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India bow out to Egypt

Cyrus Poncha
651   //    16 Nov 2012, 11:02 IST
Second seeds Egypt ended India’s run in the quarter-finals of the WSF Women’s World Team Championship in Nimes when world number two Raneem El Weleily and world number eight Nour El Sherbini led the Egyptian team to a 3/0 win over tenth seeds India.

India’s top brigade has no response to the higher ranked Egyptians going down in straight games. It was only in the first game of the match where Dipika was point-for-point with Raneem. From there on, Raneem stepped up the pace and played some flawless drives ensuring Dipika was scurrying around the court. Nour El Sherbini too shut the doors on Joshana using her speed and accurate drop to ensure Egypt entered the semis.

The World Squash Federation event, being staged in France for the first time, boasts a record entry of 26 nations and is being staged simultaneously at both the eight-court Club des Costières and La Parnasse Arena where, for the first time ever, action is taking place simultaneously on three all-glass show courts.

 After defeating higher ranked Ireland and Argentina in the pool stage, India seeded 10th, defeated Netherlands seeded 8th, yesterday in the pre-quarter final.

 This is only the 3rd time India has participated in this event which has been running since 1979.  In 2002 Denmark, the Indian lasses finished 18th and in the last edition 2010 New Zealand, India finished 11th. This result will guarantee its best ever performance.

[2] EGYPT bt [10] INDIA 3/0

Raneem El Weleily bt Dipika Pallikal 16-14, 11-4, 11-7 (31m)
Nour El Sherbini bt Joshana Chinappa 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (26m)
Nour El Tayeb bt Anaka Alankamony 11-6, 11-3 (12m) – dead rubber

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Cyrus Poncha
Cyrus Poncha is currently the Indian squash coach. Originally from Bombay, he is based in Chennai, and coaches at the Indian Squash Academy.
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