Day TWO

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

 

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Thursday 14th, Day TWO:

Two rounds to play today as the quarter-finalists were decided in Herentals. Four Egyptians, two Englishmen and two Indians will play for the right to be declared World Champion.

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Round Three:                 


[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa
(Egy) bt [9/16] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
                     11/4, 10/12, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5 (55m)
[5/8] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) bt Oliver Holland (Eng)
                     3/11, 12/10, 11/2, 15/13 (41m)

[5/8] Ramit Tandon (Ind) bt Abhishek Pradhan (Ind)
                    11/6, 8/11, 11/3, 11/8 (33m)
[5/8] James Earles (Eng) bt Alexandre Cogno (Fra)
                    11/2, 11/9, 11/4 (28m)

[5/8] Declan James (Eng) bt Dylan Murray (Usa)
                     11/9, 11/9, 11/5 (38m)
[9/16] Mazen Ga Sabry (Egy) bt Alfonso Marroquin (Col)
                     11/5, 11/0, 11/0 (19m)

[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) bt [9/16] Nick Hopcroft (Eng)
                     11/8, 11/5, 11/4 (32m)
[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [9/16] Tyler Osborne (Can)
                     11/2, 11/7, 11/2 (20m)

no, we haven't had upsets, there just aren't any 3/4 seeds in the draw

Round Two results and reports


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Round Three roundup:

Two expected Egyptian winners to open proceedings in the third round, but neither had it all their own way. Top seed and defending champion Amr Khaled Khalifa looked to be cruising through at a game and 10-5 up, but Fares Dessouki fought back to force a deciding game, in which Khalifa was dominant.

Mohamed Abouelgar made too many mistakes in the first game and a half against Oliver Holland, but the Englishman couldn't close out the second. The Egyptian dominated the next two games, but then struggled to close out an 8-3 advantage, eventually taking it 15/13 on his 7th match ball.

England and India claimed their first quarter-final places as James Earles beat Alex Congo in three, holding off a spirited challenge from the Frenchman in the second, and Ramit Tandon underlined the Indian pecking order with a 3/1 win over compatriot Abhishek Pradhan.

Declan James made it two Englishmen in the last eight, but had to work hard to quell the lively American Dylan Murray in three, while his quarter-final opponent Mazen Ga Sabry despatched his Colombian opponent with increasing authority to make it a trio of Egyptians through.

The final two places were claimed by India's Mahesh Mangoankar, who beat a tiring fellow 9/16 seed Nick Hopcroft in straight games, while second seed Marwan El Shorbagy made sure Egypt had a full 50% of the quarter-finalists with a quick despatch of Tyler Osborne.
 

[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt [9/16] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
                     11/4, 10/12, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5 (55m)

IN & OUT, OUT & IN…

Again of those funny matches, with the tide changing one way and the other!

First, we had Amr giving Fares a squash lesson for one and a half game. To the point that at 10/5, Fares thinks the game is over, and leaves the court! Amr is surprised, thinks he won the point, and focus goes straight out of the window.

Of course, from that point on, Fares, no pressure, just plays superb squash, and ends up taking the game, 12/10…

Khalifa puts the clock at the right time in the 3rd again, being dominant and accurate, but in the 4th, Faresh founds the perfect game and upset the favourite yet again! But experience and maybe fitness make the difference in the 5th, with Amr running away with the game…

After Fares got off court at 10/5, I just lost concentration, couldn’t push… Fares had nothing to lose, and played great squash, he is one of the best juniors in Egypt.

And tomorrow, I really got to concentrate on the squash, not of the expectations, nor the pressure. But in a way, I’m happy to play 5 games, to get use to the court…

[5/8] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) bt Oliver Holland (Eng)
                     3/11, 12/10, 11/2, 15/13 (41m)

MOHAMED IMPROVING…

It’s one of those matches where you start looking thinking that one player is going to win easy, and you come back 15mn later, and you realise that you don’t know much about squash after all.

Ollie Holland started extremely well in the first game, and to the middle of the second, but gradually, he got probably a bit tired as his opponent made him work very hard indeed, and as this morning, Ollie played a hard 4 setter against mate Arthur Moineau, I guess he just run out of gas in the end…

I was so nervous to start with, I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous in my life really. And at 6/1 down in the second, I told myself, it’s not going to end like this, I’m going to fight for it…

He did surprise me, although we’ve played in the juniors already, he beat me in the BJO U15. But today, he really played well, attacked a lot, volleyed too, and forced a lot of unforced errors out of me.

Then, I settled and he helped me by doing 5, 6 errors per game after that.

This was a good game, I hope I can play like that in my next match…


I got off to a good start, and he helped me by playing a few mistakes. I tried to relax as much as I could, it’s not that often that you get a good lead against somebody of that level. And I still took a good start in the second, but then, he cut the mistakes, and my legs got tired from all the hard work he made me do.

In the 3rd and 4th, I started making a few errors, and just couldn’t finish the point. I guess it’s just the legs that got tired…

[5/8] Declan James (Eng) bt Dylan Murray (Usa)
                     11/9, 11/9, 11/5 (38m)

INSTINCT VERSUS EXPERIENCE

Well, yet another good match, and another player that impresses me, although he logically loses….

“Is Dylan playing often on the glass court”, I asked a member of the US team? “No, he doesn’t play for a team, he actually plays more basket ball than squash”….

We are dreaming…

Let me tell you that this boy has got some stunning instinct, great retrieving abilities, a fitness as good as it comes, and stunning mental strength, that allowed him to come back each game from as bad as 6/0 down and equalise systematically.

Declan, what was he doing in all that you may ask? Well, he was being the great professional and mature player he is really. He kept his calm even when he was not playing at his best, played with grace and fair play, precise, accurate and relentless.

Dylan deserved to win a game I thought, as he literally flung himself to the four corners to try and get the ball back, even finding some “Egyptian style nicks” on the way. But Declan had the experience and the technical ability to stop the American in three.

Still, I know that Dylan doesn’t really think about making a career out of squash. That’s a bit of shame if you ask me.

At the start of each game, I was playing high intensity squash, and when I was a few points ahead, I seem to drop it a bit, which allowed him back in the game each time, especially thanks to his great racquet skills.

David [Campion] told me to keep the intensity as high as possible which I really succeed to do in the third.

I didn’t put any kind of pressure on myself coming here, I want to play the best I can, and if I play well, I’ll be happy. For the past 6 to 12 months, I’ve tried to improve, to get more mature, more professional. Because I really want to reach my full potential and become a top squash player…

[5/8] James Earles (Eng) bt Alexandre Cogno (Fra)
                    11/2, 11/9, 11/4 (28m)

In the first game, I played rather well, took it 11/3. then he got better in the second, and led 4/0 before I started clawing back, to finally take it 11/9! That was probably the turning point of the match…

In that second, we had a very very long rally, that took a lot out of both of us, and he gave me a few unforced errors, then I gave him a few unforced errors!! I think I sometimes lost concentration, and went for the shots too early…



I think that technically, he was superior today. I don’t mean that I was hunky dory physically, he made me run so much at the end, I was knackered, but I just couldn’t counter his game, especially in the 1st and 3rd, I just didn’t find solution to the problems he proposed me!

In the 2nd, I was a bit better, I was able to delayed my shots better, didn’t make too many errors, was able to play on his backhand better, which led him to open the court a bit more for me, creating more opportunities.

Physically, he was stronger at the end of the match, but still, I really enjoyed myself on there, and I’m happy to be here…

[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar bt [9/16] Nick Hopcroft (Eng)
                     11/8, 11/5, 11/4 (32m)
[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt
[9/16] Tyler Osborne (Can)           11/2, 11/7, 11/2 (20m)

I didn’t see the match people at all, but I was told that 17 year old Indian guy’s squash was just too intense for Nick today, he was playing too fast, taking the ball too early. Nick was trying to slow the pace down, to control the ball, but he just couldn’t impose his game…

I was pretty confident. I’ve studied Nick’s game since I was 11. And although I never played him before, I really worked on how to play him. Also, I told myself that I’ve got to go and do it! After all, I’ve been training for a year for this event…

I’m passionate about my squash, and I just admire Jonathan Power so much, I want to do everything he’s done! I’ve started to play PSA events, five up to now.

I’m blessed with being sponsored by Kingfisher Airlines, which helps me with my travelling, and also, I’m managed by a Sports Endorsement Company. And yes, I was to be world number one…

[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt
[9/16] Tyler Osborne (Can)          11/2, 11/7, 11/2 (20m)

I’m trying to get used to the court, and tried a few shots, which led to a few errors, but I only did that when I was up score wise.

This morning, my opponent played really well, whereas I probably didn’t. But I’m not going to beat myself about it, I just get on with it.

This evening, I already played Tyler in the British, he is a nice guy, and really fair. I played better than I did this morning, but he played better last time we played.

Tomorrow, I’m playing Mahesh, he is playing well at the moment, and hopefully, we’ll play a good match…

Round TWO

The morning session went pretty much as expected, with just a couple of minor upsets as Dylan Murray and Abhishek Pradhan took out 9/16 seeds Jerome Dedat and Mike McCue respectively.

For the USA's Murray it was 'the best I've played for a long time', while Indian manager Major Maniam was pleased, but not surpised at Pradhan's result as 'he'd beaten Mike a couple of times recently'.

Elsewhere the favoured Egyptians and English progressed comfortably enough, and some of them will need the energy they've saved for tough matches tonight ...

Round TWO: 

[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt Kush Kumar (Ind)                           11/4, 11/3, 11/1 (22m)
[9/16] Fares Dessouki (Egy) bt Damien Volland (Fra)                     11/3, 11/7, 11/0 (29m)
[5/8] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) bt Juan Vargas (Col)                   11/5, 11/1, 11/7 (20m)
Oliver Holland (Eng) bt Arthur Moineau (Fra)                            11/9, 8/11, 11/3, 11/2 (46m)

[5/8] Ramit Tandon (Ind) bt Abdulla Al-Tamimi (Qat)                       11/5, 11/8, 11/9 (31m)
Abhishek Pradhan (Ind) bt [9/16] Mike McCue (Can)                9/11, 11/9, 11/1, 11/7 (38m)
[5/8] James Earles (Eng) bt Quint Mandil (Fra)                                 11/3, 11/5, 11/6 (21m)
Alexandre Cogno (Fra) bt Valentin Rapp (Ger)                          11/9, 11/6, 7/11, 11/6 (44m)

[9/16] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy) bt Greg Lobban (Sco)   11/6, 5/11, 11/8, 11/5 (31m)
Dylan Murray
(Usa) bt [9/16] Jerome Dadot (Fra)                               11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (40m)
[5/8] Declan James (Eng) bt Ernesto Davila (Ecu)                     11/6, 5/11, 11/2, 11/9 (40m)
Alfonso Marroquin (Col) bt Yousef Saleh (Kuw)               12/10, 11/8, 7/11, 6/11, 11/9 (60m)

[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) bt Cedric Kuchen (Sui)                 11/2, 11/4, 11/5 (24m)
[9/16] Nick Hopcroft (Eng) bt Durandt Martin (Rsa)                           11/7, 11/5, 11/5 (30m)
[9/16] Tyler Osborne (Can) bt Andres de Frutos (Col)                        11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (20m)
[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Martin Svec (Cze)                 11/4, 11/7, 11/13, 11/3 (38m)
 

Holland tested as Egyptian trio ease through

Oliver Holland (Eng) bt Arthur Moineau (Fra)
                   11/9, 8/11, 11/3, 11/2 (46m)

A very interesting match between two players with a bit of the same kind of game, patient at the back, and taking the opportunity when it arises… Add to that Arthur trains in Nottingham, where Olli is based, and you have two players that know each others’ game rather well…

Olli was a bit nervous I thought, making a few uncharacteristic errors in the first game, looking insecure to be honest. Arthur surprised me, with an excellent physical presence, a good court coverage, and some delicate backhand volley drops that found the spot times and times again….

But as the match advanced, Olli just got more confident, and Arthur more tired, with more and more unforced errors for the Frenchman…

Arthur and I know each other quite well, we play a lot of friendly matches, which I normally win, so I felt a bit of pressure coming here in a competitive match, as I knew Arthur would me much more in it than for a simple friendly game.

But in the third, David [Campion] told me to relax and to start working in the corners instead of only hitting hard from the back. So I did, and I started to play better, and Arthur got a bit more tired as well.

I’m happy to win this one, especially as I was playing better at the end, and hopefully, I can carry that onto the next match…

Oliver Holland

[9/16] Fares Dessouki (Egy) bt Damien Volland (Fra)
                  11/3, 11/7, 11/0 (29m)

Fares didn’t have too much trouble today against Damien, although the second one was more disputed. In the first game, the Frenchman was courtcrossing too much, much to the delight of his opponent that was cutting every ball with great success.

In the second, Damien played a more length game, and straighten his shots, putting more pressure onto his opponent. Up to 6/6 that is, when Damien got a few calls that seem to make him lose a bit of focus, plus a bit of tiredness, and Fares run to 11 rather quickly.

The third, well, 11/0. No comment necessary…

In the first game, I was not too secure about my drives, so afraid to not be accurate enough, so I crosscourted far too much. I reassessed in the second, but at 6/6, two or three strokes against me, lost a bit of concentration there…

I didn’t do a great match, although he played obviously very well. And in the third, he was up 2/0, and went for his shots that went in beautifully. Harsh score though, ending on a 11/0…..

Damien Volland

[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy) bt Kush Kumar (Ind)
                  11/4, 11/3, 11/1 (22m)

I’m feeling good, but I really don’t have any kind of expectations on this tournament. What is squash? Drive, cross and drop. Whoever does that wins. So, I may have a small advantage, but a squash court doesn’t know who you are…

Amr Khaled Khalifa

[9/16] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy) bt
 Greg Lobban (Sco)               11/6, 5/11, 11/8, 11/5 (31m)

A STAR IS BORN…

Well, you may think, what the heck is she talking about, as I’m about to salute somebody who lost. But Greg Loban, from Scotland, played a superb match today against U17 British Open Winner, and even took a game quite comfortably.

OK, Greg is slightly short fitness-wise, and that was what made the difference in the end, but boy, did Mohamed Hesham had to run and fight today!

I’m pretty sure he didn’t expect such resistance from an unknown Scottish player – not to mention the only one, with no coach, nobody to support or advise him officially poor mite.

Of course, the Egyptian played some great squash, and deserves to win, he’s got beautiful hands and all, one doesn’t win a British title without being a great player, but if that Greg gets training as he is supposed to next year in Glasgow, I can tell you that Scotland may soon have an excellent player on the circuit..

[5/8] James Earles (Eng) bt Quint Mandil (Fra)
                   11/3, 11/5, 11/6 (21m)

I felt good this morning, had a good warming up, and was confident going to this match, so I played well.

The court was bouncy and he is a fit player, so the rallies were long and really tough…

I don’t have any ambition or expectation, just taking one match at a time…

James Earles

Alexandre Cogno (Fra) bt Valentin Rapp (Ger)
                   11/9, 11/6, 7/11, 11/6 (44m)

We have a few “brains” in France, and Alex is one of them – along with Jérôme Dadot, who had in the first exams an average of 20 out of 20 in mathematics bless him. Alex just got his scientific baccalauréat, and is now in one of the most prestigious schools in France.

So he is not going to concentrate that much on squash for the next three years, as the amount of work involved just cannot mix with a full time squash training….

I could feel that at the end of the games, I was getting a bit tired, and in the 3rd, he played better, more accurate squash, and I started running all around him….

In the 4th, I was able to reassess, put more pressure onto him as I was doing in the first two games, and he got tired as he was the one having to run more…

Alexandre Cogno

Dylan Murray (Usa) bt [9/16] Jerome Dadot (Fra)
                  11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (40m)

This is the best I’ve played for a very long time. Jérôme was seeded to beat me, so I had nothing to lose, and just played well.

My goal this tournament was to reach the third round, and although I’m going to give it my hardest, I may not stand much chance in the next round!

It’s the 6th year I come to Europe to play on the junior circuit, Pioneer and Dutch. This year, I got injured in the semis of the Pioneer. I like coming here to get the experience, although I want to privilege my studies in the near future…

Dylan Murray

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