World Junior Team Championship 2019
World Junior Team
05 - 09 Aug
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
RESULTS: CIMB Foundation WSF Women's World Junior Team Squash
Championship, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 EGYPT bt  MALAYSIA 2/0
Hania El Hammamy bt Aifa Azman 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-3
Jana Shiha v Chan Yiwen (match withdrawn)
Farida Mohamed bt Ainaa Ampandi 11-9, 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-4
 HONG KONG CHINA &  ENGLAND
5th place play-off:
 INDIA bt  USA 2/1
Sanya Vats lost to Marina Stefanoni 3-11, 12-10, 2-11, 4-11
Aishwarya Khubchandani bt Olivia Robinson 11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4
Yoshna Singh bt Caroline Spahr 11-6, 11-7, 12-10
7th place play-off:
 SWITZERLAND bt  AUSTRALIA 2/0
Ambre Allinckx bt Alex Haydon 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4
Simona Frevel bt Katie Davies 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7
13th place play-off:
 JAPAN bt  SWEDEN 2/0
Erisa Sano Herring bt Sara Månberg 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
Rafu Takahashi bt Anna Kaiding 11-8, 11-9, 11-7
15th place play-off:
 REPUBLIC OF KOREA bt  IRELAND 2/1
Chae Won Song lost to Emma McGugan 9-11, 9-11, 7-11
Shin Yu Jin bt Emma Lundy 11-2, 11-7, 11-5
Jang Yea Won bt Alessia Osborne 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 11-7
17th place play-off:
 SINGAPORE bt  CHINESE TAIPEI 2/0
Paige Teresa Hill bt Wu Yi-Chen 11-5, 11-3, 11-3
Sonya Bajaj bt Chen Pin Yu 11-3, 11-0, 11-4
 EGYPT bt  ENGLAND 3/0
Hania El Hammamy bt Elise Lazarus 11-2, 11-5, 11-5
Jana Shiha bt Alice Green 11-7, 11-4, 11-4
Farida Mohamed bt Evie Coxon 11-7, 11-5
 MALAYSIA bt  HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
Aifa Azman bt Chan Sin Yuk 11-2, 6-11, 14-12, 13-15, 11-9
Chan Yiwen bt Kirstie Po Yui Wong 11-2, 11-3, 11-0
Ainaa Ampandi v Lee Sum Yuet
5th - 8th place play-offs:
 INDIA bt  AUSTRALIA 2/0
Sanya Vats bt Alex Haydon 13-11, 7-11, 15-13, 6-11, 11-7
Aishwarya Khubchandani bt Sze Yu Lee 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
 USA bt  SWITZERLAND 3/0
Marina Stefanoni bt Ambre Allinckx 2-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7
Elisabeth Ross bt Cassandra Fitze 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
Caroline Spahr bt Simona Frevel 11-7, 11-4, 11-0
9th - 12th place play-offs:
 SOUTH AFRICA bt  FRANCE 2/1
Faith Panashe Sithole bt Ninon Lemarchand 7-11, 11-5, 11-4, 10-12, 11-6
Teagan Roux lost to Lea Barbeau 12-14, 4-11, 1-11
Helena Coetzee bt Mahe Asensi 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 6-11, 17-15
 CANADA bt  NEW ZEALAND 2/1
Charlotte Orcutt lost to Anika Jackson 11-7, 13-11, 11-13, 8-11, 12-14
Molly Chadwick bt Natalie Sayes 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6
Erica McGillicuddy bt Georgia Robcke 11-2, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6
 FRANCE v  NEW ZEALAND
 CANADA v  SOUTH AFRICA
13th - 16th place play-offs:
 SWEDEN bt  IRELAND 2/1
Sara Månberg bt Emma McGugan 11-5, 11-6, 11-2
Moa Bönnemark lost to Emma Lundy 9-11, 4-11, 13-11, 10-12
Malin Frank bt Alessia Osborne 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
 JAPAN v  REPUBLIC OF KOREA
 EGYPT bt  AUSTRALIA 3/0
Hania El Hammamy bt Alex Haydon 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Jana Shiha bt Sze Yu Lee 11-5, 11-6, 11-6
Farida Mohamed bt Remashree Muniandy 11-8, 11-3
 ENGLAND bt  INDIA 3/0
Elise Lazarus bt Sanya Vats 8-11, 1-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3
Alice Green bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6
Evie Coxon bt Yoshna Singh 11-7, 8-11, 13-11
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  USA 3/0
Chan Sin Yuk bt Marina Stefanoni 11-7, 7-11, 11-1, 7-11, 11-4
Kirstie Po Yui Wong bt Olivia Robinson 11-4, 11-6, 11-9
Lee Sum Yuet bt Caroline Spahr 8-11, 13-11, 11-6
 MALAYSIA bt  SWITZERLAND 3/0
Aifa Azman bt Ambre Allinckx 11-4, 13-11, 11-4
Chan Yiwen bt Cassandra Fitze 11-3, 11-7, 11-4
Ainaa Ampandi bt Alina Poessl 11-1, 11-5
13th - 18th place play-offs:
 SWEDEN bt  SINGAPORE 3/0
Sara Månberg bt Paige Teresa Hill 11-5, 11-5, 11-2
Moa Bönnemark bt Sonya Bajaj 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8
Malin Frank bt Wei Ting Lim 11-4, 11-9
 IRELAND bye
 REPUBLIC OF KOREA bye
 JAPAN bt  CHINESE TAIPEI 3/0
Erisa Sano Herring bt Wu Yi-Chen 11-9, 11-6, 11-6
Ayumi Watanabe bt Wang Yuan 11-3, 11-7, 11-2
Rafu Takahashi bt Chen Pin Yu 11-6, 11-0
Qualifying rounds - Pool A:
 EGYPT bt  SINGAPORE 3/0
Hania El Hammamy bt Paige Teresa Hill 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
Farida Mohamed bt Gracia Chua Rui En 11-3, 11-1, 11-5
Sana Ibrahim bt Sonya Bajaj 11-1, 11-4, 11-4
 SWITZERLAND bt  FRANCE 2/1
Ambre Allinckx bt Ninon Lemarchand 11-4, 11-2, 11-8
Cassandra Fitze bt Yuna Loaec 11-6, 11-4, 11-9
Simona Frevel lost to Lea Barbeau 4-11, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12
 EGYPT bt  FRANCE 3/0
Jana Shiha bt Ninon Lemarchand 11-7, 11-4, 11-2
Farida Mohamed bt Yuna Loaec 11-5, 11-8, 11-1
Sana Ibrahim bt Mahe Asensi 11-4, 11-9, 11-1
 SWITZERLAND bt  SINGAPORE 3/0
Ambre Allinckx bt Paige Teresa Hill 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
Cassandra Fitze bt Gracia Chua Rui En 11-5, 11-3, 11-4
Simona Frevel bt Wei Ting Lim 11-5, 11-3, 11-3
 EGYPT bt  SWITZERLAND 3/0
Hania El Hammamy bt Ambre Allinckx 11-6, 11-6, 11-4
Jana Shiha bt Simona Frevel 11-3, 11-7, 11-6
Sana Ibrahim bt Alina Poessl 11-3, 11-3, 11-1
 FRANCE bt  SINGAPORE 3/0
Ninon Lemarchand bt Paige Teresa Hill 7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-5
Lea Barbeau bt Gracia Chua Rui En 11-4, 11-3, 11-4
Mahe Asensi bt Sonya Bajaj 11-7, 11-3, 11-8
Final positions: 1 Egypt, 2 Switzerland, 3 France, 4 Singapore
 MALAYSIA bt  JAPAN 3/0
Chan Yiwen bt Erisa Sano Herring 11-2, 11-2, 11-4
Ooi Kah Yan bt Ayumi Watanabe 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
Ainaa Ampandi bt Kurumi Takahashi 11-1, 11-2, 11-4
 AUSTRALIA bt  CANADA 2/1
Alex Haydon bt Charlotte Orcutt 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 8-11, 11-2
Sze Yu Lee lost to Erica McGillicuddy 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11
Remashree Muniandy bt Brianna Jefferson 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 15-13, 11-4
 MALAYSIA bt  AUSTRALIA 3/0
Aifa Azman bt Alex Haydon 11-3, 11-4, 11-2
Chan Yiwen bt Sze Yu Lee 11-3, 11-4, 11-7
Ooi Kah Yan bt Katie Davies 11-7, 11-9, 11-3
 CANADA bt  JAPAN 3/0
Charlotte Orcutt bt Erisa Sano Herring 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8
Molly Chadwick bt Ayumi Watanabe 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Erica McGillicuddy bt Rafu Takahashi 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
 MALAYSIA bt  CANADA 3/0
Aifa Azman bt Molly Chadwick 11-4, 11-6, 11-9
Chan Yiwen bt Erica McGillicuddy 11-3, 11-6, 11-6
Ainaa Ampandi bt Brianna Jefferson 11-4, 12-10, 11-2
 AUSTRALIA bt  JAPAN 2/1
Alex Haydon bt Erisa Sano Herring 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 14-12
Sze Yu Lee lost to Ayumi Watanabe 11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 9-11
Remashree Muniandy bt Rafu Takahashi 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
Final positions: 1 Malaysia, 2 Australia, 3 Canada, 4 Japan
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  NEW ZEALAND 3/0
Chan Sin Yuk bt Anika Jackson 11-8, 11-5, 11-5
Kirstie Po Yui Wong bt Natalie Sayes 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-1
Lee Sum Yuet bt Winona-Jo Joyce 11-5, 11-6, 11-6
 INDIA bt  CHINESE TAIPEI 3/0
Sanya Vats bt Wu Yi-Chen 11-2, 11-1, 11-2
Aishwarya Khubchandani bt Wang Yuan 11-2, 11-6, 11-6
Yoshna Singh bt Hsiao Nai-Wen 11-1, 11-1, 11-1
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  IRELAND 3/0
Chan Sin Yuk bt Emma McGugan 11-6, 11-2, 11-1
Kirstie Po Yui Wong bt Emma Lundy 11-5, 11-6, 11-2
Lee Sum Yuet bt Alessia Osborne 11-1, 11-7, 11-4
 NEW ZEALAND bt  CHINESE TAIPEI 3/0
Anika Jackson bt Wu Yi-Chen 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Natalie Sayes bt Wang Yuan 11-4, 11-4, 11-3
Winona-Jo Joyce bt Hsiao Nai-Wen 11-2, 11-3, 11-6
 INDIA bt  IRELAND 3/0
Sanya Vats bt Emma McGugan 8-11, 11-4, 11-2, 11-9
Yoshna Singh bt Emma Lundy 11-7, 12-10, 11-4
Ananya Dabke bt Kelly Byrne 11-6, 11-3, 11-1
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  CHINESE TAIPEI 3/0
Kirstie Po Yui Wong bt Wu Yi-Chen 11-2, 11-4, 11-7
Lee Sum Yuet bt Wang Yuan 11-2, 11-5, 11-1
Heylie Fung bt Hsiao Nai-Wen 11-6, 11-9, 11-0
 INDIA bt  NEW ZEALAND 3/0
Sanya Vats bt Anika Jackson 11-6, 11-9, 11-4
Aishwarya Khubchandani bt Natalie Sayes 11-4, 11-4, 11-4
Ananya Dabke bt Georgia Robcke 11-5, 11-7, 11-6
 IRELAND bt  CHINESE TAIPEI 3/0
Emma McGugan bt Wu Yi-Chen 11-3, 11-5, 11-4
Emma Lundy bt Wang Yuan 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4
Alessia Osborne bt Hsiao Nai-Wen 11-8, 11-4, 11-2
 HONG KONG CHINA bt  INDIA 3/0
Chan Sin Yuk bt Sanya Vats 11-4, 11-9, 11-4
Kirstie Po Yui Wong bt Aishwarya Khubchandani 12-10, 11-7, 11-7
Lee Sum Yuet bt Yoshna Singh 11-1, 11-6, 11-5
 NEW ZEALAND bt  IRELAND 3/0
Anika Jackson bt Emma McGugan 11-2, 11-8, 11-7
Natalie Sayes bt Emma Lundy 11-6, 11-1, 11-5
Winona-Jo Joyce bt Alessia Osborne 11-5, 11-1, 11-1
Final positions: 1 Hong Kong China, 2 India, 3 New Zealand, 4 Ireland, 5
 ENGLAND bt  REPUBLIC OF KOREA 3/0
Elise Lazarus bt Chae Won Song 11-6, 11-4, 11-9
Alice Green bt Shin Yu Jin 11-6, 11-6, 11-6
Evie Coxon bt Jang Yea Won 11-5, 11-1, 11-1
 USA bt  SWEDEN 3/0
Marina Stefanoni bt Sara Månberg 11-6, 11-5, 11-3
Elisabeth Ross bt Moa Bönnemark 11-6, 11-5, 11-3
Caroline Spahr bt Anna Kaiding 11-5, 7-11, 11-1, 11-2
 ENGLAND bt  SOUTH AFRICA 3/0
Alice Green bt Faith Panashe Sithole 11-1, 11-4, 11-7
Evie Coxon bt Teagan Roux 11-4, 11-8, 13-11
Katie Wells bt Helena Coetzee 6-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 14-12
 REPUBLIC OF KOREA bt  SWEDEN 2/1
Chae Won Song bt Sara Månberg 11-5, 9-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-7
Shin Yu Jin bt Moa Bönnemark 3-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9
Jang Yea Won lost to Malin Frank 8-11, 6-11, 7-11
 USA bt  SOUTH AFRICA 3/0
Olivia Robinson bt Faith Panashe Sithole 11-4, 11-5, 11-1
Elisabeth Ross bt Teagan Roux 11-8, 11-4, 11-8
Caroline Spahr bt Helena Coetzee 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7
 ENGLAND bt  SWEDEN 3/0
Elise Lazarus bt Sara Månberg 11-7, 11-4, 11-2
Evie Coxon bt Malin Frank 11-6, 11-3, 11-6
Katie Wells bt Anna Kaiding 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-6
 USA bt  REPUBLIC OF KOREA 3/0
Marina Stefanoni bt Chae Won Song 11-4, 11-3, 11-9
Olivia Robinson bt Shin Yu Jin 11-6, 11-6, 11-2
Caroline Spahr bt Jang Yea Won 11-3, 11-8, 11-5
 SOUTH AFRICA bt  SWEDEN 2/1
Faith Panashe Sithole lost to Sara Månberg 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 5-11
Teagan Roux bt Moa Bönnemark 11-9, 11-9, 11-8
Helena Coetzee bt Anna Kaiding 11-3, 11-9, 11-9
 ENGLAND bt  USA 2/1
Elise Lazarus lost to Marina Stefanoni 11-9, 11-8, 2-11, 7-11, 7-11
Alice Green bt Olivia Robinson 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 17-15
Evie Coxon bt Elisabeth Ross 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
 SOUTH AFRICA bt  REPUBLIC OF KOREA 3/0
Faith Panashe Sithole bt Chae Won Song 11-6, 14-12, 11-7
Teagan Roux bt Shin Yu Jin 11-7, 11-7, 12-10
Helena Coetzee bt Jang Yea Won 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
Final positions: 1 England, 2 USA, 3 South Africa, 4 Republic of
Korea, 5 Sweden
is seven in a row for Egypt after the favourites denied hosts
Malaysia a fierce comeback in the final of the CIMB Foundation
WSF Women's World Junior Team Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
was no walk in the park as the defending champions needed every bit of
firepower in their arsenal, and a bit of luck as they rode the strong
resistance of Malaysia for a 2/0 win at the Bukit Jalil National
With a 1-3-2 order of play, recently crowned world junior champion
Hania El Hammamy gave the Egyptians the start they needed when she
overcame Aifa Azman (both pictured below) 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-3.
didn't always go Egypt's way as Aifa gave the home crowd something to
dream about by taking the first game 11-6.
Hania however proved her mettle by storming back to take the second 11-6
and then came from behind to take the third 11-9.
That swung the momentum as Aifa had the wind knocked out of her with
Hania eventually romping home for the win.
never wanted to be the reason why the team loses so I went in there and
I wanted to push hard for my teammates," said Hania.
"Winning the third game was big for me as it certainly gave me a lot
more confidence and I'm really pleased to finish my junior career this
Trailing 1/0, the hosts then turned to 17-year-old world junior debutant
Ainaa Ampandi to save their title hopes.
the KL youngster played the match of her life as she had individual
bronze medallist Farida Mohamed (both pictured below) by the
throat several times.
After a shaky start, Ainaa had the crowd on the edge of their seats as
she led 2/1 and was 8-6 up in the fourth.
Unfortunately, a cracked racquet forced her to change equipment and that
ruined her momentum.
Farida duly seized the initiative to nail the game, before stepping it
up in the deciding fifth for an 11-9, 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-4 win.
looked to my team and coaches and I knew they needed me to win and I
badly didn't want to lose too, since it's my first team event," said a
"Even when I was 2-1 down and trailing 8-6 in the fourth, I somehow
managed to dig in and I'm happy that I managed to come back to win.
"This win certainly meant a lot to me. It's really great that I
delivered the winning point because if I had lost, it would have meant
more pressure for Jana."
Egypt's success means they have sealed their seventh successive world
team title - and their ninth overall since winning their first in 1999 -
and have lived up to their status as the world's best.
is however full credit to the gutsy Malaysian team who left everything
on court with this final being one of the closest contested one in
think I played really well today," said team number one Aifa. "I won the
first but Hania changed her game after that. I tried to keep up to her
pace but she was way better on the day."
Ampandi added: "I really had nothing to lose since this is my first
world juniors and my first team event. I think Aifa played really well
and that gave me confidence going into my game.
"All I was thinking today was that I wanted to win. I was nervous at the
start but I played well in the second and third. I also tried really
hard in a tough fourth game but unfortunately, luck wasn't on my side."
loss means Malaysia finish as bridesmaids for the second straight
edition. Bronze medals were shared by Hong Kong China &
Meanwhile in the playoff for fifth, India finished strongly by
beating the higher seeded USA 2/1 - thereby celebrating their
best finish since 2011
seventh after edging Australia 2/0 to mark their most successful
run in the championships for 20 years. Meanwhile Canada finished
ninth, ahead of New Zealand, South Africa and France.
Further down, Japan finished 13th after beating Sweden 2/0
while Republic of Korea took 15th after beating Ireland
The top two seeds will contest the CIMB
Foundation WSF Women's World Junior Team Squash Championship final
after hosts Malaysia survived a nervy test against Hong Kong
China to set up a date with title-holders Egypt.
The second-seeded hosts achieved their
predicted final berth after beating regional rivals Hong Kong 2/0 in the
semi-finals at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala
It was, however, far from a walk in the
park as Hong Kong took the fight to Malaysia, especially in the first
string game between Aifa Azman and Chan Sin Yuk.
Playing in front of Yang di-Pertuan
Agong Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, the king of Malaysia (pictured
above meeting team top string Azman), second string Chan Yiwen
had delivered the lead for the home team with a commanding performance
in beating Kirstie Po Yui Wong 11-2, 11-3, 11-0.
Then despite a strong start, it was almost
deja vu for Aifa against Sin Yuk as she let slip two healthy leads
before squeezing through 11-2, 6-11, 14-12, 13-15, 11-9.
The pressure and nerves were apparent from
the second game as she gave out eight errors to allow Sin Yuk a
Then from a 9-2 lead in the fourth, Aifa
somehow managed to squander four match-ball opportunities, an eerily
close reminder of how she lost in the individual semi-finals to Egypt's
Jana Shiha, to allow her opponent to force a deciding game.
Aifa nearly blew it again in the fifth as
she allowed the Hong Kong player to catch up from a 9-4 lead before
taking the win, much to the relief of the partisan crowd.
"This totally felt like the match against
Jana," admitted 17-year-old Aifa (pictured above in semi-final action).
"I was 9-2 up in the fourth and then 9-4 up in the fifth and all the
thoughts of injuries clouded my focus since I took a few falls.
"But I managed to overcome my fear in the
end and I think I did well to finish it up.
"It was definitely a tough game as Sin Yuk
is a player who doesn't give up easily. It's not so much about the
pressure but more of my focus when I was just two points away from
"But I'm just relieved to lead the team
through and I believe I won't be so scared or nervous in the final since
I will be the underdog. The plan is to give more than 100 percent for
the team tomorrow," added Aifa.
The win means Malaysia qualify for the
final for the second straight edition since finishing second in 2017.
National assistant head coach Andrew Cross, who looked decidedly
edgy at one point, believed the nervy win served as a good experience
for his girls.
"It's all credit to Sin Yuk. She never gave
up and kept coming back. She's had a good week but it's also a good
experience for the players - to never give up," said Cross.
"It got a little edgy when Sin Yuk came
back in the fourth and then in the fifth when Aifa tensed up a little
and lost her focus. But it's a lesson to her and we'll take it on and
regroup for the final.
"Additionally, it's really good that we're
back in the final again. It shows good continuation for us in
development to be constantly there every two years and not disappear
after a good year."
Meanwhile top seeds and defending champions
Egypt showed their quality with a convincing 3/0 win over former
Jana got the eight-time champions off to a
brilliant start by beating Alice Green 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (both
players pictured above) before recently crowned world junior champion
Hania El Hammamy powered past Elise Lazarus 11-2, 11-5, 11-5.
Farida Mohamed completed the win by beating Evie Coxon
11-7, 11-5 in the dead rubber.
"I think physically and mentally we're all
a bit tired and feeling a sore. I love to go home now but the team is
important for the country and we'll do everything we can to finish
strongly," said Jana.
El Hammamy added: "I think I performed well
today and I'm happy with my performance. I think the final against
Malaysia will be toughest match, especially from a mental perspective.
"I think this is because I'm the only one
in this team who played in the last team event two years ago. So
hopefully the rest of the team can be prepared mentally. We're all
pushing each other because we really hope to win tomorrow."
Egypt will be gunning for the seventh
straight title while Malaysia, in the final for only the fourth time,
will looking to finally land the coveted title.
Meanwhile in the 5th-8th playoff, India
downed Australia 2/0 and will meet USA, who defeated
Switzerland 3/0, for fifth place.
In the 9th-12th playoffs, Canada are
looking good to finish in ninth after recording two wins so far and they
just need to finish strongly against France.
In the 13th-16th playoffs, Sweden
downed Ireland and will face Japan for the 13th spot.
While England produced the day's drama as the line-up for the
semi-finals of the CIMB Foundation WSF Women's World Junior Team
Squash Championship was decided, Malaysia stayed on track in
their title bid in the country's capital Kuala Lumpur.
second-seeded hosts were rarely tested on a day which began with a 3/0
defeat of Canada in their last Group B match at the Bukit
Jalil National Squash Centre.
Returning to the court hours later, they were once again dominant as
they packed off challengers Switzerland 3/0 to secure a place in
the semi-finals for the third successive time.
With a 1-2-3 order of play, Aifa Azman stepped on first and
despite a slight lapse in the second game, still had too much firepower
in producing an 11-4, 13-11, 11-4 win over Swiss No.1 Ambre Allinckx.
Second string Chan Yiwen then duly sealed the win by despatching
Cassandra Fitze (both pictured above) 11-3, 11-7, 11-4 before
third string Ainaa Ampandi, in place of a sick Ooi Kah Yan,
finished off the contest by beating Alina Poessl 11-1, 11-5 in
the dead rubber.
course, it's pleasing to get through with a convincing win," said
national assistant head coach Andrew Cross. "Our first target is
to get back on the podium and we've achieved that now.
"Now it looks like we'll be up against Hong Kong in the semi-finals, a
repeat of the Asian Junior Team Championship final which we won. It's
another tough game but I expect the girls to be up to it.
"Meanwhile Kah Yan is sick which is why she is rested - but I have
complete faith in Ainaa to do the job. We gave her a chance to play
today in order to get a run out in case she is needed to step up in the
Malaysia, silver medallists from the 2017 edition, do go on to meet
regional rivals Hong Kong China in the last four.
third seeds secured their spot in the last eight as Group C winners
after beating India 3/0 in the morning session.
they too were looking very strong as they saw off a weary-looking USA
3/0 in the quarter-finals.
crucial win for Hong Kong was in the first string match as Chan Sin
Yuk avenged her British Junior Open Under-17 final defeat to
Marina Stefanoni, this time carving out an 11-7, 7-11, 11-1, 7-11,
"I've played Marina a few times but I lost to her the last time we met.
I knew however I had a chance to take her down today," said Sin Yuk
(pictured above against Stefanoni).
was an important win because I knew that if I won, my teammates would be
able to play without pressure and I'm pleased to have delivered for the
Following Sin Yuk's win, Hong Kong quickly wrapped up the contest with
Kirstie Po Yui Wong and Lee Sum Yuet both seeing off
Olivia Robinson and Caroline Spahr respectively.
"Sin Yuk's win was important. It is revenge for her and it gave the team
a good push," said Hong Kong coach Dick Leung.
"I'm also pretty happy with the results so far. We were promoted to be
third seeds before the team event started but I've been telling the
girls that the seedings is just a number.
"I'm pleased that they were able to show their ability as a top four
team and we have nothing to lose against Malaysia so we'll give it a
Meanwhile fourth seeds England produced the best drama of the
day, from both the morning and evening sessions.
the morning session, they rallied together after first string Elise
Lazarus fell in five to Stefanoni to clinch a 2/1 win over the
Americans and topped Group D.
Second string Alice Green played a huge role as she first saved
match-ball in the deciding rubber against US No.2 Robinson, before
converting her sixth match-ball opportunity in a see-saw battle to win
12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 17-15.
That set up Evie Coxon to clinch the win by beating Elisabeth
Ross 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.
Later in the quarter-finals, the English girls once again showed great
tenacity to beat India 3/0.
Lazarus redeemed herself as she recovered from two games down to beat
Sanya Vats 8-11, 1-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.
Green once again delivered the heroics by beating Aishwarya
Khubchandani 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 before Coxon finished it off by
beating Yoshna Singh 11-7, 8-11, 13-11 in the dead rubber to put
England into the last four for the fourth time in a row.
feel great to be honest. I had a great match against Olivia, 17-15 in
the fifth and it surely wasn't an easy match," said Green (pictured
above in quarter-final action).
"I'm pleased that I recovered well enough to play in the evening match
but a lot of credit also goes to Elise, who did great coming from 2/0
down to win her tie.
"Now we're excited to be in the semi-finals and we're looking forward to
facing Egypt. They're the top seeds and we want to give it a go against
Defending champions Egypt had another effortless day as they
first swept aside Switzerland 3/0 in the morning session before putting
on their strongest line-up to crush surprise quarter-finalists Australia
Earlier in the day, 10th seeds Australia had beaten Japan 2/1 to
secure a surprise second place in Pool B - thereby guaranteeing the
former champions a top eight finish for the first time since 2005.
the playoffs for 13th-18th places, Sweden beat Singapore
3/0 and will meet Ireland next while Japan defeated
Chinese Taipei by a similar score and meet Republic of Korea
was business as usual for seven of the top eight seeds who secured their
spots in the quarter-finals of the CIMB Foundation WSF Women's World
Junior Team Squash Championship after today's second qualifying
rounds in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
only exception was Canada following the seventh seeds' 2/1 defeat
to 10th seeds Australia on Monday.
whilst the Canadians bounced back today by beating Japan 3/0 in
their Group B tie at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre, the
team faces a mammoth task to make the quarter-finals as they need to
secure a win against second seeds and hosts Malaysia in their
last Pool B tie on Wednesday.
Malaysia meanwhile continued their romp by overcoming Australia 3/0 in
their second tie (both squads pictured below).
Aifa Azman, back to
action after losing in the semi-finals of the individual competition on
Saturday, got the team off to a winning start by beating Alex Haydon
11-3, 11-4, 11-2.
Third string Ooi Kah Yan was briefly troubled by Katie Davies
but managed to pull through with an 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 win before Chan
Yiwen completed the romp by beating Sze Yu Lee 11-3, 11-4,
hosts are now in a comfortable position to finish as group winners where
they are predicted to meet Group A runners-up Switzerland in the
was in good form today and she didn't give the Aussies much room to play
with," said national assistant head coach Andrew Cross. "It gives
the team a lot of confidence when your No.1 starts strongly.
Yan on the other hand wasn't feeling so well. She was vomiting in
between games so it explains why her performance was shaky today but
Yiwen played well to finish strongly for us.
"Now we'll have Canada on Wednesday morning before probably facing
Switzerland in the quarter-finals in the evening. We'll do our best to
get ready for two matches with an eye on playing one of the tougher
teams in the semi-finals."
Group A, top seeds and defending champions Egypt also cruised to
their second win by despatching France 3/0. They will wrap up
their group matches against Switzerland, who also took their second win
by defeating Singapore 3/0.
Group C, Hong Kong China also safely secured passage into the top
eight by beating event debutants Chinese Taipei 3/0 in their win
of the competition (both squads pictured below).
third seeds go up against sixth seeds India to determine the
group winner on Wednesday morning.
Group D, fourth seeds England also earned their third win,
beating Sweden 3/0 although third string Katie Wells was
taken the full distance for the second day in a row before getting past
Anna Kaiding 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-6.
five-time winners go up against USA in their last group tie in
order to determine the group winners.
US had scored 3/0 wins over South Africa and Republic of Korea
and will relish a shot at taking down England in order to get a
favourable draw for the quarter-finals.
may have got through to the quarter-finals but we still want to finish
with a win and top the group because it helps us moving forward," said
England coach Tania Bailey.
"I'm excited to see the number ones play. I know the US' Marina
Stefanoni didn't play so well during the individuals while our Elise
(Lazarus) (pictured below, left, in action against Sweden) is also a
really strong player so that will be an exciting match.
"The first string aside, I know that if my girls play to what I know
they can, then they should be able to get past the Americans. It won't
be an easy match but we have trained well and we're feeling confident
going into a tough game."
The Malaysian girls put their disappointment in the individual event
behind them on day one of the CIMB Foundation WSF Women's World
Junior Team Squash Championship in the country's capital Kuala
Lumpur - but it was Australia who stole the show to kickstart
the event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre.
Former champions Australia, the 10th seeds, had a tough draw after being
placed in Group B together with second seeds Malaysia, seventh
seeds Canada and the 14th seeded Japan.
But they proved that seeding is really just a number after putting up a
spirited showing to beat Canada 2/1 in their opening tie.
And it came down to third string player Remashree Muniandy to
deliver the heroics against Canada's Brianna Jefferson.
Down 2/1 in the deciding match and facing match-ball in the fourth at
10-9 down, the Malaysian-born 17-year-old saved that point and
subsequently saved two further match-balls before taking the game 15-13.
That proved to be the crucial swing as Remashree - clearly inspired by
being back on 'home' soil - went on to secure a turnaround 7-11, 12-10,
5-11, 15-13, 11-4 win to give underdogs Australia the unexpected win
(picture below shows the jubilant Australian camp after the victory).
Earlier the Canadians had stormed into the lead when Erica
McGillicuddy downed Sze Yu Lee 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8 before
Australia levelled the tie through Alex Haydon who took out
Charlotte Orcutt 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 8-11, 11-2.
Australian head coach Paul Price was certainly pleased with his
team's performance, especially with the chance of competing in the
quarter-finals at stake.
"It's a huge win for us as we're seeded 10th while the Canadians are
7th. We knew this was the crunch match for us in order to make a
breakthrough to get into the top eight," said the former world No.4.
"The performance showed a lot of spirit and heart and if they play the
way we knew they could then we could also back this up against a solid
"Today however, I thought the team came back up strongly after the first
loss. They managed to dig in to grind out the result and I thought it
was an amazing performance."
With Australia - who won the title in 1995 but have failed to finish in
the top eight since 2005 - due to play Malaysia on Tuesday, the big win
over Canada was certainly very welcome indeed.
Malaysia earlier showed they meant business by whipping Japan 3/0 in the
other Group B clash.
Ooi Kah Yan
started off by beating Ayumi Watanabe 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 before
Chan Yiwen cruised to an 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 win over Erisa Sano
Herring. Ainaa Ampandi rounded off the win by beating
Kurumi Takahashi 11-1, 11-2, 11-4.
Malaysian national assistant head coach Andrew Cross (pictured
above with the Malaysian squad) believed it was just the response the
team needed after Yiwen and Aifa Azman's disappointment in the
"It's good to get back on court after the individuals and we just needed
to get started to get the job done," said Cross.
was given an extra day's rest but she'll be back to face Australia
tomorrow. I think we just need to be as professional as we can against
"The key is to go in, finish it and be well rested and prepared for
Wednesday since we have the last group match and the quarter-finals on
the same day."
Meanwhile defending champions Egypt - led by the newly-crowned
world junior individual champion Hania El Hammamy (pictured below
in early team action) - also got off to a storming start with a
merciless display in beating Singapore 3/0 in Group A.
Third seeds Hong Kong China also enjoyed an easy start in Group
C, winning both their matches against New Zealand and Ireland
Fourth seeds England also got off to a winning start, beating
Republic of Korea 3/0 and then South Africa 3/0.