Victorian Institute of Sport

Aussies finish eighth

Saturday, 03 December 2016

The Australian women’s squash team, featuring VIS athlete Christine Nunn, finished eighth at the World Teams Championships in Paris after losing their final match 1-2 to New Zealand overnight.

Rachael Grinham picked up Australia’s win, outlasting New Zealand’s Megan Craig in a five-game thriller 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4.

But Donna Urquhart found world number 10, Joelle King, tough to crack with the New Zealander and 2015 Australian Open title holder defeating Urquhart 11-6, 12-10, 11-9.

In the third match, Australia’s Tamika Saxby and New Zealand’s Amanda Landers-Murphy met for the third time in two months with the New Zealander repeating her wins at the Queensland and Mackay Opens with an 11-6, 12-10, 11-1 result.

Australia went in to the Women’s World Team Championships seeded sixth, but lost their last two matches to teams ranked below them, USA (seventh) and New Zealand (eighth), to finish the competition in eighth position.

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