Aussies stun HK in Nimes quarters

Defending champions Australia stormed through to the semi-finals after beating fourth seeds Hong Kong in the first quarter-final in Nimes.

Rachael Grinham gave them a great start as she beat Annie Au in the top string and Donna Urquhart delivered the final blow as she beat Joey Chan in straight games.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Urquhart, “I’ve been extremely nervous over the last couple of days, playing for your team is so different from playing for yourself but today I had to forget about all that.

“We didn’t expect to get this far – but I didn’t want to let everybody down,” concluded Donna.

“We came her to make our seeding – so to be in the semis is just amazing,” said Aussie team manager Vicki Cardwell, “it’s heartening for our kids back home.”

It wasn’t a walk in the park, but nevertheless it took second seeds Egypt just six games to end the Indian run as wins from Raneem El Weleily and Nour El Sherbini took the 2008 champions into the semi-finals.

Third seeds Malaysia were next through as Nicol David and Low Wee Wern took them 2-0 up against New Zealand, and top seeds England were just as ruthless as Laura Massaro and Alison Waters gave them an unassailable lead over Ireland.

“It was another strong performance from the team,” said coach David Campion. “Laura’s got a good record against Madeline so we were confident there – and Alison closed it out for us. We’re happy to get through unscathed.”

Quarter-Finals:

[1] England 3-0 [7] Ireland
Laura Massaro 3-1 Madeline Perry   7-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9
Alison Waters 3-0 Aisling Blake                11-7, 11-3, 11-3
Jenny Duncalf 2-0 Breanne Flynn             11-3, 11-2

[3] Malaysia 2-0 [5] New Zealand
Nicol David 3-0 Joelle King                     11-5, 11-7, 11-4
Low Wee Wern 3-1 Jaclyn Hawkes 11-3, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9

[6] Australia 2-1 [4] Hong Kong
Rachael Grinham 3-1  Annie Au  11-3, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8
Donna Urquhart 3-0 Joey Chan           11-5, 11-6, 11-8
Sarah Cardwell 1-2 Liu Tsz-Ling 9-11, 11-6, 7-11

[2] Egypt 3-0 [10] India
Raneem El Weleily 3-0 Dipika Pallikal   16-14, 11-4, 11-7
Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Joshna Chinappa     11-7, 11-6, 11-9
Nour El Tayeb 2-0 Anaka Alankamony             11-6, 11-3


Full results and coverage:
squashsite.co.uk/2009/wwt2012nimes

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