Second seeds Spain and Belgium suffer as England, France and Germany advance
The three year wait is over, and at the third attempt the European Team Championships got under way in Eindhoven today. There were a host of matches at Squash Time starting at 10.00, and four on the Glass Court at Klokgebouw.
The Belgian women, elevated to second seeds due to France’s depleted squad, lost their top player Nele Gilis last night so the results – 1-2 losses to hosts Netherlands and to Germany – weren’t unexpected in the circumstances. Third seeds Wales won twice and are semi-final bound, to be joined by the winners of Netherlands and Germany.
Similarly, Spain’s men were without number one Iker Pajares so repeating last time’s heroics was unlikely, and although the had a countback win over the Czech Republic, they fell to a 1-3 defeat to Germany in the final match of the day.
Sixth seeds Germany had earlier beaten Scotland on countback and look in good shape for the semis, with the winner of Spain and Scotland likely to join them. In Group A England and France – seeded #1 and #4 – both notched up two wins to seal their places in the semis.
England and France meet twice on the Glass Court tomorrow – 11.00 for the women and 19.00 for the men – to determine the final pool placings.
Meanwhile in Division Two hot favourites Switzerland were unbeaten, and while the top two positions in the women’s pools are settled, there’s still all to play for in tomorrow’s final men’s pool matches.
Summary of Day One results and Pool Standings below …