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Squash World Championship to introduce 3 Glass Show Courts!

In a unique development for squash, action in the 2012 Women’s World Team Championship in France in November will take place on 3 new state-of-the-art all-glass show courts, which are manufactured by ASB.

The exciting initiative by the Fédération Française de Squash will ensure that, for the 1st time in the event’s 33-year history, all the teams participating in the event should experience the opportunity of playing on all-glass courts.

In previous world team championships, most of the action has taken place on club courts, with only a few teams playing on a single four-glass-walled court leading up to its use for the event’s final rounds.

The 2012 Women’s World Team Championship will be staged in France for the 1st time – at the La Parnasse Arena and the 8-court Squash Des Costieres Club, in Nimes, from 12-17 November.

On the completion of the championship, the all-glass courts will be dismantled and re-erected in the country’s 3 national training centres – one in Creteil in Paris, one in Aix-en-Provence and the 3rd in Le Mans.

“Our investment in three ASB all-glass show courts is a major initiative for the Federation – not just to use in 2 world championships in France, which we are very proud to host, but also for the long-term to use in our three national training centres,” said FFS President Jacques Fontaine. “Both the Women’s World Teams in Nimes, then next year the Men’s World Team Championship in Mulhouse, will provide major promotional opportunities for squash in our country and worldwide.

But the fact that the courts can be used in different locations is one of the key attributes of moveable, all-glass show courts like these,” Fontaine added. “Thus the initial investment in two world championships will provide a legacy which will give a major boost to the development of the sport in the future.”

Egypt Retain World Junior title in Qatar!

In the 5th fifth successive meeting in the climax of the biennial World Junior Team Squash Championships, it was favourites Egypt who again triumphed over 2nd seeds Pakistan in the final in the Qatar capital Doha to retain the title.

It was Egypt’s Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry, an individual quarter-finalist, who beat Syed Ali Shah Bokhari from Pakistan 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 to give Egypt the lead.

The second match was the top string battle between Marwan El Shorbagy and Nasir Iqbal The Pakistani made a good start, but Shorbagy patiently pegged back the early lead, then closed out the match 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 in 39 minutes to keep the world team title in Egyptian hands.

“This is our second title in a row,”said a delighted Egyptian National Coach Amir Wagih. “Both the players today played really well – Mazen played a solid match and Marwan played a perfect match! Those two tournament titles, both individuals and team event, are very important for Egypt.”

The result sees Marwan finishing his junior career on a high – and the 18-year-old from Alexandria was naturally delighted: “I’m so happy Egypt has won the title again, and as for myself, winning this title again, with a different team, is such an honour. Today, I played my best squash at last, I must have relaxed a bit, and when you are representing and playing for your country, it’s a completely different thing. I’m so happy we get to keep this title in Egypt, and so proud I was able to win two individual titles too.”

The opening tie on the glass court saw India claim their highest-ever finish after upsetting third seeds and former champions England 2/0.

“We’ve done today what no other Indian men’s team ever done before,” said an ecstatic Indian national coach Cyrus Poncha. “And this is also the 1st time ever a men’s team has beaten England.

[1] EGYPT bt [2] PAKISTAN 2/0
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry bt Syed Ali Shah Bokhari 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
Marwan El Shorbagy bt Nasir Iqbal 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (39m)

3rd place play-off:
[4] INDIA bt [3] ENGLAND 2/0
Kush Kumar bt Richie Fallows 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11 (46m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Ollie Holland 6-11, 11-0, 11-6, 11-7 (54m)

5th place play-off:
[5] HONG KONG CHINA bt [13/18] JAPAN 2/0
Ho Tze Ho bt Tomotaka Endo 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-3
Cheuk Yan Tang bt Ryosei Kobayashi 7-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-6 (50m)

7th place play-off:
[10] CANADA bt [6] USA 2/1
Zachary Leman lost to Devin McLaughlin 5-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6, 8-11 (54m)
Cameron Seth bt Peter Dylan Murray 11-8, 12-14, 7-11, 11-3, 11-5 (66m)
Tyler Olson bt Edward Columbia 12-10, 11-3, 11-7 (37m)

9th place play-off:
[11] NEW ZEALAND bt [12] KUWAIT 2/1
Todd Redman bt Athbi Khalid Hamad 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 (26m)
Jonathan Barnett lost to Yousif Nizar Saleh 8-11, 9-11, 10-12 (39m)
Zachary Millar bt Yousif Ali 9-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4, 11-3 (40m)

11th place play-off:
[13/18] GERMANY bt [13/18] BRAZIL 2/1
Niklas Becher bt Cassiano de Jesus Silva 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (25m)
Felix Auer lost to Josimar Silva 7-11, 4-11, 11-5, 6-11 (29m)
Andre Ergenz bt Pedro Veiga 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (30m)

13th place play-off:
[8] COLOMBIA bt [7] FRANCE 2/0
Nicolas Valderrama bt Auguste Dussourd 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-3, 11-4 (49m)
Juan Camilo Vargas bt Alexandre Cogno 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 11-6 (55m)

15th place play-off:
Simpiwe Gqibane lost to Gonzalo Gallardo 8-11, 8-11, 11-13 (32m)
Ruan Olivier bt Federico Cioffi 12-14, 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9 (56m)
Luke Willemse bt Rodrigo Obregon 11-9, 11-6, 11-13, 16-14 (50m)

17th place play-off:
[9] AUSTRALIA bt [13/18] BELGIUM 2/1
Thomas Calvert bt Vincent Hitchins 11-8, 18-16, 12-10 (45m)
Rhys Dowling lost to Jan van den Herrewegen 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11 (43m)
T J Rarere bt Jordy Camps 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (22m)

19th place play-off:
Abdulwahab Al-Ishaq lost to David A Fisher 6-11, 4-11, 8-11 (22m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi bt Faisal Hassan 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (17m)
Faisal Al-Marri bt Blessing Muhwate 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9 (28m)

21st place play-off:
IRAQ bt [13/18] SWITZERLAND 2/0
Hasanain Obaid Dakheel bt Remo Handl 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-1, 11-6 (55m)
Mohammed Ferman Hasan bt Robin Gadola 11-7, 11-7, 14-12 (39m)

23rd place: GUATEMALA

Top 4 made the World Junior Team semi-finals!

A dramatic fight-back in the quarter-finals in Qatar sees India (pic) back in the top 4 of the of the WSF Men's World Junior Team Championship.

The seedings suggested a close encounter against Asian rivals Hong Kong China, the 5th seeds – but 4th seeds India were on a mission to make up for a 5th place finish in the 2010 championship. India's reward is a meeting with favourites Egypt. The defending champions, looking for their 4th title since 1994, despatched Canada 3/0.

The other semi-final will see 2nd seeds and 4-time former champions Pakistan take on England, the No3 seeds and also previous winners of the title four times. Pakistan brushed aside surprise opponents Japan 2/0 in well under an hour, while England defeated 6th seeds USA 3/0.

Semi-final line-up:
[1] EGYPT v [4] INDIA

5th – 8th place play-offs:
[6] USA v [13/18] JAPAN

9th – 12th place play-offs:
[13/18] BRAZIL v [11] NEW ZEALAND
[12] KUWAIT v [13/18] GERMANY

13th – 16th place play-offs:

17th – 20th place play-offs:

Japan & Brazil in World Junior breakthroughs!

After sensational upsets on the final day of qualifying in WSF Men's World Junior Team Championship in Doha, both Japan (pic) and Brazil will record their highest-ever finishes in the World Squash championship.

The delighted Japanese team made sure of their best-ever finish by beating eighth-seeded Colombia 2/1.

In 5 previous appearances since 1994, Brazil have not finished higher than 23rd. But the team recovered from losing the 1st match against France to beat the No7 seeds 2/1 to secure 2nd place in Pool F.

Meanwhile the top three seeds Egypt, Pakistan and England wasted no time in completing their 3rd straight 3-0 wins to finish top of their respective pools to take up favoured positions in the play-off draw.

1st – 12th place play-offs:
[1] EGYPT bye
[10] CANADA v [13/18] BRAZIL
[4] INDIA bye
[6] USA v [12] KUWAIT
[3] ENGLAND bye
[13/18] JAPAN v [13/18] GERMANY
[2] PAKISTAN bye

13th – 20th place play-offs:
[13/18] BELGIUM bye
[13/18] SOUTH AFRICA bye

Egypt’s Junior Squash Team – in a class of their own!

The question for the World Junior Team Championships in Qatar is, if there is any other team capable to challenge Egypt. By having 3 out of 4 semi-finalists in the individuals and having the World Champion Marwan El Shorbagy (ri) and runner-up Mohamed Abouelghar (le) in the team, it seems to make it almost impossible to beat them.

They eased trough their 1st 2 pool matches by overcoming Switzerland and Kuwait in just 45 and 51 minutes – for all 3 games, by the way.

England successfully retained their European titles!

England successfully retained their titles in the European Team Championships after a 3/0 men's victory over France and a 2/1 women's win over Ireland in in Nürnberg, Germany.

In the women's final Belfast's Madeline Perry, ranked 3 in the world, fought back from 2/1 down to beat world No2 Jenny Duncalf 13-11, 7-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8. But Laura Massaro steered the England ship back on course by beating Aisling Blake 11-1, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, before Alison Waters clinched victory by defeating Laura Mylotte 11-2, 11-8, 11-2.

Top seeds England lined up against cross Channel rivals France in the men's final for the 12th time since 2000. Experienced 4th string Daryl Selby gave his team the best start with an 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9 win over Frenchman Gregoire Marche.

In the 2nd match James Willstrop beat world No3 Greg Gaultier 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-1 to give England a 2/0 lead and Peter Barker then clinched the title after a 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 win over Mathieu Castagnet.

The victory marks England's 20th success in a row – and the 37th in total since the inaugural championships in 1976.

England on course for European double!

England will contest both the men's and women's finals of the European Team Squash Championships after decisive victories in the semi-finals in Nürnberg, Germany.

For the 12th time since 1999, favourites England will face France in the men's final. Title-holders England despatched Scotland, the sixth seeds, 4/0 – and later 2nd seeds France beat No6 seeds Germany 4/0.

England's women brushed aside hosts Germany 3/0 and will now face Ireland in the final. With their semi-final against 4th seeds France tied at one-all, Ireland's second string Aisling Blake staged a courageous comeback to beat Coline Aumard 11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-5 to put Ireland into the final for the first time since 1989.

Men semi-finals:
[1] ENGLAND bt [6] SCOTLAND 4/0
Daryl Selby bt Chris Small 11-5, 11-2, 11-3
Nick Matthew bt Alan Clyne 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
Peter Barker bt Greg Lobban 11-4, 11-5, 11-1
Tom Richards bt Stuart Crawford 11-2, 11-8

[2] FRANCE bt [5] GERMANY 4/0
Mathieu Castagnet bt Andre Haschker 11-8, 11-3, 11-1
Gregory Gaultier bt Simon Rosner 11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 15-13
Thierry Lincou bt Raphael Kandra 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2
Gregoire Marche bt Rudi Rohrmuller 11-3, 11-6

Women’s semi-finals:
[1] ENGLAND bt [6] GERMANY 3/0
Jenny Duncalf bt Pamela Hathway 11-3, 11-4, 11-5
Alison Waters bt Franziska Hennes 11-1, 11-1, 11-7
Laura Massaro bt Eva Brauckmann 11-2, 11-1

[3] IRELAND bt [4] FRANCE 2/1
Madeline Perry bt Camille Serme 12-10, 12-10, 11-5
Laura Mylotte lost to Maud Duplomb 8-11, 8-11, 8-11
Aisling Blake bt Coline Aumard 11-4, 6-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-5

Hosts Germany celebrate twin semi-final berths in European Championships!

Hosts Germany fully exploited home advantage in the European Team Championships by securing unexpected semi-final berths in both the men’s and women’s events of the 40th staging of the European Squash Federation event in Nürnberg.

Despite losing 4/0 to men’s favourites and defending men’s champions England, 5th seeds Germany cemented their position as runners-up in Pool A by defeating 8th seeds Denmark 3/1. The hosts, certain to achieve their best finish since 2008, will now meet France for a place in the final. The 2nd seeds, runners-up for the past 4 years, beat Scotland 4/0 and Italy 3/1 to finish as expected Pool B winners.

But Scotland went on to beat Finland 3/1 to finish in 2nd place – putting the 6th seeds through to an unpredicted semi-final, where they will face England.

6th seeds in the women’s event, Germany scored one of the best results of the day by beating 2nd seeds Netherlands 2/1. The Dutch side took the lead through Natalie Grinham, but Jennifer Hathway struck back to draw level, then Franziska Hennes produced the performance of her life to fight back from 2/0 to beat Milja Dorenbos 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 to clinch a crucial victory for the hosts.

Germany went on to defeat Switzerland 2/1 to finish in second place in Pool B – and will now meet title-holders England in the semi-finals.

Men’s semi-final line-up:

5th – 8th place play-offs:

Women’s semi-final line-up:

5th – 8th place play-offs:

Results at the official ETC-site.

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