USA shocks Canada in a dramatic encounter

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 28, 2018 02:23 PM IST

Chennai: There was drama aplenty in the quarterfinals of the WSF-World junior team squash championship here on Friday.

At the ISA courts, second-seeded Canadian Julien Gosset, who was on match ball, had to concede the match to USA's Daelum Mawji. Canada was on the verge of a 2-0 win, but lost its deciding third singles with Rosilin putting up a gutsy display to edge out Crowne in four games.

It was as though USA was destined to enter the semi-final. It was a dramatic turn around of fortunes. Julien was leading 2-1 in game score and was on 10-7 when he slipped, fell and suffered a hamstring injury. Worse, he had to concede the match after finding himself unable to move on the court.

The Canadian had made a brave attempt to restart the match after medical attention, but it was Mawji who moved ahead and brought the score to 11-10 in his favour when Julien threw in the towel, shook hands with his opponent and walked out in tears.

At the Express Avenue Mall, Pakistan's tenure ended at the hands of higher seeded England but not without a fight. England won 2-1. Earlier, Czech Republic sprang a surprise by beating higher seeded Malaysia 2-0 to make it to the last four. This is only the second time that the Czech Republic had entered this championship and that too after a gap of 10 years.

In Viktor Byrtus, the team had a performer with high credentials who had won most of the leading junior Open events in Europe and had begun to emerge as a top junior from the country.

Viktor lost the first game narrowly but thereafter was the master of all he surveyed, winning the next three games to shock his rival and give his country passage to the last four.

As for other matches, top seed Egypt's inexorable run continued. It beat Hong Kong 3-0, after the two teams decided on playing the third singles despite the tie getting decided. Both Mostafa Asal and Marwan Tarek breezed past their opponents in no time before Mostafa El Serty completing the rout. Egypt now takes on the dark horse, Czech, next.

RESULTS:

QUARTERFINALS: 

Egypt bt Hong Kong, 3-0 (Mostafa Asal bt Chan Chi Ho 11-3 11-9 11-5; Marwan Tarek bt Chung Yat Long 11-7 11-4 11-6; Mostafa El Serty bt To Wai Lok 11-5 11-9)

Czech Republic (6) bt Malaysia (4) 2-0 (Ondrej Vorlicek bt Siow Yee Xian 11-4, 12-10, 6-11, 11-2; Viktor Byrtus bt Darren Rahul Pragasam 10-12, 11-9, 11-1, 11-6; Marek Panacek v Duncan Yung Yii Lee (not played)

England (3) bt Pakistan (11) 2-0 (James Wyatt bt Muhammad Uzair 8-11, 11-2, 11-2, 8-11,11-2; Nicholas Wall bt Abbas Zeb 11-9, 11-6, 7-11,11-6; Samuel Todd lost to Haris Qasis 10-12, 9-11, 9-11 )

USA(8) bt Canada (2) 2-1 (Tiber Worth loses to James Flynn 11-8, 11-8, 2-11, 6-11, 6-11; Daelum Mawji bt Julien Gosset 8-11, 5-11, 11-10 retd; Thomas Rosini bt George Crowne 11-9,1-11, 11-5, 12-10)