• Men's World Junior Squash Championships • 13-17 July 2011 • Belgium •  





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Wednesday 13th Day One:
Just the one upset the home fans didn't want ...

It was all go from 13.00 at the Flemish Squash Centre as the world's best juniors set out on the quest for a World Title. Yes, Egyptian top seeds Amr Khaled Khalifa and Marwan El Shorbagy are favourites, but the withdrawal of Pakistan's 3/4 seeded pair due to visa problems has given some of the English boys sight of possible semi-final berths, and plenty of other nationalities will be keen to impress.

In the event we had 25 matches, one upset as Belgium's number one went down in five games, and - of course - the longest match of the day saved until last.

Here's the results and a few snippets ....

Kush Kumar (Ind) bt Marc ter Sluis (Ned)
                 11/4, 10/12, 8/11, 11/1, 11/0 (43m)
[9/16] Fares Dessouki (Egy) bt Tom Lucas (Ned)
                 11/0, 11/4, 11/3 (16m)
Damien Volland (Fra) bt Abdulaziz Ahmad Kanaan (Kuw)
                 11/2, 11/3, 11/8 (20m)

[5/8] Ramit Tandon (Ind) bt Aqeel Ashkanani (Kuw)
                   11/7, 11/6, 11/4 (23m)
Abdulla Al-Tamimi (Qat) bt Felipe Tovar (Col)
                   12/10, 11/9, 11/6 (26m)
[9/16] Mike McCue (Can) bt Christoph Winzer (Ned)
                  11/4, 11/6, 11/2 (19m)
Abhishek Pradhan (Ind) bt Remo Handl (Sui)
                   11/9, 11/5, 11/1 (22m)

[5/8] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) bt Vrishab Kotian (Ind)
                    11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (22m)
Juan Vargas (Col) bt Michal Valenta (Cze) 
                     w/o (ill)
Oliver Holland (Eng) bt Manuel Wanner (Sui)
                     11/1, 11/5, 11/4 (24m)

[5/8] James Earles (Eng) bt Toon van Baekel (Bel)
                     11/1, 11/6, 11/2 (21m)
Quint Mandil (Fra) bt Matthew Roberts (Rsa)
                     11/4, 11/8, 11/9 (44m)
Alexandre Cogno (Fra) bt Roshan Bharos (Ned)
                     11/4, 11/5, 11/9 (28m)

Greg Lobban (Sco) bt Joel Siewerdt (Sui)
                      11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (29m)
[9/16] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy) bt Antonio Torre (Gua)
Yousef Saleh (Kuw) bt Santiago Sevilla (Ecu)
                    11/7, 11/2, 11/9 (18m)
Alfonso Marroquin (Col) bt [9/16] Tom De Mulder (Bel)
                    4/11, 11/9, 11/6, 4/11, 11/6 (52m)

Dylan Murray (Usa) bt Yannick Lindemann (Sui)
                   11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (25m)
[9/16] Jerome Dadot (Fra) bt Adam Auckland (Eng)
                   11/2, 11/8, 11/5 (27m)
Ernesto Davila (Ecu) bt Josue Enriquez (Gua)
[5/8] Declan James (Eng) bt Yousif Ali (Kuw)
                    11/2, 11/3, 11/6 (15m)

Cedric Kuchen (Sui) bt Guido Ploem (Ned)
                    11/4, 11/9, 11/6 (30m)
[9/16] Mahesh Mangoankar (Ind) bt Thomas Dembinski (Usa)
                   11/1, 11/1, 11/4 (27m)
Durandt Martin (Rsa) bt Johannes Herz (Ger)
                   11/8, 6/11, 11/8, 16/18, 11/6 (52m)
[9/16] Nick Hopcroft (Eng) bt Liam McClintock (Usa)
                  11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (21m)

[9/16] Tyler Osborne (Can) bt Edward Columbia (Usa)
                   11/8, 11/4, 7/11, 11/7 (44m)
Martin Svec (Cze) bt Faraz Khan (Usa)
                  10/12, 11/8, 11/7, 11/13, 11/5 (61m)
[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Jan van den Herrewegen (Bel)
                   11/7, 11/1, 11/7 (32m)



First round under the belt after a good match against Kanaan. I’m feeling fine, and I’m feeling comfortable in my squash. Now, playing a seed from Egypt…

Damien Volland

[9/16] Fares Dessouki (Egy) bt Tom Lucas (Ned)
                 11/0, 11/4, 11/3 (16m)
Damien Volland (Fra) bt Abdulaziz Ahmad Kanaan (Kuw)
                 11/2, 11/3, 11/8 (20m)
 Kush Kumar (Ind) bt Marc ter Sluis (Ned)
                 11/4, 10/12, 8/11, 11/1, 11/0 (43m)

Dessouki and Volland get the ball rolling,
Kumar finishes strongly ...

If Fares Dessouki didn’t have much trouble in this match, I feel that Tom Lucas was getting used to the pace, and was playing better and better as the match went along.

The step was too high for Abdulaziz Kanaan from Kuwait against Damien Volland from France. Although Abdulaziz was able to surprise his opponent a few times, the physical power and court coverage from the French player was just overwhelming…

Yes, I guess I was playing each game better. I just played in the Pioneer and the Dutch Junior, so I guess my legs are getting warmer quicker now!

But Faresh was playing too well today, every bit of space he had, he was able to put the ball away…

Tom Lucas

I didn’t much too much trouble today, the court is good, I really enjoy those conditions. It’s the first time I come to Herentals, it’s really nice, I like it.

I’m now ranked number 1 in the U17 in Egypt. I went to the British Open, and finished 3rd; but I don’t think I played my best squash…

My ambition is to get to top ten, but for this tournament, I would like to get to the final. For that, I would have to beat Khalifa in the third round. I think it will be close, but it would be a good match…

Fares Dessouki

I think he got very tired in the 4th, and just couldn’t play after that.

I’m 15, this is my first championship, and I really didn’t expect to win any match! So I’m really happy…

I’m playing squash to become a professional squash player, and a world champion! I really admire Ramy Ashour, and Jonathan Power too… I like attacking, drops and boasts…

Kush Kumar

Abdulla Al-Tamimi (Qat) bt Felipe Tovar (Col)
                   12/10, 11/9, 11/6 (26m)

The Other Al-Tamimi ...

The first two games were at a very decent standard, it has to be said, and I truly enjoyed it.

Abdulla is in my opinion a very promising player. Only 16, he is extremely clever, and has got an excellent feel about where the ball should go to make as much damage as possible. Also, he knows how to defend the T rather well, takes the ball early, holds the ball when needed, and stands in front 90% of the time…

A bit still “puppy like”, his attention span is a bit short, but he’s got a good range of shots, that he uses at will, and beware of his backhand deceptions. Felipe just never succeeded to read them.

I think that the Colombian would have had more legs in the 3rd had he won the second, in which he was leading more of less all the time, but just lost on the finishing post!

No, it’s not me that played against Nick Matthew in the first round in Qatar last year, it’s my brother!

I was told I would probably win that match, but Felipe was just getting every ball back! Lucky for me, he got tired in the 3rd, and just couldn’t play as well as he did in the first two games.

I think that I really have to work on my patience, that’s what I need to concentrate on…

Abdulla Al-Tamimi

Abhishek Pradhan (Ind) bt Remo Handl (Sui)
                   11/9, 11/5, 11/1 (22m)

I’m not that clever technically, but I’ve seen three or four Indian players on court today, and already, there seems to be a sort of trend in their game: I guess that because they are not that tall, or that powerful physically yet, they are using the counter attacking quite a lot. And attack boasting in particular… Ah, and they run a lot, a bit like… Saurav Ghosal actually!!!!

I must say I’ve really enjoyed watching them, and Abhishek didn’t make any exception. Very well behaved, very respectful of his opponent and the refs, the India boys managed to absorb the great power his opponent was exerting on him in the first three games, and really killed him and “broke his legs” with repetitive boasting inch precise…

As a result, poor Remo seemed just dead in the 4th, and just couldn’t really fight anymore from that moment on…

I’m really happy with my game today, he played well in patches, and we had some really disputed rallies, an excellent start for this tournament. I’ve used the opportunity to get the feel of the court, and I’m happy with the conditions.

I really admire Shabana, since the first time I saw him. Like me, like Saurav, he is not that tall, and he is so fast, and he is going for his shots… I really like his game…

Abhishek Pradhan

Quint Mandil (Fra) bt Matthew Roberts (Rsa)
                     11/4, 11/8, 11/9 (44m)

Once again, a good match, played in the spirit intended. Matthew, 18, from Cape Town in South Africa, was the consistent one, and Quint, well, a bit in and out, playing very well in patches and then zoooom, concentration out of the window, ball in the tin, and switch on again. The South African was leading in each game two, three points ahead, and the Frenchman would just catch up, and overtake his opponent, times and times again.

Quint prevailed, and in the third, was somewhere lucky to take the last two points, but he’ll have to cut the errors and focus a bit better if he wants to get further in the tournament…

I was quite nervous but I managed to win in straight games so it's a good thing !

All the French team won so it's very positive!

I play tomorrow against James Earles I know it will be very difficult but I'll give my best!

Quint Mandil

We travelled really well from South Africa to here, we travelled on Monday, arrived on Tuesday, really happy to play my first world Championship.

I’m having trouble with finishing the points. It’s a bit of a current trend with us South African, we keep the ball going for a long time, but we just don’t seem to be able to put the ball away.

I was playing defensive, playing not to lose, and that’s not the right kind of squash… I was tentative, and just kept the ball going, waiting for him to make the error…

Matthew Roberts

Alexandre Cogno (Fra) bt Roshan Bharos (Ned)
                     11/4, 11/5, 11/9 (28m)

Roshan, from Netherlands, is not your typical player. Left-handed, his forehand is maybe not the best around, he seems to have a bit of a large swing, and when he moves, he seems to get a bit through the player, and not too much around him, which doesn’t help with a game fluidity at times.

But boy does that boy runs, and his physical qualities are obvious, he is fast, powerful, determined, and passionate about his game. If he could just improve a bit on the technical side, he could quickly become a bigger threat on the junior scene…

Greg Lobban (Sco) bt Joel Siewerdt (Sui)
                      11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (29m)
 Alfonso Marroquin (Col) bt [9/16] Tom De Mulder (Bel)
                    4/11, 11/9, 11/6, 4/11, 11/6 (52m)


I only arrived in the fifth game of the match between home player Tom de Mulder, Belgian number one, and Columbian Alfonso Marroquin, and it became obvious to me something was not right with Tom.

Basically, he didn’t seem to be able to move, and just wouldn’t get a ball out of the back corners. That was obviously an off day for the Belgian.

I sort of feel that the pressure was enormous for him, and that it overwhelmed him.

I had absolutely no power today, I felt dizzy, I just couldn’t move, couldn’t hit the ball properly.

This is not normal… I have no idea what happened on there…

Tom de Mulder

Today, I think that patience was the key of the match. I was patient, and it worked really well for me.

I’m 18, I’ve finished at school, and I’m about to start at the Columbian University. I would like to get on the professional circuit.

I’m doing a lot of solo training, and playing a lot with my team mates, but it’s not that easy to train…

Alfonso Marroquin

It’s my first time here in Herentals, and also my first world Championships. It was a bit overwhelming, travelling here on my own, also, things like, booking my practice times, etc. It’s a good experience for me, it shows me what I’ll have to do when I become a professional player…

Today, I found it difficult to play on that court, in very warm conditions, but I played patient squash, and got the result I needed….

Greg Lobban

[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt
Jan van den Herrewegen (Bel)      11/7, 11/1, 11/7 (32m)

JAN really surprised me today. I saw only the third game, and was expecting Marwan to walk away with it, as he was leading 2/0. But Lord no!

The only Belgium left in the draw – after Tom’s early exit – just clawed in, fought for every ball, although it was quite obvious he was running on fumes bless him.

A good game, very close up to 7/7, tight, good length, lots of running and retrieving. Jan can be proud of his performance today, and I feel he was pretty unlucky with the draw, I guess he could have gone further…

Jan surprised today, especially in the 3rd, he put me under pressure and never gave up. A 3/0 is really good, I’m happy to have got used to the court, I’m looking forward to my match tomorrow..

He was playing really well and I really enjoyed it!

Marwan El Shorbagy

I was really disappointed that Tom lost, he is a friend, and I was expecting him to go far in this tournament. And it’s sad there is no more Belgium in the second round, as we are in Belgium!

In the first and third, I played the ball quite tight, but in the 2nd, I just played too many unforced errors, and to win, I would have had to play in the four corners… I probably could have done without going for so many shots, and I could have been more patient…

Jan van den Herrewegen

Durandt Martin (Rsa) bt Johannes Herz (Ger)
                   11/8, 6/11, 11/8, 16/18, 11/6 (52m)

This was not easy… The fourth in particular, I was down 10/5, came back to 10/10, and I finally lost it 18/16!

This is my second worlds, last year, I was bitten by a spider five weeks before, and I was unable to compete really, only started playing twp days before the tournament!

It’s my first time in Herentals, I love it here, and I think it’s the nicest place I’ve ever seen!

I live in Port Elizabeth, but I’m in boarding school in Cape Town. I don’t exactly put too much stress on my studies actually, for the next two years, I would like to train 6 days a week, plus coaching to earn my life and sponsoring if I can. And then, I intend to go on the circuit…

Durandt Martin

[9/16] Jerome Dadot (Fra) bt Adam Auckland (Eng)
                   11/2, 11/8, 11/5 (27m)

There we go, first round done.

I dreaded this game but I gradually got more and more relaxed when I got closer to the starting time! I had a solid game, which prevented him from getting into the game

Tomorrow I’m playing the young American number one, Dylan Murray.

I will give all…

Jérôme Dadot

Two rounds tomorrow, starting at 11.00, finishing with the last eight

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