England begin defence of Women's World Squash Team Championship with win over Canada

PUBLISHED: 13:31 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:31 29 November 2016

Alison Waters. Picture by squashpics.com

Alison Waters. Picture by squashpics.com

Steve Line/SquashPics.com

Alison Waters helped defending champions England get off to a perfect start at the WSF Women's World Squash Team Championship in France.

The 32-year-old Welwyn Garden City player won her match against Danielle Letourneau 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 in 23 minutes on Monday.

Second seeds England, who won the 2014 title in Canada, claimed an overall 3-0 Pool B game success over the Canadians as Waters’ team-mates also triumphed.

Laura Massaro earned a 12-10, 11-9, 11-5 success over Samantha Cornett, while Sarah-Jane Perry overcame Nikole Todd 11-7, 12-10, 11-7.

England take on USA in their second Pool B game tonight (Tuesday).

They then meet Wales on Wednesday.

The knockout stages them take place on Thursday and Friday with the final on Saturday.

Favourites for this year’s crown are Egpyt who currently have three players in the top four of the official world rankings.

They are in Pool A with India, New Zealand and Mexico and kicked-off their bid for the title by beating India 3-0.

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