Georgia Robcke had a gruelling match against Helena Coetzee (South Africa). She played extremely well and had two match balls in the fourth. Unfortunately, she could not convert these losing the set 15-13 and then going down in the fifth 11-7. Kaitlyn Watts and Diya Joukani lost 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.
The three remaining girls in the NZ team had a better day at the office. Courtney Trail comprehensively beat Grace Pattison (Australia) 3- 0 in a trans-tasman battle. Annaleise Faint beat Reese Bain (South Africa) in four sets. At 2-1 up and 9-all in the fourth set Reese retired and conceded the match to Annaleise. In another trans-tasman battle Winona-Jo Joyce had a close first set going to tie-break 12-10 and then comfortably closed out the match. It will be a busy day for the girls tomorrow as all six kiwi girls keep playing for final positions in the world championships draw.
After a brutal battle yesterday, Anthony Lepper recovered extremely well to survive another marathon five-setter versus Asad Ullah Khan (Pakistan). After four very close sets the match was evenly poised at two-all. Anthony dug deep and showed his improved mental strength to take the game 11-8 and the match 3-2 earning himself another match tomorrow. Temwa Chileshe also had a very tight five-setter against Jack Hudson (Australia). Unfortunately, the result didn’t go the way of Team NZ despite battling hard through fatigue from previous matches. Chileshe lost the fifth game 11-9. Last match of the day Leo Fatialofa had a comfortable win over Ville Koskinen (Finland) in straight sets to advance to the next plate round tonight.
Georgia Robcke lt Helena Coetzee (South Africa) 8-11 11-2 9-11 15-13 11-7
Kaitlyn Watts lt Aira Azman (Malaysia) 11-4 11-5 11-4
Diya Joukani lt Jannia Singh (India) 7-11 11-8 11-8 11-5
Courtney Trail bt Grace Pattison (Australia) 11-9 11-7 11-5
Annaleise Faint bt Reese Bain (South Africa) 11-7 12-10 6-11 9-9 Retired
Winona-Jo Joyce bt Pascale Louka (Australia) 12-10 11-5 11-3
Anthony Lepper bt Asad Ullah Khan (Pakistan) 3-11 11-3 14-12 9-11 11-8
Temwa Chileshe lt Jack Hudson (Australia) 12-10 7-11 7-11 11-5 11-9
Leo Fatialofa v Ville Koskinen (Finland) 11-6 11-6 11-4
Temwa Chileshe fought back valiantly after being 2-0 down against Tristen Worth (South Africa). Temwa finished off his comeback with a 11-1 victory in the fifth set.
A close day, but not close enough for the two New Zealand males remaining in the world junior squash championships.