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Elise Lazarus (red) in action in Kuala Lumpur

Top Seeds Secure World Quarter-Final Slots In KL

It was business as usual for seven of the top eight seeds who secured their spots in the quarter-finals of the CIMB Foundation WSF Women’s World Junior Team Squash Championship after today’s second qualifying rounds in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The only exception was Canada following the seventh seeds’ 2-1 defeat to 10th seeds Australia on Monday.

But whilst the Canadians bounced back today by beating Japan 3-0 in their Group B tie at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre, the team faces a mammoth task to make the quarter-finals as they need to secure a win against second seeds and hosts Malaysia in their last Pool B tie on Wednesday.

Malaysia meanwhile continued their romp by overcoming Australia 3-0 in their second tie.

The Australian and Malaysian sides ahead of their match-up

The hosts are now in a comfortable position to finish as group winners where they are predicted to meet Group A runners-up Switzerland in the last eight.

“Azman was in good form today and she didn’t give the Aussies much room to play with,” said national assistant head coach Andrew Cross. “It gives the team a lot of confidence when your No.1 starts strongly.

“Now we’ll have Canada on Wednesday morning before probably facing Switzerland in the quarter-finals in the evening. We’ll do our best to get ready for two matches with an eye on playing one of the tougher teams in the semi-finals.”

In Group A, top seeds and defending champions Egypt also cruised to their second win by despatching France 3-0. They will wrap up their group matches against Switzerland, who also took their second win by defeating Singapore 3-0.

In Group C, Hong Kong China also safely secured passage into the top eight by beating event debutants Chinese Taipei 3-0 in their win of the competition.

The Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei teams ahead of their clash

The third seeds go up against sixth seeds India to determine the group winner on Wednesday morning.

In Group D, fourth seeds England also earned their third win, beating Sweden 3-0 although third string Katie Wells was taken the full distance for the second day in a row before getting past Anna Kaiding 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-6.

The five-time winners go up against USA in their last group tie in order to determine the group winners.

The US had scored 3-0 wins over South Africa and Republic of Korea and will relish a shot at taking down England in order to get a favourable draw for the quarter-finals.

“We may have got through to the quarter-finals but we still want to finish with a win and top the group because it helps us moving forward,” said England coach Tania Bailey.

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