Top-seeds meet in the world semi-finals in Paderborn!

Favourites England will face 4th seeds Australia and title-holders Egypt will take on 3rd seeds France in the dream semi-finals of the Men’s World Team Squash Championship after all four nations comfortably overcame their opponents in the quarter-finals in Germany. In the afternoon session, 2nd seeds Egypt brushed aside USA, the No8 seeds, 3/0 on the new ASB 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 9th time since 1993. France, runners-up in the previous championship in Denmark in 2009, earned their 5th successive semi-final berth after beating Malaysia 3/0. Greg Gaultier was in determined mood as he overcame 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 3rd rubber beating Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 11-8, 11-2.