Team USA Tops Women’s World Teams Group; Awaits Canada in Knock Out Stages

Team USA recorded a perfect group stage performance with 3-0 victories over Scotland, Australia and Germany to top Group B and seal the two seed in the WSF Women’s World Team Championship knock out rounds Tuesday, December 13, at the Madinaty Sports Club in Cairo, Egypt.

With the two seed fulfilled, the U.S. women will face Canada in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 12:30pm ET, and a potential semifinal against France or England on Thursday.

A quarterfinal victory for the U.S. would mark a historic high for Team USA whose previous best Women’s World Team finish was fifth place.

All four women contributed to the three group play wins with the squad utilizing a healthy rotation system. The U.S. opened up its tournament with Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Fiechter and Olivia Blatchford Clyne recording 3-0 wins against Australia on Saturday, December 10. On Sunday, Blatchford Clyne, Sabrina Sobhy and Fiechter defeated Germany 3-0.

Following a rest day on Monday, the U.S. sealed the group with a win over 7/8 seeds Scotland courtesy of the Sobhy sisters and Blatchford Clyne.

“We’re very pleased with our group stage, each player delivered a professional and clinical performance when called upon,” said Ong Beng Hee, US Squash Head National Coach. “We couldn’t take these matches lightly as it was essential to win the group and secure the two seed in the knock out rounds. Every match from here on out will be difficult, and we need to keep the same focus and composure.”

Elsewhere in the bracket, hosts and title favorites Egypt cruised through the group stages to secure the top seed opposite of the U.S. in the draw. Hong Kong, who entered as 5/6 seeds, provided the biggest upset of the tournament with a 2-1 win over England to secure the four seed. England will take on four seeds France on Wednesday to determine who will face the U.S. or Canada in the semifinals.

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