Sherbini makes World Junior history in Poland

WSF World Junior Championships, Finals:  

[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [5/8] Mariam Metwally (Egy)       11/7, 16/14, 11/8 (34m)

[2] Karim El Hammany (Egy) 3-1[1] Fares Dessouki (Egy)             11/8, 11/6, 6/11, 13/11 (83m)

Boy’s 3rd/4th: Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-0 Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)  11/4, 12/10, 12/10

It’s three for Sherbini

SH_285Nour El Sherbini captured a record third WSF World Junior title as she beat fellow-Egyptian Marian Metwally in straight games in the final at the Hasta La Vista Club in Wroclaw, Poland.

Sherbini, champion in 2009 and 2012 and appearing in her fourth final, took the opening point of the match but Metwally, at 16 one year Sherbini’s junior, kept pace with the world number 11 as the score advanced to 6-all. Sherbini took five of the next six points to take the lead.

Metwally got the better start in the second though, leading 5-1, and although Sherbini levelled at 5-all Metwally pulled away again, extending an 8-5 lead to earn two game balls at 10-8. Sherbini again levelled, forcing extra points with a clinging drive.

SH_286Metwally would have three more game balls, failed to convert them, and at 14-all it was Sherbini who broke the deadlock to double her advantage 16-14.

SH_282The rallies stayed competitive throughout, but from 4-all in the fourth Sherbini edged ahead, leading 8-5 then 10-7, and on the second attempt that historic third title was hers.

“I can’t believe I’ve won it again,” said a delighted Sherbini. “Mariam played so well, the second game was crucial, I never thought I would win it but I just kept trying to get it back point by point.”

Sherbini and Metwally team up next week in the Egyptian squad who are firm favourites to retain their team title …

Hammamy stops Dessouki

A second Egyptian winner, and a new champion, was guaranteed in the boys’ final, which saw an upset as second seed Karim El Hammamy beat top seed Fares Dessouki in four tough games.

Hammamy took the lead, then recovered from a deficit in the second to double his advantage. The top seed rallied to pull a game back, but in the fourth it was Hammamy’s turn to fight back, coming from 7-10 down to take the title.

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