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SDAT WSF Teams World Cup 2023


SDAT WSF World Cup 2023, Express Avenue Mall, Chennai, India
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 WSF World Cup Teams 2023
13 - 17 Jun
Chennai, India

[1] EGYPT bt [4] MALAYSIA 2/1
Kenzy Ayman lost to Xin Ying Yee 4-7, 5-7, 6-7 (17m)
Aly Abou Eleinen bt Darren Pragasam 7-3, 7-6, 7-4 (26m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir bt Aira Azman 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 (25m)
Karim El Hammamy v Ong Sai Hung (match withdrawn)

3rd place:
[2] INDIA & [3] JAPAN

5th place play-off:
Alex Haydon lost to Catalina Pelaez 7-5, 5-7, 5-7, 7-2, 4-7 (29m)
Joseph White bt Felipe Tovar 7-2, 7-3, 7-6 (19m)
Jessica Turnbull bt Laura Tovar 3-7, 7-1, 7-6, 7-3 (22m)
Nicholas Calvert v Alfonso Marroquin (match withdrawn)

7th place play-off:
Hayley Ward bt Toby Tse 7-6, 7-4, 4-7, 7-5 (29m)
Dewald van Niekerk bt Andes Ling 7-2, 7-5, 7-3 (25m)
Lizelle Muller lost to Heylie Fung 3-7, 6-7, 4-7 (20m)
Jean-Pierre Brits bt Chung Yat Long 4-7, 7-4, 7-5, 7-3 (23m)
[1] EGYPT bt [3] JAPAN 4/0
Karim El Hammamy bt Tomotaka Endo 7-1, 7-6, 7-2 (21m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir bt Satomi Watanabe 7-5, 7-2, 7-2 (20m)
Aly Abou Eleinen bt Ryunosuke Tsukue 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 (36m)
Kenzy Ayman bt Akari Midorikawa 7-3, 7-4 (7m)
[4] MALAYSIA bt [2] INDIA 3/0
Ong Sai Hung bt Abhay Singh 7-4, 5-7, 1-7, 7-1, 7-6 (37m)
Aira Azman bt Joshna Chinappa 7-3, 7-3, 5-7, 7-4 (21m)
Darren Pragasam bt Saurav Ghosal 7-5, 2-7, 7-6, 7-5 (25m)
Xin Ying Yee v Tanvi Khanna

5th - 8th place play-offs:
[5] AUSTRALIA bt [6] HONG KONG 2/1
Nicholas Calvert lost to Chung Yat Long 6-7, 2-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-7 (42m)
Jessica Turnbull bt Heylie Fung 7-3, 7-4, 7-0 (15m)
Joseph White bt Andes Ling 7-4, 7-4, 7-5 (24m)
Alex Haydon v Toby Tse
[8] COLOMBIA bt [7] SOUTH AFRICA 2/2 (Colombia win 8-7 on games countback)
Alfonso Marroquin lost to Jean-Pierre Brits 5-7, 7-3, 4-7, 4-7 (27m)
Laura Tovar bt Lizelle Muller 7-6, 7-1, 7-4 (15m)
Felipe Tovar lost to Dewald van Niekerk 3-7, 7-4, 4-7, 1-7 (22m)
Catalina Pelaez bt Hayley Ward 7-5, 7-2, 2-7, 7-6 (22m)

3rd Pool round:
Nicholas Calvert bt Alfonso Marroquin 7-4, 7-3, 5-7, 7-2 (28m)
Jessica Turnbull bt Laura Tovar 7-6, 4-7, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (33m)
Joseph White bt Felipe Tovar 6-7, 7-3, 7-1, 7-0 (25m)
Alex Haydon bt Catalina Pelaez 6-7, 7-6, 7-4, 6-7, 7-6 (30m)
[1] EGYPT bt [4] MALAYSIA 3/1
Karim El Hammamy bt Ong Sai Hung 7-1, 7-3, 7-0 (15m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir lost to Aira Azman 5-7, 7-5, 3-7, 7-2, 3-7 (31m)
Aly Abou Eleinen bt Darren Pragasam 7-1, 7-0, 7-1 (16m)
Kenzy Ayman bt Xin Ying Yee 5-7, 7-4, 7-3, 2-7, 7-5 (26m)
Jean-Pierre Brits bt Chung Yat Long 7-1, 6-7, 7-3, 7-6 (36m)
Lizelle Muller lost to Heylie Fung 4-7, 7-6, 6-7, 5-7 (31m)
Dewald van Niekerk bt Andes Ling 7-5, 7-2, 7-6 (24m)
Hayley Ward bt Toby Tse 7-4, 7-4, 7-3 (18m)
[2] INDIA bt [3] JAPAN 3/1
Abhay Singh lost to Tomotaka Endo 6-7, 6-7, 2-7 (21m)
Joshna Chinappa bt Satomi Watanabe 2-7, 7-4, 3-7, 7-5, 7-5 (32m)
Saurav Ghosal bt Ryunosuke Tsukue 7-6, 6-7, 7-4, 3-7, 7-5 (50m)
Tanvi Khanna bt Akari Midorikawa 7-4, 7-1, 7-2 (14m)

2nd Pool round:
[1] EGYPT bt [8] COLOMBIA 4/0
Kenzy Ayman bt Catalina Pelaez 7-5, 7-5, 7-6 (15m)
Aly Abou Eleinen bt Felipe Tovar 7-5, 7-2, 7-2 (18m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir bt Laura Tovar 7-3, 7-4, 5-7, 7-2 (20m)
Karim El Hammamy bt Alfonso Marroquin 7-5, 7-3, 4-7, 7-4 (24m)
Xin Ying Yee bt Alex Haydon 5-7, 7-4, 7-2, 7-4 (20m)
Darren Pragasam lost to Joseph White 2-7, 6-7, 1-7 (19m)
Aira Azman bt Jessica Turnbull 7-6, 7-2, 6-7, 7-1 (21m)
Ong Sai Hung bt Nicholas Calvert 7-6, 7-1, 7-5 (25m)
[3] JAPAN bt [6] HONG KONG 3/1
Akari Midorikawa lost to Toby Tse 5-7, 7-3, 4-7, 4-7 (20m)
Ryunosuke Tsukue bt Andes Ling 7-1, 7-4, 7-1 (18m)
Satomi Watanabe bt Heylie Fung 7-2, 7-1, 5-7, 7-2 (20m)
Tomotaka Endo bt Chung Yat Long 7-4, 7-6, 7-5 (26m)
[2] INDIA bt [7] SOUTH AFRICA 4/0
Tanvi Khanna bt Hayley Ward 7-4, 7-2, 3-7, 7-2 (20m)
Saurav Ghosal bt Dewald van Niekerk 7-6, 7-4, 7-1 (25m)
Joshna Chinappa bt Lizelle Muller 7-4, 7-3, 3-7, 7-1 (23m)
Abhay Singh bt Jean-Pierre Brits 7-4, 3-7, 7-6, 7-5 (27m)

1st Pool round:
[1] EGYPT bt [5] AUSTRALIA 4/0
Karim El Hammamy bt Nicholas Calvert 5-7, 7-3, 7-0, 7-3 (29m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir bt Jessica Turnbull 5-7, 7-4, 7-4, 7-4 (23m)
Aly Abou Eleinen bt Joseph White 7-1, 7-6, 7-2 (21m)
Kenzy Ayman bt Alex Haydon 7-5, 7-3, 7-4 (20m)
[4] MALAYSIA bt [8] COLOMBIA 3/1
Ong Sai Hung bt Alfonso Marroquin 7-2, 7-3, 7-4 (16m)
Aira Azman bt Laura Tovar 5-7, 7-0, 7-3, 7-1 (19m)
Darren Pragasam bt Felipe Tovar 7-2, 7-2, 7-2 (14m)
Xin Ying Yee lost to Catalina Pelaez 6-7, 6-7, 7-2, 5-7 (21m)
[3] JAPAN bt [7] SOUTH AFRICA 3/1
Tomotaka Endo bt Jean-Pierre Brits 7-4, 1-7, 2-7, 7-3, 7-5 (45m)
Satomi Watanabe bt Lizelle Muller 7-2, 7-1, 7-2 (17m)
Ryunosuke Tsukue bt Dewald van Niekerk 4-7, 7-5, 7-5, 7-3 (33m)
Akari Midorikawa lost to Hayley Ward 7-5, 5-7, 1-7, 2-7 (24m)
[2] INDIA bt [6] HONG KONG 4/0
Abhay Singh bt Chung Yat Long 7-2, 7-3, 7-6 (24m)
Joshna Chinappa bt Heylie Fung 7-1, 7-5, 7-5 (20m)
Saurav Ghosal bt Andes Ling 5-7, 7-2, 7-5, 7-1 (25m)
Tanvi Khanna bt Toby Tse 5-7, 6-7, 7-1, 7-4, 7-3 (26m)
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Finals Day

Egypt come from behind to defeat Malaysia in Squash World Cup final

Egypt have been crowned the SDAT WSF Squash World Cup Champions after coming from behind to beat Malaysia in front of a capacity crowd in Chennai’s Express Avenue Mall.

The SDAT WSF Squash World Cup, which had not been played since 2011, was brought back this year with a number of exciting changes, including gender-balanced teams of two men and two women, scoring games to seven, and sudden death tiebreaks when scores are 6-6.

2011 winners Egypt’s title defence got off to the worst possible start against the No.4 seeds, who they beat 3-1 in the Pool Stage of the tournament.

Malaysia’s second string woman Xin Ying Yee - who lost 3-2 to Kenzy Ayman in the Pool Stage - gave her team a 1-0 lead with a 3-0 win over Ayman, with the 19-year-old saving four game balls and converting her own match ball in the third game.

World No.21 Aly Abou Eleinen restored parity for the top seeds with a battling 3-0 win over World No.134 Darren Pragasam in the men’s first string match.

Fayrouz Aboelkheir

This meant that, if Fayrouz Aboelkheir could avenge her Pool Stage 3-2 defeat to Aira Azman, Egypt would have an unassailable lead due to points being won by first string players being worth double.

To the delight of the Egyptian team, Aboelkheir was calmness personified, playing more of the clinical squash that saw her shock Satomi Watanabe in the semi final to take a 2-0 lead against Azman.

The Malaysian came back brilliantly in the third game, though, saving World Cup ball to keep Malaysia in the contest with a 7-6 win in the third game.

The 17-year-old came close to the unthinkable in the fourth game, when she saved five World Cup balls to force another sudden death tiebreak, but could not hold on, with Aboelkheir sinking to her knees as a stroke decision in her favour meant that she and her teammates would put their names alongside 2011 winners and squash royalty Raneem El Welily, Ramy Ashour, Karim Darwish and Mohamed ElShorbagy.

Afterwards, Aboelkheir said: “It wasn’t an easy match! Last time with Aira it was [very tough] and she beat me 3-2. This time, I had to keep my focus. In the last match [against Azman] I had a really bad day and put the team in a difficult position, so now knew I had to play really well and I’m really proud of each and every one of us, we fought really hard to get this title.”

Before the final, the 5-6 place and the 7-8 place playoffs took place at the Indian Squash Academy.

In the 5-6 place playoff, Australia came from behind to beat Colombia to finish fifth and meet their seeding. Despite the defeat, Colombia beat their seeding by two places with a 6th-place finish.

In the 7-8 place playoff, No.7 seeds South Africa overcame No.6 seeds Hong Kong, China.

At the prize ceremony, the Egypt, Malaysia, India and Japan teams were presented with medals and trophies by M.K. Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who congratulated all the teams who had competed and thanked the World Squash Federation (WSF) for choosing India to host the SDAT Squash World Cup.

WSF President Zena Wooldridge added her congratulations and thanked the teams for an incredible week of squash, as well as everyone the Squash Rackets Federation of India for their work in hosting and organising the event.

She added: “I think you’ll agree we’ve witnessed an outstanding week of squash in Chennai. The new format has produced some really exciting squash and I hope you’ve enjoyed the whole experience and hospitality here in Chennai.

“I’d like to extend a very special thank you to the government of Tamil Nadu and the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.

“We wouldn’t have had this event without you and our grateful thanks for the exceptional quality.”

The next major event on the WSF calendar is the 2023 WSF World Junior Championships, which take place in Melbourne, Australia 18-29 July.
Day 3

Chinappa and Ghosal launch India fightback as Squash World Cup semi finals confirmed

Joshna Chinappa

Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal launched a thrilling fightback for SDAT WSF Squash World Cup hosts India as they set up a semi final with Malaysia after a 3-1 win over Japan, who will now face top seeds Egypt in the other semi final.

On the final day of the Squash World Cup Pool Stage, India and Japan went head to head for the top spot in Pool B at Chennai's Express Avenue Mall.

The No.2 seeds made the worst possible start in front of their home fans when Chennai-born Abhay Singh lost in three games to Tomotaka Endo.

Fortunately for her team, former World No.10 Joshna Chinappa was on hand to perform an incredible rescue act in the second match against Satomi Watanabe, the highest-ranked player at this year’s event.

The 36-year-old played out a brilliant battle, twice coming from behind to claim a vital 3-2 win.

That win meant that if Saurav Ghosal could hold off Ryunosuke Tsukue, India would be mathematically guaranteed top spot.

To the delight of the capacity crowd, Ghosal held his nerve, winning his match in five games after fighting back from 5-3 down in the fifth game, with Tanvi Khanni mopping up with a routine 3-0 win over Akari Midorikawa.

“It was just emotional winning this match. We all have to back each other up and there will be days where I may not win and the rest of my team will, so today was one of those days when I had to do the job,” Chinappa said afterwards.

That defeat for No.3 seeds Japan means they will face Egypt, who were given a real examination by No.4 seeds Malaysia.

Everything appeared to be going to plan for the pre-tournament favourites when Karim El Hammamy strolled to victory against Sai Hung Ong, only for World No.55 Aira Azman to throw a spanner in the works with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over World No.33 Fayrouz Aboelkheir.

Aly Abou Eleinen got Egypt back on track with a brutal 7-1, 7-0, 7-1 win against Darren Pragasam, before Kenzy Ayman was pushed to the brink in a 3-2 win against Xin Ying Yee.

Today also saw first tournament wins for No.5 seeds Australia and No.7 seeds South Africa, who finished third in Pool A and Pool B, respectively.

Dewald van Niekerk

South Africa, who completed a minor seeding upset when wins for Jean-Pierre Brits, Dewald van Niekerk and Hayley Ward helped them to a 3-1 victory over No.6 seeds Hong Kong, China, will play No.8 seeds Colombia in the first playoff round tomorrow.

Australia, meanwhile, play Hong Kong, China in the playoff after Nicholas Calvert, Jessica Turnbull, Joseph White and Alex Haydon earned them a clean sweep over Colombia.

The SDAT WSF Squash World Cup semi finals take place tomorrow, 16 June, at 15:30 (GMT+5:30) and 18:00, following the playoff ties which take place at 10:30 and 13:00.

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Day 2

Four teams to battle for top spots on final day of Squash World Cup Pool Stage

Egypt, Malaysia, India and Japan will battle it out to decide who finishes top of each pool on the final day of the SDAT WSF Squash World Cup Pool Stage tomorrow after all four continued their winning streaks at Chennai’s Express Avenue Mall.

With only the top two sides from the two pools progressing, no one could afford a mistake today in their bids to reach the semi finals of the Squash World Cup, which has returned after a 12-year absence.

In Pool A, top seeds and pre-tournament favourites Egypt secured their second 4-0 win in quick succession as they brushed aside No.8 seeds Colombia.

Kenzy Ayman

19-year-old Kenzy Ayman got the rout underway with a 15-minute 3-0 win against Catalina Pelaez, with Aly Abou Eleinen repeating the scoreline against Felipe Tovar.

Although their concentration briefly slipped, Fayrouz Aboelkheir and Karim El Hammamy were able to complete the win with 3-1 victories over Laura Tovar and Alfonso Marroquín.

“In the first game, I was really nervous at the beginning [because] I was the first to play but I really enjoyed it!” Ayman said afterwards.

Egypt’s opponents tomorrow, No.4 seeds Malaysia, came through a tense and testing encounter with No.5 seeds Australia, with Sai Hung Ong’s fourth-match victory guaranteeing his side at least second place.

Ong’s win - a 3-0 victory over Nicholas Calvert - came with the tie in the balance, with Malaysia defending a 2-1 lead after wins for Xin Ying Yee and Aira Azman over Alex Haydon and Jessica Turnbull, either side of a defeat for Darren Pragasam to Joseph White.

In Pool B, there will be a race for top spot between India and Japan, after they beat South Africa and Hong Kong, China.

The hosts were led well in their opening match by Tanvi Khanna, who put her side in front with a 3-1 win over Hayley Ward, before Saurav Ghosal - who was praised by the crowd for his sportsmanship after telling the referee a decision in his favour was incorrect - doubled the lead with a straight-games victory against Dewald van Niekerk.

Joshna Chinappa put the contest beyond all doubt with a 3-1 win in the fourth match, before Abhay Singh closed out with a 3-1 win of his own in the last clash of the day.

“I want to be the best there is and the best there ever was, but I want to do it in the right way so that I’m remembered in the right way,” Ghosal said afterwards.

Satomi Watanabe

India’s opponents, Japan, were in action in the first tie of the day as they came back from one match down to overcome No.6 seeds Hong Kong, China 3-1 thanks to victories for Ryunosuke Tsukue, Satomi Watanabe and Tomotaka Endo.

The pool stage of the SDAT WSF Squash World Cup concludes tomorrow (15 June), with play beginning at 10:30 (GMT+5:30) at Express Avenue Mall, Chennai.

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Day 1

Hosts India and top seeds Egypt make perfect starts to World Cup

Hosts India and top seeds Egypt enjoyed perfect starts as the Squash World Cup returned after a 12-year absence, while there were 3-1 wins for Japan and Malaysia.

The SDAT WSF Squash World Cup, which was last played in 2011, has returned with a number of rule changes, including gender balanced teams of two men and two women and increasing the pace of matches by playing to seven points per game rather than 11.

No.2 seeds India, backed by a boisterous crowd inside Chennai’s Express Avenue Mall, made the ideal start to their Pool B campaign with four wins out of four against Hong Kong, China.

Chennai natives Abhay Singh and Joshna Chinappa began well for the hosts with a pair of 3-0 wins against Chung Yat Long and Heylie Fung.

Andes Ling and Toby Tse threatened to spoil the party when they took 1-0 and 2-0 leads against Saurav Ghosal and Tanvi Khan, but both were able to fight back, with Ghosal claiming a 3-1 win and Khanna impressing to rescue the match and win 3-2.

Joshna Chinappa

Speaking afterwards, Chinappa said: “In India, we’ve got so many women doing so well in different sports and it’s nice to be one of them in a small capacity. Since I was nine years old this is all I’ve done, all I’ve known and it’s very special to be playing for India at the highest level still!”

India face South Africa tomorrow in Pool B, with the No.7 seeds going down 3-1 to No.3 seeds Japan in the opening tie of the day.

In Pool A, pre-tournament favourites and defending champions Egypt showed their class with a shut out of Australia.

Karim El Hammamy

Up first for Egypt, Karim El Hammamy bounced back from a troubled start to beat Nicholas Calvert 3-1, with Fayrouz Aboelkheir then repeating the trick as she came back from a game down to beat Jessica Turnbull by the same scoreline.

Egypt saw out the rest of the contest more comfortably, with Aly Abou Eleinen and Kenzy Ayman beating Joseph White and Alexandra Haydon in straight games.

Egypt will face Colombia tomorrow, with the No.8 seeds losing to No.4 seeds Malaysia 3-1.

The SDAT WSF Squash World Cup resumes tomorrow (14 June), with play beginning at 10:30 (GMT+5:30) at Express Avenue Mall, Chennai.

All the action is being streamed live on the Olympic Channel and (worldwide) and JioCinema (India only).

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Teams announced for Chennai Squash World Cup

Saurav Ghosal

Nine teams from five continents will contest the relaunched Squash World Cup in June following the final confirmation of places.

From Asia, hosts India will be joined by Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong, China, with Africa represented by Egypt and South Africa, Europe by England, Oceania by Australia and South America by Colombia.

The Chennai Squash World Cup is an international tournament in which national team squads represented by two men and two women play ties of four matches against each other. The relaunched event will be played in Chennai between 13-17 June 2023, with quarters, semis and final action to be played on a stunning all glass show court inside the Express Avenue Mall.

The 2023 World Cup will be the fourth edition of the tournament, the rules of which have been revamped since the last edition, played in 2011 in Chennai, when an Egypt team comprised of Ramy Ashour, Raneem El Welily and Karim Darwish beat England’s James Willstrop, Jenny Duncalf and Tom Richards in the final.

Further details about the 2023 Chennai Squash World Cup, including squads and streaming information, will be released in due course.

2023 Chennai Squash World Cup: Teams
Hong Kong, China
South Africa

2023 Chennai Squash World Cup: Rules

  • Competition Format: The World Cup will consist of a round robin Pool Stage, followed by a Knockout Stage
  • Team Composition: Ties shall be contested by teams of two men and two women.
  • Playing Order: Woman #2, Man #1, Woman #1, Man #2 OR Man #2, Woman #1, Man #1, Woman #2 by coin toss.
  • Match Scoring: All matches will be played to a best of 5 games to 7 points. At 6-6, the game will still be played to 7 points.
  • Tie Scoring: A team will be awarded points for winning a match as follows: Women #1 & Man #1 – 2 points; Woman #2 & Man #2 – 1 point. In the knockout stage, in the event of a draw the winning team will be decided by the greater positive difference between games won and lost in a Tie.

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