The second day of Pool play in the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in India featured intense action as the 24 teams battled for the top two places in the eight pools to ensure a place in the last 16 knockout stage in Chennai.
Favourites Egypt, hosts India and former champions England were resting, having been successful in two ties on day one.
The day’s biggest surprise came in Pool D where 18th seeds Germany took advantage of a tired France after the 13th seeds narrowly went down to Malaysia, the No.4 seeds, 2/1 in the morning session.
With the evening tie tied after the first two matches, Germany’s Nils Schwab held his nerve in the decider after French opponent Adrien Douillard drew level from 2/0 down. Second string Schwab went on to clinch the win 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 3-11, 11-7 to take the underdogs through to the last 16 round – where they face third seeds England.
Hong Kong China had two ties to contend with in Pool H – and the ninth seeds started off well by upsetting USA, the No.8 seeds, 3/0 before clinching unexpected supremacy in the pool by seeing off Finland, the 21st seeds, 3/0.