Sherbini aims for World Junior hat-tricks

SH_1310Current World number 11 Nour El Sherbini will be one of almost 200 players to compete at the upcoming World Junior Championships to be held in Wrocław, Poland, from 15th to 27th July.

 The 17-year-old Egyptian wrote squash history on more than one occasion; she won the prestigious British Junior Open in three different age categories, is the youngest player to ever play in a senior British Open final, was crowned World Junior Champion in 2009 at only 13 years of age, and last year helped her national team to win a senior World Team Championship.

SH_1314In July she will aim to make it three World Junior titles in four years. 

If she reaches the final, Sherbini will have a chance to play on the all-glass court that will be erected in a newly opened section of the Hasta La Vista Club (the biggest squash club in Central and Eastern Europe) where the competition takes place. The stands around the court are prepared to hold a crowd of over 600 spectators.

There are already 87 girls and 83 boys under the age of 19 from all corners of the globe registered to compete in the biggest squash event Poland has ever hosted.

This year it’s the turn of the Girls to have their Team Championship in the days following the individual championships, and Sherbini will be looking to lead the Egyptian team to a third successive victory following their wins in Chennai 2009 and Boston 2011.

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“The World Junior Championship 2013 in Wrocław is the milestone to the expansion of squash in our country,” said Tomasz Banasiak, President of the Polish Squash Federation. “It will also be a test for a sport competing not only for Olympic recognition, but for a place at the World Games 2017 as well.”

The latter will also be held in Wrocław and as World Games director Hanna Domagała admits, “Squash has a great chance to be part of our program and the way this tournament plays out will surely have a bearing on our decision.”

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