4 Dec 2010

New Zealand hearts broken at World Team Squash Champs

6:16 am on 4 December 2010

The New Zealand women's squash team suffered heartbreak at the 2010 Women's World Team Squash Championships in Palmerston North, losing their semi-final 2-1 to England falling one win short of making the final.

The fifth seeded New Zealanders looked to have all but booked a spot in the title decider, with the two teams square at 1-all and golden girl Joelle King winning the first two games in the deciding match against Laura Massaro.

But the world number nine somehow came back from the dead, reeling the 22-year-old kiwi in to record a stunning 5-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 victory.

Earlier, Shelley Kitchen had given New Zealand the early advantage with a 3-1 win over Tania Bailey, just the second time Kitchen has beaten her long time rival during their careers.

However, world number two Jenny Duncalf made it 1-all, bouncing back from a game down to beat kiwi number one Jaclyn Hawkes 3-1.

England will face the second seeded Australia in the final after their 2-1 win over Malaysia in the second semi-final.