Malaysian women get their revenge

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia exacted revenge on Asian champions Hong Kong and qualified for the semi-finals of squash's World Women's Team Championship in Cairo, Egypt, today.

The national team, who lost 2-1 to Hong Kong in the Asian Team final in Cheongju, South Korea, last month, won 3-0 this time.

Sixth seed Malaysia will next face top seed and defending champions Egypt.

Egypt, led by world No 1 Nouran Gohar, routed seventh seed Scotland 3-0 in the quarter-finals.

Aifa Azman, who suffered a concussion against Japan on Monday, was still able to beat Hong Kong's Sin Yuk Chan 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10 in 33 minutes.

Chan Yiwen sealed the tie for Malaysia by defeating Tsz-Wing Tong 11-1, 7-11, 11-0, 10-12, 11-5 in 42 minute.

Rachel Arnold completed the rout with a 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 win over Ka Yi Lee in 26 minutes.

Malaysia coach Ajaz Azmat said he was thrilled with the fighting spirit shown by his players.

"I think the girls wanted their revenge and they were pretty fired up. It was a good win over Hong Kong.

He pointed out that Malaysia, in reaching the last four, have bettered the sixth placing of four years ago.

"I hope our players will play another good game of squash against defending champions Egypt who look to be in top form," said Ajaz.

Third seed England, who were upset 2-1 by fifth seed Hong Kong on Tuesday, edged fourth seed France 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

Former champions England will face second seed the United States in the semi-finals.

Quarter-finals: Egypt 3 Scotland 0, Malaysia 3 Hong Kong 0, England 2 France 1, USA 3 Canada 0

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