The top seed, Egypt, expectedly bagged the SDAT-WSF Squash World Cup at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai with a 4-1 win on points over fourth seeded Malaysia in the final.
The SDAT WSF Squash World Cup, which was last played in 2011, was brought back this year with a number of exciting changes. This edition saw gender-balanced teams of two men and two women, scoring games to seven, and sudden death tiebreaks when scores are 6-6.
Defending champion Egypt had a disappointing start in the final when Malaysia’s Xin Ying Yee, ranked 79 in the world, defeated 56-ranked Kenzy Ayman in three straight games.
But Egypt’s top seed Aly Abou El Einen levelled things by defeating Darren Pragasam in three straight games. Darren who won against India’s Saurav Ghosal in the semi final could not show the same energy while playing against Abou.
Malaysia’s 18-year-old Aira Azman took on Fayrouz Abukhdeir in the third match. Down by two games, Aira fought hard to win the third game, but Fayrouz closed out the fourth game and the match.
The winners’ trophies were presented by M.K. Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.