Aussies squash Cup rivals

AUSTRALIA made a great start to the Squash World Cup with a 3-0 win over Mexico in a hard-fought Pool B tie in India earlier this week.

Australia number one and Yamba junior Cameron Pilley defeated fast-rising Mexican Cesar Salazar 12-10 11-8 11-2 before former women’s world number one Rachael Grinham put the result beyond Mexico’s reach with an 11-8 11-8 11-6 win over Samantha Teran.

Aaron Frankcomb ensured maximum points for the third-seeded Australians when he beat Jorge Ferreira 11-8 11-4 2-11 11-7.

“It’s great to have Mexico in the competition ... they’ve produced a number of good players over the years,” Australian coach Byron Davis said.

“We had to prepare for a tough battle and our guys produced an impressive performance. It was a good opening for us.”

Australia next plays India, who stretched England all the way in the tournament opener despite losing 3-0.

Favourites Egypt were in action on the opening day and finished in a commanding position in Pool A with victories over fifth seeds Malaysia and eighth seeds South Africa.

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