Argentina Surprise Switzerland in World Teams

Argentina Surprise Switzerland in World Teams

Argentina Surprise, Argentina caused the only upset on the opening day of qualifying action in the Doha WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship by beating 13/18 seeds Switzerland 2/1 in their second Pool A tie of the day at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in the Qatar capital Doha.

The unseeded squad, making their first appearance in the World Squash Federation event since 2000, first stretched Kuwait before going down to the 12th seeds 2/1.

But after squad number two Manuel Wanner put the Swiss ahead when he beat Rodrigo Obregon in straight games, top Argentinean Federico Cioffi, aged only 16, despatched Robin Gadola 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 before fellow 16-year-old Gonzalo Gallardo, the team’s fourth string, outlasted Switzerland’s world-ranked Yannick Lindemann 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 17-15 in 49 minutes.

Meanwhile favourites Egypt, the title-holders, brushed aside both Switzerland and Kuwait 3/0 to establish a commanding position in Pool A.

In Pool B, 2008 champions Pakistan also recorded two straightforward wins – the second seeds beating both South Africa and New Zealand 3/0 – while 2000 champions England, the No3 seeds, established their supremacy in Pool C with 3/0 victories over both Belgium and Canada. —– WSF & Image © dawn.com

Argentina Surprise, Argentina caused the only upset on the opening day of qualifying action in the Doha WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship by beating 13/18 seeds Switzerland 2/1 in their second Pool A tie of the day at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in the Qatar capital Doha.

The unseeded squad, making their first appearance in the World Squash Federation event since 2000, first stretched Kuwait before going down to the 12th seeds 2/1.

But after squad number two Manuel Wanner put the Swiss ahead when he beat Rodrigo Obregon in straight games, top Argentinean Federico Cioffi, aged only 16, despatched Robin Gadola 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 before fellow 16-year-old Gonzalo Gallardo, the team’s fourth string, outlasted Switzerland’s world-ranked Yannick Lindemann 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 17-15 in 49 minutes.

Meanwhile favourites Egypt, the title-holders, brushed aside both Switzerland and Kuwait 3/0 to establish a commanding position in Pool A.

In Pool B, 2008 champions Pakistan also recorded two straightforward wins – the second seeds beating both South Africa and New Zealand 3/0 – while 2000 champions England, the No3 seeds, established their supremacy in Pool C with 3/0 victories over both Belgium and Canada. —– WSF & Image © dawn.com

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