England win Women's World Team Squash Championship

Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro captained England to World Team Championship success

England beat Malaysia 2-1 to win the Women's World Team Squash Championship for the first time since 2006.

Alison Waters overcame Low Wee Wern 3-1 in the decider in Canada as England's women emulated their male counterparts.

Sarah-Jane Perry had earlier beaten Delia Arnold 3-0 before Malaysia's world number one Nicol David levelled with a 3-0 defeat of Laura Massaro.

Waters said: "We've worked so hard for this. I'm really pleased for the whole team and proud of everyone involved."

England number two Alison Waters
England number two Alison Waters in beating world number seven Low Wee Wern: "I was able to keep my composure"

Victory over the Malaysians - who beat defending champions Egypt in the semi-finals - brought England their seventh world team title.

England team coach David Campion added: "It's been a great week for us, despite the ups and downs, and our success is down to the professionalism of the players and the spirit in the camp. It was a superb final.

"We always felt that Sarah-Jane would give a performance today and she did."

The England team
The win is England's seventh world team title since 1985 - but the first since 2006, also in Canada

Wales, the 10th seeds, achieved their best finish since 1987 after beating New Zealand in the play-off for ninth place.

"We wanted to at least make our seeding, if not better it, so we are really pleased," said coach David Evans.

"Our number one Tesni Evans is only 21 and she's still new to this - but she had some great results, beating Laura Massaro and taking Rachael Grinham to five. So many teams have strong number ones - and strength in depth - so she's made a remarkable effort."

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