KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — Malaysia moved into the last-eight of the 2016 Women’s World Team Squash Championship in Paris after securing their third consecutive win yesterday.
According to the championship’s official website, www.wsfwomensteams.com, the squad led by world number five Datuk Nicol David extended their winning streak by defeating Austria 3-0 in the third Pool C match.
Malaysia, who topped the Pool C chart, had earlier defeated The Netherlands and Australia by the same margin.
In the match against Austria held at the Saint-Cloud Squash Club, Delia Arnold put Malaysia ahead by defeating Sabrina Rehman 11-3, 11-3 and 11-8 in 21 minutes before Nicol secured the second point by beating Sandra Polak in just 17 minutes in 11-3, 11-2 and 11-1.
Delia’s younger sister, Rachel, who is making her debut in the tournament, wrapped-up the match by disposing off Judith van der Merwe also in straight sets of 11-7, 11-3 and 11-6 in 19 minutes.
Based on the tournament format, the top two teams from each of the four groups qualify for the quarterfinals, scheduled for today.
For the record, Malaysia’s best achievement in the championship is second placing in the 2014 event held in Canada.
They secured third placing in the past four editions — 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. — Bernama