L-R: Tsz Ling Liu, Tsz Wing Tong, Joey Chan, Annie Au, Olivia Blatchford, Amanda Sobhy, Natalie Grainger, Sabrina Sobhy

Team USA came up short in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Team Championship at the hands of fourth-seeded Hong Kong Thursday afternoon at White Oaks Resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Two, three-game victories from world No. 23 Joey Chan against Olivia Blatchford, and world No. 9 Annie Au over Amanda Sobhy, clinched a spot in the semifinals for Hong Kong. The ensuing dead rubber No. 3 match between saw Natalie Grainger defeat Tsz Wing Tong in a best of three friendly match.

Despite defeat in the quarters, Team USA still has the opportunity to record its best Women’s World Team finish of fifth in the 5-8 playoff. Their opponent in the 5/8 playoff semifinal will be the loser of the England/Ireland quarterfinal Thursday night. Team USA’s first 5/8 match will be contested on the ASB GlassCourt at 11:00am ET.

In reaching the semifinals, Hong Kong have ensured their best World Team finish for women or men.

[4] Hong Kong bt [6] United States:
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 (29m)
Annie Au (HKG) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA) 14-12, 11-6, 11-2 (30m)
Natalie Grainger (USA) bt Tsz Wing Tong 11-8, 11-5 (19m)

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