Tough Day for Kiwis in China13 Sep 2018
The New Zealand women’s squash team lost to second seeds England for the anticipated top position in Pool B overnight at the world championships in Dalian, China.
In the opening match Joelle played world number 7 Laura Massaro. Joelle started out well winning the first game in a tie-break 13-11. Laura closed on the second game and went on to retain her domination through the third game making it hard for Joelle to come back in the fourth game and conceding the match in four games. It was always going to be a highly competitive close match.
Next on Amanda Landers-Murphy faced a tough opponent Sarah-Jane Perry who performed well at 2018 Commonwealth Games. Perry is a very experienced player and Amanda was unable to dominate and stamp her mark on the match losing 11-3, 11-4, 11-7.
Kaitlin Watts impressed in playing in her first senior representative match for NZ in her game against world number 10 Alison Waters. It was a difficult match going on third in the tie, but she performed well going down 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.
The Kiwi team will now face 10th seeds Japan for a place in the quarter finals scheduled Thursday 6pm NZ time.
 ENGLAND 3-0  NEW ZEALAND
Laura Massaro 3-1 Joelle King 1-13, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (40m)
Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 Amanda Landers-Murphy 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (22m)
Alison Waters 3-0 Kaitlyn Watts 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)