Masters and Lily Taylor.

All of the deciding group fixtures stuck to the seeding script - with Malaysia pipping Switzerland (seeded 8) by two points to one in Pool A; Hong Kong (2) and Great Britain (3) winning in straight matches against Australia (7) and South Africa (6) respectively to top Pools B and C; and France (4) edging out the Czech Republic (5) by the odd point in three to qualify from Group D.

So to the afternoon, which threw up an opening Semi Final between the top-seeded title-holders, Malaysia, and France, as well as an opportunity for two of the Malaysiansí individual Semi-Finalists - who had been beaten in the last four of their respective competitions by Masters and Taylor - to go one better as part of a collective effort.

Menís third seed Mohd Syafiq Kamal took to the court reeling from a morning defeat against the leading Swiss competitor Robin Gadola, but made no mistake in a tidy straight-games triumph (11-8, 11-6, 11-5) over Auguste Dussourd, whose recent involvement in the qualifiers for the 2018 Open International de Squash de Nantes had prevented him from featuring at Birmingham earlier.

The womenís second-ranked candidate Aika Azman got off to a more stuttering start against Franceís Julia Le Coq, who raced to a 9-2 lead in the opening game that she eventually sneaked by a three-point margin - despite the Malaysianís spirited comeback.

But, as the pace of the contest intensified, Azman held her nerve to edge close second and third games, before coming from behind during the fourth to prevail 3-1 (8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-9) and - following a mutual decision not to play the tieís final match - propel the holders through to the Final.

The Malaysian team said: ď(We are) really happy, of course, to make a Final again. We are the defending champions from two years ago, so we are looking to get there one more time by taking it easy - and with no pressure!Ē

The second Semi-Final between Team GB and Hong Kong featured in its entirety pairings that had already come up against each other in the menís or womenís events. An exact repeat of those matches would have resulted in a 2-1 overall victory for the lower-seeded British. And while the teams did, in fact, end up producing that very outcome, their individual winners and losers differed in two cases out of the three!

Masters and top menís seed Yip Tsz Fung re-enacted their Final from two days previously - although, on this occasion, the spoils went to Yip over five typically fast-paced games (11-8, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6). And after Grace Gear levelled matters by winning 3-1 (11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10) against Ho Ka Wing - the opponent that she had successfully overhauled in the womenís fifth-sixth place play-off - Adam Auckland upset the recent form-book in Britainís favour, as well as avenging his Third Round defeat of the previous week, after seeing off Wong Chi Him in straight games.

This was, for impressive added measure, Aucklandís national debut in a team event - and, with it having seen him get GB over the line and through to the Final, one that will live forever in the memory.

He said afterwards: ďI couldnít have asked for a better team, and it was a really good performance by everyone!Ē

Day 5 Report
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Birmingham World University Squash

Following the final of the menís and womenís individual competitions, the focus of the FISU 2018 World University Squash Championship switched on its fifth day to the initial group fixtures of the team event.

Thirteen nations in total are competing for the 2018 team title at the University of Birmingham - with each contest being resolved in favour of the side that secures the best of three match-victories.

There were no shocks to report from the opening dayís play - although neither, just yet, are any teams guaranteed progression to the Semi-Final stage as outright winners within the four groups.

In Pool A, top seeds and reigning champions Malaysia will be intent on going one better than they did in the individual competitions - which, remarkably, saw four of their players reach, but fail to win any of the menís and womenís Semi-Finals.
Two of those last-four losers set the tone for their teamís opener against Canada (seeded 9), as menís fourth seed Addeen Idrakie and the womenís sixth-ranked competitor Zoe Foo began with straight-game defeats of David Mill and Chloe Chemtob respectively, before Sanjay Singh also saw off Ravi Seth by the same margin to secure an overall victory and a maximum three points.

Pool B is even tighter going into the final match, as Hong Kong (2) and Australia (7) sit level on two points apiece, following their respective victories over New Zealand, and will now take on each other for a place in the final four.

The clash of the Antipodean countries yesterday morning was an especially entertaining advertisement for team squash - with all five matches between Australia and New Zealand being needed over the course of two and a half hours, before the former eventually prevailed.

In Pool C, newly-crowned menís champion Josh Masters showed himself to be fresh in every sense from his Sunday afternoon Final exertions, as he got the United Kingdom (3) off the mark against Austria (11) with a straight-games triumph over Simon Draxler. Owain Taylor also beat Michael Haunschmid 3-1, together with a walkover-victory in the first womenís tie.

But this win did no more than emulate the feat of fellow-group members South Africa (6), who had already set the bar by dispatching the Austrians in the morning - and against whom the UK must today prevail in order to advance further.

Finally, the outcome of Pool D - containing one more team than the other three groups - will come down to a straight fight between the closely-matched French (4) and Czech Republic (5) sides, after both enjoyed victories yesterday against the two lowest-ranked teams from China (12) and Uganda (13).


Birmingham World University Squash

10th edition of FISU World University Squash Championship officially opened last night at University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness


University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT