World’s best juniors set for Sheffield

The Tecnifibre  British Junior Open 2013

preview from Paul Houghton

The Tecnifibre British Junior Open returns to Sheffield for the 18th consecutive year as the world’s best young squash players compete for the prestigious British titles.

Tecnifibre – England Squash & Racketball’s official Performance Partner are once again title sponsors for the event which will see 420 players from 38 nations compete between the 2nd – 6th January.

Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club and Abbeydale Park Rackets & Fitness Club, fresh from new redevelopments remain as Host venues and are joined once again by Fulwood Sports Club, enabling all 8 categories to be played out in full.

Egypt once again return with a strong group of players following on from sealing 7 of the 8 titles on offer in 2012.

Mazen Hisham returns for Egypt as the top seed in the Boys Under 19 category who will look to go one better than last year after being knocked out by the eventual winner in the semi finals. He will face tough opposition in the form of compatriot and 2nd seed Fares Desouky and India’s 3/4 seed Mahesh Mangaonkar. English hopes lie with British Junior Championship winner Oliver Holland (Nottinghamshire) who occupies the other 3/4 seeded position.

Emily Whitlock (Cheshire), current European Junior Champion comes into the Girls Under 19 event as the top seed. Egypt will be looking to stop Whitlock collecting a second BJO title as they occupy the rest of the top 4 seeded positions with Mariam Metwaly 2nd seed and Nouran Gohar and Salma Esmat as 3/4 seeds.

The Under 17 categories are again dominated by a strong group of Egyptian players as they occupy both top 2 positions in the boys and girls categories. Omar El Atmas will be looking for a title in the boys category while Yathreb Adel returns to defend her U17 title she won last year. England’s chances will lie with 5/8 seed George Parker (Leicestershire) and 3/4 seed Lucy Beecroft (Northumbria).

The Boys Under 15 category looks set to be fiercely contested; Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng heads the seedings with Mohammed Alsarraj (Jordan) 2nd seed. Scott Galloway (New Zealand) and Saad El Din Ihab (Egypt) take the 3/4 positions.

The Girls Under 15 looks likely to be another category that Egypt will aim to claim as they take up 3 of the top 4 positions. Habiba Mohamed and Nadin Hisham are the top 2 seeds with Salma Tarek 3/4. Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam is the other 3/4 seed who will hope to take a title away from the Egyptians.

Elise Lazarus will similarly look to break into an Egyptian deadlock in the Girls Under 13 category as she takes a 3/4 seeded position, Egypt take the other 3 top seeds with Hania El Hammamy leading the charge.

Egypt also look confident of securing a title in the Boys Under 13 category, taking the top 3 positions with Marwan Tarek the favourite, France’s Pierre Louis Riff is the other 3/4 who will have hopes of causing a stir amongst the young Egyptians.

Play starts every day at 9am with all finals scheduled to start from 10am on Sunday 6th. All spectators are welcomed free of charge.

Draws & full coverage: www.bjosquash.com

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