The New Zealand Women's team has been beaten by Malaysia in the quarter-finals of the World Championships overnight.
Malaysia, led by inspirational six-time World Champion Nicol David, proved too strong for the Kiwis, winning the tie 2-0 and sealing their place in the semi-finals.
First on court were the number ones: Joelle King vs. Nicol David. A daunting task for Joelle, but one many felt she was capable of after strong recent performances against the World Number One. David, however, had other ideas, and produced her A-game to see off Joelle in straight sets (11-5, 11-7, 11-4).
Next on were the number twos: Jaclyn Hawkes vs. Low Wee Wern. Another uphill battle for New Zealand, with Wee Wern in career best form of late and currently at a career-best world ranking of 7. Wee Wern stormed out of the gates to lead by two games to love. Jaclyn dug her heels in and edged the crucial third game in extra points, only for Wee Wern to take the fourth (and with it the match and the tie) 11-9 in the fourth. Amanda Landers-Murphy did not play the third string match.
Nicol David bt Joelle King 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
Low Wee Wern bt Jaclyn Hawkes 11-3, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9
Earlier, Australia had taken advantage of their fortuitous draw to beat Hong Kong and progress to the semi-finals. With Malaysia seeded third, Hong Kong fourth, New Zealand fifth and Australia sixth, the draw for who (between Australia and New Zealand) would get to play Hong Kong in the quarter-finals was always going to provide a crucial advantage. Australia made the most of their opportunity, winning 2-1. Australia now play Egypt in one semi-final, with England lining up against Malaysia in the other.
New Zealand will now play off for places 5-8, and is likely to face Ireland first up. For more information visit the Championship website: http://www.worldwomensquash-nimes2012.fr/#.