Japan continue to advance in Doha

Doha WSF World Junior Team Championships, Day Three, Sunday 15th July:

Full coverage on the official site: www.wsfworldjuniors.com

Japan continue to advance in Doha

It was a quiet day at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex for the third day of play in the Doha WSF World Junior Team Championships in Qatar, as the top four seeds of Egypt, Pakistan, England and India enjoyed a rest day.

There were matches to play though, as eight teams battled it out to meet those four in tomorrow’s quarter-finals, and six more played to make sure they featured in the playoff draw for positions 13-20 .

Positions 1-12 Round One

[10] Canada 2-0 Brazil
Cameron Seth 3-0 Josemar Silva 14/12, 11/9, 11/6 (41m)
Zac Leman 3-0 Cassiano Silva 11/1, 11/5, 11/2 (19m)
Tyler Olsen v Pedro Veiga

Canada put an end to Brazil’s run, with Cameron Seth coming back from 10-3 down in the first to put the tenth seeds on their way to the quarter-finals where they meet top seeds Egypt. Brazil can still be satisfied with a guaranteed best ever finish, by a long way.

“We’re very happy to be in the top eight, especially with the strength of the teams who are here this year,” said Canadian manager Jonathan Hill.

[5] Hong Kong 3-0 [11] New Zealand
Cheuk Yan Tang 3-2 Jonathan Barnett 11/8, 5/11, 11/9, 8/11, 11/9 (78m)
Yeung Ho Wai 3-0 Todd Redman 11/4, 11/2, 11/2 (32m)
Yip Tsz Fung 2-0 Zac Miller 11/8, 11/2

Hong Kong got the better of a seesaw marathon first match before advancing to a meeting with India.

“It’s a good day, as we were seeded five the pressure was on us, but we are taking it match per match, step by step,” said Hong Kong manager Wong Wai Hang. “Tomorrow we’ll be playing India, and they will be the favourites, the pressure will be on them. We’ll just try and do our best….”

[6] USA 2-0 [12] Kuwait
Dylan Murray 3-1 Yousef Saleh 11/13, 11/5, 11/9, 11/7 (54m)
TJ Dembinsk 3-0 Athbi Hamad 12/10, 11/6, 11/6 (24m)
Edward Columbia v Yousif Ali

Dylan Murray comes from a game down to set the USA on their way, it’s England next.

“We felt that we had a 50/50 chance today against Kuwait,” said a delighted US coach Adam Hamill. “ Their number one had some pretty good results in the individuals, and really pushed a few good players, so Dylan had to play his best squash today.

“I cannot tell you how happy we are to get in the top 8, our best ever finish was 7, but I seem to remember that it was a year where only 12 teams competed, so we are really reaching our highest result, and we are tremendously proud of our achievement,” added Hamill.

Japan 2-0 Germany
Ryosei Kobayashi 3-0 Felix Auer 11/4, 11/9, 11/5 (30m)
Tomotaka Endo 3-0 Lucas Wirths 11/4, 11/9, 11/2 (27m)
Taiki Kaido v Andre Ergenz

An unexpected quarter-finalist was guaranteed from this match, and it was Japan who continued to impress with a pair of straight-game wins – they face Pakistan next, but like Brazil are guaranteed their best-ever finish whatever happens.

We’re very happy with our performances today,” said a delighted duo after the match. “We knew that we probably had to win our matches yesterday and today, and we managed to do that.

“We play Pakistan next which will be a very tough match, but we’ll try to do our best.”

13/23 Round One:

France 2-1 Iraq
Alexandre Cogno 1-3 Mohammed Hasam 7/11, 4/11, 15/13, 9/11 (43m)
Auguste Dussourd 3-0 Hasanain Dakheel 12/10, 11/9, 11/4 (37m)
Baptiste Masotti 3-0 Saifuldeen Salman 11/5, 11/7, 11/8 (22m)

Colombia 2-1 Switzerland
Juan Vargas 3-0 Robin Gadola 11/2, 11/6, 11/8 (19m)
Nicolas Valderrama 3-1 Yannick Lindemann 8/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/3 (37m)
Andres De Frutos 0-2 Manual Wanner 4/11, 4/11 (9m)

Qatar 2-0 Guatemala
Abdulla Al Tamimi 3-1 Josue Enrique 8/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/7 (33m)
Abdulwahab Al-Ishaq 3-1 Ricardo Toscano 11/9, 13/15, 11/8, 11/6 (39m)

Monday’s Quarter-Finals:

14.30:   [1] Egypt v [10] Canada , [4] India v [5] Hong Kong

18.00:   [2] Pakistan v Japan , [3] England v [6] USA

Playoff matches in the 9-12, 13-20 and 21-23 categories begin on Tuesday.

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