RESULTS: SHOP.CA WSF Women's World Team Championship,
Final: (all ties played in team order 3, 1, 2)
 ENGLAND bt  MALAYSIA 2/1
Sarah-Jane Perry bt Delia Arnold 11-8, 11-9, 11-7
Laura Massaro lost to Nicol David 8-11, 9-11, 3-11
Alison Waters bt Low Wee Wern 11-8, 11-7, 8-11,
3rd place play-off:
 EGYPT bt  HONG KONG CHINA 2/0
Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Liu Tsz-Ling 11-6, 11-9, 11-5
Raneem El Welily bt Annie Au 11-8, 11-7, 11-5
5th place play-off:
 USA bt  FRANCE 2/0
Natalie Grainger bt Laura Pomportes 11-7, 11-7,
Amanda Sobhy bt Camille Serme 12-10, 11-7, 11-5
7th place play-off:
 AUSTRALIA bt  IRELAND 2/0
Sarah Cardwell bt Breanne Flynn 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
Rachael Grinham bt Aisling Blake 9-11, 11-8,
10-12, 11-2, 11-8 (49m)
9th place play-off:
 WALES bt  NEW ZEALAND 2/1
Jennifer Haley lost to Kylie Lindsay 12-14, 11-6,
4-11, 7-11 (33m)
Tesni Evans bt Amanda Landers-Murphy 11-6, 11-9,
Deon Saffery bt Megan Craig 11-3, 5-11, 11-3, 11-8
11th place play-off:
 CANADA bt  SOUTH AFRICA 2/0
Nikki Todd bt Alexandra Fuller 11-3, 12-10, 8-11,
Samantha Cornett bt Siyoli Waters 11-6, 11-4, 11-6
13th place play-off:
[13/16] MEXICO bt [13/16] INDIA 2/0
Karla Urrutia bt Sachika Ingale 11-8, 11-5, 4-11,
Samantha Teran bt Joshana Chinappa 11-9, 11-7,
6-11, 11-9 (48m)
15th place play-off:
[13/16] GERMANY bt [13/16] COLOMBIA 2/0
Nicole Fries bt Karol Gonzalez 12-10, 12-10, 11-4
Franziska Hennes bt Catalina Pelaez 11-7, 9-11,
9-11, 12-10, 13-11 (52m)
17th - 20th place play-offs:
[17/20] CHINA bt [17/20] AUSTRIA 2/1
Duan Siyu lost to Lisa Kaserer 8-11, 6-11, 11-13
Li Dongjin bt Birgit Coufal 8-11, 11-5, 11-4,
2-11, 11-8 (38m)
Gu Jinyue bt Jacqueline Peychar 9-11, 11-4, 11-3,
[17/20] SPAIN bt [17/20] GUATEMALA 3/0
Margaux Pitarch Moros bt Nicole Anckermann 11-2,
11-3, 11-5 (17m)
Xisela Aranda Nunez bt Winifer Bonilla 11-1, 11-5,
Marina de Juan Gallach bt Pamela Anckermann 11-4,
11-8, 11-7 (20m)
Final positions: 17 Spain, 18 China, 19 Austria, 20 Guatemala
England Reclaim Women's World Team Championship
In a dramatic climax to the 2014 SHOP.CA WSF Women's World
Team Squash Championship today in Canada, second
seeds England defeated first-time finalists Malaysia
2/1 to win the biennial World Squash Federation
championship for the seventh time.
It was less than 24 hours earlier that third seeds Malaysia
created the upset of the championship at White Oaks
Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake,
Ontario, by dethroning title-holders and favourites Egypt.
Meanwhile England established a new record 11th successive
appearance in the final by seeing off Hong Kong China.
England began their latest campaign in convincing style when
squad number three Sarah-Jane Perry beat Malaysian
Delia Arnold 11-8, 11-9, 11-7.
"That was so, so, different from yesterday," said the world
No.17, referring to the semi-final decider in which she beat the
Hong Kong number three to put England into the final. "I wanted
to get the girls off to a good start.
"I'm sharing with Laura, the team captain, and she's been
amazing. It's good to have this solid team support. I know how
much Ali and Laura want this after being in losing finals
Next on the all-glass showcourt were the two teams' top-strings
- world number one Nicol David facing England's world
number two Laura Massaro for the 30th time since 2005.
The Malaysian was in dominant form - extending her ten-year
unbeaten record in the event to beat Massaro 11-8, 11-9 11-3 and
force a decider.
"I'm so pleased with my performance today," David said later.
"Beating Laura is never easy, I had to dig deep, and beating
Laura 3/0 is a great result. I'm so glad I brought a point to
the team, it was such a wonderful feeling to be in the final. It
was a dream for us."
England looked set to claim the title in straightforward style
when Londoner Alison Waters took the first two games and
led 8-6 in the third. But plucky Low Wee Wern - the world
No.7 from Penang who had clinched Malaysia's historic place in
the final the day before by winning the decider - reeled off
five points in a row to reduce world No.5 Waters' lead.
But, from 2-3 down, the England number two (pictured above
with Wee Wern) picked up seven successive points before Wee
Wern again took serve - then grabbed the next two points to
close out the match 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 after 69 minutes and
give the title to England.
The triumph marks England's seventh title since 1985 - but the
first since winning it in Edmonton, Canada, in 2006.
"It was a great final," Waters told event MC Vanessa Atkinson.
"We actually won here last time in Canada, so it's a good omen
Waters had made an impressive comeback after the loss to a
lower-ranked Hong Kong opponent on Friday which forced a
surprise decider in the semi-final.
"Yesterday was probably the hiccup I needed. I got my game wrong
and my tactics wrong. Today I just played my game," said Waters.
"Even after losing the third game, I was able to keep my
"We have absolutely amazing support - we're so lucky to be here
with the support we get.
"I'm just so happy for the team."
World individual champion Massaro echoed her team-mate's view.
"This has been an amazing event from every point of view and
thanks to Squash Canada for doing such a great job.
"A massive congratulations to Malaysia for what they've achieved
this week - it was a great final.
"There's been an unbelievable team spirit in the England camp
this week - and I honestly believe that is what has made the
difference. And without the support of Sport England and the
English Institute of Sport (EIS), this would not have been
England team coach David Campion added: "It's been a
great week for us, despite the ups and downs, and our success is
down to the professionalism of the players and the spirit in the
camp. It was a superb final.
"We always felt that Sarah-Jane would give a performance today
and she did."
Malaysian team manager Sharon Wee was more than happy
with her team's performance. "Being in the final is a fantastic
achievement - this is a very special moment for us. It has made
us believe we can win. I am very proud of our team.
"Wee Wern never gave up, but Alison was very calm.
"Congratulations to England for their win and to Squash Canada
for hosting such a great championship. The event has shown that
women's squash is fantastic!"
In the play-off for third place, Egypt beat Hong Kong
"After yesterday, we needed to win that to restore our players'
confidence," said Egyptian coach Omar Elborolossy. "They
are a very strong team and I am proud of them. They played solid
Sixth seeds USA beat France 2/0 in the play-off
for fifth place to record their best ever finish in the event.
"To improve on our seeding is awesome," said player/coach
Natalie Grainger. "What we did today shows that we are a
legitimate force now.
"It is fantastic to see these players develop from 12-year-olds
into what they are achieving now. Amanda (Sobhy) has great
attitude and Olivia (Blatchford) is now a genuine world class
player - she's really stepped up her game.
"It makes me proud - I am so excited."
the No.10 seeds, achieved their best finish since 1987 after
beating New Zealand in the play-off for 9th place.
"We wanted to at least make our seeding, if not better it, so we
are really pleased with today's result," said coach David
Evans. "It's superb - we had a big win against Canada
yesterday and the girls then put in a big effort to win today.
"Our number one Tesni Evans is only 21 and she's still
new to this - but she had some great results, beating Laura
Massaro and taking Rachael Grinham to five. So many
teams have strong number ones - and strength in depth - so she's
made a remarkable effort. She's upped her training regime
recently and now she's seeing the rewards of all this hard work.
"We haven't had funding for our world championship teams
recently - but after our results in the recent European
Championships, Sport Wales agreed to give us funding this time.
It actually came too late to enter this year's event, but one of
the teams pulled out so we were able to take their place at the
"Without the help of Sport Wales, we wouldn't be here, so I'm
extra pleased that we've done it for them."
With massive support from local fans, hosts Canada beat
South Africa in the play-off for 11th place.
"It's fantastic to finish on a win," exclaimed Canada coach
Melanie Jans. "It's amazing - we played South Africa in the
play-offs last year, and Samantha (Cornett) this time got
revenge for her loss to Siyoli (Waters), so I'm so pleased for
"It's been a great event, the venue, being in Canada and getting
the support. It's been a pretty long week, so it's good to
finish on a high."
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