Early birthday present for Sobhy as she defends U19 title at US Junior Open
THE ten champions of the 2013 Black Knight U.S. Junior Open presented by Ashaway Racket Strings have been crowned.
Almost 2,000 matches were played involving nearly 900 players representing twenty-four countries at four venues – Yale University, Wesleyan University, Choate Rosemary Hall and The Hopkins School – across U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 age divisions making the U.S. Junior Open the world’s largest individual junior tournament.
Two weeks before her seventeenth birthday, American Sabrina Sobhy successfully defended her U19 title against sixteen-year-old Reeham Sedky in a draw that saw the top four seeds – all U.S. National team members – reach the semifinals. Sobhy’s winning score was 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6.
Fellow Americans Kayley Leonard and Olivia Fiechter contested for third and fourth place with the elder Fiechter claiming third.
Pan-American, South American U19 junior champion and British Junior Open U17 champion Diego Elias (below, white shirt) did not drop a game on his way to the boys’ U19 title.
The Peruvian seventeen-year-old defeated English eighteen-year-old Lyell Fuller in a three-game final, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.
Elias’ U19 title is the seventeen-year-old’s third U.S. Junior Open title adding to his 2012 U17 and 2010 U15 titles.
After losing in the 2012 girls’ U17 final, American and Canadian dual citizen Chloe Chemtob won her first U.S. Junior Open title. Seeded first, the fifteen-year-old Canadian national team member defeated Mexican Diana Gasca in four games.
The boys’ U17 final was an all-Egyptian affair after both finalists defeated American opposition in the semifinals. After losing the first game, Karim Ibrahim recovered winning the next three games and match against Belal Nawar.
Satomi Wantanabe was the sole Japanese representative in the finals and took home the girls’ U15 winner’s trophy defeating Egyptian Raneem El Torky in four games. After knocking out one seed Salim Khan in the semifinals, American Sam Scherl lost out to Egyptian two seed Youssef Ibrahim in a three-game boys’ U15 final.
Both girls’ U13 finalists eliminated the top seeds in the semifinals, which set up a final between Egyptian Nouran Youssef and Dina Soledadd Anguiano. Youssef defeated Anguiano in three games to complete her perfect tournament, not dropping a game on her way to the title.
The boys’ U13 final was one of two all-Egyptian finals as Ibrahim Asser defeated Aly Tolba in four games.
American one seed Nina Mital lost to Egyptian Sana Mohamed in five close games in the girls U11 final, while the other American U11 one seed, Rohan Iyer, recovered from 2-0 down to defeat Mexican Sosa Federico in five games to win the division.
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