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Winning Start for Kiwis in Nimes

The New Zealand Women's Team has got off to a strong start at the World Championships, beating Japan and USA 3-0.

Joelle King got the team off to a strong start in its morning tie against Japan, beating Misaki Kobayashi in straight games.  Jaclyn Hawkes, playing her first event in over a month after illness, was then given a scare by Japanese number two Chinatsu Matsui.  After Jaclyn took the first game relatively comfortably, Matsui2012 Joelle & Amanda came back very strongly to win the next two.  Jaclyn rallied, however, to take the fourth 11-6 and set up a decider - which she also won 11-6.  Last on court was Amanda Landers-Murphy, making her senior representative debut.  She brushed aside Mayu Yamazaki in four sets to seal the victory for New Zealand.

Joelle King bt Misaki Kobayashi 11-8, 11-7, 11-1
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Chinatsu Matsui 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6
Amanda Landers-Murphy bt Mayu Yamazaki 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5

In the afternoon it was back on court against USA, on an all-glass court this time.  The Kiwis again thrived; Joelle achieving a smart straight games win over ex World Number One Natalie Grainger, Jaclyn clinical over Sabrina Sobhy, and Kylie also celebrating her first appearance at senior World Team Championship level with a win.

Joelle King bt Natalie Grainger 11-9, 11-8, 11-5
Jaclyn Hawkes bt Sabrina Sobhy 11-4, 11-9, 11-3
Kylie Lindsay bt Olivia Feichter 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9

The two wins guarantee New Zealand top spot in Pool E, meaning the ladies will play the second ranked team in Pool F (probably Canada) in the Round of 16 match.

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