SA go down to Hong Kong at World Championships

Our South African squash team went down fighting to Hong Kong in the first stages of knock-out play at the Women’s World Team Championships in Nimes, France on Wednesday.... Read more

Our South African squash team went down fighting to Hong Kong in the first stages of knock-out play at the Women’s World Team Championships in Nimes, France on Wednesday.

Led by 2009 World Games ace Siyoli Waters, South Africa lost 2-1. South Africa were seeded 14th for the competition as opposed to their fourth-seeded opponents.

The SA victory went the way of Milnay Louw. Ranked 121st in the world she had a superb win against Liu Tsz-Ling, a player ranked 84 places above her at No37.

Louw took the win in straight games ÔÇô 12-10 12-10, 11-5 in a match lasting 31 minutes.

Top ranked South African Waters then took on Hong Kong No1 Annie Au and although she came within two points of victory went down 4-1 (13-11 11-7 6-11 9-11 11-3) in a match lasting three minutes shy of an hour.

Our national champion, Diana Haynes was last up on court. The left-hander went up by two games to one before Joey Chan came back to take the last two games 11-8 11-9.

Hong Kong now take on sixth seeds Australia while South Africa face 12th seeded United States in the 9-16 play-offs.

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