Good news from Amsterdam…
Luxembourg beats Ukraine 3-1
In an impressive start to the European team squash championships Luxembourg men won their first pool game against Ukraine 3-1.
Ukraine the highest ranked team in the group are seeded number 20 but the Luxembourg team were in contol from the beginning. Nathan Sneyd and Sanjay Raval both won 3-0. Stephane Ayache had a difficult time against a strong Ukraine number 3. He fought back gamely in the 2nd and 3rd sets but in the end went down 3-0.
The number 4 string match provided the closest match of the tie, Danny Hutchines for Luxembourg coming back to win 10-8 in the 5th having earlier been 2-1 down.
Luxembourg now look forward to the next pool match against Latvia, seeded 23. Luxemboug now have high hopes of winning the group from an unseeded position.
Sneyd beat Dolinich (9/5 9/1 9/1)
Raval beat Shandybin (9/5 9/3 9/5)
Ayache lost Sherbakov( 4/9 7/9 8/10)
Hutchines beat Rybalchenko ( 9/1 6/9 3/9 9/3 10/8)
tournament website: www.etcsquash2008.nl