Top Seeds Sail Through

The top seeds all aanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s team event at the World Junior Squash Championships by Tuesday morning.

The top seeds Egypt beat Botswana 3-0, Argentina 3-0 and the United States 2-1, while the second seeds Pakistan beat Namibia 3-0, Germany 3-0 and Israel 3-0.

The third seeds England beat France 3-0 and Canada 3-0, while the fourth seeds India beat Guatemala 3-0, Kuwait 3-0 and Guatemala 3-0.

Egypt were due to play Ireland in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night after Ireland beat France 2-0 in a tie that started on Monday evening, but only finished yesterday morning.

In the first match Oisin Logan of Ireland came up against Benjamin Aubert of France and after a brilliant five-setter, Logan held match point when he was accidentally hit by Aubert, which opened a cut on his cheek. The Irish team managed to stop the bleeding, but they exercised their right to postpone the match, because, according to international squash rules, if the wound started bleeding again, Ireland would have had to forfeit the match.

The subsequent two matches were also postponed, so as not to disrupt the order of play, and Logan and Aubert eventually re-entered the court on Tuesday morning to complete their match.

This time it ended quite abruptly as Logan won the first point after a short rally to wrap up the match 6-11, 17-15, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8.

The second match between Michael Craig of Ireland and Auguste Dussourd of France also produced top-class squash as the aantage swayed to and fro from the start. After a classic encounter of just over an hour, Craig won the match 13-11, 7-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-7, to give Ireland an unassailable 2-0 lead.

In Tuesday’s other quarterfinal encounters, second-seeded Pakistan were due to play seventh-seeded Finland, third-seeded India were due to play sixth-seeded Spain and fourth-seeded England were due to play fifth-seeded Malaysia.

Tough going for Namibia

Namibia, meanwhile, has found the going tough after losing its first four matches.

On Saturday they lost 3-0 to Pakistan in their first match, as Michael van Lingen, Le Hugo van Rooyen and Gerhardus Lottering all lost their matches in straight sets.

In their second match against Israel on Saturday, Namibia also lost 3-0, but Van Rooyen nearly recorded Namibia’s first win in the competition.

He won the first two sets 11-5, 11-9 against Noam Peer, but the Israeli made a g comeback to win the next three sets 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 to win the match 3-2.

Michael van Lingen and George Bekker however lost their matches in straight sets.

On Sunday, Namibia once again lost 3-0 to Germany, and on Monday they lost 3-0 against New Zealand.

According to championship director Tyc Kakehongo, Namibia were quite unfortunate as they were drawn in a tough group.

“Namibia was drawn in a really tough group along with the second seeds Pakistan, Germany and Israel and it’s been rough for the boys,” he said.

Namibia were due to play New Zealand last night.

Kakehongo said the tournament had gone very well so far although there had been a few ‘glitches.’

“Things have gone fairly smoothly, although there were some glitches with the transport where there were some miscommunications. But other than that its been okay – it’s been a bit of a learning curve as we went along,” he said.

“The turnout and support from the public has been really good and the individual semifinals and final were very well supported last week. NBC provided live coverage of the finals and will once again do so for the team final which takes place at 16h00 on Thursday,” he said.

Source : The Namibian