Top seeds Egypt & USA in repeat World Junior Final in Poland

Staff Reporter

Egypt and USA will contest the final of the WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship for the second time in a row after the top two seeds survived contrasting semi-finals in the biennial World Squash Federation event at the Hasta La Vista Club in the historic city of Wroclaw in Poland.

Favourites Egypt, the defending champions going for a record fourth successive title, brushed aside Hong Kong China 2/0 to claim the first place in the climax – earning their seventh final appearance since 1999.

The newly-crowned world individual champion Nour El Sherbini put Egypt into the lead by beating Pansy Chan 11-5, 11-5, 11-1, before Mariam Ibrahim Metwally clinched their place in the final with an 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10 win over Hong Kong’s Ho Tze-Lok.

The other semi-final between USA and third seeds England went the full distance: An upset looked on the cards in the opening match when Victoria Temple Murray took a two game lead over US number one Sabrina Sobhy. But 16-year-old New Yorker Sobhy regained control of the match in the third and went on to win 6-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 to put the second seeds ahead.

But former champions England, appearing in the semi-finals for the first time since 2005, drew level when second string Nada Elkalaawy defeated Olivia Fiechter in four games.

It was left to Reeham Sedky to steady the ship for USA when the 16-year-old beat England’s Lily Taylor, also 16, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 to put the second seeds into the final for the second time in a row.

In the lower place play-offs, Canada upset sixth seeds India 2/1 to earn a place in the play-off for fifth place – while 11th seeds Japan pulled off a mighty upset over former champions Australia to win a place in the ninth place play-off, the outcome of which will ensure their best ever finish.

Final line-up:[1] EGYPT v [2] USA

3rd place play-off:[3] ENGLAND v [4] HONG KONG CHINA

5th place play-off:[5] MALAYSIA v [7] CANADA

7th place play-off:[6] INDIA v [8] NEW ZEALAND

9th place play-off:[11] JAPAN v [10] FRANCE

11th place play-off:[9] AUSTRALIA v [12] COLOMBIA

13th place play-off:[13/16] CZECH REPUBLIC v [13/16] SOUTH AFRICA

15th place play-off:[13/16] GERMANY v [13/16] POLAND

Edited by Staff Editor


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