Top Seeds Through To World Championship Quarters

23 Jul 05

The top four seeds sailed comfortably through to Sunday's quarter-finals of the Women's World Junior Championship - but South Africa's fourth seed Tenille Swartz had to fight back from a game down to beat France's Camille Serme 7-9 9-3 9-3 9-3 in today's fourth round in Herentals, Belgium.

Swartz, the 18-year-old South African national champion, travelled directly to Belgium from Duisburg in Germany, where she was the youngest squash player competing in last week's IOC-backed multi-sport event.

The teenager now faces Nehal Yehia - the Egyptian who made the semi-finals two years ago - for a place in this year's last four.

Local star Charlie de Rycke beat Egypt's Heba Ahmed 9-0 9-5 9-2 to reserve her place in the last eight. The European junior champion from Belgium, seeded three, will meet another Egyptian, Sara Badr, for a place in the semi-finals. Badr, who joined Yehia in the all-Egyptian last four line-up in 2003, beat New Zealand's Joelle King 9-3 9-2 9-6.

The top two seeds appeared untroubled in the fourth round clashes - Indian favourite Joshna Chinappa beating unseeded Malaysian Siti Munirah Jusoh 9-6 9-4 9-1, and second seed Raneem El Weleily, from Egypt, defeating Hong Kong's Ka Kei Chiu 9-6 9-0 9-6.

4th round:
[1] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 9-6, 9-4, 9-1
[9/16] Joey Chan (HKG) bt Shin Nga Leung (HKG) 9-7, 9-0, 9-6
[5/8] Sara Badr (EGY) bt [9/16] Joelle King (NZL) 9-3, 9-2, 9-6
[3] Charlie de Rycke (BEL) bt Heba Ahmed (EGY) 9-0, 9-5, 9-2
[4] Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt [9/16] Camille Serme (FRA) 7-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-3
[9/16] Nehal Yehia (EGY) bt [17/32] Wee Wern Low (MAS) 9-1, 10-8, 9-1
[5/8] Lily Lorentzen (USA) bt [9/16] Sally Looi (MAS) 10-8, 9-2, 9-4
[2] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [9/16] Ka Kei Chiu (HKG) 9-6, 9-0, 9-6