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Congrats to the World Junior Champions 2013, Nour El Sherbini and Karim El Hammamy ...

World Junior Team  Champs

21-Jul, Finals:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [5/8] Mariam Metwally (Egy)
           11/7, 16/14, 11/8 (34m)

[2] Karim El Hammany (Egy) 3-1[1] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
           11/8, 11/6, 6/11, 13/11 (83m)

Boy's 3rd/4th: Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-0 Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)

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 clinging drive.

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.

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 20-Jul, Semi-Finals:                  full results

   [1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [9/16] Habiba Mohamed (Egy)
                  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)

  [1] Fares Dessouki (Egy) 3-0 [5/8] Abdulla Altamimi (Kuw)
                   11/4, 12/10, 11/7 (36m)
   [2] Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1 [5/8] Richie Fallows (Eng)
                  11/5, 9/11, 11/7, 11/5 (60m)

It's an Egyptian clean sweep in Wroclaw

World 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 Junior final.

Top 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 match.

The Egyptian clean sweep was completed when Boys' top seed Fares Dessouki came through in three against Abdulla Al Tamimi.

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.

Metwally 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 later on."

An 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 games.

"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.

Boys' Quarters

The 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 fifth."

That 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 against Fallows.

"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."

A 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 straight games.

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 day.

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

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Boys' Quarter-Finals:
[1] 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)
[2] Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-1  [5/8] Yousif Nizar Saleh (Kuw)           9/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (62m)

Girls' Quarter-Finals:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [5/8] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)             11/9, 11/3, 11/6 (27m)
[9/16] Habiba 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 [2] Nouran Gohar (Egy)  7/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/13, 11/8 (74m)

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 powerhouse Egypt.

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.

Led 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 all-Egypt clash.

Yathreb 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 straight games.

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 decided.

The 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 Egyptians.
36 Round One matches  
A relatively gentle start to the world juniors as the last 64 in the Girls' and Boys' draws were decided ...

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