Egypt World Men’s Champion; India finish 18th

Egypt lift the title in dramatic style, while the Indians have their week on misfortune at the World Men’s Team Championship, Denmark 27 Sept – 3 Oct 2010.   The French won the first match against the Egyptians, when Gregory Gaultier beat world number 1 Karim Darwish in 4 games.

 The gifted Ramy Ashour settled matters for Egypt at 1 all when he beat a demoralized Renan Lavigne, setting the stage for the dramatic deciding tie between 3 time World Open winner Amr Shabana and former world number 1, Thierry Lincou.

 Shabana then won the Men’s World Team Squash Championships for Egypt in a dramatic fashion, in a match that was described as one of the most closely contested finals in the 22 year history of the championship. In a match that had 3 game balls in the third and 5 game balls in the fourth.

 Australia got the better of a depleted England team to capture the bronze medal. South Africa succumbed to a resilient Pakistani team who took sweet revenge for their earlier defeat to the South African team, who finished the week in a credible 6th position having entered the championships seeded 11th.

 The Indian team finished in 18th position.

 Team India had taken great pains in their preparations for the World Men’s Team Championships. Unfortunately all this was in vain as two of our key players succumbed to injuries at the 24th hour.

 Minutes before boarding their flight from India to Denmark, Siddharth Suchde already in England called saying he had just torn a ligament in his knee and was forced to withdraw from the championship. Reserve Gaurav Nandrajog was then called up, who managed to get his visa within a day.

 The night before the start of the championships, Saurav Ghosal, walking down the steps, misses one and ends up with a severe ankle sprain. Saurav unable to play for the rest of the tournament.

Playing without Saurav Ghosal and Siddharth Suchde has certainly been a blow for the 9th seeded Indian team who had aspirations of reaching the quarterfinals.

India finished 3rd in their pool behind Italy (seeded 8th) and Scotland (seeded 17th) defeating only Venezuela in their pool matches at the World Men’s Team Championship in Denmark.

We then went on to defeat Austria and host Denmark before losing to Hong Kong for the 17th position.


About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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