Wee Wern Low and
Camille Serme with some of Karim Darwish's Academy kids
TODAY at the Women's Worlds
Sat 13th Dec, Day TWO:
More Egyptian winners as Hammamy
comes from two down to shock Cornett ...
It was the second round of qualifying
at Wadi Degla today, and if yesterday was a good one for the young
Egyptians - all eight winners were Egyptian, seven of them teenagers
- so was today, but then with home interest in 15 of the 16 matches
that was always likely!
the event there were seven
Egyptian winners, and six of them will play each other in tomorrow's
qualifying finals, guaranteeing the hosts at least three more
players in the main draw.
Nadine Shahin and
Hania El Hammamy had the two toughest wins of the day, both
coming from two games down.
Shahin got the better of
fellow-Egyptian Farah Abdel Meguid while Hammamy, the 14-year-old
sister of 2013 world junior champion Karim, beat Canada's much
higher ranked Sam Cornett in a
terrific battle that lasted over an hour.
took an early lead in the decider but then trailed 7-9. "I was so
tired," she said, "I thought I was going to lose but I pushed and
pushed and I won!"
Of the other winners, representing eight nations, the only ones to
drop games were both Welsh - Deon Saffery beating Vanessa Raj
in five, while Tesni Evans came from a game down to beat 14-year-old
Rawan Reda. "I don't want to play her again, she's so good, too
good," said Evans.
Sat 13th Dec,
Qualifying Round TWO:
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-0 Engy Hammouda
11/4, 11/7, 11/6 (24m)
Mariam Metwally (Egy) 3-0 Milou van der
11/6, 11/6, 13/11 (31m)
Samantha Teran (Mex) 3-0 Nouran Abdelnaby (Egy)
11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (29m)
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Zeina Farid
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (25m)
Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-0 Nadine Kotb (Egy)
11/8, 11/1, 11/8
Nadine Shahin (Egy) 3-2 Farah Abdel Meguid
11/3, 12/10, 11/8 (64m)
Delia Arnold (Mas) 3-0 Nihal Alaa Bayoumi (Egy
11/7, 11/4 (30m)
Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-0 Menna Nasser (Egy)
11/4, 12/10 (30m)
Siyoli Waters (Rsa) 3-0 Amina Yasser (Egy)
11/5, 11/9 (38m)
Yathreb Adel (Egy) 3-0 Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy)
Emily Whitlock (Eng) 3-0 Menna Hamed
11/8, 11/4 (34m)
Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-2 Rachel Arnold (Mas)
7/11, 11/6, 1/11, 11/8 (39m)
Hania El Hammamy (Egy) 3-2 Sam Cornett
10/12, 9/11, 12/10,
11/3, 11/9 (69m)
Nouran El Torky (Egy) 3-1 Vanessa Raj (Mas)
8/11, 11/5 (43m)
Aisling Blake (Irl) 3-0 Hana Basem Ramadan
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-1 Rawan Reda (Egy)
11/5, 11/4 (45m)
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MORE EN BREFS
"From the start I was
not happy with my performance, I was a bit stressed, this is the
worlds, I am in my own country, and she is a good player. I didn’t
want to make it too long, I need to keep all my energy for
tomorrow’s match against Mariam. So I tried and relaxed as much as I
In the third, I lost my focus after two decisions that were really
bad, but I recovered!
I have a bit of pressure on me because I’m qualifier one, but I
tried and not think too much about it, enjoy the moment and play my
"I am in the heart of my British Junior Open training, I am trying
to win the U19 title, and it’s my last year. So I am a bit tired as
it’s the middle of the session and I’m working really hard. But I
want to do well here as well, it’s my first World Champs, it’s in
Egypt, so I want to do well.
It was my first time playing Milou, and I didn’t expect her to move
that fast to the front! She is a good player!
Tomorrow, I’m playing Salma, we played a few times both at the
British and in Local tournaments, I think I won most the matches, so
I am hoping to play well tomorrow, and I hope to make it to the main
Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 3-0 Engy Hammouda (Egy)
Mariam Metwally (Egy) 3-0 Milou van
der Heijden (Ned)
Salma and Mariam
nervous at home …
logically, Salma Hany Ibrahim, 18 who was playing Engy Hammouda
(14), and Mariam Metwally, 18, playing Milou van der Heijden, 23,
were a bit under pressure when they started the match. Playing at
home, and for most of the Egyptian locals, their first World Champs,
was no easy task.
Salma was truly dominating the first two games against young Engy.
If Engy had some pretty sharp front court attacks, Salma’s power was
just.. overpowering! But in the third, a little bit of loss of
concentration after a few decisions she didn’t agree with, and that
was like a red sign to her opponent who sneaked in a few points. But
Salma recovered, and finished the 3rd with not too much damage…
for Mariam against Milou, it was the first time they played, and the
Egyptian didn’t expect Milou to run as much and as fast! It was a
great match, lots of long rallies, intense and hard hitting, with
the Dutch girl forcing a few errors from her opponent, while putting
her enough pressure to actually find some lovely drop shots.
Mariam got a 10/5 match ball lead that could have been comfortable,
but as she seemed a bit tired, going for much too short too early,
Milou gradually grinded the advance. A tie break, everything is
still possible, but Mariam, realising that she has got to go back to
basics, just hits harder, straighter and deeper. It worked. 13/11 in
Shahin (Egy) 3-2 Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)
8/11, 8/11, 11/3,
12/10, 11/8 (64m)
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Zeina
Farid Mickawy (Egy)
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (25m)
When Fram lost the plot
Normally, I wait until a bit later on the tournament to say “I just
want to go home, I’m useless”, but this time, from the second
session of three matches being played that the same time and a 5
setter that lasted over an hour, that was it. No idea anymore…
Misaki, it was a pretty straight forward story, like for Heba. Both
playing juniors, they managed to impose their maturity on the
The fun started with Nadine Shahin and Farah Abdel Meguid. A match I
truly didn’t enjoy watching. I was cringing times and times, as in
my opinion, Nadine didn’t make much effort to go round her opponent,
kept wanting to get through her, getting numerous no lets, and
basically discussing every decision taken – quite spot on – with the
refs up there.
You add to that a very intense young lady, fist pumping every other
rally, plus the normal Yallah, compared to a very calm Farah that
just kept on going, win or lose, and you have a pretty good idea of
the atmosphere out here.
a shame that Nadine doesn’t make the effort to go round, because
when she does, as she did in the 5th, she gets nicely to the ball,
has got plenty of time of the ball, and finds some exquisite shots
at the front. And she is extremely fit, and moves pretty fast.
Today, she proved that she’s got the mental strength, the fitness
and the shots to come back from 2 games down, and impose her game on
a player that has got a lot of talent and experience. . I just hope
for herself and the squash in general she’ll improve on her moving
to the ball approach and attitude to the Officials.
I was sooo nervous, it’s always hard to play the first match, the
pressure is huge, and you can never take an Egyptian junior for
granted. But I feel that once we got in the third, I managed to play
at a pace she struggled with.
I’ve been based in Egypt for the past two weeks, and will be staying
here for a few months now, training with Mohamed Abbas, and see
where it goes…
No, it was not easy by any means. I have played
Nadine three times this year and she is one of the up and coming
players, as you know, we have so many of them…
So you’ve got to keep alert, and focused at all times, and on your
toes! Never ever underestimate a local Egyptian player…
Now as for the other Nadine I’m playing tomorrow, I played her
recently in a tournament, and she beat Omneya, and I managed to win
3/2 in a tough match.
I’ll do my best tomorrow, I’ll see how she plays, how aggressive she
is on court. I hope it will be a good match, we may need the three
First of all, happy to win 3/0. Always a big
pressure to play an Egyptian player in Egypt, especially as I didn’t
know her at all.
I had a chat with a few players that told me that I had to really
try and make her move around the court, and twist and turn her as
much as I could. So I tried to play the ball as soon as I could,
attacked a lot.
In the third, I lost a bit of focus as although she is a very nice
girl, she was asking for lets a bit aggressively at times, and it
took a lot out of me at the end.
So I lost accuracy, width and length for a while, but I was happy as
I didn’t get too excited, came back in the match in the end.
There was a big stoppage for a blood injury at
9/4 in the first game, and it could break a rhythm, but hopefully,
it didn’t break mine..
She is a young player, she’s got great shots, and I watch her play
yesterday, and I tried to bring my game so she couldn’t play hers…
In the third, she picked up her game, and I started to play loose
shots and made three unforced errors trying to volley, that brought
her back in the game.
But after that, I was able to gain control again….
It was not a physically hard match at all. It was like a bit of a
tennis match. She’s got a great serve, so, as soon as you would play
a bad return, she would volley it in the nick! If she played a
winner, that was point for her, if she was finding the tin, I would
win it! No rallies as all, very hard to get the rallies going… A bit
of an awkward game!
Still, she is a very nice player, very fair and honest, when she got
a ball down, she would call it before the ref, and that it’s GREAT
to find in a player.
Emily tomorrow, that will be more of a physical game than a shot
game. We always have great battles, so I’m looking forward to our
next one! Now, rest, and a good sleep!
Whitlock (Eng) 3-0 Menna Hamed (Egy)
11/8, 11/4 (34m)
very nice and fair match between English Emily Whitlock and Menna
Hamed I didn’t manage to see yesterday. I was truly impressed by
this young girl.
Patient, accurate, it took Emily’s A game to shake the young
Egyptian off especially in the second as she hang in there, coming
as close at 7/8 before Emily’s experience paid off. So far, she is a
one that truly impressed me by her maturity.
Don’t believe the score, this was hard work for the English young
I have never ever met
her before, never saw her play even in junior tournaments, and
didn’t know what to expect. Her backhand from the back corner I just
didn’t know what to expect, if she was going to hit a long drop shot
or smack it cross court! So I just kept guessing and stayed focused
as much as I could.
I feel the court got colder today, yesterday it was 20°, today much
colder, and I didn’t expect that! I kept playing with the heating on
I was not nervous as such, but I wanted to play well, and I didn’t
know which brain would show up…
Hammamy (Egy) 3-2 Sam Cornett (Can)
10/12, 9/11, 12/10,
11/3, 11/9 (69m)
Match of the tournament
encounter was so good, that even Cubs stopped and watched it. Just
watched it. That tells you how good it was.
A superb match, fluid, about 2 decision per game – and they are both
tall ladies, there could have been traffic problem, but absolutely
The backhand wall was the key today. Both the girls played shots
that basically probably damaged the side wall, so close, so tight.
Accurate, both waiting for the right opportunity, so fair movement,
such superb squash, what a credit to our game that was.
game was a classic. Roaring start for Hania, 2/0. Sam, having none
of that, comes back 2/2, but within seconds, Hania is up 7/3. That’s
it we think. But Sam is a fighter, she finds some great pace out of
nowhere, and twists and turns the young 14 years old (not 16 like I
wrote in her quote yesterday), scoring 7 points in a row, 9/7 Sam.
Surely, that’s it now, the young Egyptian has been running on fumes
since the end of the 4th. But no. Ridiculous rallies, a floating on
cloud Egyptan, and a tin, and a superb backhand winner later, we
have a big upset, as Hania, 14, WR254, ousts Sam, 23, WR31….
I’m so happy with my win.
I was down 2/0, then managed to come back at 2/2, but I was sooo
tired, I thought I was going to lose. But I pushed and pushed and
pushed, and I won.
She is such a great player, I so much enjoyed playing against her….
think her game plan was trying to slow down the
pace, while mine was trying to pick up the pace! It’s the first time
I play her, although I went three times to Malaysia, but for some
reason, I never played her.
She’s got a great boast!
If the first game, she was leading 6/2, but then my coach Amr Mansi
told me to be more aggressive, and force the unforced errors out of
her. It helped me for the rest of the match too.
Tomorrow, looking forward to playing Hania, she has had some great
results lately beating Salma Hany 3/2 and Mariam Metwally 3/2 as
well. And this match today, great match against Sam. So, let’s see
what will happen tomorrow….
don’t know if she was a junior or not, but when
you seen an Egyptian name in the draw, you are not going to think
“oh yes, that’s it, off to the next round!” She is a very fast
player, fast pace, I love the pace, and it’s always interesting to
play somebody here, whatever the level
It was a very nice match, very close in the first two games up to
8/8, where I seemed to be able to use my experience, I have LOADS of
experience. And that’s what it just came down in the end, those last
three points where I was a bit more solid than Hana.
In the third, once I had those two in the Bank, it became more
is good, she is so good.. she is what, 12!!!???
What, 14??? I never want to play her again, she is too good!!!!!
I watch her play yesterday, and I knew it would be tough…
She hits the ball really hard, then you don’t have much control for
the kind of game I play, then she catches you off guard by whipping
a fast boast. Plus, she is very quick so I was afraid of playing
short because I knew she would get to it easy. Very fast, and very
managed to take a bit of pace off my length, and kept it tight, so
she gave me a few volleys to hit. And my length got better and
better, it wasn’t sitting up, it was clinging nicely to the wall,
and I could get a few loose shots to hit.
I was a battle until the end, but the more points I could get ahead
in the game gave me more confidence. I felt I was a bit too reactive
in the first two games, instead of creating my own game.
Aisling, I played her twice, I think I won twice 3/2, big battles,
so tomorrow, against a big tough battle ahead, especially as she is