Team Quarters

Day Four of the team event, and quarter-finals day witnessed three comfortable victories and one massive match and massive upset – top seeds Egypt and Pakistan moved smoothly into their 13th and 10th successive semi-finals, four-time winners England eased past India for a minor upset, but USA reached the semis for the first time in 17 attempts with a nailbiting win over third seeds France.


 [1] Egypt 2-0 [9] New Zealand
Youssef Ibrahim
3-0 Finn Trimble         11/5, 11/1, 11/1 (18m)
  Saadeldin Abouaish 3-0 Scott Galloway 11/8, 11/3, 11/5 (24m)

[3] France 1-2 [7] USA
Victor Crouin 3-2 Spencer Lovejoy      11/8, 9/11, 11/6, 11/13, 11/3 (69m)
Benjamin Aubert 2-3 Andrew Douglas   11/3, 11/8 , 9/11, 8/11, 3/11 (55m)
Sébastien Bonmalais 1-3 Samuel Scherl   5/11, 6/11, 15/13, 6/11 (70m)

[4] India 0-2 [5] England
     Abhay Singh v Kyle Finch                   6/11, 3/11, 9/11 (35m)
Velava Senthilkumar 0-3 Charlie Lee    8/11, 5/11, 8/11 (43m)

[2] Pakistan 3-0 [10] Australia
Ahsan Ayaz 3-0 Alex Eustace            11/5, 11/8, 11/5 (31m)
Israr Ahmed 3-0 Alex Eustace               11/5, 11/6, 11/5 (33m)
  Abbas Shoukat 2-0 William Curtis               11/6, 11/3 (20m)

Playoff Matches:  
9-12 Semis: Jordan 2-1 South Africa, Canada 0-2 Hong Kong
17-21 R/R: Guatemala 2-1 Poland, Argentina 3-0 Zimbabwe, Guatemala 2-1 Zimbabwe, Germany 2-1 Argentina

Egypt first through

SP_18914Top seeds and defending champions Egypt were first through to the semi-finals with a comprehensive win over New Zealand.

SP_18916Individual medalist Youssef Ibrahim cruised into a 10-1 lead in the first game against Finn Trimble before the New Zealander pulled a few points back to finish 11/5. There wer no comebacks in the next two games though as Ibrahim won both 11/1.

Individual runner-up Saadeldin Abouaish looked a little lethargic as he went 1-5 down to Scott Galloway, but he picked up his pace, got the better of a well contested forst game 11/8 and took the next two with some comfort.

So Egypt reach their 13th successive semi-final, where they await the winner between England and India [it’s England, at 14.30 tomorrow].

USA foil France

SP_18938The Unites States beat third seeds France in a sensational match featuring three epic and gruelling encounters.

Victor Crouin put France in the lead, starting strongly to take a 2-1 lead, then seeing five match balls disappear from 10-6 in the fourth as Spencer Lovejoy staged a determined recovery to level the match 15/13. The effort took its toll though and the Frenchman was in control in the fifth.

SP_18948Another five-setter followed, which saw Andrew Douglas recover from two games down to beat individual quarter-finalist Benjamin Aubert. The Frenchman looked comfortable in the first two games, and led the third 3-0 and the fourth 3-0 and 6-3 but couldn’t stop another determined American comeback. Douglas was dominant in the decider, Aubert a spent force.

SP_18955The USA looked to be cruising to victory as Sam Scherl took a two game lead in the decider, but this time it was a Frenchman’s turn to stage a recovery as he took a dramatic third in which he held three game balls at 10-7 and then saved three match balls before finally taking it 15/13. The American was on top again in the fourth, clinching the match to his and his team-mates’ delight after 70 minutes of thrilling action.

The win guarantees the USA its highest-ever finish in this, their 17th appearance in the championship.

SP_18971England oust India,
Pakistan cruise through

The third quarter-final was a much more sedate affair, as England, the fifth-seeded four-time winners, caused a minor upset by beating fourth seeds India,

SP_18987Kyle Finch and Charlie Lee both won in relatively untroubled straight games.

In the final match on the glass court second seeds Pakistan moved into their tenth successive semi-final with and untroubled win over Australia, taking all three matches comfortably.

Pakistan now meet the USA at 18.00 tomorrow.


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