Finals Day 2006
at the BJO: Day FIVE, Fri 6th Jan 2006
Steve Cubbins reports from
Sheffield photos by Fritz Borchert
and Steve Cubbins
SUPER SIX FOR EGYPT
A fabulous finals day in Sheffield saw Egypt
claim six British Junior Open titles as
France and Malaysia captured one each ....
G19  Lina El Tannir (Egy) bt 
Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
2/9, 10/9, 9/7, 9/6 (39m)
B19  Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt 
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
9/0, 9/6, 9/0 (29m)
G17  Camille Serme (Fra) bt [3/4]
Wee Wern Low (Mas)
9/4, 9/6, 9/6 (27m)
B17  Mohamed AA Reda (Egy) bt
[5/8] Joe Lee (Eng)
9/5, 9/4, 9/3 (41m)
G15  Heba Alaa El Torky (Egy) bt
[3/4] Laura Gemmell (Can)
9/5, 9/2, 9/0 (22m)
B15  Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt
[3/4] Adel Zarka (Egy)
8/10, 9/5, 3/9, 9/6, 9/4
G13 [3/4] Yan Xin Tan (Mas) bt 
Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
5/9, 9/7, 9/1, 9/2 (41m)
B13 [3/4] Karim Fathy (Egy) bt [3/4]
Hamza Bokhari (Pak)
9/3, 9/2, 9/4 (29m)
 Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt
 Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
9/0, 9/6, 9/0 (29m)
THIRD AND LAST FOR
World Junior Champion Ramy Ashour added the
Drysdale Cup to his growing collection of
honours as he turned in a spectacular
performance in the final, completely
outplaying Aamir Atlas Khan in a repeat of
their world junior final.
Ramy was just unstoppable in the first as he
produced winner after winner, hardly using
the same shot twice as he blitzed the Asian
But Aamir is a fighter, and he came out
determinedly in the second, helped by a
couple of early errors from Ramy, and
started to run the Egyptian's shots down as
he established a 5/1 lead.
As Ramy started to work his way back,
lengthening the rallies, the game developed
into a real battle, both players using all
four corners of the court with shotmaking
and retrieving of the highest quality.
Work his way back Ramy did, getting the
better of several long rallies, taking the
lead and going 2/0 up as Aamir hit two poor
tins to finish the game.
From the start of the third it was clear
that the Ramy of the first game was back.
Aamir din't do anything wrong, there was
just nothing he could do to stem the winners
flowing from the Egyptian's magic racket.
At 5-0 they exchanged four cross-court
dropshots each, and as Ramy finished the
rally with a drive that left Aamir stranded,
the friendly pat on the head that the
Pakistani returned with a smile told us that
the match was all but over.
Very soon it was over, and Ramy Ashour had
the Drysdale Cup in his hand ...
I told you I had lots of shots I
hadn't used yet, but I brought them
all with me today.
"My nature is that I like to play in
front of lots of people with the
pressure on, and I got off to a
great start, I was playing really
well, going for my shots and they
were all working.
"I think I relaxed a bit at the
start of the second, but I managed
to pull it back, and in the third
all my shots started to come back
and I won well in the end.
"I'm very happy!"
 Lina El Tannir (Egy) bt
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 2/9,
10/9, 9/7, 9/6 (39m)
LINA TOPPLES WORLD
World Junior Champion Raneem El Weleily
suffered her first defeat in Sheffield for
five years as Lina El Tannir, in her last
year as a junior, won her first BJO title.
Raneem started well, her drops and boasts
forcing Lina to do most of the work, and to
make most of the errors. From 2-all she took
the first game convincingly, and the pattern
continued as she went 6/1 up in the second.
was trying to increase the pace of the game,
hitting the ball much harder than Raneem,
trying to keep her to the back, and it
started to pay dividends. The rallies were
longer and Lina was able to pick her time to
She worked her way back, levelled at 6-all,
and saved two game balls before taking the
game 10/9 as Raneem's high lob drifted out.
Lina started the third better, as Raneem
started to make uncharacteristic errors,
quickly reaching 8/3. Raneem worked her way
back to 7/8 before Lina's drive from the
back wall hit her opponent's leg on the way
to the front wall ... stroke and game to
Raneem started the fourth with a flurry of
errors - six tins in a row, and they weren't
just down, they were well down. Again she
started to come back, more due to her
opponent's nervousness and errors than her
own good shots.
Lina's first match ball saw Raneem reply
with a typical winning boast, her second
with an untypical drop into the middle of
Lina's reaction was clear ... disbelief and
uncontrollable tears of joy as she went
straight to her mother.
Raneem will be deeply disappointed to lose,
but know that she can play much better than
this ... Lina can become a senior happy in
the knowledge that she is a British Junior
Open Champion ...
"I'm so happy ... I just can't
believe it. This is my first British
Open title and my last, as I'll be
too old next year."
 Camille Serme (Fra) bt
[3/4] Wee Wern Low (Mas) 9/4,
9/6, 9/6 (27m)
CAMILLE DOES FRANCE
As top seed the pressure was on Camille
Serme to perform, and perform she did.
These two have a similar game, and the start
of the first was close, with points traded
in long rallies, reaching 4-all. Although
similar in height, Camille possesses more
power in her shots, and the pressure started
to force errors from Wee's racket as the
French girl took the first 9/4.
was completely in control at the start of
the second, picking of winners with drops,
volley drops and boasts to race into a 5/0
lead, and it looked as though the match
would be over quickly.
As she has a tendency to do, Camille made a
few errors to let Wee back in, but from
six-all she recovered to go two games up.
A poor start in the third - three volleys
into the tin and two cross-court errors -
gifted the Malaysian a 5-0 lead, but once
again Camille recovered, forced Wee to
retrieve, willingly, from all all parts of
the court, and in the end raced through to
give France its fourth-ever British Junior
Camille playing in the final of such
a legendary tournament, I had to be
pretty nervous now, didn’t I?
But actually, it’s Camille who
reassured me. She directed her final
with maestro, and even down 5/0 in
the third, she quietly and calmly
came back into the game…
"It’s a dream we had in common since
we’ve started working together
(nearly 10 years already…!).
She works so hard, she deserves this
to what the score seems to indicate,
the match was never easy! Pressure
was present at every second, and
every point was important.
"I’m glad I was happy to give my
best, I’m extremely happy, it’s the
realisation of a big dream, although
I’m not sure I fully realise what
"I would like to thank my coach,
Philippe Signoret, my physical
trainer, Fred Roualen, and all the
people who have supported me, I
didn’t realise how many they were …
 Mohamed A A Reda (Egy) bt
[5/8] Joe Lee (Eng) 9/5,
9/4, 9/3 (41m)
REDA DENIES ENGLISH
Hopes of a first English title since James
Willstrop won the Drysdale Cup were dashed
as Egypt's Mohammed A A Reda beat surprise
finalist Joe Lee in straight games.
The whole match, each of the three games,
followed a similar patters as both players
played patient, accurate squash, placing the
ball well and retrieving just as well.
But it was always the Egyptian who seemed to
find the extra precision, who created the
first small opening and despatched it
without further ado. Time and again a
well-contested rally would end with Reda
finding a winner from somewhere and the
rally was over.
Reda maintained a slender lead throughout
the first, moving clear from 6/4, did the
same in the second, and took control early
in the third to quash any hopes of a
Reda was more than delighted with his win,
and Lee should be delighted with reaching
the final, but I bet he goes home wondering
how it just didn't seem to happen for him
was trying hard to get him to the
back, but he's so tall and takes the
ball so early it's difficult.
"When I managed to get him to the
back I could use my volleys, but it
was never easy.
"This is my second BJO title, I won
the U13s, but I'm playing PSA now,
at number 148 in the world, and
winning this title feels much
better, after such a long gap.
"I'd like to thank my coaches Ahmed
Matmoi and Anthony Hill, Dr Yasser
my physical instructor, and my
mother and father and family."
 Heba Alaa El Torky (Egy)
[3/4] Laura Gemmell (Can) 9/5,
9/2, 9/0 (22m)
ANOTHER TITLE FOR EL
Egypt's Heba Alaa El Torky successfully
defended her Under 15 title with a
comprehensive victory over Laura Gemmell.
Canadian, taller with a longer reach, faced
up the the smaller, faster Egyptian who had
a wider array of shots to call on.
The first game was competitive, with both
girls able to put the ball away once an
opening had been created. The battle was to
see who could get to the front first, and
the Egyptian was able to do it more often.
Early errors from Laura in the second set
the pattern as Heba doubled her lead, and in
the third the Egyptian seemed able to hit
winners from any part of the court as
Laura's challenge faded.
Still, Canadian, US and Scottish Champion
plus a British Open runner-up, all inside a
month isn't at all bad for Laura, while for
Heba the challenge is the Under 17s next
started playing Laura's game at the
start, but in the second and third I
found what was working and kept on
playing that way.
"I've played some good matches this
week, but last year was harder since
it was my first time in the Under
"When I won last year it was a
surprise, but this time I was
determined to win, so hopefully I
can come back and win more titles."
"She played well. We both have good
drops so we tried to drop each other
... she was just better at it on the
 Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
[3/4] Adel Zarka (Egy) 8/10, 9/5,
3/9, 9/6, 9/4 (51m)
SHORBAGY WINS A
In what was probably the best match of
finals day, if not the best squash, Mohamed
El Shorbagy prevailed in five games over
compatriot Adel Zarka.
Two similar players, both willing to run
until they drop, with plenty of incident to
keep the crowd both entertained and on the
edge of their seats.
Zarka took a close first game but Shorbagy
hit back, taking over from the midpoint of
the second game.
Both players had a tendency to 'play the
ref', sometimes exaggerating their swing
trying to get a stroke, and cheekily asking
for things even they must have known they
wouldn't get, but it was all conducted in
good humour on everyone's part.
The start of the third saw a fantastic
exchange at the end of a long punishing
rally - Shorbagy slipped, and as Zarka went
to put away an easy winner Shorbagy's racket
popped up from his seated position to flick
the ball dead into the corner to everyone's
amazement, not least his own.
However Zarka wasn't unduly troubled as he
went on to take the second and go 6/0 up in
the third. At this point Zarka suffered a
painful-looking fall, onto his nose, and
despite recovering quickly never took
another point in the game.
Shorbagy maintained the momentum at the
start of the fifth, and hung on to claim the
G13 [3/4] Yan
Xin Tan (Mas) bt  Nour El
5/9, 9/7, 9/1, 9/2
B13 [3/4] Karim Fathy (Egy)
bt [3/4] Hamza Bokhari (Pak)
9/3, 9/2, 9/4 (29m)
Unfortunately these matches were on the
outside court at the same time as the other
finals, so we were unable to cover them, but
congratulations to Yan Xin Tan and Karim
Fathy, British Junior Open Champions 2006!
JUNIOR OPEN CHAMPIONS 2006