South Africa, seeded 14th, has had with mixed fortunes in their first two matches in the pool event of The Women’s World Squash Team Championships being played in Nimes, France.
South Africa, captained by Siyoli Waters, had little difficulty in disposing of 26th seeds, Spain 3-0. Waters dropped only 14 points against the Spanish number 1, Marina de Juan winning through in straight games. New cap, Senade Haupt, a Tukkies student, accounted for Christina Gomez also in straight games, while second string Milnay Louw dropped the first game against Xisela Aranda before regaining composure and winning the next three games.
In the second fixture third seeds, Malaysia did not have things all their own way against the South Africans, although winning 3-0. Nicole David, the world’s number 1, was extended to 4 games by Waters. Louw , ranked 127 in the world, then lost a closely fought 4 game tussle with Delia Arnold ranked 101 places above her before Low Wee Wern, ranked 7, accounted for Diana Haynes in straight games.
South Africa now face 19th seeds, China, to decide the positions in the pool before the second stage of knockout matches.
Results: Pool C: South Africa 3 Spain 0: Siyoli Waters bt Marina de Juan 11-6 11-5 11-3: Milnay Louw bt Xisela Aranda 4-11 11-6 12-10 14-12: Senade Haupt bt Cristina Gomez 11-6 12-10 11-8.
Malaysia 3 South Africa 0: Nicole David bt Siyoli Waters 11-5 7-11 11-2 11-2: Low Wee Wern bt Diana Haynes 11-9 11-5 11-2: Delia Arnold bt Milnay Louw 11-8 8-11 1-6 11-6