World Teams 2010
29-Nov to 04-Dec, New Zealand
Australia Reclaim World Team Title
in New Zealand
 AUSTRALIA bt  ENGLAND 2/1
Sarah Fitz-Gerald bt Sarah Kippax 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
Rachael Grinham lost to Jenny Duncalf 5-11, 6-11, 5-11 (35m)
Kasey Brown bt Laura Massaro 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (77m)
last winning the title in 2004 - and finishing in 10th place
two years later - Australia re-established their authority
in women's world squash by beating England in today's final
of the Women's World Team Championship in Palmerston North,
The second seeds' 2/1 win over favourites England extends
Australia's record to nine titles in the 17 World Squash
Federation championships since 1979.
Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the five times world champion who came
out of retirement to play this event, gave the Aussies a
perfect start with an 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 demolition of Sarah
Kippax in the opening match at the International Pacific
England's world number two Jenny Duncalf hauled the top
seeds back into the tie with an 11-7, 11-4, 11-9 win over
Australian number one Rachael Grinham to send the final into
a decider between Laura Massaro, the world No9, and Kasey
Brown, the Australian number two ranked two places higher.
Brown raced to a 2/0 lead, but Massaro has already proven
she can fight back after pegging New Zealander Joelle King
back yesterday. Once again, the 27-year-old from Preston
showed her grit, taking the third. However, Brown would not
be denied, reclaiming the ascendancy in the fourth to close
out an 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 victory.
Brown, who played in 2006 when the team finished 10th and
again in 2008 when they finished 6th, is thrilled to have
taken her side over the line.
"This is the first time I've been part of the winning team -
we've had such a big history in squash, it feels amazing to
be part of it."
Brown says the return of Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Rachael
Grinham have played a huge part in the success. She says
team manager Michelle Martin also deserves a lot of the
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing final day for hosts New
After going close to beating England in the semi-finals, the
fourth seeds had to settle for fourth, following a 2/1 loss
Shelley Kitchen finished the event unbeaten after an 11-5,
11-9, 11-6 win over Malaysian Sharon Wee, but Jaclyn Hawkes
was predictably beaten in straight games by world number one
Low Wee Wern and Joelle King were left to decide the bronze
medal. Just three days ago they squared off in pool play
with King winning in four, but this time the Malaysian
turned the tables with an 11-13, 11-2, 11-8, 11-1 victory.
The win gives Malaysia their third successive third-place
Earlier, third-seeded Egypt - the defending champions -
ended the Championships on a high, with a straightforward
two-nil win over France in the playoff for fifth place.
Despite the defeat, sixth place still gives France their
best ever finish in 13 appearances since 1987.
 MALAYSIA bt  NEW ZEALAND 2/1
Sharon Wee lost to Shelley Kitchen 5-11, 9-11, 6-11
Nicol David bt Jaclyn Hawkes 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)
Low Wee Wern bt Joelle King 11-13, 11-2, 11-8, 11-1 (54m)
England Seeded To Reclaim
Women's World Title
Duncalf radio interview
are seeded to reclaim the Women's World Team Squash
Championship title in New Zealand next month, according to
The biennial event, featuring 16 nations, will be staged for
the 17th time since 1979 at SquashGym in the North
Island city of Palmerston North, from 29 November to
Six-time champions England finished as runners-up in
2008 in Cairo, where Egypt celebrated a popular
maiden triumph on home soil.
Led by Jenny Duncalf, the world No2 making her fourth
successive appearance in the championship, England will open
their 2010 campaign against 8th seeds Netherlands,
9th seeds USA and 16th seeds Austria in Pool A.
Australia, champions on eight occasions since 1981,
are seeded to reach the final for the first time since
winning the title in 2004. The team, which finished in sixth
place in 2008 and in an all-time low 10th position in 2006,
will be boosted by the return of former world number ones
Rachael Grinham and Sarah Fitz-Gerald.
Grinham, currently ranked 5 in the world, last played for
Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, but
made herself unavailable since then due to a falling out
Fitz-Gerald, who has won five individual world titles and
five team titles, retired from the WISPA World Tour in 2003,
but has remained incredibly fit and still plays in the A
Grade men's competition in Melbourne. The 41-year-old led
her country to success in the 2002 championships, while
Grinham, 33, was the team number one in their 2004 title
Hosts New Zealand are named as fifth seeds - but will
be hoping that local support will help them reach the final,
as in 1985 and 1992. The Kiwi squad will be led by
Commonwealth Games stars Jaclyn Hawkes and Joelle King - who
together won the Gold medal in the Women's Doubles. King
went on to win silver in the Mixed Doubles to become her
country's most successful athlete in Delhi.
But also making a popular comeback for New Zealand will be
Shelley Kitchen, the former world No6 who will be competing
on the international stage for the first time since the
birth of her first child, daughter Amalia, in February.
New Zealand will line up initially in Pool D against
Malaysia, the fourth seeds who are led by world number
one Nicol David.
Defending champions Egypt - featuring the same three
players, Omneya Abdel Kawy, Raneem El Weleily and Engy
Kheirallah, who led the hosts to a narrow victory over
England two years ago - are the event's third seeds.
Pool A:  ENGLAND,  NETHERLANDS,  USA, 
Pool B:  AUSTRALIA,  IRELAND,  INDIA,  JAPAN
Pool C:  EGYPT,  FRANCE,  SOUTH AFRICA, 
Pool D:  MALAYSIA,  NEW ZEALAND,  CANADA, 
head down under ...
teams will be making their way down under at the end of the
year for the biannual Women's World Team Championships.
Defending champions Egypt will face strong opposition
from six-time winners England - still smarting at
their 2008 final loss in Cairo - European Champions
Holland, a strong French team, and a Malaysia
squad led by Nicol David. on home soil New Zealand
will be no pushovers, and eight-time winners Australia
will be hoping to end a comparative barren run by their
standards, while India, making their first appearance
in the championships, will have high hopes.
The remaining countries are Austria, Canada,
Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, South
Africa and Usa.
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