Group stage over as WSF Men’s World Team Championship moves into round of 16

The last 16 teams standing in the WSF Men’s World Team Championship have been confirmed after the conclusion of the group stage in Tauranga, New Zealand.

With a number of highly seeded teams taking on lower seeded opponents, ties today were largely one-sided affairs, with all eight ending 3-0.

On the spectacular all-glass court in the Mercury Baypark Arena, France and Netherlands played out an entertaining European derby, with the French trio of Auguste Dussourd, Victor Crouin and Gregoire Marche recording 3-1, 3-0, and 3-0 wins, respectively, to set up a last 16 meeting with Nigeria, who progressed as runners up in Group D after a win over Japan and a defeat to Switzerland earlier in the competition.

After the match, Marche reflected on the mood of the third-seeded French team: “We’re feeling good and confident and the atmosphere between us is great; let’s hope for the best!”

Elsewhere, at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre, top seeds and defending champions Egypt safely progressed as Group A winners thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win against Ireland, with 22-year-old former World No.1 Mostafa Asal making his event debut for Egypt.

Asal and his teammates will face Pool B runners up South Africa in the first knockout round, with the [13/16] seeds qualifying thanks to their win against Philippines on day one.

Hosts New Zealand, meanwhile, will go up against No.5 seeds USA in the last 16. The Kiwis, who qualified as Group F runners up after a win against Republic of Korea and a defeat to Wales, will take on the USA in front of what is sure to be a noisy Mercury Baypark Arena, where their No.1 Paul Coll won the New Zealand Open just three days ago.

The last 16 stage, as well as the 17-24 place playoffs, takes place tomorrow, 14 December, at the Mercury Baypark Arena and the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre. Play begins at 12:00 (GMT+13)

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Results: WSF Men’s World Team Championship, Group Stage

Group A
EGYPT 3-0 IRELAND
Mazen Hesham 3-0 Sean Conroy: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (22m)
Mostafa Asal 3-0 Sam Buckley 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (28m)
Youssef Soliman 3-0 Oisin Logan:11-1, 11-8, 11-6 (32m)

Group B
ENGLAND 3-0 PHILIPPINES
Patrick Rooney 3-0 Reymark Begornia: 11-1, 11-4, 11-0 (21m)
Marwan Elshorbagy 3-0 David Pelino: 11-4, 11-4, 12-10 (23m)
Adrian Waller 3-0 Jonathan Reyes: 11-1, 11-8, 11-1 (19m)

Group C
FRANCE 3-0 NETHERLANDS
Auguste Dussourd 3-1 Thijs Roukens: 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)
Victor Crouin 3-0 Rowan Damming: 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (41m)
Gregoire Marche 3-0 Hjalmer Mols: 11-1, 11-6, 11-3 (22m)

Group D
SWITZERLAND 3-0 JAPAN
Dimitri Steinmann 3-0 Yujin Ikeda: 11-2, 11-8, 11-4 (26m)
Nicolas Mueller 3-0 Shota Yasunari: 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (26m)
Robin Gadola 3-0 Yuta Ando: 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (22m)

Group E
USA 3-0 COOK ISLANDS
Andrew Douglas 3-0 Brian Tapurau: 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (16m)
Shahjahan Khan 3-0 Dylan Russell: 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (18m)
Spencer Lovejoy 3-0 Joshua Simeon: 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (18m)

Group F
WALES 3-0 REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Emyr Evans 3-0 Dongmin Lee: 11-8, 17-15, 11-7 (41m)
Joel Makin 3-0 Dongjun Lee: 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (25m)
Elliott Morris Devred 3-0 Hyeonbeom Kang: 11-8, 11-6, 14-12 (40m)

Group G
SCOTLAND 3-0 SAMOA
Rory Stewart 3-0 Onesemo Old: 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (18m)
Greg Lobban 3-0 Leo Fatialofa: 11-1, 11-6, 11-3 (22m)
Alasdair Prott 3-0 Donald Marfleet: 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (17m)

Group H
HONG KONG, CHINA 3-0 TAHITI
Ming Hong Tang 3-0 Adrien Maury: 11-6, 11-1, 11-1 (17m)
Henry Leung 3-0 Kevin Pons: 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 (18m)
Chi Him Wong 3-0 Kamal Soussi: 11-4, 11-2, 11-7 (23m)

Draw: WSF Men’s World Team Championship, Round of 16
EGYPT v SOUTH AFRICA
SCOTLAND v HONG KONG, CHINA
SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA
USA v NEW ZEALAND
CZECH REPUBLIC v WALES
NIGERIA v FRANCE
CANADA v GERMANY
MALAYSIA v ENGLAND

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