NZ squash side to meet Canada in knockout

21:10, Nov 13 2012
Joelle King
DISAPPOINTING END: New Zealand's Joelle King has been knocked out of the World Open in the Cayman Islands.

New Zealand will play Canada in the first knockout round at the women's world team squash championship in Nimes, France, tomorrow.

The Kiwis, who are fifth seeds for the 24-team biennial event, eased to 3-0 wins against both unseeded Japan and the 12th-seeded United States yesterday to top pool E.

Eleventh seeds Canada finished second in pool F after a 3-0 loss to Australia and victory over unseeded Austria by the same scoreline, setting up a round of 16 match with the Kiwis tomorrow (NZT). All 16 seeded teams made it through to the knockout stage.

A win against Canada would most probably see New Zealand face fourth seeds Hong Kong in the quarter-finals on Friday.

New Zealand's best finish at the tournament is second, achieved in 1985 and 1992. They've been third nine times and finished fourth in the past two editions, the last of which was in Palmerston North.

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