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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.

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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