Sherbini Regains, Shorbagy Retains in Doha

It was an Egyptian double in Doha, as it was bound to be with both finals of the Doha WSF World Junior Championships at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex in the Qatar capital bein all-Egyptian affairs. In the event it was double celebration for Nour El Sherbini, who regained the girls’ crown and Marwan El Shorbagy, who retained his boys’ title.

Sherbini was more than tested for two and a half games by surprise finalist Yathreb Adel, but Sherbini, the world number seven, eased ahead from the middle of the third game, taking 18 of the last 20 points to regain the title she won in 2009 as a 13-year-old.

Shorbagy was playing his fourth major junior final against close friend Mohamed Abouelghar, and as in the previous three – including last year’s world junior final in Herentals – it was Shorbagy who triumphed. Again, the opening games were evenly contested, Shorbagy taking a 2-1 lead before coming back from 7-1 down in the fourth to retain his title and emulate his brother Mohamed in being a double world junior champion.

That’s six of the last seven girls’ champions and seven boys’ titles in a row for Egypt – who will naturally start as big favourites for the boys’ team championships which start tomorrow.

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[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt [3/4] Yathreb Adel (Egy) 10/12, 11/9, 11/5, 11/2 (42m)

[1] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt [2] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 11/9, 7/11, 11/7, 11/8 (48m)

Sherbini’s Back

Nour El Sherbini claimed her second World Junior title at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash complex here in Doha as she overcame compatriot Yathreb Adel in four games to keep the title in Egyptian hands for the seventh successive occasion.

Adel, who had overcome second seed Emily Whitlock in yesterday’s semi-finals, made a real contest of it for two and a half games which passed with hardly a point to separate the two 16-year-old stars.

Adel took the first on extra points, Sherbini levelled as she took the last two points of the second, but from 4-5 down in the third it was one-way traffic as Sherbini started to find her shots and Adel’s error count rose.

Sherbini reclaimed the title winning 18 of the last 20 points to the delight of all the Egyptian supporters, but particularly the Alexandrian contingent.

“Finally, I’ve made it. Finally, I’m so happy to be back!!” said a delighted winner.

“The first game we played point for point, I had game balls, but I just couldn’t finish. After losing that game, I told myself, you’ve got to refocus, and when I got to 10/8 in the second, I thought, not this time. And in the third I scored several points in a row, and I realised then that I could do it.

“Yathreb played so well today, she’ll be back, and I’m sure that next year, she’ll do great.”

Marwan Still the Champion

Marwan El Shorbagy claimed a second title too, as he triumphed in a repeat of last year’s final against compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar. As in the girls’ final, the opening games were very closely contested, with second seed Abouelghar showin no signs of fatigue after his marathon quarter and semi-final victories.

It was Shorbagy though, who took the lead as he edged ahead at the end of the first to take it 11/9, but it was Abouelghar’s turn to do much the same in the second, moving away from 6-all to equalise 11/7.

The third was Shorbagy’s 11/7, but when Abouelghar went 7/1 up in the fourth it looked as though he was headed for another five-setter.
Shorbagy was having none of it though, and he quietly pulled back the deficit, levelled at 7-all with a combination of his own winners and errors from Abouelghar, who was to score only one more point as Marwan, on a no let to Abouelghar on his first match ball, achieved his mission and collapsed in relief and delight. Still the world junior champion.

“I’m so happy,” said Marwan. “During my preparation, I was thinking about this too much, and my confidence was very low when I arrived here. But still, I managed to keep positive the whole time.

“I feel so honoured that I can add my name to the two prestigious ones that have two world junior titles, Ramy and my brother. It’s such an honour.

“I know how my friend Abouelghar must be feeling right now, but what he has achieved during this tournament, coming back twice from 2/0 to win the two matches, only champions can do, he should be proud of what he’s achieved here.

“So many people to thank, of course. My coaches and sponsors, my parents, of course, who have done everything for me, my brother, how can I thank my brother, without him, I would have never won this title.”

Finals Day Results

M Plate Kush Kumar (Ind) bt Tomotaka Endo (Jpn) 11/3, 11/2, 10/12, 11/5 (23m)
M Con Plate Zac Millar (Nzl) bt Thomas Calvert (Aus) 11/4, 11/3, 11/4 (24m)
M Class Plate Yeung Ho Wai (Hkg) bt Ho Tze Ho (Hkg) 12/10, 10/12, 11/9, 6/1 rtd (74m)

W Plate Olivia Fiechter (Usa) bt Nele Gilles (Bel) 11/5, 11/6, 7/11, 9/11, 11/6 (44m)
W Con Plate Risa Sugimoto (Jpn) bt Annika Wiese (Ger) 11/7, 9/11, 7/11, 12/10, 11/6 (39m)
W Class Plate Sabrina Sobhy (Usa) bt Julia Lecoq (Fra) 11/6, 11/5, 11/5 (22m)

W 7/8 Salma Hany (Egy) bt Melissa Alves (Fra) 11/9, 11/6, 11/9 (25m)
W 5/6 Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy) v Anaka Alankamony (Ind) 11/9, 7/11, 12/10, 11/5 (40m)

W 3/4 Mariam Metwally (Egy) bt Emily Whitlock (Eng) 11/7, 9/11, 11/6, 11/9 (42m)

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