Egyptian Outsiders Storm Into World Junior Quarter-Finals
30 Jul 2010
There will be Egyptian interest in all four quarter-finals of the Men's World Junior Squash Championship in Ecuador after a trio of unheralded players from the country claimed unexpected victories in the fourth round of the World Squash Federation event at Quito Tenis Y Golf Club and the El Condado Shopping Mall in the country's capital Quito.
In a battle between two relatives of successful girls on the WISPA World Tour, 17-year-old Mohamed El Sherbini (cousin of 2009 women's world junior champion Nour El Sherbini) made his breakthrough in the day's earlier third round when he fought back from two games down to upset France's third seed Lucas Serme (younger brother of world No10 Camille Serme) 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8.
The 17/32 seed from Alexandria went on to defeat India's 9/16 seed Ravi Dixit, the reigning Asian Junior Champion, 11-1, 11-8, 12-10.
Ali Ashraf El Karargy, another player expected to progress no further than the last 32, followed a straight games third round win over Indian Ramit Tandon, a 9/16 seed, by defeating Canada's Nick Sachvie 11-3, 11-8, 12-10 to set up a surprise all-Egyptian quarter-final clash with Marwan El Shorbagy
Younger brother of two-time and reigning world junior champion Mohamed El Shorbagy, 9/16 seed Marwan crushed fourth-seeded German Rudi Rohrmuller 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 - and will celebrate his 17th birthday taking on fellow countryman El Karargy for a place in the semi-finals.
Pakistan will also provide unexpected quarter-final interest when Farhan Zaman takes on Mohamed El Sherbini. The 9/16 seed from Peshawar made his breakthrough in the last sixteen round when he upset seventh-seeded Mexican Miled Zarazua 11-3, 11-6, 11-9.
India's last remaining survivor Aditya Jagtap duly took his place in the last eight following an 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 victory over England's James Earles. The sixth seed from Mumbai will now face Egypt's event favourite Amr Khaled Khalifa who despatched Australia's Jacob Alexander 11-2, 11-0, 11-5.
Second-seeded Egyptian Ali Farag will take on England's lone survivor Charles Sharpes. Farag, 18, from Cairo, defeated Pakistan's Waqas Mehboob 11-2, 11-4, 11-5, while Sharpes, the No8 seed from Surrey, took four games to overcome Egypt's Zahed Mohamed 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4.
Official event website: www.mundialjunior2010.squashecuador.com/
 Amr Khaled Khalifa (EGY) bt [9/16] Jacob Alexander (AUS) 11-2, 11-0, 11-5
 Aditya Jagtap (IND) bt [9/16] James Earles (ENG) 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8
[9/16] Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt  Rudi Rohrmuller (GER) 11-5, 11-2, 11-5
[17/32] Ali Ashraf El Karargy (EGY) bt [17/32] Nick Sachvie (CAN) 11-3, 11-8, 12-10
[9/16] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt  Miled Zarazua (MEX) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9
[17/32] Mohamed El Sherbini (EGY) bt [9/16] Ravi Dixit (IND) 11-1, 11-8, 12-10
 Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [9/16] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt [9/16] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-2, 11-4, 11-5