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Titleholder Egypt is the 1st finalist!

Titleholder Egypt is the 1st finalist of the Men’s Team Championships in Mulhouse as they beat Australia in a very tense match to reach the final for the 3rd time in a row.

[1] EGYPT bt [4] AUSTRALIA 2/1
Karim Darwish lost to Cameron Pilley 10-12, 16-14, 10-12, 9-11 (74m)
Omar Mosaad bt David Palmer 11-13, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (80m)
Tarek Momen bt Ryan Cuskelly 3-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5 (67m)

Top 4 Nations reach World Semis!

Egypt, England, Australia and hosts France will contest the semi-finals of the Men’s World Team Championship for the 4th time in a row after surging through the quarter-finals of the biennial event being staged in France for the first time in its 46-year history.

Favourites Egypt, looking to become the first nation since 1987 to win the title three times in a row, brushed aside eighth seeds India 2/0. Australia, the 4th seeds beat Germany, the No6 seeds, 2/0. 2nd seeds England faced tournament dark horses South Africa, and beat the No7 seeds 3/0. France rounded off the evening by conquering Malaysia 3/0.

Semi-final line-up:

5th – 8th place play-offs:

9th – 12th place play-offs:
[11] USA v [16] SCOTLAND

13th – 16th place play-offs:

17th – 20th place play-offs:
[17/20] KUWAIT v [17/20] SWITZERLAND

21st – 24th place play-offs:
[21/24] IRELAND v [25/28] JAPAN
[17/20] COLOMBIA v [21/24] BOTSWANA

25th – 28th place play-offs:
[29/31] RUSSIA v [29/31] KENYA
[25/28] CZECH REPUBLIC v [25/28] POLAND

29th – 32nd place play-offs:
[25/28] VENEZUELA bye
[21/24] AUSTRIA v [29/31] NAMIBIA

South Africa and Germany storm into top 8!

South Africa and Germany reclaimed their status as World top 8 nations after storming through the last 16 round of the Men’s World Team Squash Championship in Mulhouse.

Seventh seeds South Africa, who finished in an all-time low 13th position in the previous championship in 2011, despatched Finland, the ninth seeds and one-time bronze medallists, 2/0. “It means so much for us to get into the top eight,” said South Africa coach Richard Castle.

Buoyed by local support in the 2011 event in Paderborn, Germany emphatically exceeded their 16th seeding by finishing in ninth place – then moved up to eighth when Italy nation was disqualified. Two years on, the focussed 6th seeds today defeated New Zealand 2/1. World No12 Simon Rosner led the assault, beating Campbell Grayson 13-11, 2-0 (ret.) – and team-mate Jens Schoor clinched victory by outplaying 23-year-old Kiwi Evan Williams 11-5, 11-5, 11-5. “It’s unbelievable,” said German manager Oliver Pettke of his team’s success. “I cannot find words to express my feelings.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] EGYPT v [8] INDIA

All results at the official event website:

Canada won crucial clash!

A crucial match in final qualifying rounds of the Men’s World Team Squash Championship in France – the outcome of which would either have put one nation into the world top 16 for the 1st time ever or another out of the elite group for the 1st time in 21 appearances – saw Canada edge past Colombia 2/1 to maintain top 16 status since 1971.

The glass-court clash for second place in Pool B, behind former champions England, got underway when squad number three Andrew Schnell put 15th seed Canada ahead with an 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4 victory over Andres Vargas. Colombia’s new world No19 Miguel Angel Rodriguez took on Shawn Delierre and beat the experienced Canadian in straight games to level the tie. The decider saw 28-year-old Dane Sharp, the world No82 from Toronto, beating Bernardo Samper, a 31-year-old New York-based Colombian 13-11, 11-3, 11-6 after 44 minutes.
Last sixteen round draw:
[1] EGYPT v [15] CANADA
[5] MALAYSIA v [11] USA
[3] FRANCE v [13] MEXICO

All results at the official event website:

Botswana boast breakthrough!

“Our first championship – and our first win,” exclaimed the exuberant Botswana No1 Alister Walker as he stepped off the court after winning the decider against Poland on the 2nd day of qualifying in the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship in France.

Both Poland and Botswana are making their debuts in the 24th edition of the biennial event which is being held in France for the first time. Lekgotla Mosope put Botswana ahead with an 11-1, 11-4, 12-10 victory over Marcin Karwowski, but Pole Lukasz Stachowski fought back, beating Koketso Ntshebe in 4 games to level proceedings. It then took just 22 minutes for Walker, the US-based world No15, to despatch Poland’s top-ranked Wojtek Nowisz 11-7, 11-2, 11-5 to clinch victory.

“It will definitely be good for squash in Botswana and will help us get recognition from the relevant bodies,” said Botswana Squash President TK Rabasha afterwards. “It will give them an appreciation of what squash can do for the country. And hopefully it will help us attract sponsors.

The top 3 seeds Egypt, England and France posted 3/0 wins. Defending champions Egypt beat Scotland, while second seeds England defeated 15th seeds Canada and host France overcame Pakistan.

All results at the official event website:

Lincou leads France to opening win!

Distinguished veteran Thierry Lincou (pic le), the former World No1 and world champion from France who is making his tenth successive appearance in the biennial WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship, led the hosts to a confident 3/0 win over Netherlands.

The other favorites, title holder Egypt and last times runner up England did win their opening matches against Kuwait and Colombia too. All results at the official event website:

Gaultier going for historic home dream!

France’s top-ranked squash player Greg Gaultier (le) is hoping to fulfill a life-long dream when he leads his country in next week’s WSF Men’s World Team Championship on home soil in Mulhouse.

Hosting the championship for the first time in its 46-year history, France is seeded to reach the semi-finals – but, buoyed by a new world number two ranking, Gaultier is hoping to take his team to the final for the 3rd time since 2003, and strike gold for the 1st time.

“It’s going to be nice to have the home support for once as we always play away,” said the 30-year-old on the eve of his 8th successive world team championship campaign since 1999. “I’m looking forward to be playing in Mulhouse as it is really close to where I started playing squash and I have all my family there.”

“I think a team event is nicer than what I am used to on the Tour, which is quite a lonely life. You play for your country and for your friends as well – but the preparation is the same in terms of having to get ready to compete and get the win for the team and yourself,” explained the former World No1.

The French squad will include Gregoire Marche and Mathieu Castagnet, ranked 29 & 30 in the world, respectively – and will be boosted by the return of Thierry Lincou, the 37-year-old former World No1 and world champion who retired from the international circuit last year.

“Having Thierry in the team is a big bonus,” said Gaultier. “He is really experienced and is a role model for everyone.”

Gaultier has represented France with distinction in the world team championship – playing 34 times, with success in all but 8 matches.

“Winning the world teams title would be a dream,” said the squad number one. “We failed twice in the finals but had a lot of good times and memories playing for France. Everybody will be up for it.”

The 24th WSF Men’s World Team Championship will be held from 9-15 June in Mulhouse, at both the Espace Squash 3000 Centre and the Palais Des Sports – where action will take place on three ASB all-glass showcourts, with stunning presentation assured.

Defending champions Egypt are seeded to retain the title after a projected final meeting with former champions England in what would be a repeat of the 2011 final.

The full pool line-up is as follows (with seeding in brackets):

Pool A: [1] EGYPT, [16] SCOTLAND, [17/20] KUWAIT, [29/31] KENYA
Pool B: [2] ENGLAND, [15] CANADA, [17/20] COLOMBIA, [29/31] NAMIBIA
Pool C: [3] FRANCE, [14] PAKISTAN, [17/20] NETHERLANDS, [29/31] RUSSIA
Pool E: [5] MALAYSIA, [12] NEW ZEALAND, [21/24] BOTSWANA, [25/28] POLAND
Pool F: [6] GERMANY, [11] USA, [21/24] IRELAND, [25/28] CZECH REPUBLIC
Pool G: [7] SOUTH AFRICA, [10] HONG KONG CHINA, [21/24] AUSTRIA, [25/28] JAPAN
Pool H: [8] INDIA, [9] FINLAND, [21/24] ARGENTINA, [25/28] VENEZUELA

Men’s World Team Championships!

10 more days to go as the Men’s World Team Championships (9th to 15th of June) takes place in Mulhouse in France. Big Championship posters are up at the walls and today the 3 ASB glass courts arrived and will be built into the Palais des Sports to give more than 2,000 squash fans the opportunity to view the matches. Check out the iLoveSquash gallery

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