WOMEN'S WORLD TEAMS
Egypt Beat England To Win World Title In Cairo
Women's World Team Squash Championship,
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Qualifying Results Round 1
Beat England To Win World Title In Cairo
In one of the most
dramatic climaxes of the Women's World Team Squash Championship of
all time - staged before a packed crowd of partisan fans on an all-glass
court in the grounds of the National Stadium in Cairo - hosts
Egypt beat defending champions England to win the title for
the first time after a final which went to the wire.
England were overall favourites to retain the biennial World Squash
Federation title - boasting higher-ranked players in each of the three
matches. Egyptian number one
Omneya Abdel Kawy,
ranked seven in the world, opened proceedings against Jenny Duncalf,
crushing the world No6 11-1, 11-6, 11-9.
The vociferous crowd sensed a shock victory in just two matches when third
string Raneem El Weleily twice stemmed leads by England's world No8
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro - ranked 11 places higher than her teenage
opponent. But the 25-year-old from Lancashire took control of the decider
to clinch an 11-8, 5-11, 15-13, 6-11, 11-4 win - the winning match ball
greeted by absolute silence from the distraught crowd.
The decider provided edge-of-the-seat drama from the outset, with England's
second string Alison Waters - now ranked a career-high five in the
world - twice taking the lead, only for Engy Kheirallah, who lost her
world top 20 ranking this month, to draw level.
Kheirallah, who won the fourth game in a whitewash, three times came from
behind in the decider before facing a match-ball against her at 9-10. But
the 27-year-old Egyptian won the point on a stroke, before moving on to her
own match-ball at 11-10 - which she won when a ball off the back wall from
Waters failed to reach the front wall.
There was immediate pandemonium around the glistening court as Egyptians
jumped up and down, screaming with joy after Kheirallah's 4-11, 11-9, 9-11,
11-0, 12-10 win had given the world team title to Egypt for the first time
"It's unbelievable," said 23-year-old Abdel Kawy, from Cairo. "It's a
remarkable achievement for the team - here in Cairo, in front of our family
and friends," added the former world junior champion.
"I guess you could say it's the proudest day of my life."
Egyptian IOC member Mrs Rania Elwany - who presented the trophy to
the Egyptian team - was also full of praise for the event and the win by her
home country: "It's really amazing - itís been an excellent competition.
Squash is a really competitive sport - one in which the people at the top
are often changing, which is good for the sport."
In his address to the crowd at the presentations, Egyptian national coach
Mohammad Medhat particularly thanked "the people who prayed for the
A downcast England national coach David Pearson conceded that his
team struggled with the pressure: "We expected it, but struggled to cope
with it. Our girls didn't play freely, they weren't relaxed and didn't
express themselves the way they can.
"But all credit to Egypt - they played to their potential," added Pearson.
Fourth seeds Malaysia claimed the bronze medal following a 2/1 upset
over third seeds New Zealand. In a high quality opening encounter,
world number one Nicol David dropped only her second game of the
tournament in beating Kiwi top string Shelley Kitchen 13-11, 11-5,
9-11, 11-3. Joelle King pulled back the deficit for New Zealand
after beating Delia Arnold.
But another assured performance by Malaysian number two Sharon Wee,
who beat the NZ number three Louise Crome 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 gave
Malaysian their second successive third-place finish in the event.
"It's good to see the girls play so well," said Malaysian national coach
Jamie Hickox. "We perhaps took a bit of a risk playing Sharon, as her
form hasn't been great over the past few months - but she has really raised
her game playing for her country this week and today she won it for us.
"And our number one Nicol David continues to be just spectacular - she's
absolutely solid the whole way through and a great team player. She's
always incredibly focussed and really boosts the rest of the team, raising
their expectations," added the former England international.
New Zealand have been managed for the first time by Dame Susan Devoy,
the former four times World Open champion and eight times British
Open champion: "We're disappointed - we should have maintained our
seeding, but our second player Jaclyn Hawkes picked up a knee injury
yesterday so couldnít play. But it was still there for the taking.
"We need to be fitter, stronger and tougher.
"It's been different being involved in an event like this as a non-player.
It's good to see how the game is developing - with new scoring and many new
"What has most impressed me is the emergence of the new Asian nations like
Hong Kong and Japan - they've had tough match after tough match and have
come back each day and played out of their skins! The sport is no longer
the domain of England, Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand."
The legendary Kiwi player admitted that she'd been tempted for the first
time to take up Masters squash after visiting the recent World Championships
in Christchurch. "I loved it - it was so good to see so many people of a
wide age range really enjoying competing in it. Sadly, I snapped my
Achilles tendon earlier this year, so it might be some time before I can
"But we will be hosting the next Women's World Team Championships in 2010 in
Palmerston North - and I can promise you that it will be a really good
event," concluded Dame Devoy.
Sixth seeds Ireland recorded their best finish since 1990 after
beating seventh seeds Australia 2/1 in the play-off for fifth place.
Squad number one Madeline Perry scored a positive 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
win over world No13 Kasey Brown, but Laura Mylotte (suffering
with a knee injury) went down to Queenslander Lisa Camilleri to take
the tie into a decider.
After losing the first game heavily, Dublin-born squad number two Aisling
Blake raised her game to beat Australia's Donna Urquhart 2-11,
11-8, 11-6, 11-9 in 36 minutes to bring Ireland home.
"That was an excellent win for us today - the squad worked really hard to
get this far, there were no easy rides," said Irish team manager Joan
Gorham. "Perhaps the standout performance for me was our pool match
against USA when Madeline fought off their number one Natalie Grainger to
beat the world No4 in four games.
"Then we had a semi-injured player in Laura: it was touch and go if we
played her today, but we did and she did the business for us. Also Tanya
Owens, who was making her championship debut for us, is not a full-time
player - yet put in some tough performances.
"And Aisling, our number two, perhaps had the toughest match yesterday when
she came back from three match balls down to put us in the lead against Hong
Kong," added Ms Gorham.
In perhaps the most dramatic play-off at the National Stadium, 15th seeds
Japan stretched France all the away to a fifth game tie-break
decider in the third rubber against the eighth seeds in the play-off for
put France ahead by beating the Japan number one Chinatsu Matsui
11-4, 11-5, 11-9 - but the plucky 32-year-old Kozue Onizawa fought
back to level the tie with a straight games win over France's Maud
Duplomb - ranked more than 150 places higher!
With supporters from both sides almost raising the roof, France's Celia
Allamargot twice came from behind against Misaki Kobayashi to
take the decider into a fifth game - then saved six match-balls to beat
Japan's 18-year-old second string - ranked almost 30 places lower - 1-11,
11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 14-12 in sensational 43-minute encounter.
The win gives France 11th place, but the 12th place earned by the runners-up
is the highest ever finish for Japan.
Title-Holders England To Face Hosts Egypt
In World Final In Cairo
the title-holders and top seeds, will face hosts Egypt, the second
seeds, in Saturday's final of the Women's World Team Squash Championship
after coming through the semi-finals on an all-glass court in the grounds of
the National Stadium in Cairo.
In a close-fought encounter against fourth seeds Malaysia which
completed a dramatic semi-final day in the biennial World Squash
Federation event, Egypt's second string Engy Kheirallah took four
games to beat Sharon Wee 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 in 45 minutes.
But Malaysia fought back - world number one Nicol David extending her
unbeaten run in the championships since 2004 by beating the Egyptian number
one Omneya Abdel Kawy 16-14, 11-4, 11-8 in 33 minutes.
A packed partisan crowd did all they could in the decider to help third
string Raneem El Weleily in her clash with Malaysian Delia Arnold.
After taking the first two games, the 19-year-old from Alexandria dropped
the third - but came back in the fourth to win 11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9 and
take Egypt into the final for the second time in a row.
"When we reached the final last time in Canada - which was totally
unexpected and a huge achievement for us - I don't think anybody really
noticed over here. So now it's happening here in Cairo, I'm sure it will
make a big difference," said Engy Kheirallah, who is celebrating her 27th
"It's fantastic to have my friends, all my family and my cousins here - not
just for me but for the team," added the jubilant birthday girl. "I'm
especially pleased for Omneya because even though she lost tonight, she
really played well. It's good to see her confidence high - she's definitely
Title-holders England reached the final for the eighth successive
time after squad number one Jenny Duncalf defeated New Zealand's top
string Shelley Kitchen 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 - saving three game balls in
Second string Alison Waters, the new world No5, had put the
favourites firmly in the driving seat earlier after beating Kiwi Jaclyn
Hawkes 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5.
In the best-of-three 'dead rubber',
maintained England's 3/0 winning run throughout the tournament by overcoming
Joelle King 11-8, 11-8.
"Shelley is in fine form at the moment and Jenny's match could have gone
either way," said team coach David Pearson. "But Jenny played really
well, controlling the match throughout. If she can reproduce that form in
the final tomorrow, Omneya is going to have to play well to beat her."
winners of the title a record eight times since 1981 but seeded seven in the
2008 championship, marked up a notable upset when they beat fifth seeds
Netherlands 2/1. Donna Urquhart, from New South Wales,
put the underdogs ahead by beating Dutch number two Annelize Naude in
four games. World No11 Vanessa Atkinson restored Dutch pride after
dismissing Australian number one Kasey Brown, ranked just two places
lower, 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 to keep the tie alive.
It looked to be going the fifth seeds' way when Orla Noom, ranked 41
in the world, took the first two games in the decider against Lisa
Camilleri. But the determined Queenslander, ranked eight places higher,
battled for the next three games to record a dramatic 6-11, 7-11, 14-12,
11-5, 11-9 victory in 60 minutes to put Australia into the play-off for
"Orla played really well in the first two games and I thought I was out of
it," said 21-year-old Camilleri, from Euramo. "But after I won a handful of
points in the third, everything turned round. I just concentrated on
playing a good length and finally came through.
"It was great having my team-mates cheering me on," added the world No33.
"I had a tough five-setter yesterday - which I lost - so this makes up for
former world number one who is now the team manager and coach, was pleased
with the third string's performance: "I believed Lisa was more than a 3/0
loss - she's really worked hard this year. And that's the importance of the
new PAR (point-a-rally) scoring - you can't afford to give your opponent a
"Lisa's made a big step forward this year - and I'm not only pleased for the
team, but for her personally after getting through such a tough match."
One of the standout performances of the day came in the other 5th-8th place
play-off when Hong Kong's 19-year-old Annie Au - the youngest
player in the world top 20 - despatched experienced and higher-ranked
Ireland number one Madeline Perry 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 to level the
tie between the two nations.
"If I'd lost, the team would have lost," said the modest Hong Kong teenager
who agreed that world No9 Perry was perhaps her best scalp ever. "I think
the pressure was on Madeline, so I just had to relax and play my shots."
Ireland, the sixth seeds, went on to win the tie when Laura Mylotte,
the third string from Galway, beat Hong Kong's Shin Nga Leung 11-6,
caused a further upset with a 2/1 victory over eighth seeds France in
the play-offs for 9th-12th places. Both teams have been in Cairo without
their regular top strings (Isabelle Stoehr for France and Tenille
Swartz for SA - ranked 12 and 102, respectively), with 13th seeds South
Africa fielding a squad of unranked players.
The underdogs took the lead when Diana Argyle, 26, from Johannesburg,
beat world No65 Celia Allamargot 11-3, 11-4, 11-7. France came back
with a solid performance from squad number one Camille Serme, the
19-year-old world No49 overcoming Farrah Sterne 11-7, 11-6, 11-6.
25-year-old from Cape Town making her first appearance in the event since
2002 after completing her studies, faced France's third string Maud
Duplomb, the world No80 from Lyon. It was a tense affair with the black
South African stretching Duplomb to three tie-break games before winning
14-12, 5-11, 12-10, 15-13 in 43 minutes to clinch a significant win for her
"That was perhaps the most important match of the tournament for me - as it
takes South Africa through to the play-off for ninth place," said Lusaseni,
who plans to join the WISPA World Tour in the near future. "But the
win I'm most proud of was earlier in the week when I beat Annelize Naude
(ranked 24 in the world and born in South Africa) in one of our pool matches
- it's always great to beat a fellow South African!
"I've been working hard for this - particularly over the past month in
Germany with Egyptian coach Wael El Batran. I don't have a ranking, so this
will help me position myself on the WISPA Tour and work out what my goals
should be. I've stepped over a few people this week so it's literally been
a stepping stone to my future as a pro player."
South African national coach Richard Castle was delighted with his
squad's success: "Beating France is massive - our goal was to finish in the
top ten, and we've already achieved this.
"Siyoli was clearly very nervous today and did exceptionally well to handle
the pressure - coming back from 8-4 down in the third and 9-5 down in the
fourth, then having two match balls before finally coming through," said
"It's been a good event for us - particularly without Tenille. The future
looks great for South African squash - we have five girls who will come
through over the next five years when I think we will compete with the best
in the world. The talent is there - and the desire is there.
"And Siyoli is a great prospect - I'd be very surprised if she's not in the
top 16 in two years' time. She's a great athlete, she's intelligent and she
has the desire to win," concluded Castle.
South Africa will face Canada in the play-off for ninth place after
the tenth seeds ended the brave run of 15th seeds Japan. But after
Runa Reta put the Canadians ahead after a straight games win over
Misaki Kobayashi, national champion Alana Miller faced Japan's
indefatigable number one Chinatsu Matsui, the 31-year-old world No69
Miller, ranked more than 30 places higher in the world, was stretched to
five games before finally overcoming left-hander Matsui 8-11, 11-7, 16-14,
9-11, 11-9 in 65 minutes - the longest match of the championship.
"Chinatsu is a really good player on the tour - she just never stops and
doesn't make many mistakes," said Miller, 28, from Winnipeg. "I only played
her a few days ago in the pool matches, and beat her in four then - so I
knew it was going to be tough.
"Our goal here was to finish in the top eight, so once we missed that we
were determined to get ninth place. And when you've got your team-mates
behind you, it helps you battle a little bit more.
"But now we've got South Africa - and their players don't play on the WISPA
tour, so they're unknown to us," added Miller.
Through To World Semi-Finals In Cairo
In the final quarter-final
tie of the Women's World Team Squash Championship on an all-glass court
in the grounds of the National Stadium in Cairo, hosts Egypt,
the second seeds, beat fifth seeds Netherlands to set up a semi-final
clash with fourth seeds Malaysia.
The other semi-final will pitch third seeds New Zealand against title
holders England after the favourites reached the last four for the 15th
successive time since 1981 by beating Ireland, the sixth seeds.
Newly-promoted world top 20 teenager Raneem El Weleily put the hosts
ahead after beating Dutch third string Orla Noom 11-8, 11-2, 11-8.
Roared on by the packed partisan crowd, Egyptian number one Omneya Abdel Kawy
clinched the place in the semi-finals by beating former world number one
Vanessa Atkinson 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7.
who celebrates her 27th birthday on semi-finals day, made it maximum points for
her country in the best-of-three dead rubber after a 13-11, 11-6 win over by the
Dutch second string Annelize Naude.
reserved their place in the semi-finals with a 2/1 win over eight times
champions Australia. But the first match had the significantly
Malaysian-biased crowd on the edge of their seats as third string Delia
Arnold squandered a 2/0 lead when Australian Lisa Camilleri - ranked
just one place lower in the world - battled back to draw level.
But the 22-year-old event newcomer from Selangor quickly restored her momentum
to mark up a crucial 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2 win in 55 minutes to put the
fourth seeds ahead.
World number one Nicol David looked to be coasting to a predicted win as
she took the first game against her Australian counterpart Kasey Brown
for the loss of just two points. But New South Wales-born Brown fought back -
and levelled the match.
David, who hasn't lost a world team championship match since 2004, reasserted
her authority to win 11-2, 8-11, 11-1, 11-7. Seventh seeds Australia earned a
consolation point when Donna Urquhart beat Malaysia's Sharon Wee
"I think Kasey had difficulty seeing the ball in the first game, which made it
quite easy for me," said 25-year-old David, from Penang, afterwards. "But she
came back into the game in the second, and I dropped back a bit - and after a
fairly straightforward third game I had to work hard in the fourth to close it
"But we had fantastic support from the crowd - there are a lot of Malaysians
studying at the medical school here in Cairo. And, even though they are in the
middle of exams, they came along to give us great support," added David.
breakthrough run came to the end today at the hands of third seeds New
Zealand. The ninth seeds, who upset eighth-seeded France to ensure
their highest finish since 1985, quickly went behind when fourth string Kiwi
Joelle King beat Tsz Ling Liu 11-2, 11-4, 11-3.
Despite a brave fight by Annie Au, the 19-year-old leading the Hong Kong
attack for the first time, Shelley Kitchen put New Zealand into the
semi-finals following her 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 victory over the teenager.
Jaclyn Hawkes made it three out of three for New Zealand after beating
Joey Chan 11-5, 11-2.
Earlier in the day, Japan pulled off a major upset in the play-offs for
the 9th-16th places. Seeded 15, Japan beat 11th seeds USA 2/1 to ensure
a top 12 finish - their best ever success in the event.
put the underdogs into the lead - the 32-year-old world No243 from Ibaraki
battling for 42 minutes to beat 15-year-old world championship debutante
Olivia Blatchford - ranked more than 100 places higher - 11-9, 6-11, 11-8,
the world No69 from Kawasaki, showed impressive fighting spirit as she took on
Natalie Grainger, the US team number one who is ranked four in the
world. The plucky 31-year-old left-hander responded to almost everything that
the experienced Grainger could throw at her - and recovered from a game down to
level the match and reach three game-balls in the third.
But Grainger eventually clinched the game, and the fourth to even the tie with a
2-11, 11-7, 12-14, 9-11 victory after 43 minutes.
Japan still had firepower, however, and Misaki Kobayashi used it to fine
effect - the 18-year-old from Tokyo overcoming USA first-timer Claire
Rein-Weston 11-9, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7 to claim a historic victory for her
"This is a very special result for us," said Japan team manager Hitoshi
Ushiogi. "We made our breakthrough on the world stage last December in the
Men's World Team Championship, when we beat Austria - our first ever win over a
European country. And now we've beaten the USA!
"The new scoring system is really beneficial for us. Our players have the
technique, but perhaps not the fitness of our rivals - so shorter games suit us.
"We've only had funding for our players for the past two years from our national
Olympic committee, so this has been a big help for the development of squash in
"I am sure that this latest success will help us get even more funding - so our
participation in the World Championships here in Cairo has been a great
Natalie Grainger, not only the US team's number one, but also the team coach,
was not too downbeat about her team's performance: "We brought a pretty
inexperienced team with us - including Olivia who is only 15. But our aim was
to finish third in our Pool, and that's what we achieved.
"But you have to admire Japan - they played good squash, with good technique,
and were a very level-headed squad. It's nice to see a new nation emerging,"
added the former world number one.
Into World Semi-Finals In Cairo
cruised into the semi-finals of the Women's World Team Squash Championship
for the 15th successive time since 1981 after beating Ireland, the sixth
seeds, 3/0 in the first quarter-final in the biennial World Squash Federation
championship at the National Stadium in Cairo.
World number eight Laura Lengthorn-Massaro put the favourites into the
driving seat with an 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 defeat of Irish fourth string Tanya
Owens. England number one Jenny Duncalf, the world No6, then faced
her Irish counterpart Madeline Perry, ranked just three places lower -
with the pre-match head-to-head record between the pair standing at four-all.
Perry took the opening game, but Duncalf dug deep to secure the next three to
win the match 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10 in 50 minutes and ensure England's place
in the last four.
In the best-of-three 'dead rubber' that followed, England's second string
Alison Waters - playing in the first match for her country since becoming
the highest-ranked Englishwoman at a career-high world No5 - waltzed to an 11-6,
11-4 win over Aisling Blake.
"We always have tight matches," said Duncalf of her crucial clash with the
nine-time Irish champion. "We train a lot together in Halifax and know each
other's games pretty well.
"It's my first time as England number one, and it's tough. I want to try and
take the pressure off the team," said the 26-year-old from Harrogate in
"I would say there's even more pressure playing in this event than playing for
yourself - you're playing for your country and for your team-mates. We take it
very seriously and want to do really well for each other.
"The Worlds is pretty special - hopefully we'll rise to the challenge and keep
the trophy we won last time," added Duncalf.
"The team is pretty tight - we all really get on well with each other. In fact
Ali, Laura and I won the world junior team title together in Penang in 2001.
And Tania, who's a little bit older and wiser, makes a great captain!"
Battle Into World Team Quarter-Finals
On the final day of
qualifying action in the Women's World Team Squash Championship in Egypt,
ninth seeds Hong Kong scored a 3/0 win over France, the No8 seeds,
to earn a surprise place in the quarter-finals of the biennial World
Squash Federation championship at the National Stadium in Cairo.
It was the battle for second place in Pool A - in which top seeds England,
the title-holders, had earlier taken pole position after storming to victory
with a 3/0 win over France in their final group match.
Hong Kong number two Joey Chan put the outsiders ahead, beating France's
Celia Allamargot 11-8, 11-6, 13-11. It was left to the squad's third
string Shin Nga Leung to ensure Hong Kong a place in the top eight -
their highest-ever finish in nine appearances since 1990 - when the 19-year-old
beat Maud Duplomb 12-10, 11-7, 11-9.
The crunch tie in Pool D came when fourth seeds Malaysia faced fifth
seeds Netherlands - at stake not only the top position in the group but
also avoidance of one of the top two seeds in the quarter-finals. Second string
Malaysian Sharon Wee faced her Dutch counterpart Annelize Naude,
ranked two places higher in the world.
Wee, in her sixth successive world championships since 2000, was looking for her
first win in five meetings with Naude - two of which had been in the last two
Buoyed by a significant Malaysian crowd surrounding the National Stadium's
three-glass-walled Centre Court, Wee won the first and third games - but both
times Naude battled back to draw level.
After 54 minutes - and much to the clear delight of the crowd and her team-mates
- Wee clinched her second match ball to record a momentous 11-8, 7-11, 11-8,
7-11, 11-7 victory.
"I knew Annelize would be tough - but I knew I could beat her if I kept my
focus," said the delighted 31-year-old who is based in Antwerp. "I feel so good
- I've done it for myself, for my country, for my team-mates and for my coach.
"I really wanted to win - it's been a very good day for me. It's good to have
the support of my team-mates and the crowd. I hope the other girls will go on
and do it for the team."
Wee's wish was granted when third string Delia Arnold beat Orla Noom
11-7, 15-13, 11-4 to clinch victory for Malaysia.
"There's a lot of pressure playing for your country - with all your team-mates
looking on," said the 22-year-old world No34 from Kuala Lumpur who is making her
second championships' appearance for her country - but playing for the first
time after being rested throughout the 2006 event!
"It's so different from playing on the Tour when you're on your own. I try not
to think about it and just get on with the game. Sharon's win took the pressure
off a bit," added Arnold.
In the dead match that followed, world number one Nicol David beat
Vanessa Atkinson, the Dutch number one whose right shoulder was heavily
strapped, 11-6, 12-10, 11-1.
played their final match before an exuberant crowd surrounding the
specially-erected all-glass court on one of the National Centre's outside tennis
courts. The hosts, seeded to reach the final for only the second time in
history, were taking on seventh seeds Australia, winners of the title a
record eight times since 1991.
It was a determined Aussie Donna Urquhart, ranked 29 in the world, that
took on Egypt's second string Engy Kheirallah - ranked ten places higher
- eager to put the outsiders in the driving seat.
But, with every winning shot cheered on by the partisan crowd, Kheirallah twice
came from behind to beat Urquhart 2-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7 in 43 minutes to
put the hosts ahead.
It took 19-year-old world junior champion Raneem El Weleily just 24
minutes to seal Egypt's place as Pool B champions by beating Lisa Camilleri
11-2, 11-9, 11-7. The top string clash which followed saw Omneya Abdel Kawy
make it maximum points when she defeated Kasey Brown 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.
the third seeds, secured their anticipated top position in Pool C after beating
Ireland, the sixth seeds 3/0.
Ireland To Maximum Points Win Over USA
While top seeds England
and Egypt maintained their unbeaten run in the second qualifying round of
the Women's World Team Squash Championship at the National Stadium
in Cairo, fifth seeds Ireland scored a morale-boosting 3/0 win
over rivals USA to head the points table in Pool C.
After Laura Mylotte and Aisling Blake, Ireland's third and second
strings, respectively, defeated their US opponents in convincing style, nine
times Irish champion Madeline Perry, ranked 11 in the world, took on US
champion Natalie Grainger, the world No3 whom she had never beaten.
Cheered on by her jubilant team-mates, the determined 31-year-old from Belfast
battled for 34 minutes to achieve a maiden 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 win over
Grainger - a victory which puts Ireland ahead of Pool rivals New Zealand,
the third seeds.
"I find there's much less pressure when you're playing matches where rankings
points aren't at stake - and tonight I was determined to keep my focus right
from the outset," said Perry after her historic win.
"It's the first time I've beaten Natalie - and she's playing well at the moment
- so I'm really pleased.
"This event has had a jinx on me - in three previous world team championships
I've been taken ill on the eve of the event," explained Perry. "So when I
arrived here, I kept my fingers crossed that I would be OK this time - and
things are certainly going well for me so far!"
Ireland face New Zealand tomorrow to decide which team will finish as Pool C
champions - and go forward to the quarter-finals avoiding one of the top two
Fifth seeds Netherlands were given a scare in their penultimate tie
against South Africa, the 13th seeds, in Pool D when South African-born
Dutch star Annelize Naude went down 11-13, 10-12, 11-9, 5-11 to South
African part-timer Siyole Lusaseni. It was an impressive performance by
the unranked Lusaseni, playing in her first world championship since 2002.
With the tie poised at one-all, Dutch number one Vanessa Atkinson
restored order by beating her South African counterpart Farrah Sterne
11-7, 11-6, 11-6 to give Netherlands a 2/1 win.
Netherlands now face fourth seeds Malaysia, led by world number one
Nicol David, to decide the champions of Pool D
Defending champions England, the event favourites, were in action twice -
and cruised to 3/0 victories in Pool A over both Spain and Austria.
Hosts Egypt, the second seeds, continued their winning ways by beating
Switzerland 3/0. But Pool B rivals Australia also claimed their
third qualifying win after beating Canada 2/1 - and share leadership of
the group with Egypt. But a meeting between the two teams tomorrow will decide
which team progresses through to Thursday's quarter-finals as the Pool
By Canada In World Championship Opener
Second-seeded hosts Egypt were give a scare by Canada before
beating the tenth seeds 2/1 in the opening ties in the Women's World Team
Squash Championship at the National Stadium in Cairo.
the Canadian number one ranked 36 in the world, gave the outsiders hope when she
beat Egypt's top string Omneya Abdel Kawy, who is ranked 28 places
higher. The 23-year-old from Cairo, remarkably appearing in the biennial
championships for the sixth successive time since 1998, took the opening game -
but ultimately went down 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 10-12 in 37 minutes to the reigning
Canadian national champion.
But Kawy's team-mates Engy Kheirallah and Raneem El Weleily made
up for the unexpected start by beating Canadians Carolyn Russell and
Runa Reta to give the hosts their 2/1 win.
In their second tie of the day in Pool B, Egypt beat 15th seeds Japan 3/0
to maintain their unbeaten run.
Defending champions England were also stretched in their opening match
when squad number one Jenny Duncalf took on the new Hong Kong top
string Annie Au. World No5 Duncalf twice had to come from behind before
beating Au, ranked 16 places lower, 5-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6. England went
on to win their Pool A tie 3/0 and now look forward meeting both Spain
and Austria on Monday.
order in all ties: 1, 3, 2):
 EGYPT bt  ENGLAND 2-1
Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Jenny Duncalf 11-1, 11-6, 11-9 (28m)
Raneem El Weleily lost to Laura Lengthorn-Massaro 8-11, 11-5, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11
Engy Kheirallah bt Alison Waters 4-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-0, 12-10
3rd place play-off:
 MALAYSIA bt  NEW ZEALAND 2-1
Nicol David bt Shelley Kitchen 13-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3 (53m)
Delia Arnold lost to Joelle King 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 8-11 (54m)
Sharon Wee bt Louise Crome 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 (36m)
5th place play-off:
 IRELAND bt  AUSTRALIA 2-1
Madeline Perry bt Kasey Brown 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (32m)
Laura Mylotte lost to Lisa Camilleri 7-11, 7-11, 7-11 (26m)
Aisling Blake bt Donna Urquhart 2-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
7th place play-off:
 NETHERLANDS bt  HONG KONG 2-0
Vanessa Atkinson bt Annie Au 11-2, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 (38m)
Orla Noom bt Tsz Ling Liu 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6 (38m)
Annelize Naude v Joey Chan (dead rubber not played)
9th place play-off:
 CANADA bt  SOUTH AFRICA 2-1
Alana Miller bt Farrah Sterne 11-8, 7-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8 (48m)
Carolyn Russell lost to Siyoli Lusaseni 5-11, 4-11, 7-11 (13m)
Runa Reta bt Diana Argyle 10-12, 15-13, 14-12, 7-11, 11-7 (59m)
11th place play-off:
 FRANCE bt  JAPAN 2-1
Camille Serme bt Chinatsu Matsui 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (23m)
Maud Duplomb lost to Kozue Onizawa 9-11, 6-11, 9-11 (30m)
Celia Allamargot bt Misaki Kobayashi 1-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 14-12 (43m)
13th place play-off:
 GERMANY bt  USA 2-1
Kathrin Rohrmueller lost to Natalie Grainger 7-11, 8-11, 7-11 (19m)
Sina Wall bt Hope Prockop 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Pamela Hathway bt Claire Rein-Weston 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5 (37m)
15th place play-off:
 ITALY bt  SPAIN 2-1
Manuela Manetta bt Elisabet Sado Garriga 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (20m)
Chiara Ferrari lost to Stela Carbonell 6-11, 7-11, 2-11 (23m)
Sonia Pasteris bt Xisela Aranda Nunez 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (28m)
17th-19th place play-offs:
 SWITZERLAND bt  CHINA 3-0
Gaby Schmohl bt Wu Zhenzhen 11-9, 11-3, 11-0 (22m)
Andrea Lanfranconi bt Xiu Chen 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (21m)
Sara Guebey bt Jiang Li 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 (29m)
Final positions: 17 Switzerland; 18 Austria; 19 China
(playing order in all ties: 2, 1, 3):
 ENGLAND bt  NEW
Alison Waters bt Jaclyn Hawkes 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5 (39m)
Jenny Duncalf bt Shelley Kitchen 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 (34m)
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro bt Joelle King 11-8, 11-8 (13m)
 EGYPT bt 
Engy Kheirallah bt Sharon Wee 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (45m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy lost to Nicol David 14-16, 4-11, 8-11 (33m)
Raneem El Weleily bt Delia Arnold 11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9 (39m)
5th - 8th place play-offs:
 IRELAND bt 
HONG KONG 2-1
Aisling Blake bt Joey Chan 6-11, 11-9, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9 (51m)
Madeline Perry lost to Annie Au 9-11, 5-11, 5-11 (31m)
Laura Mylotte bt Shin Nga Leung 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (23m)
 AUSTRALIA bt 
Donna Urquhart bt Annelize Naude 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (37m)
Kasey Brown lost to Vanessa Atkinson 7-11, 9-11, 4-11 (30m)
Lisa Camilleri bt Orla Noom 6-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-9 (60m)
9th - 12th place play-offs:
 SOUTH AFRICA bt
 FRANCE 2-1
Diana Argyle bt Celia Allamargot 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (24m)
Farrah Sterne lost to Camille Serme 7-11, 6-11, 6-11 (22m)
Siyoli Lusaseni bt Maud Duplomb 14-12, 5-11, 12-10, 15-13 (43m)
 CANADA bt 
Runa Reta bt Misaki Kobayashi 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (26m)
Alana Miller bt Chinatsu Matsui 8-11, 11-7, 16-14, 9-11, 11-9 (65m)
Carolyn Russell bt Kozue Onizawa 11-2, 11-9 (13m)
13th - 16th place play-offs:
 GERMANY bt 
Pamela Hathway bt Xisela Aranda Nunez 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)
Kathrin Rohrmueller bt Elisabet Sado Garriga 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (29m)
Sina Wall bt Alicia Alvarez Riaza 11-13, 11-3, 11-5 (28m)
 USA bt  ITALY
Claire Rein-Weston lost to Sonia Pasteris 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 4-11, 3-11
Natalie Grainger bt Manuela Manetta 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (22m)
Hope Prockop bt Veronica Favero Camp 11-8, 11-0, 11-4 (24m)
17th - 19th place play-off:
 AUSTRIA bt 
Pamela Pancis bt Jiang Li 12-10, 11-5, 11-4 (19m)
Birgit Coufal bt Wu Zhenzhen 11-1, 11-7, 11-6 (14m)
Sandra Polak bt Xiu Chen 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 16-14 (30m)
(playing order in all ties: 3,1,2):
 ENGLAND bt  IRELAND 3-0
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro bt Tanya Owens 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (18m)
Jenny Duncalf bt Madeline Perry 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10 (50m)
Alison Waters bt Aisling Blake 11-6, 11-4 (18m)
 NEW ZEALAND bt  HONG KONG 3-0
Joelle King bt Tsz Ling Liu 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 (20m)
Shelley Kitchen bt Annie Au 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (37m)
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Joey Chan 11-5, 11-2 (12m)
 MALAYSIA bt  AUSTRALIA 2-1
Delia Arnold bt Lisa Camilleri 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2 (55m)
Nicol David bt Kasey Brown 11-2, 8-11, 11-1, 11-7 (38m)
Sharon Wee lost to Donna Urquhart 4-11, 7-11 (11m)
 EGYPT bt  NETHERLANDS 3-0
Raneem El Weleily bt Orla Noom 11-8, 11-2, 11-8
Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Vanessa Atkinson 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7
Engy Kheirallah bt Annelize Naude 13-11, 11-6
9th - 16th place play-offs:
 FRANCE bt  GERMANY 2-1
Maud Duplomb bt Sina Wall 11-5, 11-5, 5-11, 6-11, 11-1 (40m)
Camille Serme lost to Kathrin Rohrmueller 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-4, 8-11 (39m)
Celia Allamargot bt Pamela Hathway 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10 (40m)
 SOUTH AFRICA bt  SPAIN 3-0
Siyoli Lusaseni bt Alicia Alvarez Riaza 11-4, 11-1, 11-3 (16m)
Farrah Sterne bt Elisabet Sado Garriga 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (20m)
Diana Argyle bt Xisela Aranda Nunez 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (23m)
 JAPAN bt  USA 2-1
Kozue Onizawa bt Olivia Blatchford 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (42m)
Chinatsu Matsui lost to Natalie Grainger 2-11, 11-7, 12-14, 9-11 (43m)
Misaki Kobayashi bt Claire Rein-Weston 11-9, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7 (27m)
 CANADA bt  ITALY 3-0
Tara Mullins bt Chiara Ferrari 11-5, 11-8, 13-11 (26m)
Alana Miller bt Manuela Manetta 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 (49m)
Runa Reta bt Sonia Pasteris 11-4, 11-8 (14m)
17th - 19th place play-off:
 SWITZERLAND bt  AUSTRIA 3-0
Jasmin Ballman bt Judith Gradnitzer 11-2, 11-3, 10-12, 11-7 (20m)
Gaby Schmohl bt Birgit Coufal 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 (45m)
Sara Guebey bt Pamela Pancis 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4 (23m)
Final qualifying rounds - Pool A:
 HONG KONG bt  SPAIN 2-1
Shin Nga Leung bt Stela Carbonell 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (19m)
Tsz Ling Liu lost to Alicia Alvarez Riaza 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14 (39m)
Joey Chan bt Xisela Aranda Nunez 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (23m)
 ENGLAND bt  FRANCE 3-0
Alison Waters bt Maud Duplomb 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
Tania Bailey bt Coline Aumard 11-0, 11-7, 11-2 (18m)
Jenny Duncalf bt Celia Allamargot 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (17m)
 SPAIN bt  AUSTRIA 3-0
Xisela Aranda Nunez bt Pamela Pancis 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 14-12 (44m)
Alicia Alvarez Riaza bt Judith Gradnitzer 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (19m)
Elisabet Sado Garriga bt Birgit Coufal 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (29m)
 HONG KONG bt  FRANCE 3-0
Joey Chan bt Celia Allamargot 11-8, 11-6, 13-11 (26m)
Shin Nga Leung bt Maud Duplomb 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (27m)
Annie Au bt Camille Serme 14-12, 13-11, 11-5 (28m)
Final positions: 1 England, 2 Hong Kong, 3 France, 4 Spain, 5 Austria
 CANADA bt  JAPAN 3-0
Runa Reta bt Misaki Kobayashi 11-2, 11-5, 12-10 (45m)
Tara Mullins bt Yuki Omiya 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (24m)
Alana Miller bt Chinatsu Matsui 11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 11-2 (39m)
 EGYPT bt  AUSTRALIA 3-0
Engy Kheirallah bt Donna Urquhart 2-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7 (43m)
Raneem El Weleily bt Lisa Camilleri 11-2, 11-9, 11-7 (24m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Kasey Brown 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (20m)
Final positions: 1 Egypt, 2 Australia, 3 Canada, 4 Japan, 5
 ITALY bt  CHINA 3-0
Sonia Pasteris bt Jiang Li 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 (18m)
Chiara Ferrari bt Xiu Chen 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (21m)
Manuela Manetta bt Wu Zhenzhen 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 (15m)
 USA bt  ITALY 2-1
Claire Rein-Weston lost to Sonia Pasteris 5-11, 4-11, 9-11 (23m)
Olivia Blatchford bt Veronica Favero Camp 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 (23m)
Natalie Grainger bt Manuela Manetta 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (22m)
 NEW ZEALAND bt  IRELAND 3-0
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Aisling Blake 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
Louise Crome bt Laura Mylotte 9-11, 11-1, 12-10, 11-4 (29m)
Shelley Kitchen bt Madeline Perry 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3 (41m)
Final positions: 1 New Zealand, 2 Ireland, 3 USA, 4 Italy, 5 China
 SOUTH AFRICA bt  GERMANY 3-0
Diana Argyle bt Pamela Hathway 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)
Siyoli Lusaseni bt Sina Wall 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 (39m)
Farrah Sterne bt Kathrin Rohrmueller 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 11-7 (28m)
 MALAYSIA bt  NETHERLANDS 3-0
Sharon Wee bt Annelize Naude 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 (54m)
Delia Arnold bt Orla Noom 11-7, 15-13, 11-4 (40m)
Nicol David bt Vanessa Atkinson 11-6, 12-10, 11-1 (30m)
Final positions: 1 Malaysia, 2 Netherlands, 3 South Africa, 4 Germany
2nd qualifying rounds - Pool A:
 ENGLAND bt  SPAIN 3-0
Tania Bailey bt Alicia Alvarez Riaza 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (15m)
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro bt Xisela Aranda Nunez 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (17m)
Alison Waters bt Elisabet Sado Garriga 11-3, 11-1, 11-4 (13m)
 HONG KONG bt  AUSTRIA 3-0
Liu Tsz Ling bt Judith Gradnitzer 11-6, 11-1, 11-4 (19m)
Shin Nga Leung bt Pamela Pancis 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (22m)
Annie Au bt Birgit Coufal 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 (16m)
 ENGLAND bt  AUSTRIA 3-0
Tania Bailey bt Judith Gradnitzer 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 (21m)
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro bt Sandra Polak 11-3, 11-2, 11-6 (16m)
Jenny Duncalf bt Birgit Coufal 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
 FRANCE bt  SPAIN 3-0
Maud Duplomb bt Stela Carbonell 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (18m)
Celia Allamargot bt Xisela Aranda Nunez 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (32m)
Camille Serme bt Elisabet Sado Garriga 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 (22m)
 AUSTRALIA bt  JAPAN 3-0
Amelia Pittock bt Yuki Omiya 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (18m)
Lisa Camilleri bt Kozue Onizawa 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (27m)
Donna Urquhart bt Chinatsu Matsui 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)
 EGYPT bt  SWITZERLAND 3-0
Heba El Torky bt Andrea Lanfranconi 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 (20m)
Raneem El Weleily bt Sara Guebey 11-8, 11-1, 11-0 (16m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Gaby Schmohl 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (19m)
 AUSTRALIA bt  CANADA 2-1
Lisa Camilleri bt Carolyn Russell 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 (50m)
Donna Urquhart lost to Runa Reta 8-11, 11-13, 9-11 (32m)
Kasey Brown bt Alana Miller 11-5, 11-4, 11-1 (24m)
 JAPAN bt  SWITZERLAND 3-0
Kozue Onizawa bt Jasmin Ballman 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
Misaki Kobayashi bt Sara Guebey 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9 (32m)
Chinatsu Matsui bt Gaby Schmohl 4-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (37m)
 IRELAND bt  ITALY 3-0
Laura Mylotte bt Veronica Favero Camp 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (32m)
Aisling Blake bt Sonia Pasteris 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (22m)
Madeline Perry bt Manuela Manetta 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (28m)
 NEW ZEALAND bt  CHINA 3-0
Joelle King bt Ou Wei 11-0, 11-2, 11-1 (8m)
Louise Crome bt Jiang Li 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (20m)
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Wu Zhenzhen 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 (15m)
 IRELAND bt  USA 3-0
Laura Mylotte bt Olivia Blatchford 3-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
Aisling Blake bt Claire Rein-Weston 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (28m)
Madeline Perry bt Natalie Grainger 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
 MALAYSIA bt  GERMANY 3-0
Low Wee Wern bt Sina Wall 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (27m)
Delia Arnold bt Pamela Hathway 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (25m)
Nicol David bt Kathrin Rohrmueller 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (24m)
 NETHERLANDS bt  SOUTH AFRICA 2-1
Orla Noom bt Milnay Louw 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4 (26m)
Annelize Naude lost to Siyole Lusaseni 11-13, 10-12, 11-9, 5-11 (37m)
Vanessa Atkinson bt Farrah Sterne 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (26m)
Qualifying rounds - Pool A:
 ENGLAND bt  HONG KONG 3-0
Jenny Duncalf bt Annie Au 5-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (39m)
Alison Waters bt Joey Chan 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (19m)
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro bt Shin Nga Leung 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (14m)
 FRANCE bt  AUSTRIA 3-0
Camille Serme bt Birgit Coufal 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (18m)
Celia Allamargot bt Pamela Pancis 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10 (18m)
Maud Duplomb bt Sandra Polak 11-3, 11-0, 11-2 (15m)
 AUSTRALIA bt  SWITZERLAND 3-0
Kasey Brown bt Gaby Schmohl 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (30m)
Lisa Camilleri bt Sara Guebey 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (22m)
Amelia Pittock bt Jasmin Ballman 11-3, 11-9, 11-4 (22m)
 EGYPT bt  CANADA 2-1
Omneya Abdel Kawy lost to Alana Miller 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 10-12 (37m)
Engy Kheirallah bt Runa Reta 11-6, 7-11, 11-2, 11-9 (62m)
Raneem El Weleily bt Carolyn Russell 11-1, 11-2, 11-6 (25m)
 CANADA bt  SWITZERLAND 3-0
Alana Miller bt Gaby Schmohl 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (22m)
Tara Mullins bt Sara Guebey 13-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6 (40m)
Carolyn Russell bt Andrea Lanfranconi 11-6, 11-0, 11-5 (15m)
 EGYPT bt  JAPAN 3-0
Engy Kheirallah bt Chinatsu Matsui 11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7 (42m)
Raneem El Weleily bt Misaki Kobayashi 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (24m)
Heba El Torky bt Kozue Onizawa 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (23m)
 IRELAND bt  CHINA 3-0
Madeline Perry bt Wu Zhenzhen 11-4, 11-1, 11-0 (12m)
Aisling Blake bt Jiang Li 11-6, 11-1, 11-4 (13m)
Tanya Owens bt Xiu Chen 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (16m)
 NEW ZEALAND bt  USA 2-1
Shelley Kitchen lost to Natalie Grainger 7-11, 6-11, 13-15 (29m)
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Olivia Blatchford 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (20m)
Louise Crome bt Hope Prockop 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (21m)
 USA bt  CHINA 3-0
Natalie Grainger bt Jiang Li 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (14m)
Claire Rein-Weston bt Xiu Chen 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 (16m)
Olivia Blatchford bt Ou Wei 11-4, 11-4, 11-1 (14m)
 NEW ZEALAND bt  ITALY 3-0
Shelley Kitchen bt Manuela Manetta 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 (22m)
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Sonia Pasteris 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
Louise Crome bt Veronica Favero Camp 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 (18m)
 NETHERLANDS bt  GERMANY 3-0
Vanessa Atkinson bt Kathrin Rohrmueller 13-11, 11-8, 11-3 (19m)
Annelize Naude bt Pamela Hathway 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (19m)
Dagmar Vermeulen bt Sina Wall 12-14, 11-2, 11-4, 11-9 (35m)
 MALAYSIA bt  SOUTH AFRICA 3-0
Nicol David bt Farrah Sterne 11-5, 11-6, 11-0 (20m)
Sharon Wee bt Diana Argyle 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 8-11, 11-9 (50m)
Delia Arnold bt Siyole Lusaseni 11-8, 14-12, 11-4 (40m)