It’s an Egyptian Clean Sweep in Wroclaw

20-Jul, WSF World Junior Championships, Wroclaw, Poland, Semi-Finals:

[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [9/16] Habiba Mohamed (Egy)       11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (31m)
[5/8] Mariam Metwally (Egy) 3-1 [3/4] Yathreb Adel (Egy)      11/6, 9/11, 11/6, 13/11 (64m)

[1] Fares Dessouki (Egy) 3-0 [5/8] Abdulla Altamimi (Kuw)       11/4, 12/10, 11/7 (36m)
[2] Karim El Hammany (Egy) 3-1 [5/8] Richie Fallows (Eng)      11/5, 9/11, 11/7, 11/5 (60m)

It’s an Egyptian clean sweep in Wroclaw

SH_242World Junior semi-finals day at the Hasta La Vista Club in Wroclaw, Poland, started with an upset as Marian Metwally got the better of four close games to deny Yathreb Adel a second successive World Junior final appearance.

The match had much quality squash, got scrappy at times with plenty of decisions required of the referees, but it was 16-year-old Mariam who held her nerve at the end of a close fourth game – despite being drilled in the leg at 9-all – to save two game balls before taking the match on her first opportunity.

SH_243A second Egyptian winner followed as second seed Karim El Hammany ended the run of England’s Richie Fallows with a hard-fought four game win. Hammany pulled clear from midway in the first to take the lead, and although Fallows levelled, the Egyptian found the extra gear at the end of the third and fourth games too to reach his first World Junior final.

SH_244Top seed and defending champion Nour El Sherbini reached her fourth World Junior final with a straight-games win over young compatriot Habiba Mohamed, but it was far from being as easy as that sounds.

Sherbini took early leads in the first two games, 5-1 and 4-2, and although she maintained those leads throughout she could never properly shake the determined Habiba off. The third was close all the way, from 2-all through to 9-all, but it was Sherbini who finally pulled clear thanks in part to two rather generous decisions in her favour to finish the match.

SH_247The Egyptian clean sweep was completed when Boys’ top seed Fares Dessouki came through in three against Abdulla Al Tamimi.

The Qatari took a while to find his way into the match, but just when Dessouki looked to be running away with it he staged a fightback to take the second to extra points, and held his own up to 7-all in the third only to see Dessouki finish it off with some delicate dropshots.

With three first-time finalists and Sherbini looking for a record third title, about the only thing we can predict about Sunday’s finals is that there will be two Egyptian winners … again !


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