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England Dash M’sia Hopes Of Securing 1st Women’s World Team Title

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia failed to land their first Women’s World Team Championship title after losing 1-2 to second seed England in a thrilling final at the Mark Sachvie Squash Centre in Ontario, Canada, late Saturday.

World number 17, Sarah-Jane Perry put England ahead after beating Delia Arnold 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 in the opening match but world number one Datuk Nicol David produced a sizzling display to level the tie after defeating her nemesis, Laura Massaro, the world number two, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 in straight sets.

However, despite a spirited display, Low Wee Wern failed to beat world number 5, Alison Waters and lost 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 4-11 in the deciding match which lasted 69 minutes.

The result saw England secure their seventh world title after winning in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2006.

Nicol said despite the loss, she was satisfied with the performance of her team-mates who had helped Malaysia enter their first final in the Women’s World Team Championship since 1979 and also congratulated England for playing well.

“Wee Wern no doubt fought all the way, and didn’t give an inch. We all did as well as we could today, and there is always more to come. Well done England!,” Nicol said as quoted in the tournament website; www.wwt2014squash.com.

Top seed, Egypt who suffered a shock 0-2 defeat to Malaysia in the semi-finals on Friday, beat fourth seed, Hong Kong by the same score in the 3rd/4th play-off.

Omneya Abdel Kawy put the defending champion ahead after defeating Tsz Ling Liu 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 before world number three Raneem El Weleily beat Annie Au 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 in the second match to clinch the winning point.

For the record, Malaysia’s best achievement in the biennial tournament was third placing in four past editions — 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. – BERNAMA

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