• World Junior Squash Championships 2009  • 29 Jul - 08 Aug • Chennai •  


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Thu 30th, Day Two:
Egyptians dominant in last sixteen
as boys' seeds continue to fall ...

Today's evening session saw the last sixteen rounds in both girls and boys draws, the girls having played their fourth round earlier in the day.

Local favourite and top seed Dipika Pallikal opened proceedings on the showcourt, ending the run of unseeded young Egyptian Yathreb Adel, but after that there was no stopping the Egyptians as they claimed six of the remaining places in the quarter-finals.

Nouran and Heba El Torky, Salma Hany, Nour El Tayeb, Kanzy El Defrawy and Nour El Sherbini took up those places, with Pakistan's Maria Toor Pakay claiming the final spot.

In the boys' event top seeds Mohamed El Shorbagy and Ivan Yuan won comfortably enough, but these two plus Andrew Wagih, Amr Khaled Khalifa and Farhan Zaman remain from the top eight seeds.

France's Luca Serme, Germany's Rafael Kandra and Pakistan's Aurangzeb Mehmund - who won a nail-biting match to put out fifth seed Alfredo Avila in five - claimed unexpected quarter-final places.

Nosherwan Khan loses to Lucas Serme

Zaman & Mehmund survive

[8] Farhan Zaman (Pak) bt [9/16] Todd Harrity (Usa)
      11/8, 11/8, 8/11, 10/12, 12/10 (63m)

Aurangzeb Mehmund (Pak) bt [5] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
      11/6, 12/10, 9/11, 5/11, 13/11 (70m)

There were two marathons in the boys' tonight - the first match on and the last match off, both involving Pakistanis, and they both won ... just.

In the first match Farhan Mehboob squandered a two game lead, and match ball for a 3/1 win, as Todd Herrity fought back to force a decider.

And what a decider it was, two totally committed players, and the crowd on court one were completely hooked on it. When Farhan tinned an easy drop at 10/9, many of the crowd held their heads with him.

Another match ball for Zaman, and an anti-climactic end as Todd tinned the service return.

The final match of the day was another five-game thriller, as  speedy Mexican Alfredo Avila came from two games down against Aurangzeb Mehmund.

The Pakistani reasserted in the fifth though, and forged into a 10-6 lead. With the crowd behind him Avila saved those four match balls, earned one of his own but ultimately it was the Pakistani who prevailed in a brutal 70-minute encounter.


[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Miled Zarazua (Mex)
        11/7, 11/7, 11/6 (22m)

“It’s going well. I played better today than yesterday, that’s what you have to do in these tournaments, so hopefully I’ll improve again tomorrow.

“There’s pressure of course, but Anthony Ricketts gave me a few tips on how to cope with it, and it seems to be working well so far …”

[1] Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt Yathreb Adel (Egy)
   11/5, 11/7, 11/5 (22m)

“It’s great to be playing in Chennai, but of course there’s a lot of pressure and expectation.

"When I get on court I just think about the match, and I know that if I play better I’ll win, I try to cut out all of the distractions.

“I feel I’m getting better every match, so hopefully I can carry on playing well until the end …”

[4] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (Egy) bt
[9/16] Lucas Vauzelle (Fra)
        11/9, 11/6, 11/8 (31m)

“That was a good win, I played well and I like this court. He runs well but doesn’t have too many winners, so I was able to try out some of my shots, finding out what works in the corners of the court, ready for the following rounds.

“I’d played him five or six times before and always won, but I was a bit nervous at the start, with so many seeds going out yesterday it was a bit scary, but I took some confidence during the first game, kept it tight then started to play my game.”

[9/16] Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy) bt Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
15/13, 11/6, 11/5 (33m)

“The first game was tight, I was pleased to win that, taking the last two points gave me confidence for the rest of the match. From the second half of the second she seemed to tire. She had a hard game this morning, so I started to play lots of dropshots and won points quickly.

“She didn’t play her top game, but I played well and hope to play well again tomorrow …”

[9/16] Raphael Kandra (Ger) bt
[17/32] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)
    3/11, 11/4, 11/6, 12/10

“It was a tough match. I couldn’t get into the first, he was hitting nick after nick and I couldn’t calm my game down. After that I felt better, volleyed more and my stop drops were working well.

“I’m glad to win in four though, I’ll need all my energy for playing Shorbagy tomorrow. I haven’t played him before, but they say the first time is always the best time …”

 Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt [6] Low Wee Nee (Mas)
     11/6, 11/4, 8/11, 9/11, 11/3 (42m)

“I made a good start, then lost concentration, I just fell asleep. Thankfully I woke up for the fifth, and played best of all in that game.”

Morning Session - Girls' third round

Down to the Quarters today ...

The girls face another two rounds today, just one for the remaining boys, as both draws are whittled down to the last eight. Stay tuned ...

Yethreb & Egyptians march on,
Sobhy stuns Gemmell ...

Having beaten the 9th seed yesterday Yethreb Adel continued on her winning ways with a straight-games win over 18th seed Milou Van Der Heijden.

"I can't believe it," said a delighted Yethreb, "I'm the youngest one here and now I'm in the last 16!".

Yethreb is joined by six other Egyptians - Heba & Nouran El Torky, Nour El Tayeb, Nour El Sherbiny,Kanzy El Defrawy and Salma Hany in tonight's last sixteen, and

Yathreb faces the daunting task of meeting top seed Dipika Pallikal on her home turf. The top seeds cruised through her early-morning match, playing up to her favourite's billing so far.

That wasn't so much of a shock, but the final match of the round saw the departure of third seed Laura Gemmell, one of the pre-tournament favourites.

USA number two Amanda Sobhy, 16 last month, took a two-game lead, and at 6-3 in the third it looked all over for the Canadian favourite. Gemmell dug in to pull that back 11/9, but Sobhy came out firing in the fourth, building another big lead and this time there was no mistake.

"That's probably my best win so far, certainly the best in juniors!

"I'd never played her before, but I knew she was very consistent. So I had to compete with that, keep the rallies going and not hit any tins.

"It paid of, and towards the end I kept telling myself that she must be tired too, because I was.

"I had a lead in the third, let that slip, but once I'd got a bigger lead in the fourth there was no way I was going to blow that one too ..."

WATCH the end of the match

It was a good morning for the USA, with Olivia Blatchford - expectedly - and Elizabeth Eyre - who scored an upset win over England's Kimberley Hay - joining Amanda in the last 16.

The Malaysian pair of Low Wee Nee and Nessrine Ariffin both reached their seeded positions, with Canada's Samantha Cornett and Pakistan's Maria Toor Pakay making up the final sixteen.

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Dipika in the Hindu

Sobhy stuns Gemmell

Eyre gets past Hay

Pakay beats Misra



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