England unable to prevent Egypt win in World Team Championships Final

Favourites Egypt defeated defending champions England in the final of the WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship at Salle Vallier in Marseille to reclaim the World Squash Federation title they lost to England four years ago in Mulhouse, also in France.

England reached the final for the ninth time since 1983 in comfortable style and presented a line-up for the final boasting three players with more than 300 international caps between them - probably the most experienced team ever to represent the country in the 50 years of the tournament!
 
By contrast the four-man Egyptian squad only included one player who had ever competed in the championship before - yet the three-man team in the final all had rankings within the world top five!
 
With the agreed playing order being 1, 2, 3, title-holders England presented three-time World Champion Nick Matthew, appearing in the event for the seventh time since 2003, to face 26-year-old World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, a championship debutant.
 
Matthew was clearly not the player who despatched Australian No.1 Ryan Cuskelly in straight games just 24 hours earlier. The Englishman was forced to take a three-minute 'self-inflicted injury break' midway through the second game - and it later transpired that he had suffered a minor recurrence of his old ankle injury during the warm-up for the match.
 
After just 34 minutes, Egypt took the lead when Gawad claimed an 11-9 11-3 11-7 victory.
 
Egyptian No.2 Ali Farag was also making his debut in the final - while English opponent and UNSQUASHABLE player James Willstrop was not only celebrating his fifth successive World Team Championship battle against an Egyptian opponent since 2003, but also his 156th cap for his country.
 
Former World No.1 Willstrop did what he could to keep his 24-year-old opponent at bay - but Farag was clearly on a mission and after 36 minutes clasped his face in his hands as he celebrated his championship-winning 11-5 11-9 11-5 triumph.
 
WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship, Marseille, France
Final:
[1] EGYPT bt [2] ENGLAND 2/0
Karim Abdel Gawad bt Nick Matthew 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 (34m)
Ali Farag bt James Willstrop 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (36m)
 
UNSQUASHABLE players James Willstrop, Joel Makin, Iker Pajares Bernabeu and Bernat Jaume all competed in this year’s WSF World Team Squash Championships.
 
Fellow UNSQUASHABLE players Iker Pajares Bernabeu and Bernat Jaume both produced impressive performances for Spain who beat Malaysia in the eleventh place play-off. Bernat Jaume defeated Addeen Idrakie 11-2 11-8 11-9 whilst Iker Pajares Bernabeu pushed Malaysian No.1 Nafiizwan Adnan before eventually being denied 8-11 12-10 7-11 6-11.

11th Place Play-off:
[12] SPAIN bt [9] MALAYSIA 2/1

Iker Pajares Bernabeu lost to Nafiizwan Adnan 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11 (63m)
Carlos Cornes bt Eain Yow Ng 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (62m)
Bernat Jaume bt Addeen Idrakie 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 (42m)
 
Welsh No.1 Joel Makin played no further part in the championships after experiencing discomfort in a five-game battle against US No.1 Todd Harrity but stayed with his Welsh teammates whilst focusing on preparations for this next week’s AJ Bell PSA World Championships in Manchester.
 
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James Willstrop uses the UNSQUASHABLE JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
 
Joel Makin, Iker Pajares Bernabeu and Bernat Jaume use the UNSQUASHABLE Y-TEC PRO racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
 
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