The pools stage of the 2022 WSF Women’s World Team Championship comes to a conclusion today at the Madinaty Sports Club in Cairo, Egypt, with the top two teams in each pool qualifying for the quarter-finals.
The tournament, which sees four-player squads from each country battle it out in best-of-three-match ties, will be played across two all-glass courts and four traditional courts in Madinaty.
There are eight ties to look forward to today, with four being played at 17:30 (GMT+2) and four at 19:30. All the action from both glass courts will be streamed for free on WORLDSQUASH.TV, the WSF’s new streaming platform, while fans can attend in person for free (up to the semi-finals stage).
In addition, viewers in Egypt can watch the action from the outdoor glass court live on ON Sport, with the PSA’s squash.tv and the Olympic Channel also streaming play.
On the outdoor glass court, which includes commentary and a multi-camera setup, host, defending champions and top seeds Egypt face 7/8 seeds Canada in a battle to top Pool A. Egypt, represented by a star quartet of World No.1 Nouran Gohar, World No.2 Nour El Sherbini, World No.3 Hania El Hammamy and World No.6 Nour El Tayeb, were faultless in their opening two ties, conceding an average of just 3.5 points per game across the 18 played.
Canada, meanwhile, led by World No.17 Hollie Naughton, have come through two tough ties, getting the better of both Wales and Switzerland 2-1.
This tie is followed by No.4 seeds France – who have recalled retired pros Camille Serme and Coline Aumard – playing 5/6 seeds and 2014 runners up Malaysia, with the winner finishing top of Pool D.
On the indoor glass court, seven-time winners England and reigning Asian Team champions Hong Kong, China will go head to head to finish top in Pool C in the first tie. The winning team will play the runner up from the France v Malaysia clash and the losing team will play the Pool D winner.
In the second tie on the indoor glass court, No.2 seeds USA play 7/8 seeds Scotland with the winner topping Pool B. Giving both sides extra motivation is the knowledge that, barring an upset by Canada, Egypt likely await the loser in the quarter-final.
There’s also plenty of action taking place on the traditional courts today. On court one, Switzerland play Wales at 17:30 and Australia face Germany at 19:30. On court two, championship debutants Ukraine take on South Africa and Japan play Finland.
Glass court order of play, WSF Women’s World Team Championship day four (13 December)
Traditional court order of play, WSF Women’s World Team Championship day three (12 December)
17:30 Switzerland v Wales
19:30 Australia v Germany
17:30 South Africa v Ukraine
19:30 Japan v Finland
Groups and seedings
Watch the action live and free on WORLDSQUASH.TV.