World Junior Team
El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [5/8] Mariam Metwally (Egy)
11/7, 16/14, 11/8
 Karim El Hammany (Egy) 3-1 Fares Dessouki (Egy)
11/8, 11/6, 6/11,
Boy's 3rd/4th: Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-0 Abdulla Al
It's three for Sherbini
Nour El Sherbini captured a record third WSF World
Junior title as she beat fellow-Egyptian Marian Metwally
in straight games in the final at the
Hasta La Vista Club in Poland.
Sherbini, champion in 2009 and 2012 and appearing in her
fourth final, took the opening point of the match but
Metwally, at 16 one year Sherbini's junior, kept pace with
the world number 11 as the score advanced to 6-all. Sherbini
took five of the next six points to take the lead.
Metwally got the better start in the second though, leading
5-1, and although Sherbini levelled at 5-all Metwally pulled
away again, extending an 8-5 lead to earn two game balls at
10-8. Sherbini again levelled, forcing extra points with a
Metwally would have three more game balls, failed to convert
them, and at 14-all it was Sherbin who broke the deadlock to
double her advantage 16-14.
The rallies stayed competitive throughout, but from 4-all in
the fourth Sherbini edged ahead, leading 8-5 then 10-7, and
on the second attempt that historic third title was hers.
"I can't believe I've won it again," said a delighted
Sherbini. "Mariam played so well, the second game was
crucial, I never thought I would win it but I just kept
trying to get it back point by point."
Sherbini and Metwally team up next week in the Egyptian
squad who are firm favourites to retain their team title ...
Hammamy stops Dessouki
A second Egyptian winner, and a new champion, was guaranteed
in the boys' final, which saw an upset as second seed Karim El Hammamy
beat top seed Fares Dessouki in four tough games.
Hammamy took the lead, then recovered from a deficit in the
second to double his advantage. The top seed rallied to pull
a game back, but in the fourth it was Hammamy's turn to
fight back, coming from 7-10 down to take the title.
Draws & Results
plus Team Pools
Draws & Results
plus Team Pools
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
3-0 [9/16] Habiba
11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (31m)
[5/8] Mariam Metwally
(Egy) 3-1 [3/4] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11/6, 9/11, 11/6, 13/11 (64m)
 Fares Dessouki (Egy) 3-0 [5/8] Abdulla Altamimi (Kuw)
11/4, 12/10, 11/7 (36m)
 Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 [5/8] Richie
11/5, 9/11, 11/7, 11/5 (60m)
It's an Egyptian clean sweep in Wroclaw
Junior semi-finals day at the Hasta La Vista Club in
Wroclaw, Poland, started with an upset as Mariam Metwally
got the better of four close games to deny Yathreb Adel
a second successive World Junior final appearance.
The match had much quality squash, got scrappy at times
with plenty of decisions required of the referees, but it
was 16-year-old Mariam who held her nerve at the end of a
close fourth game - despite being drilled in the leg at
9-all - to save two game balls before taking the match on
her first opportunity.
A second Egyptian winner followed as second seed Karim El
Hammany ended the run of England's Richie Fallows
with a hard-fought four game win. Hammany pulled clear from
midway in the first to take the lead, and although Fallows
levelled, the Egyptian found the extra gear at the end of
the third and fourth games too to reach his first World
seed and defending champion Nour El Sherbini reached
her fourth World Junior final with a straight-games win over
young compatriot Habiba Mohamed, but it was far from
being as easy as that sounds.
Sherbini took early leads in the first two games, 5-1 and
4-2, and although she maintained those leads throughout she
could never properly shake the determined Habiba off. The
third was close all the way, from 2-all through to 9-all,
but it was Sherbini who finally pulled clear thanks in part
to two rather generous decisions in her favour to finish the
Egyptian clean sweep was completed when Boys' top seed
Fares Dessouki came through in three against Abdulla
The Qatari took a while to find his way into the match, but
just when Dessouki looked to be running away with it he
staged a fightback to take the second to extra points, and
held his own up to 7-all in the third only to see Dessouki
finish it off with some delicate dropshots.
With three first-time finalists and Sherbini looking
for a record third title, about the only thing we can
predict about Sunday's finals is that there will be two
Egyptian winners ... again !
Fri 19th Jul, Quarter-Finals:
Egypt grab all four girls' semi spots
Quarter-finals at the Hasta La Vista Club in Wroclaw started
with contrasting wins for two of the six Egyptian girls in
the last eight.
Yathreb Adel, runner-up in last yearís event but
seeded 3/4 here, despatched Belgiumís Nele Gilis in just 25
minutes, while Mariam Metwally needed three times
that long to overcome second-seeded compatriot Nouran Gohar.
recovered from a deficit to take the lead, and had a match
ball in the fourth game before Gohar levelled again.
Metwally, seeded 5/8, kept ahead in the decider to finally
clinch a second consecutive place in the semi-finals 11/8
after 74 minutes.
"I actually have a good record against Nouran, Iíve
played her perhaps 20 times in Egypt not losing many of
those," said Mariam. "Today I let that chance at 2-1 up slip
and she won the game, luckily I wasnít made to rue that
Egyptian champion was guaranteed when 14-year-old Habiba
Mohamed produced a second successive upset as she
overpowered American 3/4 seed Sabrina Sobhy in straight
"Perhaps I was expecting to win a bit yesterday and much
more today," said Habiba. "Itís a big deal as Iím younger
than her and at only 14 Iím in the semis! Am I
nervous? Not at all, why should I be, thereís no pressure on
me from now on!"
That left it to defending champion Nour El Sherbini
to beat Salma Hany in straight games - although the first
was a struggle - to finalise the semi-final lineup.
Egyptian bandwagon looked like it would keep on rolling when
9/16 seed Mohamed El Gawarhy took a 6-1 lead in the fifth
against Richie Fallows, but the 3/4 seeded Englishman
fought back to 9-all.
Fallows then delightedly claimed a place in the semi-finals
courtesy of a lucky winner followed by a final forced error
from his opponent.
"It was a really tight game which almost slipped away
from me," said Fallows. "I think God was on my side today,
especially when I think about that backhand shot that went
of my frame and helped me win the point at 9 all in the
was only a temporary blip for the Egyptians though, as
second seed Karim El Hammany recovered from a game
down to beat Kuwaitís Yousef Nizar to set up a semi-final
"Losing the first game was disappointing, but I was still
getting into the game," explained Karim. "Iím that sort of
player who gets better as the match progresses."
rare non-Egyptian winner was guaranteed as Lyell Fuller took
on 5/8 seed Abdullah Al Tamimi, but the Englishmanís
giantkilling run came to an end at the speedy Qatari won in
Boysí top seed Fares Dessouki claimed the last
semi-final place with a hard-fought win over Diego Elias.
The Peruvian fought back strongly to level the match
one-all, but Dessouki took the next two games with
increasing authority to make it six Egyptian winners on the
Draws & Results
Donít think theyíre going away
any time soon either - they all have at least one more world
juniors to play:
Sherbini 17, Mohamed 14, Metwally 16, Hany 16,
Adel 17, Gohar 15
The French View
 Fares Dessouki (Egy) 3-1 [5/8] Diego Elias (Per)
11/9, 9/11, 11/5, 11/4 (65m)
[5/8] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat) 3-0 Lyell Fuller (Eng)
12/10, 11/8, 11/6 (32m)
[5/8] Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-2 [9/16] Mohamed ElGawarhy
(Egy) 7/11, 11/4, 11/13, 11/8, 11/9 (80m)
 Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 [5/8] Yousif Nizar Saleh (Kuw)
9/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (62m)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
3-0 [5/8] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
11/9, 11/3, 11/6 (27m)
Mohamed (Egy) 3-0
[3/4] Sabrina Sobhy (Usa)
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (24m)
[3/4] Yathreb Adel (Egy) 3-0
[5/8] Nele Gilis (Bel)
11/4, 11/5, 11/1 (25m)
[5/8] Mariam Metwally (Egy) 3-2
 Nouran Gohar (Egy) 7/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/13,
Thu 18th, Day THREE
Egyptians dominate World Juniors day three
The third day of play in the WSF World Junior
Championships at the Hasta La Vista Club in Wroclaw,
Poland, was dominated by players from junior
The Girlsí faced two rounds of play, and the
morningís round three matches were productive not
only for the Egyptians but also for England, who
were delighted to have four winners, two of them -
Lily Taylor and Anna Kimberley -
taking out two of the five 9/16 seeds who failed to
reach their seeded positions - the other unexpected
winners were Indiaís Sachika Ingale, American
Maria Ubina, and Kiwi Rebecca Barnett.
by two-time and defending champion Nour El
Sherbini, it was Egypt though who recorded the
most wins as six of the squad who are hot favourites
to retain the team title next week, won through to
the last sixteen. And their strength in depth showed
in the eveningís round four as all six made it
through to the quarter-finals, dropping just one
game between them.
Egypt are already guaranteed two semi-finalists, as
in the quarter-finals Sherbini faces compatriot
Salma Hany Ibrahim while second seed Nouran
Gohar meets Miriam Metwally in another
Adel, last yearís runner-up who is seeded 3/4,
comes up against Belgiumís Nele Gilis after
they ended the runs of Taylor and Kimberley. In the
top half of the draw American 3/4 seed Sabrina
Sobhy - younger sister of 2010 champion Amanda -
faces surprise package Habiba Mohamed, the
14-year-old who beat European champion
Victoria-Temple Murray in straight games to claim an
unexpected quarter-final place.
There were bigger upsets in the Boysí draw where
both 3/4 seeds were beaten in five game thrillers -
Englandís Lyell Fuller overcame Jordanís
Ahmad Alsaraj and Mohamed El Gawarhy
prevailed against Pakistanís Syed Bokhari, the
recently-crowned Asian junior champion, to join
fellow Egyptian top seeds Fares Dessouki and
Karim El Hammany in the quarter-finals.
Top seed Dessouki will meet Perivian Diego Elias
while El Hammany, the second seed, now meets
Kuwaitís Yousif Nizar, who recovered from
10-3 down in the first to beat Bradley Smith in
Fullerís reward is a meeting with Qatarís 5/8 seed
Abdulla Al Tamimi while El Gawarhy faces
Englandís Richie Fallows.
The busiest day
In the Girls' draw all the top 16 seeds came
safely through their first matches, and face two
rounds tomorrow which will see the quarter-finalists
boys are already down to the last 16 - the top 8
all won twice today, but five of the 9/16 seeds lost
out, some conceding walkovers, some losing on court.
The last player through was Bradley Smith,
who came in as a late replacement for Ashley Davies,
to join fellow Englishmen Richie Fallows and
seed-beating Angus Gillams and Lyell
Fuller in round four.
It's Egypt who have the highest representation
though, with top seeds Fares Dessouky and
Karim El Hammany joined by three other
Round One matches
A relatively gentle start to the world juniors as
the last 64 in the Girls' and Boys' draws were
Draws & Results
World Juniors 2012
The French View
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