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Tecnifibre British Junior Open 02-06 January, Sheffield    

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Day Five, The Finals 2010

G13: [3/4] Mayar Hany (Egy) bt [1] Nouran Gohar (Egy)
                 5/11, 11/5, 11/3, 9/11, 11/8 (34m)
B13: [1] Youssef Mohamed (Egy) bt [5/8] Roshan Kumarakannan (Ind)
                11/5, 11/5, 11/2 (19m)

G15: [1] Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt [3/4] Mariam Metwaly (Egy)
                 13/11, 12/10, 11/5 (31m)
B15: [3/4] Shehab Essam (Egy) bt [3/4] Dylan Murray (Usa)
                 11/5, 3/11, 11/4, 20/18 (52m)

G17: [1] Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt [2] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
                 11/6, 11/4, 11/4 (20m)
B17: [2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [5/8] Mohamed Abou Elgar (Egy)
                 11/9, 12/10, 5/11, 11/4 (36m)

G19: [1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt Salma Hany (Egy)
                 11/8, 11/7, 11/3 (25m)
B19: [1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
                 11/9, 11/7, 10/12, 11/9 (52m)

Photos - Quick reports from Marwan El Shorbagy


Draws & Results

Egypt claim BJO Clean Sweep

The 40-strong Egyptian team created history in Sheffield today as the claimed all eight title to dominate the event as never before. In fact the clean sweep was assured after just five finals as the last three on court were all-Egyptian affairs anyway.

Mayar Hany started the ball rolling in the Girls U13, beating top-seeded compatriot Houran Gohar in a five game thriller. In the Boys it was the top seed who prevailed, Youssef Mohamed taking the spoils in straight games.

Yathreb Adel, last year's U13 champion, doubled her tally as she claimed the U15 title against compatriot Mariam Metwaly. Yathreb needed extra points to clinch the first two games before easing through the third. In the Boys division Shehab Essam denied the USA's Dylan Murray in four after extended extra points in the final game.

Next up was a fourth title for Nour El Tayeb as she successfully defended her U17 title, beating Amanda Sobhy in straight games to guarantee the clean sweep for Egypt.

In the Boys U17 Marwan El Shorbagy claimed his first BJO title, then settled down to hopefully watch his big brother take a third consecutive U19 crown.

Nour El Sherbini, on the other hand, already has three titles at U13 and U15 level, and the world junior champion justified her jump straight into the U19s with a straight games win over surprise finalist Salma Hany ... and Sherbini will be around for another four years.

No disrespect to Karim, but it wouldn't have felt right if the day wasn't completed by Mohamed El Shorbagy winning his third consecutive - and fifth in total - title in his last-ever match as a junior, and he duly did so, winning in four tight games to complete a remarkable start to 2010 for the all-conquering Egyptians.

While the Egyptian performance obviously makes the headlines, honourable mentions go to USA for two finalists, and hosts England with two semi-finalists both exceeding their seeded positions.

Girls U13
[3/4] Mayar Hany (Egy) bt [1] Nouran Gohar (Egy)    5/11, 11/5, 11/3, 9/11, 11/8 (34m)

Boys U13
[1] Youssef Mohamed (Egy) bt [5/8] Roshan Kumarakannan (Ind)    11/5, 11/5, 11/2 (19m)


Girls U15
[1] Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt [3/4] Mariam Metwaly (Egy)         13/11, 12/10, 11/5 (31m)

That was a tough match today between Yathreb and Mariem, they both have a good squash and I think they really enjoyed playing the final on the glass court.

In the first game Mariem had the lead all the game, she was up 10/6 but Yathreb was able to save four game points and won the game. same thing happened in the second as Mariem was leading 9/4 and again Yathreb came back to win the game and had the confidence to win the third, and her second title.

Boys U15
[3/4] Shehab Essam (Egy) bt [3/4] Dylan Murray (Usa)      11/5, 3/11, 11/4, 20/18 (52m)

This was the match of the day, the crowd really loved it. Dylan who was diving to every ball today, and Shehab who played some really good shots and won his first bjo title.

First game Shehab was focusing and controlling the game as Dylan was just running and running; in the second Shehab started making errors and Dylan took advantage from that to win the game. After the second Dylan was bleeding from his elbow so he had to put a bandage, but I think he lost his concentration in the third...

Last game was the game of the day as Dylan saved 8 match points from Shehab, Dylan had 2 game points but he couldn't win them. At 13/13 Dylan dove 3 times in that point but Shehab was able to win the point at the end. 19/18 and shehab made a great shot and win his first bjo title.

"I am very happy to win my first bjo title today.

"I was really focusing on my match. I think I lost a bit of concentration in the second.

"He is a very good player and I enjoyed playing him tonight."

Girls U17
[1] Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt [2] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)              11/6, 11/4, 11/4 (20m)

I didn't watch all the match coz my match was after, but Nour seemed in control most of the match with some great shots, and she was able to win her 4th BJO title

I think it was a bad day for Amanda as well, as the crowd was expecting a harder match than that.

"I played really well tonight, I was really focusing for the match coz I know Amanda is a tough opponent.

"Happy to win my 4th title and congratulations to Egypt for winning all the title this year. And I just want to thank my parents for supporting me!"

Boys U17
[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [5/8] Mohamed Abou Elgar (Egy)  11/9, 12/10, 5/11, 11/4 (36m)

I think we both played well. The first two games were really tight - first game point by point, at 7/7 Abouelghar made 2 errors so he gave me the confidence to take the lead to 10/7 then he was able to save two game points with some great shots.

Second game same thing, point by point then I had the lead 10/8 and again he was able to save 2 game points but I took an advantage from his errors to win the game. in the third Abouelghar started to change his game as I started to make some mistakes which helped him to win the third.

Last game, I was just waiting for his mistakes, he made too many tins which helped me a lot to win the title for the first time.

"I really enjoyed playing this tournament, I think I played really well in all my matches. I was training really hard last six months in Millfield. I just wanted to enjoy my self this tournament I didn't put any pressure on myself.

"I just want to thank my dad and mum for supporting me all the time, my brother who always gives me help from his experience and of course the great Jonah barrington, and Ian Thomas who worked really hard with me !

"And now it's my time to keep the El Shorbagy name on the World Junior trophy and the Drysdale Cup !"

Girls U19
[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt Salma Hany (Egy)               11/8, 11/7, 11/3 (25m)

"I am very happy to win the title u19 this year. I played well today and I am looking forward to come back again here next year and win it.

"I would like to thank my parents, my coached Roushdy and Mohamed Mabrouk, and our national coach Mohamed Medhat."

After winning the world junior title Nour El Sherbini decided to play the u19 girls instead of the u15, and again she beat Heba in the semis and tonight she won in straight games and she still has 4 more British !

Salma had a really good tournament, in last 16 she beat the English number one in five games, in the quarters she beat the number two seed and made a big upset in five games, and yesterday she beat Nouran in five games.

So of course she was a bit tired for today's match. El Sherbini played well, she was in control most of the match. Salma was struggling a bit with her movement, Nour won her 4th BJO title and still 4 to go !

Boys U19
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)    11/9, 11/7, 10/12, 11/9 (52m)

Shorbagy won the U19 title for the third time in a row and played his last junior match in his career. It was a good match from both. they played last year and Shorbagy won in five but this year Shorbagy won only in four.

First game point by point till 9/9 but shorbagy used his experience to finish the game; in the second Shorbagy was in control most of the game, and karim made too many mistakes. Third game Shorbagy was up 9/7 but karim was able to come and win the game, and from here karim had more and more confidence and he started to go for shots 8/6 up in the fourth.

But Shorbagy came back to win the title again and his 5th bjo title in total.

"I'm really happy to win this title. I have to really thank god for giving me the titles I wanted in my junior career, winning 2 world juniors and 5 british junior, 3 of them the Drysdale cup.

"It was a very tough match today. Before thethi3rd game I told my brother 'oh my god this game could be my last junior game ever' and he told me to just stay focused and not to think of it and when I was 9/7 up again I thought these might be the last 2 points ever in my junior career and then I lost the game. Thank god I just won the 4th, I had to play my best to win it because he was playing very well.

"I was talking to Jonah in the phone and he was telling me to remember the last match I lost as a junior when I was 15 years old in a tournament in Egypt, and it was the nationals in the semi final and the winner of that match was going to go to New Zealand for the world junior and I lost 10/9 in the 5th, and I remembered I cried so much after this match, and I told Jonah from then on I was going to absolutely train hard to beat the player and the referee so when the referee is against me I have an enough level to keep me safe, and I kept this promise with Jonah and I'm glad I did it.

"Really happy for my brother, I really hope he can win the World Junior and the British Junior for the next 2 years and to keep the title for the Shorbagys because I believe he can.

"Now after 5 days I'm not going to be considered as junior anymore, which is a bad feeling. I'll always miss playing as a juniors because that's where I'll always have the best memories of my life..."

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