Australia reclaim World Team Title in New Zealand!

After last winning the title in 2004 – and finishing in 10th place two years later – Australia re-established their authority in women’s world squash by beating England in the final of the Women’s World Team Championship in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The second seeds’ 2/1 win over favourites England extends Australia’s record to nine titles in the 17 World championships since 1979. Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the five times world champion who came out of retirement to play this event, gave the Aussies again a perfect start with an 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 demolition of Sarah Kippax in the opening match. However, England’s world number two Jenny Duncalf hauled her team back into the tie with an 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 win over Australian No1 Rachael Grinham to send the final into a decider between Laura Massaro, the world No9, and Kasey Brown, the world No7. Brown raced to a 2/0 lead, Massaro fought back one game but it was Brown who closed out an 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 victory.