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Women's World Team Championship: Top seeds to meet unexpected opponents in semis

Top seeds Egypt and England will meet unexpected opposition in the semi-finals of the WSF Women's World Team Squash Championships in Dalian after upset wins for Hong Kong over USA and France over Malaysia.

Top seeds and defending champions Egypt were rocked as New Zealand’s Joelle King beat World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in straight-games in the opening match of their quarter-final. With the World No.2 and No.3 to call on in the following matches, normal order was restored as Raneem El Welily and Nour El Tayeb both won in three to put Egypt through to the semi-finals.

There was to be no comeback for third seeds USA as Hong Kong’s Annie Au and Joey Chan produced the first seeding upset of the tournament, Au beating Amanda Sobhy in five games and Chan following up with a tight four game win over Olivia Blatchford.

Meanwhile, England’s Laura Massaro had to work hard to put the second seeds into the lead against Canada, for whom Sam Cornett took the first game, and after Massaro had taken a 2-1 lead had game ball opportunities to force a decider. Massaro took the fourth 13-11, and Alison Waters wrapped up the win with a 3-0 victory over Hollie Naughton.

A second upset result came as France beat fourth seeds Malaysia. Camille Serme went into the opening match against Nicol David with a 19-2 losing record, but made it three wins in their last three meetings as she won in straight games.

Sivasangari Subramaniam looked to be putting Malaysia back on track as she took the first game, only for Coline Aumard to take the next three and clinch a semi-final spot for France.

[1] EGYPT 2-1 [7] NEW ZEALAND

Nour El Sherbini 0-3 Joelle King 9-11, 9-11, 7-11 (35m)
Raneem El Welily 3-0 Amanda Landers-Murphy 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (18m)
Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Abbie Palmer 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (14m)

[5] HONG KONG 2-1 [3] USA

Annie Au 3-2 Amanda Sobhy 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5 (45m)
Joey Chan 3-1 Olivia Blatchford 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11 (41m)
Ho Tze-Lok 0-2 Sabrina Sobhy 8-11, 5-11 (12m)

[2] ENGLAND 2-1 [8] CANADA

Laura Massaro 3-1 Samantha Cornett 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 13-11 (35m)
Alison Waters 3-0 Hollie Naughton 11-1, 11-6, 11-6 (24m)
Victoria Lust 0-2 Nikki Todd 6-11, 7-11 (14m)

[6] FRANCE 2-1 [4] MALAYSIA

Camille Serme 3-0 Nicol David 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 (29m)
Coline Aumard 3-1 Sivasangari Subramaniam 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (48m)
Melissa Alves 0-2 Low Wee Wern 7-11, 8-11 (20m)

Semi-finals – Draw
Egypt v Hong Kong
France v England

Position 3-4 – Draw
New Zealand v USA
Malaysia v Canada

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