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Egypt Clinch World Title After Thrilling Final

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Egypt Clinch World Title After Thrilling Final

Egypt sensationally retained their title in the WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship after upsetting favourites England 2/1 in a thrilling final today in Paderborn, Germany.

The 23rd staging of the World Squash Federation event - the first senior world championship since the IOC announcement that Squash is on the shortlist for Olympic inclusion in 2020 - has been taking place in Germany for the first time.

With sell-out crowds throughout the week, the final between the top two seeds on the spectacular new blue all-glass showcourt at the Ahorn-Sportpark was the dream climax to an event which is being hailed as the best world championship ever.

The top two players in the world took to the court for the opening clash, with Egypt taking early honours when Ramy Ashour beat Nick Matthew, the world number one from Sheffield, 11-7, 11-9, 14-12. Ashour, who also beat Matthew in the final of the Australian Open in Canberra earlier in the month, went into the match 8-6 ahead in their head-to-head count - but had never before beaten the Englishman in straight games.

Matthew saved a match ball in the third game before going on to have his own game ball. But Ashour kept his cool to wrap up the match without dropping a game.

"He played a lot better than me - he deserved it," said Matthew after the match. "I wasn't playing my best squash. But if I'd won that third game I think I could have gone on to win the match."

Londoner Peter Barker brought the top seeds back into contention when he overcame Ramy's older brother Hisham Mohamed Ashour 11-6, 11-9, 11-7.

The decider featured second strings Karim Darwish and James Willstrop - a pair who have been opponents on a squash court since the world junior championships in 2000, with Englishman Willstrop boasting a 12-6 head to head advantage.

But, after losing out to Frenchman Thierry Lincou in the semi-finals, Darwish was determined to make amends. The 29-year-old from Cairo took the first two games, then survived the loss of the third to record an 11-5, 13-11, 9-11, 11-4 championship-winning victory - his first over the Yorkshireman since 2006.

Darwish was immediately engulfed by his team-mates on the court as the Egyptian supporters in the crowd went wild in celebration of Egypt's third world team title success since 1999.

"I didn't play well against Thierry yesterday because of the pressure, I just didn't play my game," said a beaming Darwish minutes after his victory. "Today, I decided to enjoy myself, and was much more relaxed. In fact I think I played one of my best matches - I think I played superb squash. I don't think a lot of people expected us to win.

"James is a great player - and I had to be 100% against him. It was one of the biggest matches I have ever played, and I was really focussed - I really didn't want to lose.

"I am really grateful to my team and Amir Wagih. They gave me a good push for the match."

Fourth seeds Australia won the play-off for third place, upsetting last year's runners-up France, the third seeds. After David Palmer lost the opening to French No1 Gregory Gaultier in straight games, Aussie No3 Stewart Boswell brought the former champions back into contention with a four-game victory over Gregoire Marche.

And after a 64-minute decider, it was second string Cameron Pilley who clinched victory for Australia, beating Thierry Lincou 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 to claim his first win over the world No8.

"It was a fantastic tie," said team manager Byron Davis. "To go to three matches was very exciting for the spectators. Greg came out firing as we expected him to do after his loss last night - but Stewart was as solid as a rock and played a really good game.

"And the decider was a great match - and, in the first match they'd ever played, Cameron did well to beat Thierry, especially the way he's been playing here this week. Cameron is improving all the time and loves playing for Australia. He did the job perfectly."

There were some notable final finishes lower down the order. Eighth seeds USA beat India, the sixth seeds, in the play-off for seventh place to record their best finish since 1983. Squad number one Julian Illingworth put the underdogs in the driving seat by beating Saurav Ghosal, ranked five places higher, in four games.

"With Gilly (Lane) still recovering from his back injury, we essentially played the whole tournament a man down," said team coach Paul Assaiante. "We'd love to have had the luxury of being able to rest our players. But to beat India today was very special and Julian's win was especially impressive."

Hosts Germany, the 16th seeds, beat Netherlands 2/0 in the play-off for ninth place to record their best finish since 1997.

"It really could not have been better," said Simon Rosner, the Paderborn-based German number one who has been the championship's ambassador. "For me, personally, it was awesome to beat three players (Laurens Jan Anjema, Shahier Razik and Borja Golan) who I've never beaten before.

"And we didn't have the best draw, being in the same pool as England - but we beat every country here except the two finalists, and this makes me very proud. The whole experience has been incredible - awesome crowds, every day sold out. I am so pleased for Paderborn and my club."

Denmark also had much to celebrate. Seeded in the 17/24 group, the three-man squad upset higher-rated teams through the week and today beat 11th seeds South Africa to claim 13th place - their best finish of all-time.

[2] EGYPT bt [1] ENGLAND 2/1
Ramy Ashour bt Nick Matthew 11-7, 11-9, 14-12 (61m)
Hisham Mohamed Ashour lost to Peter Barker 6-11, 9-11, 7-11 (50m)
Karim Darwish bt James Willstrop 11-5, 13-11, 9-11, 11-4 (65m)

3rd place play-off:
[4] AUSTRALIA bt [3] FRANCE 2/1
David Palmer lost to Gregory Gaultier 9-11, 4-11, 0-11 (47m)
Stewart Boswell bt Gregoire Marche 11-13, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (63m)
Cameron Pilley bt Thierry Lincou 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 (64m)

5th place play-off:
[5] MALAYSIA bt [9] ITALY 2/1
Mohd Azlan Iskandar bt Davide Bianchetti 11-3, 11-7, 11-4 (23m)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan lost to Amr Ramsy Swelim 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 5-11, 9-11 (63m)
Ong Beng Hee bt Marcus Berrett 5-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-6 (67m)

7th place play-off:
[8] USA bt [6] INDIA 2/0
Julian Illingworth bt Saurav Ghosal 11-9, 2-11, 13-11, 11-7 (50m)
Todd Harrity bt Mahesh Mangaonkar 6-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5 (51m)
Christopher Gordon v Harinder Pal Sandhu (Match withdrawn)

9th place play-off:
[16] GERMANY bt [14] NETHERLANDS 2/0
Simon Rosner bt Laurens Jan Anjema 17-19, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (75m)
Raphael Kandra bt Bart Ravelli 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (57m)
Jens Schoor v Piedro Schweertman (Match withdrawn)

11th place play-off:
[17/24] HONG KONG CHINA bt [13] FINLAND 2/0
Max Lee bt Olli Tuominen 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6 (50m)
Leo Au bt Matias Tuomi 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (27m)
Dick Lau v Henrik Mustonen (Match withdrawn)

13th place play-off:
[17/24] DENMARK bt [11] SOUTH AFRICA 2/1
Kristian Frost Olesen bt Shaun le Roux 17-15, 6-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 (78m)
Morten W Sorensen lost to Rodney Durbach 6-11, 3-11, 8-11 (27m)
Rasmus Nielsen bt Clinton Leeuw 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6 (56m)

15th place play-off:
[7] CANADA bt [10] MEXICO 2/1
Shahier Razik bt Cesar Salazar 11-8, 11-5, 11-1 (25m)
Andrew McDougall lost to Erik Tepos Valtierra 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 8-11 (82m)
Shawn Delierre bt Eric Galvez 11-4, 11-7, 12-10 (31m)

17th place play-off:
[17/24] SWITZERLAND bt [17/24] SPAIN 2/1
Nicolas Mueller lost to Borja Golan 7-11, 7-11, 1-11 (38m)
John Williams bt David Vidal 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (36m)
Reiko Peter bt Ivan Flores 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (37m)

19th place play-off:
[17/24] KUWAIT bt [25/32] IRELAND 2/0
Abdullah Al Muzayen bt Arthur Gaskin 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (30m)
Ali Bader Al-Ramzi bt Steve Richardson 11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (39m)
Ammar Al-Tamimi v Derek Ryan (Match withdrawn)

21st place play-off:
[17/24] SCOTLAND bt [12] PAKISTAN 2/0
Alan Clyne bt Aamir Atlas Khan 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (35m)
Chris Small bt Nasir Iqbal 11-8, 11-13, 12-10, 11-13, 11-5 (57m)
Stuart Crawford v Yasir Butt (Match withdrawn)

23rd place play-off:
[15] NEW ZEALAND bt [17/24] ARGENTINA 2/0
Martin Knight bt Gonzalo Miranda 11-3, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
Evan Williams bt Roberto Pezzota 11-7, 3-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5 (49m)
Campbell Grayson v Hernan D'Arcangelo (Match withdrawn)

25th place play-off:
[25/32] AUSTRIA bt [17/24] COLOMBIA 2/1
Aqeel Rehman bt Andres Vargas 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (23m)
Jakob Dirnberger lost to Juan Camilo Vargas 8-11, 9-11, 11-3, 8-11 (40m)
Leopold Czaska bt Javier Castilla Conde 8-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (58m)

27th place play-off:
[25/32] HUNGARY bt [25/32] KOREA 2/0
Mark Krajcsak bt Nyeon-Ho Lee w/o
Peter Hoffman bt Seung-Jun Lee w/o
Marton Szaboky v Seung Taek Lee (Match withdrawn)

29th place play-off:
[25/32] SWEDEN bt [25/32] UKRAINE 2/0
Christian Drakenberg bt Ruslan Sorochinskiy 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 (30m)
Alex Christensson bt Denys Podvornyi 11-6, 11-5, 14-16, 3-11, 11-8 (59m)
Sebastian Victor v Kostiantyn Rybalchenko (Match withdrawn)

31st place play-off:
[25/32] NAMIBIA bt [25/32] BERMUDA 2/0
Marco Becker bt Micah Franklin 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
Andrew Forrest bt Chris Stout 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 (35m)
Norbert Dorgeloh v Robert Maycock (Match withdrawn)


Qualifying Rounds

Nick Matthew clinches win for England against David Palmer

Shorbagy wins the decider against Castagnet

England & Egypt To Contest World Final In Paderborn

Favourites England and title-holders Egypt will contest Sunday's final of the WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship after contrasting semi-finals in Paderborn, Germany.

The 23rd staging of the World Squash Federation event - the first senior world championship since the IOC announcement that Squash is on the shortlist for Olympic inclusion in 2020 - is taking place in Germany for the first time.

England, four times winners of the title since 1995, comprehensively defeated fourth seeds Australia 3/0 on the spectacular new all-blue glass court at the Ahorn-Sportpark, thereby avenging their defeat by the record eight-time champions in the play-off for third place in the 2009 championship.

England number two James Willstrop delivered his best performance of the tournament so far to despatch Cameron Pilley 11-7, 11-8, 11-2. Willstrop, the world No4, was extending his career head-to-head record over the world No14 to ten successive wins since 2007 - but played down their previous history.

"To beat someone of Cameron's ability like that is good," said the Yorkshireman. "It's also good that the match wasn't too long - to keep me fresh for tomorrow."

England now brought on their trump card, the world No1 Nick Matthew, also from Yorkshire, to face Aussie veteran David Palmer, a two-time world champion and former world No1.

Going into the match, Palmer boasted a 12-9 career lead over his English rival over exactly ten years - but Matthew had had the upper hand since last losing to Palmer in the 2007 World Team Championship.

But a fit and focussed Matthew brought down the Aussie, winning 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 in 58 minutes to take England into the final for the seventh time.

"James led the way really well - which made my life a little bit easier," said Matthew after his decisive victory. "It's never easy to play David - but that's the best I've played all season.

"But we came here not to get to the final but to win it, and that's we've got to do tomorrow."

Palmer was gracious in defeat: "He's been the world's top player for probably the past two years. It was good quality squash, but he was just too strong for me today."

Third string Peter Barker made it a clean sweep for England by beating Stewart Boswell 12-10, 11-8 in a best-of-three dead rubber.

Later in the day Egypt, the No2 seeds lined up against third seeds France in the other semi. And the underdogs took a popular lead when Thierry Lincou ended an eight-match losing sequence stretching back to November 2006 by beating world No3 Karim Darwish 11-7, 3-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6 in a controlled 70-minute match.

"We couldn't have asked for a much better start," said the 35-year-old former world No1 who finally seems to have put the effects of a recent injury behind him.

"Personally, I'm proud of myself - it's been a long and hard road back from injury, especially after losing first round after first round on the tour. I have had fantastic support from my friends and family and I now really feel motivated.

"Yesterday's match was a turning point for me, but this was another level above - another intensity, another pressure. I think my experience has helped me a lot."

But the French high was short-lived as top-ranked Egyptian Ramy Ashour levelled the tie with a stunning 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 victory over Gregory Gaultier, the world No6.

It was the decider that had the packed crowd on the edge of their seats, however, as Mohamed El Shorbagy and Mathieu Castagnet battled to put their countries into the final. After both players had game balls in the first, it was Egyptian El Shorbagy that drew first blood.

Castagnet struck back to take the next two games to open up a 2/1 lead - and the 24-year-old world No56 moved ahead in the fourth.

But 20-year-old El Shorbagy drew level and, after the lead changed hands in the decider, it was the world No9 from Alexandria who emerged triumphant, taking Egypt into the final for the fifth time since 1999 following his marathon 14-12, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 victory in 91 minutes.

"I am so happy," said Egyptian coach Amir Wagih. "Ramy is an unbelievable player and if he can play like he did just now in tomorrow's final, England will find it very tough.

"France gave us a fantastic match and Mohamed played a great game to get us through. He will learn from this experience and it will do him a lot of good in the future

"It's another great performance by him for Egypt - he's getting more experienced all the time."

[1] ENGLAND bt [4] AUSTRALIA 3/0
James Willstrop bt Cameron Pilley 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 (43m)
Nick Matthew bt David Palmer 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)
Peter Barker bt Stewart Boswell 12-10, 11-8 (29m)

[2] EGYPT bt [3] FRANCE 2/1
Karim Darwish lost to Thierry Lincou 7-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-4, 6-11 (70m)
Ramy Ashour bt Gregory Gaultier 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (51m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy bt Mathieu Castagnet 14-12, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (91m)

5th - 8th place play-offs:
[9] ITALY bt [6] INDIA 2/1
Marcus Berrett bt Siddharth Suchde 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-0 (40m)
Davide Bianchetti lost to Saurav Ghosal 5-11, 11-6, 7-11, 3-11 (51m)
Amr Ramsy Swelim bt Harinder Pal Sandhu 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8 (72m)

[5] MALAYSIA bt [8] USA 2/0
Ong Beng Hee bt Christopher Gordon 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (45m)
Mohd Azlan Iskandar bt Julian Illingworth 6-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 (36m)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan v Todd Harrity (Match withdrawn)

9th - 12th place play-offs:
Dylan Bennett bt Dick Lau 6-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9 (45m)
Laurens Jan Anjema bt Max Lee 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (48m)
Piedro Schweertman v Leo Au (Match withdrawn)

[16] GERMANY bt [13] FINLAND 2/1
Jens Schoor bt Henrik Mustonen 11-7, 11-9, 1-11, 11-9 (46m)
Simon Rosner lost to Olli Tuominen 12-14, 6-11, 5-11 (45m)
Raphael Kandra bt Matias Tuomi 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (34m)

13th - 16th place play-offs:
[17/24] DENMARK bt [10] MEXICO 2/1
Rasmus Nielsen lost to Eric Galvez 9-11, 11-4, 11-2, 9-11, 3-11 (56m)
Kristian Frost Olesen bt Cesar Salazar 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (36m)
Morten W Sorensen bt Erik Tepos Valtierra 11-5, 13-11, 6-11, 11-6 (55m)

[11] SOUTH AFRICA bt [7] CANADA 2/1
Clinton Leeuw lost to Andrew McDougall 3-11, 12-14, 11-3, 7-11 (52m)
Stephen Coppinger bt Shawn Delierre 11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7 (58m)
Rodney Durbach bt Andrew Schnell 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (19m)

17th - 20th place play-offs:
[17/24] SPAIN bt [17/24] KUWAIT 2/1
Alejandro Garbi Caro bt Ammar Al-Tamimi 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 (39m)
Borja Golan lost to Abdullah Al Muzayen 11-9, 4-11, 11-13, 8-11 (55m)
David Vidal bt Ali Bader Al-Ramzi 14-12, 11-7, 11-4 (42m)

[17/24] SWITZERLAND bt [25/32] IRELAND 3/0
Reiko Peter bt Derek Ryan 11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (62m)
Nicolas Mueller bt Arthur Gaskin 9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (48m)
John Williams bt Steve Richardson 9-11, 11-2, 11-6 (24m)

21st - 24th place play-offs:
[17/24] SCOTLAND bt [17/24] ARGENTINA 2/1
Stuart Crawford lost to Roberto Pezzota 4-11, 7-11, 9-11 (36m)
Alan Clyne bt Hernan D'Arcangelo 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (25m)
Chris Small bt Juan Pablo Roude 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (29m)

[12] PAKISTAN bt [15] NEW ZEALAND 2/0
Yasir Butt bt Campbell Grayson 10-12, 3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 15-13 (59m)
Aamir Atlas Khan bt Martin Knight 11-4, 12-10, 11-2 (31m)
Nasir Iqbal v Evan Williams (Match withdrawn)

25th - 28th place play-offs:
[25/32] AUSTRIA bt [25/32] HUNGARY 2/1
Leopold Czaska bt Marton Szaboky 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 (27m)
Aqeel Rehman lost to Mark Krajcsak 4-11, 11-13, 10-12 (32m)
Jakob Dirnberger bt Sandor Fulop 11-9, 11-3, 11-1 (22m)

[17/24] COLOMBIA bt [25/32] KOREA 2/1
Javier Castilla Conde bt Seung-Jun Lee 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8 (50m)
Andres Vargas bt Nyeon-Ho Lee 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-2 (45m)
Juan Camilo Vargas lost to Se Hyun Lee 8-11, 6-11 (20m)

29th - 32nd place play-offs:
[25/32] UKRAINE bt [25/32] BERMUDA 3/0
Kostiantyn Rybalchenko bt Robert Maycock 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 (41m)
Ruslan Sorochinskiy bt Micah Franklin 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (32m)
Denys Podvornyi bt Chris Stout 11-2, 11-8 (20m)

[25/32] SWEDEN bt [25/32] NAMIBIA 2/0
Sebastian Victor bt Norbert Dorgeloh 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (26m)
Christian Drakenberg bt Marco Becker 11-5, 11-5, 11-1 (24m)
Joakim Larsson v Andrew Forrest (Match withdrawn)


3rd place play-off:

5th place play-off:

7th place play-off:
[6] INDIA v [8] USA

9th place play-off:

11th place play-off:

13th place play-off:

15th place play-off:
[7] CANADA v [10] MEXICO

17th place play-off:
[17/24] SPAIN v [17/24] SWITZERLAND

19th place play-off:
[17/24] KUWAIT v [25/32] IRELAND

21st place play-off:
[12] PAKISTAN v [17/24] SCOTLAND

23rd place play-off:

25th place play-off:
[17/24] COLOMBIA v [25/32] AUSTRIA

27th place play-off:
[25/32] HUNGARY v [25/32] KOREA

29th place play-off:
[25/32] UKRAINE v [25/32] SWEDEN

31st place play-off:
[25/32] BERMUDA v [25/32] NAMIBIA

Top Four Seeds Make World Semi-Finals In Paderborn

Favourites England will face fourth seeds Australia and title-holders Egypt will take on third seeds France in the dream semi-finals of the WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship after all four nations comfortably overcame their opponents in today's quarter-finals in Paderborn, Germany.

The 23rd staging of the World Squash Federation event - the first senior world championship since the IOC announcement that Squash is on the shortlist for Olympic inclusion in 2020 - is taking place in Germany for the first time.

In the afternoon session, second seeds Egypt brushed aside USA, the No8 seeds, 3/0 on the new all-glass showcourt at the Ahorn-Sportpark. With world No2 Ramy Ashour rested, Egypt led with Karim Darwish as the world No3 despatched top-ranked American Julian Illingworth 11-4, 11-4, 11-2. Mohamed El Shorbagy and Hisham Mohamed Ashour completed the formalities to take Egypt into the last four for the ninth time since 1993.

France, runners-up in the previous championship in Denmark in 2009, earned their fifth successive semi-final berth after beating Malaysia 3/0. Gregory Gaultier was in determined mood as he overcame the fifth seeds' Mohd Azlan Iskandar 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 before French veteran Thierry Lincou took out long-time rival Ong Beng Hee 12-10, 11-2, 11-7. Mathieu Castagnet needed only 18 minutes to wrap up the dead third rubber beating Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 11-8, 11-2.

French national coach Andre Delhoste was pleased with his team's performance: "It was a tricky match - I think we probably had the hardest draw. But it helped us stay sharp, so it's been good for the guys. If they can keep this up, it'll be good for the rest of the tournament."

Lincou, the former world number one and world champion who has been a pillar of the French world championship team since 1999, was also delighted with his game: "I would say today was a big step forward in my return after my injury. Many times in the game, I surprised myself with the way I played, my shot selection and my tactical approach. It was good to really feel the game.

"I put all my energy into the team. It's good to be in the last four for the fifth time in a row," added the 35-year-old.

"Greg really showed the way - his determination is good for all of us - he's been on fire all week, and that's the Greg we love. It's been good teamwork."

Later in the day, top seeds England took out ninth seeds Italy - with Yorkshiremen Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, ranked one and four in the world, respectively, taking out the top two Italians Stephane Galifi and Davide Bianchetti in straight games. Team newcomer Daryl Selby failed to capitalise on match-balls in the best-of-three decider, going down 12-10, 3-11, 12-10 to Amr Ramsy Swelim.

But far away from England's glass-court action, former champions Australia saw off rising squash nation India, beating the sixth seeds 2/0.

David Palmer recovered from a game down to beat India's highest ranked player ever Saurav Ghosal 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 before Cameron Pilley beat Siddharth Suchde 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 to clinch victory.

"Saurav played a really good game and put David under pressure," explained Australian team manager Byron Davis. "But David fought hard to come back and win the match.

"To get that win was great - that put the pressure on them. Cameron then did what he needed to do and pulled us through. We're really glad to be in the semi-finals and look forward to playing England on the glass court."

Palmer was delighted to be back in winning form: "Saurav was very fast in the first game. I felt I had him under control but he was getting everything back. It was midway through the second that we had some long rallies and I think that did some damage. I had a good start in the third and from then I think I was in control.

"It was a good game of squash - and I think I played better than yesterday, which gave me a bit of confidence," added the veteran Aussie who delighted home fans earlier this month by making the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

"It's very obvious that England and Egypt have had the strongest teams recently - but with the same team that we have today, we beat Egypt four years ago in the semi-finals and beat England for third place in the last championship.

"We've met our criteria by getting to the semi-finals - and with the women winning the title last year it means we've secured our funding, which is very important.

"So we go into tomorrow with no pressure, England go in as favourites - but both Stewart and Cameron are capable of causing trouble on their day, and Nick and I have some close battles over the years.

"Playing for Australia is always an honour, and that never changes," continued Palmer. "Squash is a lonely sport much of the time - so playing team squash is very special, especially as we only do this every two years (unlike the Europeans who have their annual team event)."

Indian national coach Cyrus Poncha was pleased with his team's performance: "Overall, it's a good show by our boys. Obviously, on world rankings, the Australian team were higher than ours - but we gave a great fight.

"We've got a young team, with an average age of 22 - so when you look at the big teams Egypt, England, Australia and France, we should get the title in two years time!"

[1] ENGLAND bt [9] ITALY 2/1
Nick Matthew bt Stephane Galifi 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (44m)
James Willstrop bt Davide Bianchetti 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Daryl Selby lost to Amr Ramsy Swelim 10-12, 11-3, 10-12 (35m)

[4] AUSTRALIA bt [6] INDIA 2/0
David Palmer bt Saurav Ghosal 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (51m)
Cameron Pilley bt Siddharth Suchde 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (50m)
Stewart Boswell v Harinder Pal Sandhu (Match withdrawn)

[3] FRANCE bt [5] MALAYSIA 3/0
Gregory Gaultier bt Mohd Azlan Iskandar 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (55m)
Thierry Lincou bt Ong Beng Hee 12-10, 11-2, 11-7 (47m)
Mathieu Castagnet bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 11-8, 11-2 (18m)

[2] EGYPT bt [8] USA 3/0
Karim Darwish bt Julian Illingworth 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 (31m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy bt Christopher Gordon 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (35m)
Hisham Mohamed Ashour bt Todd Harrity 8-11, 11-1, 11-7 (30m)

9th - 16th place play-offs:
[17/24] HONG KONG CHINA bt [10] MEXICO 2/1
Max Lee bt Cesar Salazar 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 (28m)
Dick Lau lost to Eric Galvez 12-14, 4-11, 11-3, 9-11 (55m)
Leo Au bt Erik Tepos Valtierra 11-3, 11-6, 13-11 (48m)

[14] NETHERLANDS bt [17/24] DENMARK 2/0
Laurens Jan Anjema bt Kristian Frost Olesen 11-4, 11-1, 11-5 (37m)
Dylan Bennett bt Rasmus Nielsen 11-8, 12-10, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6 (49m)
Piedro Schweertman v Morten W Sorensen (Match withdrawn)

[13] FINLAND bt [11] SOUTH AFRICA 2/1
Olli Tuominen bt Stephen Coppinger 3-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-3 (53m)
Henrik Mustonen bt Shaun le Roux 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 (33m)
Matias Tuomi lost to Rodney Durbach 6-11, 14-12, 6-11 (36m)

[16] GERMANY bt [7] CANADA 2/1
Simon Rosner bt Shahier Razik 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (38m)
Jens Schoor lost to Shawn Delierre 11-9, 12-14, 3-11, 9-11 (65m)
Andre Haschker bt Andrew McDougall 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (68m)

17th - 24th place play-offs:
[17/24] SPAIN bt [17/24] SCOTLAND 2/0
Borja Golan bt Alan Clyne 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (37m)
Alejandro Garbi Caro bt Stuart Crawford 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 13-11 (48m)
David Vidal v Chris Small (Match withdrawn)

[17/24] KUWAIT bt [17/24] ARGENTINA 2/1
Abdullah Al Muzayen bt Gonzalo Miranda 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (26m)
Ammar Al-Tamimi lost to Hernan D'Arcangelo 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 6-11, 6-11 (62m)
Ali Bader Al-Ramzi bt Roberto Pezzota 11-5, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 (57m)

[25/32] IRELAND bt [12] PAKISTAN 2/1
Arthur Gaskin bt Aamir Atlas Khan 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (26m)
Derek Ryan bt Yasir Butt 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (24m)
Steve Richardson lost to Waqar Mehboob 8-11, 7-11 (16m)

[17/24] SWITZERLAND bt [15] NEW ZEALAND 2/1
Nicolas Mueller bt Martin Knight 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (27m)
Reiko Peter lost to Campbell Grayson 5-11, 7-11, 6-11 (35m)
John Williams bt Evan Williams 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (31m)

25th - 32nd place play-offs:
[25/32] HUNGARY bt [25/32] BERMUDA 3/0
Mark Krajcsak bt Micah Franklin 11-6, 11-7, 11-1 (19m)
Marton Szaboky bt Robert Maycock 7-11, 11-7, 11-0, 12-14, 11-8 (52m)
Peter Hoffman bt Chris Stout 11-8, 11-6 (18m)

[25/32] AUSTRIA bt [25/32] UKRAINE 3/0
Aqeel Rehman bt Ruslan Sorochinskiy 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (31m)
Leopold Czaska bt Kostiantyn Rybalchenko 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (22m)
Jakob Dirnberger bt Valeriy Fedoruk 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (25m)

[17/24] COLOMBIA bt [25/32] NAMIBIA 3/0
Andres Vargas bt Marco Becker 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 (47m)
Javier Castilla Conde bt Norbert Dorgeloh 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (27m)
Jairo Navarro bt Andrew Forrest 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 (33m)

[25/32] KOREA bt [25/32] SWEDEN 2/1
Nyeon-Ho Lee lost to Christian Drakenberg 3-11, 7-11, 7-11 (43m)
Seung Taek Lee bt Sebastian Victor 11-8, 17-15, 5-11, 16-14 (73m)
Seung-Jun Lee bt Joakim Larsson 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 (37m)

Semi-final line-up:
[2] EGYPT v [3] FRANCE

5th - 8th place play-offs:
[6] INDIA v [9] ITALY
[5] MALAYSIA v [8] USA

9th - 12th place play-offs:

13th - 16th place play-offs:
[10] MEXICO v [17/24] DENMARK

17th - 20th place play-offs:
[17/24] SPAIN v [17/24] KUWAIT
[17/24] SWITZERLAND v [25/32] IRELAND

21st - 24th place play-offs:
[17/24] SCOTLAND v [17/24] ARGENTINA

25th - 28th place play-offs:
[25/32] HUNGARY v [25/32] AUSTRIA
[17/24] COLOMBIA v [25/32] KOREA

29th - 32nd place play-offs:
[25/32] BERMUDA v [25/32] UKRAINE
[25/32] SWEDEN v [25/32] NAMIBIA

Qualifying Rounds