Top seeds through to final in Nimes

WSF Women’s World Team Championships, Nimes, Semi-Finals:

[1] England 2-1 [3] Malaysia
Laura Massaro 0-3 Nicol David 5-11, 6-11, 8-11
Jenny Duncalf 3-0 Delia Arnold               11-7, 11-9, 11-9
Alison Waters 3-1 Low Wee Wern   11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5

[2] Egypt 3-0 [6] Australia
Raneem El Weleily 3-1 Rachael Grinham 11-7, 14-16, 11-9, 11-9
Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Melody Francis                  11-6, 11-2, 11-5
Nour El Sherbini 2-1 Donna Urquhart           12-10, 6-11, 11-8

Egypt ease into the final as England deny Malaysia

Australia’s Rachael Grinham came into the first match of the semi-finals with a plan, the veteran former world number one giving the ball a lot of air at every opportunity.

It worked well for the first three games as current world number two Raneem El Weleily made numerous errors as she tried to put the ball away, but having edged the third the Egyptian went 10-4 up in the fourth, finally putting paid to Grinham’s attempted comeback on her sixth match ball.

Nour El Tayeb put the 2008 champions into another final as she beat Melody Francis in three quick games to end the defending champions’ reign, leaving it to Nour El Sherbini to apply the finishing touches.

In the second semi-final Nicol David extended her unbeaten run in the event to 26 matches as she beat England’s Laura Massaro in straight games to put Malaysia 1-0 up against the top seeds.

Jenny Duncalf levelled the match for the English, winning three close games against Delia Arnold to set up a decider.

Alison Waters started the final match against Delia Arnold well, went through a sticky patch in the middle, but after edging the third game powered ahead to close out the fourth and put England into a TENTH successive final (and tomorrow it will be three of the last four against Egypt).

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