Egyptians Dominate Last Eight World Line-Ups In Poland
9 Aug 2016
The might of Egyptian squash was evident after day three of the VDC Dental-Care WSF World Junior Squash Championships in Poland where three of the country's young men battled through to the quarter-finals of the World Squash Federation event in the city of Bielsko-Biała, while compatriots claimed slots in all four of the women's quarter-finals.
16-year-old Marwan Tarek Abdelhamid, a 9/16 seed from Cairo, produced the day's only significant upset at the nine-court Enjoy Squash club when he downed Jordanian Mohammad Al Sarraj, a 5/8 seed, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 to claim an unexpected last eight place.
The youngest quarter-finalist (pictured celebrating his unexpected success) will now face lone Pakistani Israr Ahmed for a place in the men's semi-finals. The 3/4 seed from Lahore ended the run of unseeded compatriot Abbas Shoukat when he beat his Peshawar opponent 11-6, 12-10, 11-4.
Egyptian favourite Saadeldin Abouaish survived a tough test to earn his anticipated place in the last eight - twice coming from behind to see off Iranian Sajad Zareian 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 in 64 minutes.
Abouaish, bidding to win his first major junior title, moves ahead to meet Benjamin Aubert, the 5/8 seed who carries French hopes single-handedly into the final stages after defeating Indian Adithya Raghavan 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 in just 28 minutes.
Senthilkumar next takes on Malaysian hope Eain Yow Ng, the No.2 seed who took a step nearer to a second successive semi-final berth after beating unseeded Tom Walsh 13-11, 11-5, 11-3, thereby ending English interest in the event.
All top eight seeds came through the third round of the women's championship - with firm favourite Nouran Gohar, the defending champion and world No.5 from Egypt, leading the way by beating unseeded compatriot Zeina Mickawy 11-6, 11-5, 11-3.
England's Amelia Henley became the only European to make the last eight after surviving a 56-minute battle with Belgian Tinne Gilis, winning 12-10, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 in a repeat of the 2016 European Junior Championship final.
Malaysian hopes rest with two players, Andrea Lee and Sivasangari Subramaniam. Lee, a 5/8 seed from Kuala Lumpur, also needed 56 minutes to overcome Japan's Satomi Watanabe 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-3.
Subramaniam, a 3/4 seed from Kedah, survived a tough opener against Céline Walser before seeing off the 9/16 seed from Switzerland 17-15, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7.
Men's quarter-final line-up:
Women's quarter-final line-up:
Official event website: wsfworldjuniors.org/
World Junior Championship image courtesy of SquashSite
Men's 4th round:
Women's 3rd round:
[3/4] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [9/16] Céline Walser (SUI) 17-15, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7 (38m)