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"Malaysia down host New Zealand to take third position in World Team Championship"

Malaysia earned a third consecutive podium finish after beating New Zealand 2-1 in the play-off for third place in the Women's World Team Squash Championship in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Low Wee Wern made a winning return after missing the semi-final tie and she turned the tables on the Kiwis by winning the deciding match to snatch third place for Malaysia.

Wee Wern, who had been stricken with fever throughout the week and was rested from the semi-finals against Australia, came back from a set down to beat Joelle King 11-13, 11-2, 11-8, 11-1 in 54 minutes.

Our heroines: Nicol David (right) and Low Wee Wern delivered the points for Malaysia in the 2-1 victory over New Zealand in the third place play-off.

Shelley Kitchen, in her last competitive outing, had earlier handed the Kiwis the lead by beating Sharon Wee 11-5, 11-9, 11-6.

The 31-year-old Kitchen, thus, has won all five of her matches in the championship and retires on a high note after having a baby in February.

World No. 1 Nicol David was quick to put Malaysia back in contention when she took to the court for the second match.

The Guangzhou Asian Games gold medallist also signed off with an unbeaten record, defeating Jaclyn Hawkes 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.

That left Wee Wern and King to decide the tie and the Penangite did not disappoint, helping Malaysia match the two previous third-placed finishes in 2006 and 2008.

The win also avenged the 1-2 loss to the Kiwis in a group tie earlier in the week. That defeat consigned Malaysia to a quarter-final clash against defending champions Egypt.

Although Malaysia stunned Egypt 2-1, Nicol and Co though failed to reach the final after they were beaten 1-2 by Australia in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Australia reclaimed the world team title with a thrilling 2-1 win over top seeds England in the final.

After the first two ties were shared, Kasey Brown and Laura Massaro fought out the decider.

Brown prevailed 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 to give the second-seeded Aussies the title.

-The Star, Sunday December 5, 2010.

India and Hong Kong, China, squared off for the 11th position playoff, with India coming on top with a 2 - 0 win. Japan, the fourth Asian team in the Championship, were placed 14th.

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