Thursday, December 04, 2014

Malaysia through to World Women's Team Squash quarter-final sans Nicol

KUALA LUMPUR: No Nicol David, no problem.
Third seeds Malaysia rested their world No. 1 and still had too much firepower to brush aside minnows Guatemala 3-0 in less than an hour to seal a place in the quarter-finals of the World Women’s Team Squash Championship at the Niagara Falls, Canada..

It was Malaysia’s third straight win. They will wrap up the group fixtures against sixth seeds United States to see who top the table.

The US, who outplayed Guatemala 3-0 on Monday, also booked their berth in the last eight after downing Mexico and Canada with identical 3-0 scores on Tuesday.

National number three Delia Arnold, who took the court first, needed just 19 minutes to pack off Pamela Anckermann 11-6, 11-3, 11-5.

National number two Low Wee Wern then eliminated Winifer Bonilla 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 in 21 minutes.
Debutant Zulhijjah Azan was also in top form, taking just took 20 minutes to beat Nicole Anckermann 11-4, 11-2, 11-4.

Team manager Sharon Wee was impressed with Zulhijjah’s performance.
“She was not nervous at all ... instead, she was moving well on court. It was a good win for her,” said the ex-international.

“The players are in high spirits after three convincing wins. We want to beat the US and top the group.

“I have reminded the players to stay focused against the US, who are toughest opponents in the group. We will field the best players against them.”

The other top ranked teams – like defending champions Egypt, second seeds England, Hong Kong and Australia – have also progressed to the last eight.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. A re-draw will be done after the completion of the group matches for the knockout stage.

Sharon is hoping that Malaysia will receive a favourable draw for the quarter-finals.

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