Abouelghar survives in Doha

Day Four of the Doha WSF World Juniors in Qatar was a good day for Egypt who produced three semi-finalists in each event, with Pakistan and England keeping their hopes alive with single victories.

There was one upset as Mariam Metwally won her all-Egyptian meeting with Kanzy El Dafrawy, and almost another as the last match of the day turned out to be the longest, closest and best of the tournament so far with second seed Mohamed Abouelghar scraping through by the skin of his teeth.

Quarter-Finals:

[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt Melissa Alves (Fra) 11/3, 11/5, 11/4 (16m)
[5/8] Mariam Metwally (Egy) bt [3/4] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy) 11/6, 12/10, 11/5 (40m)
[3/4] Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt [5/8] Anaka Alankamony (Ind) 11/4, 11/8, 5/11, 11/9 (37m)
[2] Emily Whitlock (Eng) bt [5/8] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 11/7, 11/8, 4/11, 11/5 (36m)

[1] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [5/8] Nasir Iqbal (Pak) 11/5, 11/6, 6/11, 11/9 (53m)
[3/4] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak) bt [9/16] Ahmad Al-Sarraj (Jor) 11/6, 11/8, 11/5 (30m)
[3/4] Mazen Hesham (Egy) bt [5/8] Fares Dessouki (Egy) 11/7, 11/6, 9/11, 11/7 (63m)
[2] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) bt [5/8] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 10/12, 8/11, 11/9, 12/10, 12/10 (90m)

Quarter-Final Roundup

First through to the semi-finals was 2009 champion and top seed Nour El Sherbini, with another quickfire win as she despatched surprise quarter-finalist Melissa Alves in just 16 minutes.

The boys top seed followed suit, but it took defending champion Marwan El Shorbagy a little longer to see off his second successive Pakistani opponent. At 1-0 and 10-1 it looked like it might be over quickly, but Nasir Iqbal fought back well, clawed a few points back in the second, took the third and made the fourth a real contest.

The third match produced an upset, but still an Egyptian winner as Mariam Metwally repeated her 2010 world junior win over the higher-seeded Kanzy El Dafrawy. Metwally got the better of two close first games but was well in control of the third against a by now dispirited opponent.

Danish Atlas Khan made sure he wasn’t the next seed to fall with a solid straight-game win over Ahmad Al-Sarraj, The Jordanian acquitted himself well, but Danish’s greater experience at this level showed as he maintained a narrow lead throughout.

Birthday girl Anaka Alankamony made a slow start to her match against 3/4 seed Yathreb Adel as the Egyptian took a two-game lead, but the Indian grew into the match from the middle of the second, took the third with some ease and came close in the fourth too.

We got another Egyptian semi-finalist when Mazen Hesham came through a tough four-game battle with compatriot Fares Dessouky to reach a second successive world junior semi-final.

England’s Emily Whitlock prevented an Egyptian clean sweep of the girls’ matches as she beat Salma Hany in four games. Two nil up, the second seed paid the price for a slow start in the third but rallied to take the match going away in the fourth.

The last match of the day produced the longest, the closest and the best match of the tournament as Mohamed Abouelghar came from two-nil down, saving two match balls in the process, to beat India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar in an incredibly tense match which, as the saying goes, no-one deserved to lose.

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