World Junior Squash Championships 2009   29 Jul - 08 Aug Chennai  


Draws & Results
girls round
two complete

Wed 29th, Day ONE:

Preliminaries over, it's down to the action, with two rounds to play in both draws. That's a lot of matches so (65 for the girls, 43 for the boys), as ever, until we get down to manageable numbers we'll bring you snippets of the action and anything else of interest .... stay tuned ...

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Afternoon Session - Round Two:
Top two safely through

The local press was out in force for the first appearance of top seed Dipika Pallikal, who eased past the USA's Natasha Kingshott in straight games. Unfortunately I missed the whole thing, but there will be lots in the papers tomorrow, so we'll get some clippings.

Also out in force was the newly-arrived England Team (see morning report below), supporting Nathan Lake as he took on defending champion Mohamed El Shorbagy. Lake took a game off the world #17, but Shorbagy asserted to take the last two games and keep his title bid on course.

Egyptians girls out in force

The girls' second round saw the strong Egyptian contingent enter the fray, and seven of them went through to the last 32 including second and fifth seeds Heba and Nouran El Torky.

Performance of the day was from Yathreb Adel, who overcame 9th seed Tong Tsz-Wing 13-11 in the fifth in the longest match of the day.

Pakistanis progress ...

The biggest upsets were reserved for the boys event though, as Nosherwan Khan and Nasir Iqbal both took out top eight seeds.

Nosherwan took a tight first game against third seed Karim Abdel Gawad, but lost the second after taking an injury break. He reasserted though to take the next two for a stunning upset, 15/13, 11/2, 11/7, 11/5.

"I lost to him in the BJO semi-finals, I was ahead in all the games but lost due to mistakes. So I knew I had to play differently today, I was controlled but still played aggressively and it worked well.

"The injury affected me in the second game, but I couldn't feel it in the third and fourth games.

"My coach prepared me really well for this match, I want to thank him for that, I'm really happy with this win and Insha'allah I'll continue to do well in this tournament."

  (on the left in the photo)

And as often happens, you wait all day for a significant upset and two come along at once - Nasir Iqbal, one of youngest players in the draw at just 15, taking out Finland's seventh seed Henrik Mustonen in five -  11/9, 11/9, 11/13, 7/11, 11/3 - to make it a great day for Pakistan. 

In the final match of the day second seed Ivan Yuen (it really was him in Cairo for the ATCO Junior, even though he was down as Yven Youri there) beat Kuwait's Nasser Al-Rashid in straight games, although the Malaysian needed many extra points to take the second, 21-19.

Tomorrow brings two more rounds for the girls, and one for the boys, at the end of which we'll be down to the quarter-finalists. With 15 of the girls top 16 still in contention, and the boys looking for more upsets, it should be some day ...

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El Torky times two

Adel upsets Wing

Morning Session - Round One:

Harriet - England's one-girl team

Poor Harriet Ingham - she arrived a few days ago, all on her own. The rest of the England team had visa problems, and after arriving at Heathrow only to have to wave Harriet off, they were stuck for a few days while they got their visas sorted.

So at the opening ceremony Harriet was the sole England representative, and with the rest of the team due to land on the morning of the first day's play, things were getting tight.

By the time Harriet went on court though, we knew that Plane England had landed, and before Harriet had successfully navigated her opening match home team support had duly arrived.

The rest of the squad, having flown in overnight, were straight onto court as soon as Harriet finished ... hardly the best preparation, but Rachael Chadwick and Millie Tomlinson survived their opening matches, while Katherine Quarterman succumbed to Pakistan's Zoya Khalid.

Good day for the French

A very successful start for the French squad as all but one won through to the second round ...  more on the French

Good start for hosts

With the largest squad of all, comprising 23 players, hosts India made a promising start to the championships with six winners in the girls' first round compared to three losses.

The boys didn't fare as well, with three wins and eight losses, including 9th seed Aditya Jagtap, who was beaten by one of the two Mexicans here, Miled Zarazua.


TODAY in Chennai
Tue 28th, Day Zero
Arriving in Chennai ...

One day to go before the first-ever combined Girls' and Boys' World Junior Individual Championships, and most of the competitors are here. Some have been here a few days, enjoying the tourist attractions and the sunshine - and getting some practice on the Indian Squash Academy courts -  with the last remaining few arriving today or early tomorrow morning.

The tournament office is ready, the referees are holding a symposium as we speak, and tonight sees the official opening ceremony at the Raj hotel.

Extras #1: A grand Opening


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