Every morning, we offer you a quick preview of the day's matches. As expected, the top seeds all won 3-0 yesterday but things will change on Tuesday, since the two best teams will clash in each pool. The most awaited fixtures are Germany v Scotland and India v Malaysia.
By Jérôme Elhaïk
Even though some top players, including James Willstrop, dropped a few games on Monday, Day 1 was fairly straightforward for the big guns of the tournament. For some of them, that should continue today, in particular Egypt, England and France (against Switzerland, Finland and Canada). Others, like Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong are also expected to win but will be wary of their opponents: Wales, United States and Spain. Two fixtures will definitely be worth having a look at Modern Squash on Tuesday: Germany v Scotland and India v Malaysia. Focus on these two clashes, which will most likely deliver the name of the team that will top the pool.
- For the last six years, Germany and Scotland have fiercely battled for the bronze medal at the European Team Championship. Alan Clyne and his teammates had finally beaten their rivals in 2016, but Germany took their revenge last spring, with a a 6-point difference! The squads are exactly the same, including players who have been in excellent form since the beginning of the season on each side (Roesner, Kandra, Clyne and Lobban).
Scottish number 1 Alan Clyne (on the left) and his German counterpart Simon Roesner have played against each other in team events since the juniors and it will be the case again today in Marseille (Photo credit: Retteri Lepo)
- India v Malaysia was the 7th/8th playoff match in 2013 – won by the Indians. They have met twice since then in the Asian Team Championship (one victory each). India will be favourites, their best players - including Saurav Ghosal, who was rested yesterday – having been in great form lately, while Malaysia substantially renewed their team since the last event. They will hope that talented youngsters Kamal and Ng bring their enthusiasm.
Vikram Malhotra was impressive on Monday against Austria and could be an asset for India in their clash with Malaysia (Photo credit: Ladies Squash)