Egypt and Pakistan to meet again

Bidding for a 10th final in 11 editions of the Doha WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championships, Egypt were able to field double individual champion Marwan El Shorbagy in the first match of their semi-final against India. Shorbagy duly delivered for the top seeds and defending champions, but it was far from easy.

Indian number one Mahesh Mangonkar took the first game, and almost the second too, and it wasn’t until the latter part of the fifth game that Shorbagy started to look completely at ease as he completed a 9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 6/11, 11/5 win in 72 minutes.

In the second string match Egypt had the luxury of being able to play Mohamed Abouelghar, the world’s number two junior, who contested the last two world junior finals with Shorbagy.

Again though it was the Indian camp who were happier at the start as Abhishek Pradhan took the first game, and he too made the second a real tough one for his Egyptian opponent to win. Win it he did though, and thereafter Abouelghar seemed to have the match under control as he won 10/12, 11/6, 11/8, 11/5 in 33 minutes.

“We are so happy to be in the final, India played a really good match, they woke up my players who didn’t have much fight up to then,” said Egyptian coach Amir Wagih. “So, tomorrow, a final, logically against Pakistan, but anything can happen. Who ever we are playing, it will a be a tough match, and I’m grateful they had to work hard today.”

“Great heart from our players,” said Indian coach Cyrus Poncha. “They went out there and showed we are nearly there. Mahesh was outstanding, and played to the game plan, but unfortunately, in the 5th he couldn’t keep the consistency. But he did play very well, and we are very proud of him.

“And the same for Abhishek, he gave Abouelghar a good run, and played some outstanding winners, very proud of him too.”

Pakistan made a great start to the second semi-final as Nasir Iqbal established a 7-0 first game lead against Ollie Holland. It got better for the Englishman, but not a whole lot better as Iqbal, who reached the quarter-finals of the individual event, proved just too fast, nimble and too accurate as he went on to win 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 in 37 minutes.

The second match was much closer, with Tom Ford pushing Syed Hamzah Bukhari , the elder of the two brothers on the Pakistani team, throughout their three games.

Bukhari led throughout the first, but Ford was unable to capitalise on a mid-game lead in the second, then was always a couple of points behind in the third as Bukhari ran out the winner 11/7, 12/10, 11/7 in 53 minutes.

That put Pakistan into the final for the sixth time in a row, and tomorrow’s match with Egypt will be the fifth successive final between the two nations – and the head to head stands at two-all. That definitely qualifies for a “stay tuned …”

The standout performance in the playoff matches without a doubt came from Japan, who beat sixth seeds USA 2-1 in a thrilling climax. Playing in the event for only the third time, they have already far exceeded expectations, and tomorrow meet fifth seeds Hong Kong in the 5th/6th playoff.

The final will be streamed live tomorrow at 15.30 local time.

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[1] Egypt 3-0 [4] India
Marwan El Shorbagy 3-2 Mahesh Mangaonkar 9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 6/11, 11/5 (72m)
Mohamed Abouelghar 3-1 Abhishek Pradhan 10/12, 11/6, 11/8, 11/5 (33m)
Mazen Hesham 2-0 Vrishab Koitan 11/9, 11/4 (21m)

[2] Pakistan 3-0 [3] England
Nasir Iqbal 3-0 Ollie Holland 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (37m)
Syed Hamzah Bukhari 3-0 Tom Ford 11/7, 12/10, 11/7 (53m)
Syed Mujtaba Bukhari 2-1 Richie Fallows 11/7, 9/11, 11/6 (27m)

Playoff Results:

5/8 Semis:
Hong Kong 3-0 Canada
Yip Tsz Fung 3-0 Cameron Seth 11/6, 11/9, 11/7
Yeung Ho Wai 3-1 Tyler Olson 11/9, 11/5, 6/11, 11/7
Ho Tze Ho 2-0 Tyler Lee 11/8, 11/6

USA 1-2 Japan
Dylan Murray 1-3 Ryosei Kobayashi 8/11, 11/9, 5/11, 7/11 (47m)
Edward Columbia 3-0 Taiki Kaido 11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (27m)
TJ Dembinski 2-3 Tomotaka Endo 7/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/9, 7/11 (63m)

9/12 Semis:
New Zealand 2-1 Brazil
Josemar Silva 3-0 Jonathan Barnett 11/7, 11/2, 11/6 (25m)
Pedro Veiga 1-3 Zac Millar 11/8, 8/11, 2/11, 5/11 (43m)
Cassiano Silva 0-3 Ben Grindrod 7/11, 3/11, 3/11 (23m)

Kuwait 2-1 Germany
Yousef Saleh 3-0 Andre Ergenz 11/4, 11/4, 11/3 (24m)
Yousif Ali 3-2 Lucas Wirths 8/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/13, 13/11 (61m)
Athbi Hamad 0-2 Niklas Becher 6/11, 10/12 (14m)

13/16 Semis:
France 2-1 Argentina
Damien Volland 3-0 Federico Cioffi 11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (26m)
Alexandre Cogno 3-2 Rodrigo Obregon 11/6, 11/6, 2/11, 9/11, 11/8 (53m)
Baptiste Masotti 1-2 Francisco Obregon 11/8, 2/11, 6/11 (17m)

Colombia 2-0 South Africa
Juan Vargas 3-0 Ruan Olivier 11/8, 11/9, 11/6 (23m)
Andres De Frutos 3-1 Nell Van Der Merwe 8/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (37m)

17/20 Semis:
Australia 3-0 Zimbabwe
Rhys Dowling 3-0 Faisal Hassan 11/9, 14/12, 11/8 (23m)
TJ Rarere 3-0 Alex Roscoe 11/5, 11/5, 11/2 (25m)
Tom Calvert 2-0 Blessing Muhwati 11/5, 11/6 (12m)

Belgium 2-1 Qatar
Jan vd Herrewegen 2-3 Adbulla Al Tamimi 15/13, 12/10, 11/13, 5/11, 9/11 (65m)
Jordy Camps 3-0 Faisal Al-Marri 11/5, 11/1, 11/4 (21m)
Vincent Hitchins 3-0 Abdulwahab Al-Ishaq 11/9, 11/4, 11/8 (27m)

21-23 Round-Robin:
Iraq 3-0 Guatemala
Mohammed Ferman Hasan 3-0 Josue Enriquez 11/3, 11/3, 11/5 (19m)
Saifuldeen Ahmed Salman 3-1 Jose Rodriguez 11/6, 9/11, 11/8, 11/7 (33m)
Hasanai Obaid Dakheel 2-0 Ricardo Toscano 11/3, 11/6 (9m)

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