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World Junior Championships 2010
28-Jul to 07-Aug, Quito, Ecuador          Team Event

01-Aug, Final:

[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt [2] Ali Farag (Egy)
           8/11, 11/9, 12/10, 11/7 (60m)

Marwan El Shorbagy bt Farhan Zaman
         15/17, 11/6, 12/10, 14/12

Khalifa Crowned World Junior Champion In Quito

Amr Khaled Khalifa outlasted fellow countryman Ali Farag in the final of the Men's World Junior Squash Championship on an all-glass court at El Condado Shopping Mall in the Ecuador capital Quito to become the third successive Egyptian winner of the event in its 17th year.

While Farag, the 18-year-old second seed, reached the final without dropping a game, favourite Khalifa was taken the full distance in the semi-finals for the first time by compatriot Marwan El Shorbagy, a 9/16 seed.

And it was underdog Farag who claimed the initial advantage, winning the first game 11-8.

But in the battle between the two teenagers from Cairo, 17-year-old Khalifa began to exert his authority on the opponent whom he had last beaten on the international stage in the quarter-finals of the British Junior U15 Open more than three years ago.

Favourite Khalifa took the second game by a two-point margin, then survived a tie-break third before confirming his advantage in the fourth to claim his title-winning 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7 in exactly one hour.

Khalifa extends Egypt's grip on the title to six years after Ramy Ashour, the current world No2, won the trophy in 2004 & 2006, and Mohamed El Shorbagy, now ranked 13, in 2008 & 2009.

And the country secured a clean sweep of the 2010 medals when Marwan El Shorbagy beat Pakistan's Farhan Zaman, also a 9/16 seed, 15-17, 11-6, 12-10, 14-12 in the bronze medal play-off.

31-Jul, Semi-Finals:

Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
               11/6, 11/1, 11/13, 9/11, 11/4 (74m)
Ali Farag (Egy) bt Farhan Zaman (Pak)
                11/2, 11/4, 11/8 (23m) 

All Egyptian Final in Quito

The world junior final will be contested by the two top seeded Egyptians after contrasting semi-finals victories at the El Condado shopping mall in Quito.

Event favourite Amr Khaled Khalifa took a two game lead over compatriot Marwan El Shorbaby, but the younger brother of the reigning champion mounted a stirring comeback to take the match into a deciding game, raising the prospect of keeping the title in the family. It was the top seed who prevailed though, pulling clear early in the fifth and clinching the win after 74 minutes of play.

It took second seed Ali Farag less than a third of that time to dismiss the challenge of Pakistan's Farhan Zaman to set up an all-Egyptian final, guaranteeing that the title remains in Egyptian hands where it has been since 2004 with two wins each from Ramy Ashour and Mohamed El Shorbagy.

The final is at 15.30 on Sunday and will be streamed live.

30-Jul, Quarter-Finals:

[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt [6] Aditya Jagtap (Ind)
             11/5, 11/2, 11/2
[9/16] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Ali Ashraf (Egy)
             11/6, 11/6, 11/7
[9/16] Farhan Zaman (Pak) bt Mohamed El Sherbini (Egy)
              12/10, 11/9, 8/11, 11/7
[2] Ali Farag (Egy) bt [8] Charles Sharpes (Eng)
              11/8, 11/7, 11/4

Zaman Holds Back
Egyptian Advance In Quito

Egypt's bid to become the first country for 20 years to claim all four semi-final berths in the Men's World Junior Squash Championship was halted by Farhan Zaman when the 9/16 seed from Pakistan beat giant-killer Mohamed El Sherbini in four games in the quarter-finals at the El Condado Shopping Mall in Quito.

It was a determined performance by the 17-year-old from Peshawar who had upset Mexico's No7 seed Miled Zarazua to reach the last eight. Making his third appearance in the championship, Zaman battled for four games to overcome El Sherbini, 17, from Alexandria.

El Sherbini, a cousin of 14-year-old former women's world junior champion Nour El Sherbini, was only seeded to reach the last 32 - but made his breakthrough in the championship after upsetting France's third seed Lucas Serme in the third round.

Zaman now faces Cairo-based Egyptian Ali Farag for a place in the final. Second seed Farag ended English interest in the event by beating eighth seed Charles Sharpes.

The other semi-final will be an all-Egyptian affair between favourite Amr Khaled Khalifa and outsider Marwan El Shorbagy.

Khalifa, the 17-year-old world No94 from Cairo, brushed aside sixth-seeded Indian Aditya Jagtap while El Shorbagy, a 9/16 seed, continued his unscheduled march through the event by despatching fellow countryman Ali Ashraf El Karargy.

El Shorbagy, 17, from Alexandria, is only two rounds away from creating championship history by becoming the first brother of a former champion to win the title. His illustrious older sibling Mohamed El Shorbagy, now ranked 13 in the world, is the reigning champion after last year becoming only the second player in history, after Ramy Ashour, to win the title a second time.

29-Jul, Round 4:    Full Draws & Results

[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt [9/16] Jacob Alexander (Aus)
             11/2, 11/0, 11/5
[6] Aditya Jagtap (Ind) bt [9/16] James Earles (Eng)
            11/6, 6/11, 11/6, 11/8
[9/16] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [4] Rudi Rohrmuller (Ger) 11/5, 11/2, 11/5
Ali Ashraf El Karargy (Egy) bt Nick Sachvie (Can)
            11/3, 11/8, 12/10
[9/16] Farhan Zaman (Pak) bt [7] Miled Zarazua (Mex)
          11/3, 11/6, 11/9
Mohamed El Sherbini (Egy) bt [9/16] Ravi Dixit (Ind)
           11/1, 11/8, 12/10
[8] Charles Sharpes (Eng) bt [9/16] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
            11/8, 6/11, 11/7, 11/4
[2] Ali Farag (Egy) bt [9/16] Waqas Mehboob (Pak)
            11/2, 11/4, 11/5

29-Jul, Day Two: down to the last 8
Egyptians dominate in Quito ...

There will be Egyptian interest in all four quarter-finals of the in Ecuador after a trio of unheralded players claimed unexpected victories in the fourth round.

In a battle between two relatives of successful girls on the WISPA World Tour, 17-year-old Mohamed El Sherbini (cousin of 2009 women's world junior champion Nour El Sherbini) made his breakthrough in the day's earlier third round when he fought back from two games down to upset France's third seed Lucas Serme (younger brother of world No10 Camille Serme).

The 17/32 seed from Alexandria went on to defeat India's 9/16 seed Ravi Dixit, the reigning Asian Junior Champion.

Ali Ashraf El Karargy, another player expected to progress no further than the last 32, followed a straight games third round win over Indian Ramit Tandon, a 9/16 seed, by defeating Canada's Nick Sachvie to set up a surprise all-Egyptian quarter-final clash with Marwan El Shorbagy.

Younger brother of two-time and reigning world junior champion Mohamed El Shorbagy, 9/16 seed Marwan crushed fourth-seeded German Rudi Rohrmuller in straight games and will celebrate his 17th birthday taking on fellow countryman El Karargy for a place in the semi-finals.

Pakistan will also provide unexpected quarter-final interest when Farhan Zaman takes on Mohamed El Sherbini. The 9/16 seed from Peshawar made his breakthrough in the last sixteen round when he upset seventh-seeded Mexican Miled Zarazua.

India's last remaining survivor Aditya Jagtap duly took his place in the last eight following victory over England's James Earles. The sixth seed from Mumbai will now face Egypt's event favourite Amr Khaled Khalifa who despatched Australia's Jacob Alexander.

Second-seeded Egyptian Ali Farag will take on England's lone survivor Charles Sharpes. Farag, 18, from Cairo, defeated Pakistan's Waqas Mehboob while Sharpes, the No8 seed from Surrey, took four games to overcome Egypt's Zahed Mohamed.

Day One: Seeds safely through

Players from 14 nations will contest the third round in Ecuador after surviving the opening two rounds at Quito Tennis & Golf Club.

Egypt dominate proceedings with six players through to the last 32, with India and Pakistan represented by four, followed by three from each of USA, England and Mexico.

All top 16 seeds survived their early encounters with England's James Earles the only player to be taken the full distance, before overcoming stubborn resistance from unseeded South African Athan Page.

Amr Khaled Khalifa and Ali Farag, the two top seeds from Egypt, enjoyed comfortable straight games second round wins.

Damien Volland doubled French interest in the third round after upsetting Sam Fife, a 17/32 seed from Australia.

Unseeded Mexican Ricardo Lopez Valdiva also recorded a notable upset by beating India's 17/32 seed Abhishek Pradhan. But Karan Malik restored India's pride later when the 18-year-old from Chennai recovered from a game down to overcome Tom de Mulder, a 17/32 seed from Belgium.

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Quito Time:

Team Event

Full Draws & Results

Balancing an Egg
on the Equator ...
Lucas Serme shows how 

Videos from Quito

All's Well ...

Happily, the repairs had been carried out when we arrived and the matches went ahead with a good audience, although at one point, they were asked to spread out and not all occupy the end that collapsed the day before.

The only other minor problem was when some fools who were watching from the upper floors of the shopping centre thought it amusing to drop things onto the court during the matches. A small distraction but unwelcome all the same!

All fall down ...
From an observer in Quito

Apart from the squash yesterday, there was a minor scare at the glass court in the El Condado Shopping Mall when part of the seating collapsed under the weight of spectators while Charles Sharpes and Ali Farag were in the first half of their warm-up for the last quarter-final!

No-one was hurt but there was a delay while the seating was cleared, and the match was played with just coaches, team mates and officials low down behind the court.

Repair work was due to be carried out overnight so that the remaining matches could have the audience the players deserve.

We'll know whether the repairs are complete when we get there for the first match at 3pm ...

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Egyptians having fun ...

  Good start for India
Cyrus Poncha reports

The Indian team had a good start at the World Junior Menís Squash Championships in Quito, Ecuador with 4 players progressing into the top 32 stage after 2 rounds on day 1.

The contingent comprising Aditya Jagtap, Ravi Dixit, Ramit Tandon, Abhishek Pradhan, Mahesh Mangaonkar and coach Cyrus Poncha arrived a week prior to the championships for acclimatization. This has been beneficial as it is the first time the Indian boys are playing at an altitude of 9000 feet above sea level.

The quartet of Aditya, Ramit, Ravi and Karan advanced to the round of 32 without too much trouble. Ravi survived a small hiccup but pulled through to join Aditya and Ramit who notched up straight game victories. The notable achievement was Karan Malik who defeated higher ranked Tom de Mulder from Belgium in four games. Karan was fitter and more consistent than his opponent. Mahesh went down to Englandís top seed Charles Sharpes in a keenly contested four games while Abhishek lost to a fast moving Ricardo from Mexico in straight games.

Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

Mexico, Guatemala, USA, India

England, Venezuela, Referees, Chris Stahl (WSF)

Khalifa Seeded To Extend Egyptian Grip On World Junior Title

Amr Khaled Khalifa is expected to extend Egyptís six-year grip on the  World Junior Squash Championship title, according to the draw for the 2010  event in Ecuador.

The 17th World Junior Individual Championship, which has attracted players from 25 countries, will take place at the Quito Tennis & Golf Club in the Ecuador capital Quito from 27 July to 1 August, followed by the Men's World Junior Team Championship from 2-7 August.

Khalifa, a former British Junior U15 & U17 Open champion, is expected to follow on from previous Egyptian double world junior champions Ramy Ashour (2004 & 2006) and Mohamed El Shorbagy (2008 & 2009). The 17-year-old, who reached the eventís quarter-finals a year ago, is expected to meet 18-year-old compatriot Ali Farag in an all-Cairo final.

Frenchman Lucas Serme and Germanyís Rudi Rohrmuller -  champion and runner-up in the 2010 European Junior Championship in March Ė are seeded three and four.

First World Champs at Altitude

The Ecuadorian Squash Federation is making a big effort making it possible for this country to enjoy of the World Squash Championship, an unprecedented event in Latin America.

From the 27th of July until the 7th of August, Quito will be the venue of the World Junior Squash Championship, which brings 112 players from 25 countries including Egypt, England, Germany, Canada, USA, France, Japan and Ecuador.

The Squash courts of The Quito Tennis Y Golf Club will bring together the world's players who will try to win the junior titles in the individual and team events.

As well to an unusual event a glass squash court will be place it in a site that the event organization is about to define and this off course will catch the interest of Quito citizens.

Ecuador has organized five world championship events before but in different sports - Guayaquil organized two world events: Swimming and Tae Kwon Do. Salinas hosted Surf and Sailing and in the meantime Cuenca organized a World Billiard contest. For the first time Quito will witness a world-class sporting event.

Squash is considered the most healthy sport by Forbes magazine and it is played in 150 countries from around the world. This World Junior Squash Championship Quito 2010 is supported by the World Squash Federation, The South American Squash Confederation, and the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee.

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