Germany sent Malaysia tumbling out of the second round of the Men’s World Team Squash Championship with a 2-0 win in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Valentin Rapp, ranked 144th in the world, set Germany on their way with a 11-7, 11-9, 12-10 upset of 87th-ranked Syafiq Kamal before World No 6 Simon Rosner sealed a quarter-final meeting with Egypt by beating Ng Eain Yow 11-7,,11-6, 11-5.
“It’s big to take that first match and a completely different story if you’re up 1-0. I tried to relax, even though it was a bit edgy at times and he has had some amazing results recently. It worked out in the end and we are through to the quarters,” said Rosner.
The defeat was Malaysia’s first to a unified Germany team in four meetings in the competition and leaves Malaysia having to beat Hong Kong in a playoff for a top-10 finish after ending the last tournament four years ago in 12th place.
Round 2 – Germany 2 Malaysia 0, Wales 2 Hong Kong 0, Spain 2 Switzerland 0, New Zealand 2 Australia 1.