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Matches played on the glass court are available on streaming.
GERMANY VS SCOTLAND: 2-1
Germany came out victorious of the all European clash against Scotland this afternoon at Modern Squash. In the number 1s match, Simon Roesner delivered a solid performance to overcome Alan Clyne, in three hard-fought games. Rudy Rohrmuller and Douglas Kempsell then had a very physical battle with many refereeing decisions. The German got the best start (11-9, 11-7), but hhe couldn't maintain his high pace and his opponent took full advantage and levelled at 2-all with the exact same score (9-11, 7-11). As often in a fifth game the start was crucial, and Rohrmuller got an early lead and kept it to bring the victory to his team. Although the tie was already decided, Lobban and Kandra put on a great fight, and the Scotsman won in 5 games. Germany tops pool G and will be in a good position in the knockout stage which starts the day after tomorrow.
EGYPT VS SWITZERLAND : 3-0
#1: Ali Farag 3-1 Dimitri Steinmann: (11-3, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7) - 36 min
#3: Ramy Ashour 3-0 Roman Allinckx: (11-2, 11-5, 11-5) - 21 min
#2: Marwan Elshorbagy 3-0 Reiko Peter : (12-10, 11-5, 11-5) - 28 min
Egypt, three times World Champions was coming for the first time in this Modern’Squash’s glass-court, without his #1 Karim Abdel Gawad. After a victory facing the historic nation of Pakistan, its Switzerland which face them.
Seed number 16, Switzerland will do everything against the Egyptians to have a good position toward the perspective of round of sixteens.
In the first match, the #1 Egyptian Ali Farag faced Dimitri Steinmann for his second match in the MWT. After two easy games where the Egyptian show all his talent facing a Swiss in difficulty, the third game saw the Swiss return to win this game 11-8. After this good reaction, the fourth was balanced but it’s finally Ali Farag who concluded the match in the last game.
« I’m very proud to represent the Egypt team for my first World Team Championships and I hope that we we will bring back the tittle in Egypt »
Second match, second victory, the Egyptian Ramy Ashour has defeated the Swiss Roman Allincks in 3 games and only 21 minutes of play. Despite all his will, the young Swiss couldn’t do anything facing one of the best players in the world.
After a first game closely fought, the Egyptian Marwan Elshorbagy (World N°6) has quickly taken back his position of favorite and won easily the next two games against the Swiss Reiko Peter and finished the tie.
"I’m happy to be here with my team and my collegues. We performed good so far. I wan’t to get back to my best and see where that takes me."
AUSTRALIA VS WALES : 3-0
#1: Ryan Cuskelly 3-2 Joel Makin: (11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 4-11, 11-7) - 85 min
#3: Rex Hedrick 3-0 Emyr Evans : (12-10, 11-8, 11-1) - 54 min
#2: Cameron Pilley 3-2 Peter Creed : (10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5) - 68 min
We had the longest match so far in the tournament, when up and coming Welsh player Joel Makin took much higher ranked Ryan Cuskelly to a fifth game, after coming back twice from behind. But the experience of the Aussie prevailed and he closed the match 11-7 after 85 minutes. That win put his teammate Rex Hedrick in an ideal position, but he still had to work hard in the first two games against Emyr Evans before closing the match in 3. Australia will finish at the top of pool D and Wales will battle with Czech Republic tomorrow to go through to the round of 16.
Photo galleries (Nathalie Goossens / Philippe Rochais)