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Know Your Limitations...
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11.23.00 by Colin McQuillan
Eye Group Women's World Open Squash Championship, Sheffield, UK
Know Your Limitations
Canada Aims for
Jans gave up the first string match to Tania Bailey 9-0 9-4 9-0 in 23 minutes and Carolyn Russell lasted a minute less against Stephanie Brind losing 9-0 9-0 9-1. Rebecca Macree tidied up the dead third string rubber 10-8 9-1 against Wagner.
USA in Bid for
17 - Far cry from 9
They defeated Italy 3-0 on Wednesday and Japan 3-0 today. Wales to play on Friday and Spain on Saturday. They lead then pool on points difference from Spain at the halfway stage, with Italy, Japan and Wales trailing in that order.
a Tossup on both halves
Tania Bailey should be secure at second string against either of the imposing Maori players, Shelley Kitchen or Lara Petara, but neither Stephanie Brind nor Rebecca Macree are tried and tested at third string for England, and Sarah Cook, the big former world number 22 who has been out for a year having her first child, looked big, fast and just a bit tricky against the young South Africa, Sjeanne Cawdry in the quarter-finals.
Nitch is the only ranked player in the South African squad and she has dropped out of the top ten this year. It fell to Angelique Clifton-Parks, a 34-year-old squash club owner from Durban who travels only to represent her country, to make the quarter-final a fight for New Zealand by unexpectedly defeating Shelley Kitchen 10-9 9-7 9-3 at second string.
A powerful striker of the ball with a surprisingly delicate short game, Clifton-Parks is the likely opponent for Beazley in the fifth place semi-finals. She gave the nervous young Maori a lesson in rallying that illustrated all too clearly the adage that playing squash shots is not the same as playing squash. The South African understood much more about the where and the when of ball placement.
The decider was managed far better by Sarah Cook, a 25-year-old one-time world number 22 who after a year in Christchurch with her first baby has obviously learnt some of the benefits of chastisement. She drove Sjeanne Cawdry off the court for just half-a-dozen points.
Stoehr a lesson
Stoehr, who had enjoyed one or two notable victories during the qualifying rounds, lasted just 17 minutes and harvested three points. The rest of the France team took only 15 points away from Natalie Grinham and Robyn Cooper.
Australia, six times winners of this title, find their semi-final occupied by a young Egyptian team that has never penetrated so far before. Salma Shabana, Maha Zein, Omneya Abdel Kawy and Engy Kheirallah have an average age of 20 years.
Kawy, who may be their greatest weapon in their first semi-final, is just 15 years old. Egypt finished 14th in their first world team championship in Guernsey back in 1994. In 1996 they finished 11th in Kuala Lumpur. In 1998 they finished eighth in Stuttgart. The second seeds, lacking world champion Carol Owens and former world junior champion Rachael Grinham, are vulnerable in the lower order.
Shabana has little chance against Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who showed no mercy to Isabelle Stoehr today and is unlikely to be any more generous to the 24-year-old Egyptian But Maha Zein is the powerhouse of the the Egyptian side, as she showed crunching Karin Beriere 9-1 9-5 9-6 in less than half-an-hour today, and Kawy is like Ahmed Barada in skirts. She wrenched away the third string decider from Germany today beating the experienced and normally strong Daniella Grzenia 9-2 9-4 9-2 in just 22 minutes.
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