With seven of the top eight seeds hailing from Egypt, the 2012 Tecnifibre British Junior Open looks set to see another haul of titles heading back to the land of the Pharaohs in January, following on from their Six, Eight and Six title-winning performances in the last three years.
World Junior Champion Marwan El Shorbagy tops the Boys U19 draw, and will be aiming to list the Drysdale Cup for the first time to emulate his older brother Mohamed. The seedinggs predict an all-Egyptian final, with Mohamed Abouelgar expected to meet Shorbagy, as he did in the World Junior final in Herentals. English hopes rest on 3/4 seed Declan James and Oliver Holland, seeded 5/8.
In the girls U19 draw Emily Whitlock, who won England’s first title for a decade in last year’s U17 event, is seeded two, with former world junior champion Nour El Sherbini her anticipated opponent in the final. After missing last year’s BJO through injury, Sherbini will be aiming to recapture the U19 title, one of five BJO titles already in the 16-year-old’s possession.
Egyptians top five of the other six draws, with Pakistan’s Israr Ahmed in the Boy’s U15 being the only non-Egyptian top seed.
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