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Day Seven, Sat 25th:
 Australia 3-0  France
David Palmer bt Thierry Lincou 9/0 9/3 6/9 9/5
Anthony Ricketts bt Gregory Gaultier 9/4,
9/7, 2/9, 8/10,
Paul Price bt Renan Lavigne 9/3, 9/3 (20m)
Ricketts hangs on to
give Aussies World Title
David Palmer got Australia off to a great start against Thierry Lincou,
Anthony Ricketts, almost literally, fought off a comeback from Gregory Gaultier to clinch the
match and retain Australia's World Team title before Paul Price wrapped it
up in the dead rubber.
reports on the final
was one step away from a punch-up - and the
crucial action happened after the bell at the
end of the fourth round as Anthony Ricketts and
Gregory Gaultier attempted to leave the court by
the door at the same time.
There was shoving, grabbing, elbowing and the
main reason a punch wasn't thrown was that they
had rackets in their hands. Ricketts is bigger
than Gaultier and you got a hint that he was a bit
fed up with the young Frenchman's antics
by the way he carried him across the court at
the end of the fourth and tried
to put him through the ropes.
The referee, Wendy Danzey stepped in at that
point with a conduct warning against Ricketts -
there was not much else she could do.
Later Ricketts was to say, "I probably took it too far
and the referee was right to give me a conduct warning
but I was trying to make it clear to her what was
happening. I think I did and I think she got the
The fourth deteriorated into farce. Ricketts was ahead
2/1 and the games were about to level as Gaultier
established an 8-2 lead in two hands. He is the young
player most like Jonathon Power. His hands are very
fast, he uses an open stance on both sides but
especially on the forehand, is lightening fast to the
front, counters with little touch drops with a full
follow-through, has holds and lots of variety but
lacks Power's sense of humour.
Let's hope he can develop one for he will
need it when it comes to looking back at
performances like this. Really, his
comeback in the fourth game after being 2/1 down was
masterful, but flawed. Floored was what
Ricketts wanted to do to him
- but that came at the end of the game.
Gaultier lifted the ball for length, very high and
straight with whole series of lobs, too high to attack
and making it very hard for Ricketts to apply
pressure. The attack, blended with this slow paced
rallying, was sudden and unexpected and used by
Gaultier to seize game ball 8-2.
There was a twist however. Gaultier was
blocking, as he had done with Beachill,
and Ricketts was now so fed up that the
situation reached bizarre proportions. He retaliated
and started to move for the ball directly through his
Gaultier was now the victim. "Can I have a let. Did
you see what he did to me," complained the Frenchman
to an unimpressed Danzey. Ricketts went
through in a hand from
3-8 to 8 all as Gaultier, thinking the game
was already his,
lost his slow paced length and let Ricketts
front court to slam crosscourts past him.
At 8 all it was bizarre,
riveting squash. Every rally was an incident.
Gaultier's Gaelic jestering and
complaining, Ricketts blowing steam out his nostrils
as they charged into each other. And there were some
This was a vocal crowd. They cheered and
jeered and groaned. Six hands swapped at 8 all.
They threw the ball at each other then Ricketts
delivered it personally and very closely.
Anything could have happened. A brilliant rally
was ended with a fast boast from Gaultier's fast
hands to win the vital game ball before Ricketts
won serve back, lost it on a no
bulldozed Gaultier half way across the court and
into the side wall.
The stadium at the Wellness Centre echoed to
prolonged jeering. The red mist had come down
over Ricketts' eyes - he had lost it. Referee
Danzey had no option but to give the conduct warning
and Gaultier levelled the match with a
superb forehand drop and all the triumphal
gesturing that is so unappealing.
Ricketts didn't like it too much either. The
red mist was still there and he was not seeing
to well. He bumped Gaultier, rather perhaps
mowed him down. Gautlier was all elbows and shoves and
yelling as a dog fight developed. Palmer was on his
The Australian manager Byron Davies was to say
later that he was more worried about Palmer,
who got into the fray as Ricketts slipped away.
Kneipp was on his feet. French manager Bertrand
Bonnefoy showed extreme courage in standing up
to Palmer and the front of the court was awash
with green Australian tracksuits and white
French tracksuits with their neat blue trim
darting back and forth.
Ricketts needed speaking to. "Play squash," said
Davis. "You're a better squash player than him.
Play straight. Re-focus."
"To his credit he did," said Davis later.
Gaultier gave the impression that talking to him would
be a waste of breath.
There were three hands without score at the start of
the fifth when Ricketts won serve with a forehand drop
and Gaultier pulled up short. He scored with another
and then Gaultier imploded into mistakes. The
controlled floating rallies of the fourth game were
all gone now. He let Ricketts front court easily and
slashed at balls as if they were going to miraculously
emerge as winners. Five errors helped Ricketts on his
Nine points were won in a hand and Australia were
Ricketts had some energy left, for there was an
amazing performance of leaping, jumping and
punching the air like a very small child having
a temper tantrum but of tremendous speed and
Gaultier wisely stepped out of the way.
Evidently this was joy Australian style. The
players managed a handshake and the Frenchman's
racket disappeared across the back of the court.
"It is awesome," said Ricketts after rejoining the
sane world. "To be involved in this was awesome."
"This is his first time in the team and there
was a lot of pressure on him. For us this is it
and everything goes into it," said Davis.
The third match was a formality won by Price 9-3, 9-3
to give Australia a clean sweep and retention of the
title they had won in Melbourne in 2001.
Palmer puts Aussies one up ...
In a brilliant all court game David Palmer put Australia in the driving
seat to retain their world title with a 9-0, 9-3, 6-9, 9-5 win over the
French no.1 Thierry Lincou.
Palmer started brilliantly, reaching 9-0, 7-0 before
It took outstanding play from Lincou in the third to
wrestle a game from Palmer, and although the Frenchman was 6-3 up in the
game it took another 14 hands to see it out. Lincou scored with straight
drops of the most delicate touch and had to go very high to beat Palmer
outstanding volley. Often after Palmer dropped, Lincou would lob, Palmer
would take it out of the air deep, Lincou would volley drop and and so
they would go around and around the court. Palmer hung into the backhand
(left side) and poached the ball off the wall for outstanding volley drops
that took Lincou right to the front at speed and there were numerous drop
Down two games Lincou came back to take the third
and lead 3-0 in the fourth but with brilliant retrieving from both
players, shots and deception this was a brilliant spectacle.
But Palmer was fresh here and was not going to be
broken down. It was close. Lincou came back from 6-3 to 5-6 but then lost
it in a hand as Palmer passed him with superb straight winners in the 77th
3/4: England 3-0 Egypt
5/6: Wales 2-1 Canada
7/8: Scotland 3-0 Hong Kong
9/10: Pakistan 2-1 South Africa
11/12: Netherlands 2-1 Ireland
13/14: Switzerland 2-1 Malaysia
15/16: Germany 2-1 Sweden
Full results (pdf)
17/18: Italy 0-3
19/20: Kuwait 3-0 USA
21/22: Austria 3-0 Hungary
23/24: Czech Rep. 2-1 Japan
25/26: Finland 2-1 Slovenia
27/28: Korea 2-1 Bermuda
29:30: Mexico 3-0 Russia
Full Results (pdf)
 England 3-0  Egypt
Lee Beachill bt Karim Darwish 9/4, 9/3,
James Willstrop bt Mohamed Abbas 7/9, 9/2, 9/7,
Nick Matthew bt Wael Eh Hendy 9/7, 9/2
After the previous day's disappointment, the England
team picked themselves up to defeat Egypt 3/0 in the
Lee Beachill, having played for 105 minutes against
France, showed his worth when he despatched Karim
Darwish 3/0 in a match where skill with the racket
dominated. This was the Beachill we are more used to,
attacking and positive.
James Willstrop continued his rise to the top with a
3/1 win over Mohammed Abbas. The first three games
were well contested and quality squash, but Abbas
could no longer contain the World Junior Champion, who
finished in the fourth 9-1. He can be well pleased
with his debut Team Championships
winning six out of six.
Nick Matthew completed the 3/0 win with a 2/0 dead
rubber victory over Wael El Hindi.
This may have been lower key than the semi-final over
France and after Gaultier's efforts to spoil matches,
but it was more enjoyable.
AUSTRALIA 3 FRANCE 0 (David Palmer bt Thierry Lincou 9-0, 9-3,
6-9, 9-5 (77m); Anthony Ricketts bt Gregory Gaultier 9-4, 7-9, 9-2, 8-10,
9-0 (74m); Paul Price bt Renan Lavigne 9-3, 9-3 (20m))
3rd place play-off:
ENGLAND 3 EGYPT 0 (Lee Beachill bt Karim Darwish 9-4, 9-3, 9-3
(33m); James Willstrop bt Mohamed Abbas 7-9, 9-2, 9-7, 9-1 (68m); Nick
Matthew bt Wael El Hindi 9-7, 9-2 (22m))
5th place play-off:
WALES 2 CANADA 1 (Alex Gough lost to Graham Ryding 9-1, 2-9,
9-5, 1-9, 0-9; David Evans bt Shahier Razik 9-1, 9-4, 9-0; Gavin Jones bt
Viktor Berg 9-5, 9-4, 9-1)
7th place play-off:
SCOTLAND 3 [17/24]HONG KONG 0 (John White bt Wong Wai Hang 9-3,
9-2, 9-3; Martin Heath bt Dick Lau 9-2, 9-0, 9-1; Peter O'Hara bt Roger
Ngan 9-6, 9-2)
9th place play-off:
PAKISTAN 2 SOUTH AFRICA 1 (Mansoor Zaman lost to Rodney Durbach
8-10, 4-9, 6-9; Farrukh Zaman bt Craig van der Wath 9-3, 10-8, 9-10, 10-9;
Majid Khan bt Gregory La Mude 9-7, 10-8, 9-1)
11th place play-off:
NETHERLANDS 2 IRELAND 1 (Tommy Berden bt Derek Ryan 9-1, 9-2,
9-4; Michael Fiteni lost to John Rooney 0-9, 9-4, 7-9, 9-10; Dylan Bennett
bt Graeme Stewart 6-9, 9-5, 9-6, 7-9, 9-6)
13th place play-off:
SWITZERLAND 2 MALAYSIA 1 (Lars Harms bt Ong Beng Hee 9-3, 9-3,
9-5; Andre Holderegger lost to Moh'd Azlan Iskandar 1-9, 3-9, 0-9; Marco
Dätwyler bt Timothy Arnold 9-2, 10-8, 4-9, 9-6)
15th place play-off:
GERMANY 2 SWEDEN 1 (Simon Frenz lost to Christian Drakenberg
5-9, 0-9, 1-9; Stefan Leifels bt Henrik Löfvenborg 9-0, 6-9, 9-4, 9-5;
Oliver Post bt Joakim Karlsson 9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
17th place play-off:
[17/24]NEW ZEALAND 3 [17/24]ITALY 0 (Glen Wilson bt Andrea Capella
10-9, 0-9, 9-1, 9-0; Daniel Sharplin bt Francesco Busi 9-0, 9-2, 9-4;
Callum O'Brien bt Andrea Torricini 9-7, 9-0)
19th place play-off:
KUWAIT 3 [17/24]USA 0 (Bader Alhosaini bt Preston Quick 9-3, 9-6, 9-5;
Ali Alramezi bt Damian Walker 10-8, 10-8, 9-1;
Nasser Alramezi bt Tim Wyant 9-7, 9-5)
21st place play-off:
[17/24]AUSTRIA 3 HUNGARY 0 (Leopold Czaska bt Andras Torok 9-7, 10-8,
9-3; Clemens Wallishauser bt Mark Krajcsak 9-2, 9-6, 9-3; David Huck bt
Sandor Fulop bt 9-6, 9-2)
23rd place play-off:
[17/24]CZECH REPUBLIC 2 [17/24]JAPAN 1 (Jan Koukal bt Kimihiko Sano
9-0, 9-3, 9-3; Martin Stepan bt Takehide Nishio 9-6, 5-9, 9-7, 4-9, 9-7;
Pavel Sladecek lost to Jun Matsumoto 0-9, 7-9)
25th place play-off:
FINLAND 2 SLOVENIA 1 (Olli Tuominen bt Damir Bezan 9-0, 9-1, 9-2;
Hameed Ahmed lost to Klemen Gutman 7-9, 9-5, 2-9, 5-9; Matias Tuomi bt
Miha Kavas 9-7, 9-3, 7-9, 10-8)
27th place play-off:
KOREA 2 BERMUDA 1 (Yong-Chun Chong lost to Nicholas Kyme 2-9, 3-9,
5-9; Dong-Woo Kim bt James Stout 10-9, 9-6, 3-9, 4-9, 10-8; Jaung-Gue Park
bt Sam Stevens 9-0, 9-0, 9-3)
29th place play-off:
[17/24]MEXICO 3 RUSSIA 0 (Eric Galvez bt Alexei Severinov 9-3, 9-5,
9-0; Armando Zarazua bt Serguei Kostrykine 9-1, 9-4; Mauricio Sanchez bt
Maxim Shokin 9-1, 9-1, 9-2)
France Through In Thriller
France are through to the final to face
Australia, after Gregory Gaultier beat Lee Beachill 10/9 in the fifth in
the decider against England.
Ian McKenzie reports on a dramatic semi-final ...
England are out.
It is a tragedy! It is a travesty!
It is a failure! It is
They should not be.
Gregory Gaultier played brilliantly at times, often
erratically, invariably petulantly - in a match that
was spoilt by his behaviour and his
blocking, but in the
end there was such drama that much of this will be
His opponent Lee Beachill will be mad. He had
chances to finish this off. Strong
positions were squandered. At 8-6 in the third
Beachill had three game balls;
he had six serves at 7-1 in the fifth and a
matchball - but he failed.
It was an unfair contest, the referee never
sorted it out and Beachill had a horrendous task - but
he should have won this match.
It took 105 minutes and swung one-way and then
the other. Gaultier's firepower took the first
9-2, setting a pace that Beachill could not
settle to, but he came
back well and levelled before they settled into
the 26 hands of the third game.
The problem with this point for point
struggle was that Gaultier blocked incessantly,
in every rally, and the referee failed to see
it. In fact Gregory argued, commented and tried
to influence the referee in every rally and was
never spoken to once.
It spoilt it! Any time he could get an
advantage when Beachill played loose around the
mid-court he would take up as much room as possible
and block Beachill's line. And when he recovered
he would come straight to the
T right into Beachill 's path.
It was a travesty. How Beachill kept his cool is
beyond me. But
he did, although it knocked him off his
stride again and again. He had to fight to get lets
and as often as not on the difficult
balls that he may have been able to get he
received a no let. It was all very
There was no sanction on Gaultier to follow any other
policy. It was really up to the referee but part of the
solution was in Beachill's hands. If he got his length
and kept Gaultier out of the middle the problem would
largely be alleviated, but he struggled
to find those tight lines today, and when he
found length it would inevitably drift back to
the middle and Gaultier would again give him a
long path to the ball.
Palmer would have flattened him. They would
have taken the Frenchman out on a stretcher. But
that is not Beachill's style.
Beachill was furious with the referee and the
frustration did not help his game.
But he got to 8-6 in a
good patch in the third, then
struggled to finish it. A stunning volley kill,
one of Gaultier's trademark
shots, saved game ball as Beachill failed
with four attempts (this was an ominous sign for
the English) in
traumatic scenes. A
block, a questionable no let when all the French
were on their feet and there was every
indication that they influenced the referee.
Gaultier went through to nine and finished it on his
second attempt 10-8 to go 2/1 up.
Bizarrely he then capitulated from early in the
third. From 2-0 Beachill was through to 7-0 in
two hands and Gaultier was walking out the door
on two occasions when Beachill hit the ball back
to him and prolonged the game fractionally.
Beachill won it 9-1 and suddenly it was 2 games
In the fifth Beachill was away. Happier with himself
now, he was away to 5-0 when the ball
"The ball has been broken for two rallies," said
Gaultier, again in complaint.
As they started to
warm the ball Beachill enquired of the referee how
long he was going to allow the Frenchman to
continually speak to him in such terms.
Beachill had this match. At the resumption he was
through to 7-1 and Gaultier was all over the place.
After winning the third the Frenchman had won
just two points while Beachill had taken 16 and
stood within two points of victory and a chance
of a world title for England.
Almost incidentally, while waiting to lose,
Gaultier slowed it a bit and lobbed. Then he
settled to rally straight and found a bit of
length. Beachill rallied with him and waited to
win but it was not to happen.
Beachill served seven times at 7-1 without scoring and
gradually the points slipped away - at
first incidentally and then
worringly. In a hand it
was 4-7 and, in
another hand from 4-7 to
The England bench sat mute, stunned,
as Gaultier got his racket up earlier to stop
Beachill's clearance and earned
him a stroke. The
Frenchman was at matchball.
In frantic scenes it swung back and forth.
Beachill won serve back and then was awarded
a stroke to howls from the French bench.
Gaultier got through to 9 with a brilliant
volley kill. He passed Beachill but blocked him
when the French were on their feet and a let was
A careless smash in the tin gave Beachill a
chance. A questionable no let penalised him and
Matthew was on his feet unable to stop screaming at the referee, as there
was general pandemonium.
It gave the initiative back to the
French at 9 all and Gaultier won it with a backhand
The English, stunned, clapped. The French were
on court screaming, hugging running around the
court in a bizarre train. Nicol came over and
The Marseillaise rang out. The French were in the
final for the first time.
Nicol Down ...
England no.1 Peter Nicol crashed to Frenchman
Thierry Lincou in the semi-final here this evening, going down 8-10, 9-4,
9-7, 9-2. The first game was taken to a tie -break by Lincou who came back
to level 8 all but he could not finish it although he left the court
"In the first and second we had huge rallies but I knew he was going to
pay," said Lincou. "I controlled the T and at the end he was a bit tired
because he had a hard match yesterday" (with Jonathon Power).
In the second Lincou was superb, controlling play and finishing the
rallies, but in the third as Nicol's play became more laboured he kept his
opponent in the game with a handful of unforced errors. Then the ball
"That was the turning point," said Lincou. "It was a bit faster. I got my
length again which I had lost and got the opening. It gave me extra
That game took time to close out and Nicol, although struggling, almost
got away with it, for he desperately needed this game, reached 7-5 on some
Lincou carelessness before the Frenchman grabbed the initiative with a
beautiful winning drop of the back wall to regain serve and then surge
back to take the game 9-7.
He screamed in excitement at the end as it he had won, fists in the air
and Nicol was not to impressed but there was nothing he could do in the
fourth. Nicol was jaded and Lincou surged to matchball in a hand and
before allowing Nicol two consolation points.
The French were exuberant. England sat glumly on their seats. It was now
down to Beachill...
Matthew sets England off
The England selectors made a tough decision,
with an eye to the final, before their semi-final against France and
decided to rest James Willstrop and give the third place berth to Nick
Matthew. He was drawn to face Jean-Michel Arcucci, a great performer for
France. Forget the world rankings - Arcucci is a class act and a seasoned
performer and he is prepared to die on court for his country.
Here he did not play badly, he tried everything but Matthew had it
covered. He lobbed and Matthew hit winning volleys out of the air; he hit
hard and low and Matthew collected them and moved the ball easily with
telling boasts and drops.
Matthew fully justified his selection and id the job for England 9-1, 9-3,
9-2 in 46 minutes.
"Nick just out played him," said England manager David Pearson. "He
dominated the middle, held it and didn't give Arcucci sniff. He only made
four unforced errors in the whole match."
Looking at his players and looking ahead to the final Pearson said, "Peter
Nicol is OK after playing Power. He is not knackered. Peter has done a lot
of work over the last 15 months on his shots and he was able to use them."
"Lee Beachill is an unknown quantity. He just hasn't had a match."
Another Step for Australia
Ian McKenzie reports from Vienna
Kneipp put Australia one step nearer to the final and a chance of
defending their world team title with an opening win (in the 3, 1, 2 order
of play) over the Egyptian no.3 Mohamed Abbas in the semi-finals in
Kneipp's control and variety of shot held sway in the first two games but
then it fell apart a bit as Abbas bounced back to take the third and go
3-0 up in the fourth. There were nervous cries from the Australian bench
exalting Kneipp on, for this was a match Australia wanted under their belt
with David Palmer and Anthony Ricketts facing Karim Darwish and Amr
Shabana - two dangerous opponents.
"I played well in the first two but then I lost my focus and starting
worrying about what my opponent was doing and how he was predicting my
game rather than concentrating on my play. When you start doing that it
can be disastrous," said Kneipp.
Kneipp went defensive and the tall Abbas is a fine player who needs to b e
knocked out of his rhythm. Only when he was down in the fourth did Kneipp
regain a simple focus and the confidence to attack. With Kneipp leading
7-4 Abbas halted his opponent's progress before the Australian was able to
push through to take the match.
"I was happy to come out of it with a win," said Kneipp. "He is a good
player and we needed that start. Our chances are better with the first
rubber under our belt."
Palmer puts Australia in final
are in the final of the World Team Championship after no.1 David Palmer
saw off Egypt's Karim Darwish 9-5, 8-10, 9-4 9-2 to give them a second
Palmer was in control throughout except for a short patch of Darwish
brilliance in the second. With Palmer on game ball in the second Darwish
fought back and to level. At full stretch using his long lunge he scrapped
up what could have been a winning boast and astonished to play an outright
winning drop with Palmer right behind him winning game ball. A long angle
rebounded loosely but Darwish read Palmer's reply and conjured another
winning drop to level the games in two hands to much applause and
congratulations from the Egyptian bench.
At 1/1 and 3 all , it was close but, Palmer struck with two unplayable
boasts, fast and dying before the side, that left his opponent standing to
take the initiative 5-3 before he faltered with two errors for Darwish to
close to 4-5. A let refused however proved to be the turning point.
Darwish really created the interference on his long lunge but was just
short of the ball and took out his frustration with a minor bit of
petulance with the racket only to receive a conduct warning. There after
he never recovered the serve until 7-0 in the fourth by which time it was
Palmer saw out the game out 9-2.
There was warm applause and Magdi Saad led the Egyptian to congratulate
"That is the first real match all week," said Palmer. "I relaxed in the
second, went short too early and the ball got cold. Overall I dominated
and it was not to bad.
"It has been a goal to win this week. We have been building up to this. It
would be nice to win it."
Play off Draws
 Australia 3-0 
David Palmer bt Karim Darwish 9/5 8/10 9/4 9/2 (70m)
Joseph Kneipp bt Mohamed Abbas 9/6 9/4 5/9 9/4 (75m)
Anthony Ricketts bt Amr Shabana 9/5 9/0 (17m)
 England 1-2  France
Nick Matthew bt
Jean-Michel Arcucci 9/1, 9/3, 9/2 (46m)
Peter Nicol lt Thierry Lincou
10/8, 4/9, 7/9, 2/9 (76m)
Lee Beachill lt Gregory Gaultier
4/9, 9/7, 8/10, 9/1,
Wales 3-0 Hong Kong
Scotland 1-2 Canada
South Africa 3-0 Netherlands
Ireland 1-2 Pakistan
Malaysia 2-1 Germany
Switzerland 2-1 Sweden
Italy 2-1 Kuwait
New Zealand 3-0 USA
Hungary 3-0 Japan
Austria 2-1 Czech Republic
Finland 3-0 Bermuda
Korea 1-2 Slovenia
Mexico 3-0 Russia
5th - 8th place play-offs:
WALES 3 [17/24]HONG KONG 0 (Alex Gough bt Wong Wai Hang 9-6, 9-1, 9-2;
David Evans bt Dick Lau 9-3, 9-5; Gavin Jones bt Roger Ngan 9-2, 9-2, 9-0)
CANADA 2 SCOTLAND 1 (Jonathon Power bt John White 9-5, 4-9, 10-8,
9-7; Graham Ryding bt Martin Heath 4-9, 9-6, 9-6, 9-3; Viktor Berg lost to
Neil Frankland 8-10, 9-3, 9-4, 4-9, 5-9)
9th - 12th place play-offs:
SOUTH AFRICA 3 NETHERLANDS 0 (Rodney Durbach bt Tommy Berden 9-4,
9-5, 8-10, 1-9, 9-2; Craig van der Wath bt Lucas Buit 9-6, 9-0; Gregory La
Mude bt Michael Fiteni 9-2, 9-5, 9-1)
PAKISTAN 2 IRELAND 1 (Mansoor Zaman bt Derek Ryan 9-3, 9-4, 9-1;
Farrukh Zaman lost to John Rooney 6-9, 5-9; Majid Khan bt Graeme Stewart
9-0, 9-0, 9-6)
13th - 16th place play-offs:
MALAYSIA 2 GERMANY 1 (Ong Beng Hee bt Simon Frenz 9-3, 9-6, 4-9,
7-9, 9-5; Moh'd Azlan Iskandar bt Stefan Leifels 9-5, 9-1, 9-1; Timothy
Arnold lost to Oliver Post 0-9, 0-9, 2-9)
SWITZERLAND 2 SWEDEN 1 (Lars Harms lost to Christian Drakenberg
3-9, 4-9, 9-4, 8-10; Andre Holderegger bt Joakim Karlsson 9-3, 6-9, 9-1,
9-0; Marco Dätwyler bt Badr Abdel Aziz 9-10, 5-9, 9-7, 9-7, 9-3)
17th-20th place play-offs:
[17/24]ITALY 2 KUWAIT 1 (Andrea Capella lost to Bader Alhosaini 10-8, 3-9,
0-9, 7-9; Francesco Busi bt Ali Alramezi 9-1, 9-1, 9-0; Andrea Torricini
bt Abdullah Almezayem 7-9, 9-3, 9-1, 9-1)
[17/24]NEW ZEALAND 3 [17/24]USA 0 (Glen Wilson bt Preston Quick 9-7, 6-9,
6-9, 9-7, 9-2; Daniel Sharplin bt Damian Walker 9-4, 9-3; Callum O'Brien
bt Jamie Crombie 9-4, 5-9, 4-9, 9-2, 9-3)
21st-24th place play-offs:
[17/24]AUSTRIA 2 [17/24]CZECH REPUBLIC 1 (Leopold Czaska lost to Jan
Koukal 9-6, 9-7, 1-9, 2-9, 1-9; Clemens Wallishauser bt Milos Pokorny 9-2,
9-5, 9-2; Andreas Fuchs bt Martin Stepan 9-3, 9-7, 7-9, 9-1)
HUNGARY 3 [17/24]JAPAN 0 (Andras Torok bt Kimihiko Sano 9-1, 3-9, 9-10,
9-6, 9-3; Mark Krajcsak bt Takehide Nishio 10-8, 9-2; Sandor Fulop bt
Takeshi Aoyama 9-3, 9-3, 9-2)
25th-28th place play-offs:
FINLAND 3 BERMUDA 0 (Olli Tuominen bt Nicholas Kyme 9-2, 9-0, 9-7;
Juha Raumolin bt James Stout 9-4, 9-5; Matias Tuomi bt Sam Stevens 9-1,
SLOVENIA 2 KOREA 1 (Damir Bezan lost to Yong-Chun Chong 4-9, 4-9, 5-9;
Klemen Gutman bt Dong-Woo Kim 10-9, 9-6, 9-5; Miha Kavas bt Jaung-Gue Park
29th place play-off:
[17/24]MEXICO 3 RUSSIA 0 (Eric Galvez bt Alexei Severinov 9-3, 9-5, 9-0;
Armando Zarazua bt Serguei Kostrykine 9-1, 9-4; Mauricio Sanchez bt Maxim
9-1, 9-1, 9-2)
Malcolm Willstrop on THAT match ...
Tuesday's draw, which gave England a
quarter-final against Canada, a match of final proportions, meant that the
rest or the task was going to be problematic.
France had progressed to the semi-final with less damage and a 2-1 win
over Scotland, who have no chance at this level at three.
I doubt if either camp envisaged a Nick Matthew v Jean-Michael Arcucci
encounter: the English saw it Matthew v Renan Lavigne, the French probably
James Willstrop v Arcucci.
In the event Matthew was far too good: striking purposefully, he only went
from strength to strength and crushed the Frenchman impressively 3/0.
Peter Nicol, who followed and Lee Beachill, who played last, both hard
extreme but opposite problems: it seemed unlikely that Nicol could recover
in time from his epic with Power, which took him deep into his reserves.
Although he gave Thierry Lincou a hard time of it, the tank actually ran
dry and the Frenchman, who played some excellent squash, certainly
contributed to that. It was a fine match, played in sporting manner, well
received by an appreciative packed house.
Gregory Gaultier, who definitively,
does not follow the sporting example of his captain and surprisingly urged
on by the rest of his camp, gave a vulgar and arrogant display.
Beachill, who had not had a match of any consequence throughout the
championship, understandably began slowly, but although Gaultier won the
first, Beachill had began to play.
He quickly took the second, but a renewed effort by Gaultier, who played
in fits and starts, gave him a 2/1 lead. Beachill quickly levelled at two
all and with the ball cooling down romped to 7-1 in the fifth.
A burst ball with renewed bounce gave
Gaultier hope and gradually and with much posturing, and mouthed abuse
towards the weak referee, who admonished him not at all, and square-on
blocking in the front right, he levelled at 7-all. Beachill saved match
ball and served for the match at match at 9-8.
He didn¹t make it and it was the
Frenchman who got home 10-9.
Throughout a distasteful display by Gaultier, which included mimicking one
of his opponent¹s winning shots, how low can you sink?
Beachill remained sporting and
dignified, so England may have lost a match, but gained some approval.
Certainly several people, none of who were English, whom I respect, have
said as much.
Day Five, Thu 23rd
England survive as
Canada implode ...
The top four teams will contest the semi-finals, with
Australia cruising, Egypt and France fretting, and England surviving ...
somehow. It was as if the Canada v
England match was destined for incident and
Ian McKenzie reports from Vienna
England have survived, and Peter
Nicol survived another marathon against Jonathon Power.
But I do not know how.
took the first two games 9-3, 9-3 against
Jonathon Power but then the magic in Power's
racket came alive. The rallies were carefully
paced as Power's touch and nicks flowed easily as he
interspersed length, volleys, lobs and attack -
all so easily as if it was the most
natural thing in the world -
and Nicol kept working, countering when he
could, while we marvelled at the
masterful if flawed Power.
Power took the third 9-2 quickly, the fourth 9-4 in
a friendly enough encounter. At one stage Nicol came
to the door when referee Jack Allen was warning
Power for unnecessary physical contact, (when he
found Nicol in his diagonal path and crashed
into him) and explained it was an accident.
Power controlled the rallies
but there were errors. He moved Nicol all over
the court and his kills, hit so easily, died so
easily before the short line.
He passed Nicol almost at will,
sensing Nicol presence and hitting wide just out
of Nicol's despairing reach or straight angled to
rebound off the side wall and around behind him. Nicol
twisted and turned and ran, but at 5-1
down in the fifth Power was totally in control.
This was a Power masterclass.
Then a few points just slipped away. Suddenly Nicol
was a little closer. Then Power tinned on a drop to
give Nicol 4-5, and screamed "No", for
the nightmare of his 'choke'
in the British Open semi-final rushed into his
brain. He hit the tin on a drop again - and then
again - all unforced and Nicol,
rejuvenated, scored a
beautiful crosscourt nick and backed into Power taking
the ball late to earn a stoke and matchball.
It had all slipped away in one
Power saved matchball 5-8 forcing a winner,
saved it again three times as he came back
(Interestingly the WSF discussed the
merits of Standard and PARS scoring
today at their conference - this comeback
would not have been possible in PARS
Then Power was beaten by a
crosscourt, dived frantically and doubled
up in pain on the floor. Bizarrely Nicol bent down to
bend his toes up and stretch his calves as the
Canadian support flowed onto
court and Referee Jack Allen fought his way down
They shouted at each other, Power claiming he had hurt
his knee. Allen was unimpressed,
diagnosing cramp and finally got play underway
again - as is required if the
'injury' is merely
cramp. Power stood awkwardly, dejected.
He hobbled into play and
for a nick off Nicol's
Nicol lobbed, and lobbed again,
and all Power could do was hobble into the back
and bash the ball back into
himself to give Nicol an astonishing victory;
9-3, 9-3, 2-9,
4-9, 9-6 in 99 minutes and keep England's world title
"I knew I could do it," said Nicol.
The no.3 string match followed Power and
Nicol, which had ended in bizarre
circumstances, and 2 hours
16 minutes after the second match began,
ended bizarrely with the Canadian no.2 Graham
Ryding standing up and yelling to the referee.
"You may as well give him the whole match." Only to
be told by the referee, "Quiet or you will not hear
the end of it." And Power,
at the end when the nervous referee tried to
relieve the tension by clapping the players,
yelled accusingly "Why are you clapping?".
This was a close match with Rizak playing beautifully
at times, moving the ball easily with
boasts to keep Willstrop working but then not
being particularly incisive with his finish
which lead to long rallies. All interesting
Willstrop took the first 9-3, Razik levelled 9-5 and
led 3-1 in the third but mistakes crept in
gradually and the game moved away from
him 9-5. They were careful, slow paced rallies,
with lobs, varied pace drives,
straight drops feed from deep, but from
6-5 Willstrop had the momentum and went away from
Razik in a hand to take the game.
At the start of the fourth there was a clash as Razik
banged into Willstrop giving him a dead
leg, and a delay.
There was much confusion as Willstrop went away
for treatment with referee Allanach keeping the
spectators informed as best he could and announcing it
as a 'contributed injury'
which allowed one hour recovery time.
At the resumption, after 44 minutes Willstrop
took a while to settle to his work, while Razik
went to 3-0 before Willstrop edged ahead 4-3. A
brilliant low crosscourt drive from Willstrop that got
away from the Canadian and in frustration he threw his
racket into the side wall - rather too forcefully for
it ricocheted around the wall and arrived at the
front of the court. Referee Allanach was quite
right with the conduct stroke for racket abuse
which took Willstrop to 6-3 and increased
Razik's frustration considerably.
A no let decision that by general agreement
was not one of Allanach's best decisions, and
unfortunately crucial, rather compounded
things for Razik. He pretended to throw his
racket at the referee, and dropped it. Allanach
again wasn't impressed and
awarded a conduct stroke for racket abuse.
Matchball to Willstrop.
Ryding and Power were not impressed. The last
ball from Razik went out. Willstrop won it 9-3,
5-9, 9-5, 9-3 in 2 hours 16 minutes and England
were in the semi-finals.
Just to add a little salt into Canadian wounds Ryding
beat Beachill 9-5, 10-8. It was a dead rubber of
course, but Canada must feel it could all
have been so different.
France sneak through
Almost un-noticed in the drama of the England v Canada match, third seeds
France duly progressed to the semi-finals. John White gave Scotland hope
with a 3/0 win over Thierry Lincou, but Renan Lavigne and Gregory Gaultier
snuffed out the Scottish challenge to set up a semi-final clash with
Play off stage
Draws & Results
Australia 3-0 Hong Kong
Anthony Ricketts bt Faheem
Khan 9/1, 9/5, 9/5
Joe Kneipp bt Dick Lau 9/3, 9/0
Paul Price bt Roger Ngan 9/1, 9/4, 9/4
 Egypt 2-1  Wales
Karim Darwish lt Alex Gough
9/6, 2/9, 5/9, 1/9
Amr Shabana bt David Evans 5/9, 9/4, 9/3, 9/6
Mohammed Abbas bt Gavin Jones 9/2, 9/3,9/3
 France 2-1  Scotland
Thierry Lincou lt John White 1/9, 6/9, 7/9
Gregory Gaultier bt Martin Heath 5/9, 9/4, 9/6, 9/1
Renan Lavigne bt Peter O'Hara 9/1, 9/3, 9/3
 England 2-1  Canada
Peter Nicol bt Jonathon
Power 9/3, 9/2, 2/9, 4/9, 9/6 99m
Lee Beachill lt Graham Ryding 5/9, 8/10 28m
James Willstrop bt Shahier Razik 9/3, 5/9, 9/5, 9/3 136m (44m injury
Netherlands 3-0 Malaysia
South Africa 3-0 Germany
Ireland 3-0 Switzerland
Pakistan 3-0 Sweden
Italy 3-0 Japan
Kuwait 2-1 Hungary
USA 2-1 Austria
New Zealand 2-1 Czech Republic
Finland 2-1 Mexico
Korea 3-0 Russia
Malcolm Willstrop reflects
on an epic quarter-final ...
The draw did no favours to either
Canada or England when it brought them together in the quarter-finals.
Nor did the intransigent organisers act sensibly when, despite
protestations from England's management and incredulity from Jonathon
Power, they insisted on playing the match on an outside court with limited
viewing. The court was full at half past three for a start time of five
o'clock. Spectators were right up to the glass back wall, reminiscent, for
some, of the days when crowds were allowed to overspill at football and
There was little room for coaches and players and with matches in full
flow in either side - one between Austria and USA, where noise was violent
for obvious reasons, the scenarios was nightmarish.
To their credit Peter Nicol and Jonathon Power got on with it and it was
Nicol who promptly asserted, with quality drops and finely paced lobs, to
a 2/0 lead.
But then the lack of work since bronchitis at The British Open became
apparent, the Canadian maestro applied subtle touches - 2/0 became 2/2 and
in the fifth 5-1 to Power. But Nicol is never done with and showing
fortitude that once would have served him well at Bannockburn and now at
Agincourt, he levelled at 5 all, eked errors out of Power's increasing
self-doubt and got to 8-5. The Canadian fell at this point, cramped
violently, it seemed, and produced a performance of Oscar-winning
dimensions. Referee Jack Allen found his way through the crowd onto the
court like the Sheriff of Nottingham and instructed Power to play on, as
the fall was self-inflicted. The Canadian rose to his feet, tottered
almost comically around.
Nicol served for the match and that was that. So it was on James
Willstrop's young, but square shoulder to close out England's semi-final
place against Shahier Razik. The World Junior champion took immediate
control and selecting shots appropriately from Razik's paceless game, he
won the first 9-3 comfortably. Razik began to use delicately floated
angles and feathered drops to effect and aided by errors in the middle
part of the game he levelled at 1-1. Willstrop maintained composure and in
the third he squeezed the errors and led 2/1. At the beginning of the
fourth, Razik's knee with into Willstrop's calf and as the rules allow he
was allowed time to recover.
After treatment for a dead leg Willstrop recovered in half an hour and quickly got
back on course to lead 6-3. Two conduct strokes against Razik, both for
racket abuse, settled the match and England were set for a semi-final with
Wales worry Egypt,
Hong Kong bow out ...
Welsh no.1 Alex Gough, no.17 in
the world rankings, scored an upset win over Egypt's leading player Karim
Darwish, no.9 in the ranking to throw the World Team Championships
temporarily into turmoil and open up the possibility of a semi-final clash
between Wales and Australia. Gough won 6-9, 9-2, 9-5, 9-1.
In the day's 1, 3, 2 order of play Gavin Jones went down in straight games
to Egypt's Mohamed Abbas to set up the decider between Welsh no.2 David
Evans and Egypt's Amr Shabana.
"We are always annoying for the other teams to play," said Gough. "There
is no pressure and we have been there."
"At 6-all in the first I let him to the front and lost it quickly. After
that I thought, 'you are going to the back for a bit'. As soon as I put
him in the back for a while 3, 4 or 5 shots he always gave me something in
the front and I was able to do something with it - a trickle boast or bang
it past him. I thought the second was going to be harder.
"In the third I was 5-3 down and buried him a bit and he gave me the front
of the court for the rest of the game. At 7-5 he didn't run too hard and
at 8-5 he didn't even run for it," added Gough who will be 33 in December.
"He is in the top 10 but he has his weaknesses. I felt I could beat him."
David Evans gave the Welsh a
good start in the decider with a 9-5 first game,
lost the second 9-3 after being penalised for a
stroke won by Shabana with an over-extended
backswing at 6-3 and a stalemate at 7-3.
The third was close, Evans coming back to 3-3
falling behind and unnecessarily getting involved with
Referee Ian Allanach who insisted on over-talking his
complaints and dispensing a conduct warning. At this
point Shabana snapped in a drive early with fast
hands - overall he looked a bit sharper than Evans
- and a straight nick off
the back wall. Evans fought back with a neat
long angle that died but Shabana duplicated it a
few rallies later. Tight dying length
forced out the shots to attack and he finished it
confidently with a winning crosscourt
This match was an exciting climax to the afternoon
play with the left handed Shabana playing straight
both long and short while Evans failed to impose
himself in the centre of the court with his volley,
reach and deception.
There was still much to play for however but Evans was
just a fraction off the pace. Shabana earned a conduct
warning himself at the beginning of the fourth game
after his pantomine to the referee .
"I hit the ball and then went like that" he said to
the referee, falling on this knees and
stumbling over -
all by myself? He quickly closed the gap that Evans
had opened up aided by a stroke which earned howls of
derision and went 5-3 ahead in a hand. Then he used
his shots to established a 7-3 led and make the 6
foot 5 inch Evans bend down to scrape low
in the front
- straight drops and variations from front court, long
angles, volley nicks and volley straight drops gave
him the initiative. Welsh hopes were still alive as
Evans staged a comeback to 6-7 and perhaps it was only
6-8 when Shabana dived full length to recover front
court and then got up to volley Evans'
reply that the
Welshman realised this was not his or Wales'
A volley drop finished it off after 75 minutes Wales'
hopes ended, Egypt's were still alive. They go
through to face a fresh Australia in the
Australia were untroubled to stop Hong Kong 3-0,
did it all yesterday to make the last eight for the
first time. Hong Kong did not bother with
their strongest side, bowing to the inevitable
and saving their energy for the 5-8 play-off.
Day Four, Wednesday 22nd:
Giant-Killers Hong Kong
Progress To World Quarters
From Howard Harding
Hong Kong produced their best ever victory in the history
of the Men's World Team Squash Championship when they upset Asian rivals
Malaysia, the eighth seeds, in the last sixteen
knockout stage in Vienna, Austria, to guarantee a last eight finish for
the first time.
This is Hong Kong's tenth appearance in the event since making their debut
in 1979 - when they achieved their highest ever 13th place finish.
The only team seeded outside the top sixteen to make the
last sixteen, Hong Kong lost the opening match when Malaysia's world No7
Ong Beng Hee beat the team's unranked Faheem Khan 9-5 9-1 9-7. Hong Kong
levelled the tie when squad No3 Roger Ngan raced to a 9-6 9-2 9-0 win over
The decider between the two second string players should have been a
formality: Malaysia fielding fast -improving Mohamed Azlan Iskandar, a
young player with a PSA Tour title already under his belt, and Hong Kong a
recently-crowned National champion Wong Wai Hang, who is little known
elsewhere in the world.
Wong, however, showed determination from the outset and
after 77 minutes claimed the biggest scalp of his life in a 9-4 7-9 9-7
9-0 scoreline - and lifted his country into the sport's big league with a
team coach Raymond Arnold who was very disappointed with the outcome
told Malaysia's Star Online:
"Beng Hee played to form but Kelvin and Azlan could not deliver. I
was very disappointed with Kelvin. He lost to a junior player.
The manner in which Kelvin lost was totally unacceptable. He was
never in the game.
"Azlan was very sluggish. He was also under
pressure to deliver the winning point," said
Raymond in a telephone interview from Vienna.
Hong Kong now face top seeds and defending champions Australia, who
despatched Netherlands 3/0 without conceding a game.
All the other last sixteen ties produced 3/0 wins for the higher seeded
teams - with second seeds England beating former champions Pakistan, third
seeds France overcoming Ireland, and fourth seeds Egypt triumphing over
The pick of the quarter-final ties is surely England versus fifth seeds
Canada, in which one of the sport's greatest rivalries is likely to be
enacted in the top string line-up when England's reigning world No1 Peter
Nicol faces Canada's former world No1 Jonathon Power.
The play-offs for the lower places produced two notable upsets when
unseeded Kuwait consigned 13th seeds Finland to their lowest ever finish
in twelve appearances in a 2/1 defeat - and event newcomers Hungary
crushed 17/24 seeds Mexico 3/0.
Play off stage
Draws & Results
Last sixteen round:
 AUSTRALIA 3 
NETHERLANDS 0 (David Palmer bt Tommy Berden 10-8, 9-4, 9-6; Anthony
Ricketts bt Lucas Buit 9-6, 9-0; Paul Price bt Dylan Bennett 9-0, 9-2,
[17/24] HONG KONG 2 
MALAYSIA 1 (Faheem Khan lost to Ong Beng Hee 5-9, 1-9, 7-9; Wong
Wai Hang bt Moh''d Azlan Iskandar 9-4, 7-9, 9-7, 9-0; Roger Ngan bt Kelvin
Ho 9-6, 9-2, 9-0)
 EGYPT 3  SOUTH
AFRICA 0 (Karim Darwish bt Rodney Durbach 9-3, 9-2, 9-1; Amr Shabana bt
Craig van der Wath 9-3, 8-10, 9-2; Mohamed Abbas bt Gregory La Mude 9-1,
 WALES 3 
GERMANY 0 (Alex Gough bt Simon Frenz 9-7, 9-1, 9-10, 9-1; David Evans bt
Stefan Leifels 9-3, 9-1; Gavin Jones bt Oliver Post 9-2, 9-4, 9-6)
 SCOTLAND 3 
SWITZERLAND 0 (John White bt Lars Harms 9-2, 9-6, 9-3; Martin Heath bt
Andre Holderegger 9-3, 9-3; Neil Frankland bt Kevin Villiger 9-6, 9-0,
 FRANCE 3 
IRELAND 0 (Thierry Lincou bt John Rooney 9-1, 9-1, 9-2; Gregory Gaultier
bt Graeme Stewart 9-3, 9-3; Jean-Michel Arcucci bt Niall Rooney 9-2, 9-6,
 CANADA 3 
SWEDEN 0 (Jonathon Power bt Christian Drakenberg 9-0, 9-1, 9-2; Graham
Ryding bt Henrik Löfvenborg 9-4, 9-4; Shahier Razik bt Badr Abdel Aziz
9-6, 9-2, 9-2)
 ENGLAND 3 
PAKISTAN 0 (Peter Nicol bt Mansoor Zaman 9-3, 9-5, 9-0; Lee Beachill bt
Farrukh Zaman 9-1, 5-9, 9-6; James Willstrop bt Majid Khan 7-9, 9-1, 9-2,
17th-30th place play-offs:
KUWAIT 2  FINLAND 1 (Bader Alhosaini lost to
Olli Tuominen 5-9, 4-9, 0-9; Ali Alramezi bt Hameed Ahmed 9-6, 9-2, 9-0;
Abdullah Almezayem bt Matias Tuomi 9-0, 10-8, 9-7)
HUNGARY 3 [17/24] MEXICO 0 (Andras Torok bt Eric
Galvez 6-9, 9-7, 9-3, 0-9, 9-6; Mark Krajcsak bt Armando Zarazua 9-5, 9-5;
Sandor Fulop bt Mauricio Sanchez 7-9, 9-0, 7-9, 9-3, 9-4)
[17/24] ITALY 3 BERMUDA 0 (Andrea Capella bt
Nicholas Kyme 9-6, 9-5, 6-9, 1-9, 10-8; Francesco Busi bt James Stout 9-2,
9-0; Andrea Torricini bt Sam Stevens 9-6, 9-0, 9-2)
[17/24] CZECH REPUBLIC 3 SLOVENIA 0 (Jan Koukal
bt Gasper Fecur 9-4, 9-5, 9-0; Milos Pokorny bt Damir Bezan 9-5, 4-9, 9-0;
Martin Stepan bt Klemen Gutman 7-9, 9-3, 9-6, 9-7)
[17/24] USA 3 RUSSIA 0 (Preston Quick bt Alexei
Severinov 9-0, 9-1, 9-3; Damian Walker bt Maxim Shokin 9-3, 9-4; Tim Wyant
bt Andrei Bratter 9-1, 9-1, 9-1)
[17/24] AUSTRIA 3 KOREA 0 (Leopold Czaska bt
Yong-Chun Chong 9-3, 9-0, 9-1; Clemens Wallishauser bt Dong-Woo Kim 9-4,
9-0; Andreas Fuchs bt Jaung-Gue Park 9-1, 9-3, 9-3)
Day Three, Tuesday 21st:
Down to the knockout
Hong Kong became the only unexpected nation to make the last sixteen of
the Men's World Team Squash Championship after beating Bermuda in today's
final qualifying round in Vienna, Austria.
Hong Kong's 2/1 win over the unseeded newcomers gave the team a second
place finish in Pool D, behind winners Egypt, the fourth seeds, but ahead
of 13th seeds Finland whom they beat on the opening day.
Hong Kong will face 8th seeds Malaysia in an all-Asian second stage
knockout clash. Malaysia ensured top place in Pool H after a 3/0 win over
Despite resting world champion David Palmer, top seeds and defending
champions Australia swept to a 3/0 victory over event debutants Russia to
clinch top position in Pool A, ahead of second-placed Germany, the 16th
seeds. Australia next meet 12th seeds Netherlands, runners-up to Canada in
Pool E but 3/0 winners today against Czech Republic.
Second seeds England also finished their qualifying campaign with maximum
points after beating 15th seeds Switzerland 3/0 in Pool B. World No1 Peter
Nicol finally made his long-awaited debut for England in the
championships, leading his country to victory with a 9-0 9-4 9-3 win over
Swiss No1 Lars Harms. England renew their long-time rivalry with Pakistan
in the last sixteen after the 9th seeds finished as runners-up in Pool H.
Third seeds France established their superiority in Pool C with a 3/0 win
over Slovenia and take up a place in the lower half of the last sixteen
draw, where they will face 10th seeds Ireland for a place in the
Full Pool Results:
Pool A |
Pool B |
Pool D |
Pool E |
Pool G |
The full last sixteen draw is:
 AUSTRALIA v  NETHERLANDS
 MALAYSIA v [17/24] HONG KONG
 EGYPT v  SOUTH AFRICA
 WALES v  GERMANY
 SCOTLAND v  SWITZERLAND
 FRANCE v  IRELAND
 CANADA v  SWEDEN
 ENGLAND v  PAKISTAN
Draw for places 17-30:
Japan v bye
Italy v Bermuda
Finland v Kuwait
Mexico v Hungary
Usa v Russia
Austria v Korea
Slovenia v Czech Republic
New Zealand v bye
Hosts Austria Slay Slovenia
From Howard Harding
Hosts Austria delighted local fans at the
Wellness Park Centre in the Vienna suburb of Oberlaa when they recorded
their first victory in the Men's World Team Squash Championship.
After losing to third seeds France in the opening tie in Pool C, Austria
beat unseeded event newcomers Slovenia 3-0 in the second qualifying round
to keep alive their hope of reaching the last sixteen play-offs on
Wednesday. To do so, they will need to beat 14th seeds Sweden, who
lost 3-0 to France in the other second round tie in Pool C.
Second seeds England secured their second successive maximum points win
without the services of top string Peter Nicol - the world No1 who has yet
to make his England debut in the Championships after last appearing for
Scotland some years ago. Nicol, who is still recovering from the flu
symptoms which hampered his British Open progress earlier in the month,
watched team-mates Lee Beachill, James Willstrop and Nick Matthew lead the
1995 and 1997 champions to a 3/0 win over New Zealand, one of only two
teams to have competed in each Men's World Team Championship since the
inaugural event in Australia in 1967.
Favourites Australia, the defending champions who are also recording their
19th appearance in the event, brushed aside 16th seeds Germany 3/0 in Pool
A and will now face Japan, who beat unseeded newcomers Russia 3/0.
ENGLAND NURSE NICOL
Peter Nicol is being nursed through the opening phase of the World Team
Championships in Vienna amid fears that he might not be fit enough to
Nicol has been rested by the England management from the opening two
matches against Hungary and New Zealand after suffering from a viral
complaint picked up during the British Open.
Nicol ran himself to a standstill to beat Canada's Jonathon Power in an
epic semi-final clash in Nottingham but the efforts required to win that
112-minute marathon have had lasting effects on the world's No.1 player.
He lost in straight games to Australia's David Palmer in the final and was
totally exhausted by his efforts.
He revealed: "I had a cold before playing Jonathon and I have been on
antibiotics ever since."
Responding to criticism of the British Open tournament schedule, which
required him to contest the final less than 17 hours after completing such
a gruelling semi-final, Nicol said: "It wouldn't have mattered how long I
had to recover."
"We're playing very well and we certainly didn't take our opponents
lightly in the round robin," Viktor Berg told CBC Sports, after Canada
secured top spot in group E with a 3/0 win over the Netherlands.
"We feel this is one of the best teams we've ever assembled for these
world championships," added Berg.
Jonathon Power of Montreal, the world's fifth-ranked
player, opened against the Netherlands with a 4-9, 9-4, 9-2, 9-1 victory
over Tommy Berden. Toronto's Graham Ryding, No. 17, then defeated Lucas
Buit, 9-2, 9-7, 9-4 before Berg, from Richmond, B.C., completed the sweep,
9-4, 9-5, 9-4 over Michael Fiteni.
Canada enjoys a day off on Tuesday while the remaining 15 survivors are
"Having that extra off day should be an advantage for us," Berg figured.
"It'll allow us to have a really good practice before heading into the
Day One, Sunday 19th:
Hong Kong Stage Upset On Day One
from Howard Harding
While the top countries cruised through the opening day's qualifying
action in the Men's World Team Squash Championship in the Austrian capital
of Vienna without incident, Hong Kong pulled off a notable upset over 13th
Seeded in the 17-24 group, Hong Kong's Wong Wai Hang gave his country a
lift with a 9-0 9-5 9-3 victory over Finland's former touring pro Juha
Raumolin. Olli Tuominen, a surprise British Open quarter-finalist earlier
in the month, levelled the tie for Finland with a 9-1 9-0 9-3 win over
long-time Hong Kong stalwart Faheem Khan - but Dick Lau clinched the 2-1
victory for the outsiders after twice coming from behind to beat Finland's
Matias Tuomi 0-9 9-1 6-9 9-7 9-2.
Hong Kong now face fourth seeds Egypt, winners of the title in 1999, who
cruised to a 3-0 win over event newcomers Bermuda in the other match in
Favourites and defending champions Australia, who have arrived in Austria
without world No9 Stewart Boswell who is still suffering with a back
injury, secured a straightforward 3-0 win over Japan, dropping just four
points in the process. No2 seeds England, champions in 1995 and 1997,
rested world No1 Peter Nicol in their opening clash with unseeded
World junior champion James Willstrop, making his senior
world championship debut, put England ahead with a 9-5 9-7 9-0 win over
Hungary's Mark Krajcsak, then twice British national champion Lee Beachill
ensured victory for the former champions by beating Andras Torok 9-1 9-0
9-1. Fourth string Nick Matthew, also making his debut in the event,
wrapped up the maximum points success with a 9-1 9-1 9-5 win over Sandor
The closest tie of the day saw Malaysia endorse their eighth seeding over
ninth seeds Pakistan with a 2-1 win over their Asian rivals. Mohammed
Azlan Iskandar put Malaysia into the lead with a 9-5 9-3 9-10 9-0 win over
Farrukh Zaman before world No7 Ong Beng Hee clinched victory for the
eighth seeds after climbing back from 2-0 down and match-ball in the
fourth to beat Pakistan's world No15 Mansoor Zaman 4-9 2-9 9-3 10-9 9-5.
Teenager Majid Khan, in his first world championship,
restored the six-times champions' reputation in the event with a 9-1 9-2
9-1 victory over Malaysia's third string Kelvin Ho to give Pakistan a
valuable final point.
Full Pool Results:
Pool A |
Pool B |
Pool D |
Pool E |
Pool G |