Sunday, April 14, 2024

WSF: Third time lucky for Nour in Women’s World Juniors


RESULTS: WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship, Boston, USA

[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8 (42m)

Third Time Lucky For World Champion El Tayeb

After disappointment in the 2009 and 2010 finals, it was third time lucky for Nour El Tayeb in the final of the 2011 WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship when she beat fellow Egyptian and former champion Nour El Sherbini to win the World Squash Federation title at the Murr Center at Harvard University in Boston, USA.

As in their previous meeting in the 2009 final, the first game went well for El Tayeb, who took an early lead of 4-1 – extending it to 9-3 before closing out the game.

But, again as it had in 2009, the second game went away from the top seed as 3/4 seed El Sherbini, still aged only 15, built up a 9-3 lead before taking the game to draw level.

It was nip and tuck throughout the third and fourth games until two winners in a row brought El Tayeb her first match-ball at 10-7.

A daring – but unsuccessful – long drop temporarily reduced the gap for El Sherbini, but when the underdog’s boast later then clipped the tin, El Tayeb was finally able to celebrate her status as World Champion.

“I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time,” admitted El Tayeb to the official website after her 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8 triumph in 42 minutes. “But I haven’t been thinking about winning or expecting to win when I’ve been on court, I’ve just been thinking about the match, the next point.

“It was a hard match, not the best we’ve played as we were both a bit nervous, but we both gave it all. I can’t remember how I won it, I know I lost one match ball but I can’t remember the last point at all!

“It’s always hard playing a friend, but I’m so happy to have won it at last and Nour will win it again, at least one more time, probably more,” added the 18-year-old after her fourth – and final – appearance in the championships.

“It feels weird, I’ve been in the final twice before and now I’ve won it. I can’t explain how happy I am.

“Thanks to Captain Amr Wagih, and Nasser from the Egyptian Federation, to Haitham my coach in Egypt, and to my parents and all my friends back home!”

El Tayeb’s success means that Egypt now boasts all four world junior squash titles – the Men’s & Women’s World Individual and World Team Championships – in addition to the senior Men’s World Team Championship andWorld Cup crowns.

And, unsurprisingly, Egypt is seeded to retain the WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship which will now get underway at the Murr Center. Hosts USA, whose highest previous finish is fourth, are seeded to meet Egypt in the final.

Action will get underway in qualifying rounds in four pools as follows (with seeding as indicated):

Pool A: [1] EGYPT, [8] CANADA, [9] NEW ZEALAND, [13/16] SOUTH AFRICA
Pool B: [2] USA, [7] AUSTRALIA, [10] WALES, [13/16] GUYANA
Pool C: [3] INDIA, [6] HONG KONG CHINA, [11] FRANCE, [13/16] ECUADOR

Official website:

[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)
[3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 12-10, 11-9 (30m)

El Sherbini Dashes Sobhy’s World Home Hopes

Egypt’s former champion Nour El Sherbini upset title-holder Amanda Sobhy in the semi-finals of the WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship to deny hosts USA home success in the World Squash Federationchampionship at the Murr Center at Harvard University in Boston.

El Sherbini, the 15-year-old 2009 champion from Alexandria, will face Nour El Tayeb, the 18-year-old from Cairo who reached the final for the third year in a row after despatching England’s Emily Whitlock.

The climax will mark the second all-Egyptian world junior squash final in eight days, after Marwan El Shorbagy took onMohamed Abouelghar in the Men’s individual final in Belgium.

It was an assured performance which put top seed El Tayeb into the final for the third, but last, time. The Cairo teenager, ranked 17 in the senior world rankings, led 5-1 in the opening game and though European Junior champion Whitlock reduced the lead to a single point, the Egyptian took the game – and was totally dominant in the second to open up a 2/0 lead.

The 17-year-old English underdog, who reached the semis for the first time after upsetting 3/4 seed Olivia Blatchford in the previous round, managed to get herself 5-2 ahead in the third – but El Tayeb soon clawed back the upper hand to clinch her 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 victory in 25 minutes.

“I’m very happy,” gushed the 2009 and 2010 runner-up to the official website “I’ve been here for two weeks and I’ve been thinking about the final all the time, but when I get on court I only think about the game I’m playing, about the next rally.

“I might have looked calm on there but inside I’m trying to convince myself that I really am calm, so that I can play my best squash.

“Emily’s so good, she’s come up out of nowhere and made a big impact, I’m so glad I was able to beat her today.”

The second semi-final was the first meeting between El Sherbini and Sobhy since last year’s semi-finals when the New Yorker trounced the previous year’s youngest ever champion before going on to become the USA’s first ever winner of a world singles title.

El Sherbini looked calm and focussed from the start – second seed Sobhy perhaps less so – and it showed in the early stages as the Egyptian took a 6-1 lead, aided and abetted by some American errors.

Sobhy settled and reduced the deficit to 7-5, but Sherbini pulled clear again with a series of winners to take the lead.

It was Sobhy who took the advantage in the second, her powerful shots beginning to hit home. The home favourite earned game ball at 10-9 – but 3/4 seed El Sherbini reclaimed the advantage to win the game after a tie-break before taking the third to claim her stunning 11-5, 12-10, 11-9 upset after 30 minutes.

“I can’t believe I’m back in the final, I’m so happy,” said El Sherbini, ranked 32 in the world. “I made a good start and won the first, but when I was down in the second I remembered my training, and all the time I’d spent off court. I told myself that I’d won the first and that I could do it again.

“It was very important to win the second, and the third was close all the way. I thought it should have been a stroke near the end but I told myself to forget it, it didn’t matter, just keep on playing my game and I could win.

“I’m so glad to be back in the final, and to be playing Nour again like we did in India. We’re good friends and play each other a lot, and hopefully we can have a great match.”


[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) 11-8, 11-0, 11-4 (30m)
[5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [3/4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (33m)
[3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [5/8] Nouran El Torky (EGY) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 (25m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (24m)

Whitlock Wipes Out Blatchford In World Quarters

Emily Whitlock, a 17-year-old from England in her maiden appearance in the WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship, stormed into the semi-finals of the World Squash Federation championship in Boston, USA, after upsetting home hope Olivia Blatchford at Harvard University.

After surviving a tough four-game last 16 round match against New Zealander Megan Craig, 5/8 seed Whitlock defeated 3/4 seed Blatchford, an 18-year-old from New York in her fourth appearance in the championship, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 in 33 minutes.

“It didn’t feel like a quarter,” Whitlock told the official website afterwards. “All I wanted to do was reach my seeded position, and after yesterday my confidence was really down.

“But I played well there. I haven’t even won but I’m so happy,” added the recently-crowned European Junior champion from Colwyn Bay in Wales.

Whitlock will now face Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb, the 18-year-old from Cairo who is seeded to reach the final for the third year in a row – but expected to win the title for the first time.

El Tayeb, ranked 18 in the world, saw off compatriot Salma Hany, an 18-year-old 9/16 seed from Giza, 11-8, 11-0, 11-4.

“I know Salma’s game, so I was less nervous before the start of this match,” said the favourite. “It was never an easy match though, even in the second there were still tough rallies, but I was pleased with how I played and I’m happy to be in the semi-finals.

“I was surprised that Emily beat Olivia – but she’s a good player and I know I’ll have to play well again to counter what she throws at me. I’m looking forward to it.”

The other semi-final will pitch 2010 champion Amanda Sobhy against the 2009 winner Nour El Sherbini. Sobhy, the 18-year-old from New York who last year became the first US squash player in history to win a world singles title, defeated unseeded 14-year-old Egyptian Mariam Ibrahim Metwally 11-6, 11-3, 11-5.

“I’m feeling pretty good, trying to keep the pace high and volleying everything I can, and I’m seeing the ball well on here too – which is usually a problem for me on glass courts,” explained second seed Sobhy.

“The home crowd gives you a boost too, it makes you want to give your best and picks you up if anything goes wrong. All the Egyptians are good – but she’s very young and I knew that if I got on top early and started to dominate I could break her mentally.

“I’m glad it’s my last year though – I wouldn’t want to face her in two years’ time!”

El Sherbini stunned the squash world two years ago when she won the title in India aged just 13 – becoming youngest world champion ever.

The 3/4 seed beat fellow Egyptian Nouran El Torky, a 5/8 seed, 11-8, 11-3, 11-4.

“We know each other’s games well and it’s usually close, so I knew I had to concentrate to do well in this match,” said the 15-year-old from Alexandria. “Winning the first was very important and after I’d done that it gave me confidence to go for more shots in the second and third.

“I thought I played well and I’m happy with my performance today. I’m looking forward to the semi-final and hope I can play well again.”

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

4th round:
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [9/16] Anaka Alankamony (IND) 13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 (36m)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)
[3/4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [9/16] Melissa Alves (FRA) 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (22m)
[5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [9/16] Megan Craig (NZL) 11-4, 11-6, 12-14, 11-6 (46m)
[5/8] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) 12-14, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (46m)
[3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [9/16] Ho Ka Po (HKG) 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (20m)
Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt [5/8] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 (58m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [9/16] Tan Yan Xin (MAS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (20m)

Metwally Leads Egyptian Quintet Into World Quarters

Mariam Ibrahim Metwally became the youngest – and the only unseeded – player to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship in Boston, USA, after upsetting Egyptian compatriot Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy in the fourth round of the World Squash Federation championship at Harvard University.

And, as the competition heads to its climax, the 14-year-old is joined by four Egyptians in the last eight – two of whom are sure to reach the semi-finals – plus US hopes Olivia Blatchford and defending champion Amanda Sobhy, together with England’s European champion Emily Whitlock.

Metwally produced the performance of her life to defeat the more experienced 17-year-old El-Defrawy – a 5/8 seed who was a quarter-finalist in the previous two years – 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 in 58 minutes.

“I’ve played her in Egypt and I’ve beaten her once before – but lost twice, so we knew each other’s games,” explained the youngster to the official website afterwards. “I knew it was important to get the first few points in the games, to get a lead as that would make her nervous, and I managed to do that in the first two.

“When I slipped in the fourth, it really hurt – but I remembered all my training and told myself that this chance would only come once, so to forget the injury and get back onto court. And in the end it was ok.

“I’m so pleased to be in the quarter-finals. I never expected it but it feels great!”

Metwally now faces title-holder Amanda Sobhy after the No2 seed from New York comfortably despatched Malaysian Tan Yan Xin 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 in just 20 minutes.

But Egyptian favourite Nour El Tayeb had to come through a more testing quarter against India’s reigning Asian Junior champion Anaka Alankamony. After a surviving a close first game, and recovering from the loss of the third, world No17 El Tayeb finally emerged triumphant after 36 minutes in a 13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3 scoreline.

“It was so hard,” said 18-year-old who is seeded to reach the final for the third year in a row – but expected to win the title for the first time. “She gets everything back!”

Egypt’s Salma Hany also claimed an unexpected place in the last eight – and disappointed the local crowd by ending the run of US outsider Haley Mendez, the unseeded 17-year-old from New York who removed Australia’s 5/8 seed Tamika Saxby in the previous round.

Hany, an 18-year-old 9/16 seed from Giza, defeated Mendez 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 in just 23 minutes to set up an all-Egyptian quarter-final clash with El Tayeb.

Emily Whitlock became England’s sole contender for the title after beating New Zealander Megan Craig 11-4, 11-6, 12-14, 11-6.

“It was comfy in the first two, everything was going fine, and I got a few points up in the third too,” explained the 17-year-old from Colwyn Bay in Wales. “Then I looked at the bench and realised my Dad (coach and former England international Phil Whitlock) wasn’t there and I know it sounds weird but I began to feel homesick!

“I probably would have played the same if my Dad had been there, and Fi (Geaves) got me through it after I’d lost the third, but I just felt a sort of slow panic. All credit to her though, I didn’t think she was there in the first, but she came back so strongly and played so well – we don’t see the Kiwi girls on the circuit much and I’d heard she was good, but I’d really met my match for running things down for a long time on there.”

“I really don’t know how I won that, I was sure if it had gone to a fifth I was going to lose …. it’s just pure relief, that’s all,” concluded Whitlock.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [9/16] Salma Hany (EGY)
[3/4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v [5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [5/8] Nouran El Torky (EGY)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY)

rd round:
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Celine Yeap (MAS) 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (15m)
[9/16] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt Alix Younger (CAN) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (21m)
Haley Mendez (USA) bt [5/8] Tamika Saxby (AUS) 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 (33m)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Vanessa Raj (MAS) w/o
[3/4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Ka-Yi Lee (HKG) 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (27m)
[9/16] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt Caroline Sayegh (GER) 11-6, 3-11, 11-5, 11-6 (42m)
[5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 (29m)
[9/16] Megan Craig (NZL) bt Maria Elena Ubina (USA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (20m)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 (45m)
[5/8] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Chloe Pearson (ENG) 11-0, 11-1, 11-4 (15m)
[9/16] Ho Ka Po (HKG) bt Sue Ann Yong (MAS) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (30m)
[3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Aparajitha Balamurukan (IND) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (20m)
Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt Risa Sugimoto (JPN) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (19m)
[5/8] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Danielle Fourie (NZL) 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (30m)
[9/16] Tan Yan Xin (MAS) bt Steffi Rosner (GER) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (17m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 (14m)

Mendez Boosts US Interest In World Last 16

New Yorker Haley Mendez boosted US interest in the last 16 of the WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship in Boston, USA, after producing the biggest upset on day two of the World Squash Federationchampionship at Harvard University.

The unseeded 17-year-old ousted top Australian junior Tamika Saxby, a 5/8 seed, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 – and will now face Egypt’s Salma Hany, a 9/16 seed, for a place in the quarter-finals.

“I’m so proud of her,” a delighted US National Coach Natalie Grainger told the official website after the stunning third round win. “She’s transformed herself with so much hard work, and this is a great reward for that,” added the former world number one.

Mendez could hardly contain her delight at making the fourth round: “I’m in the last sixteen?” asked the teenager.

“I never felt under a lot of pressure and always felt I was in control,” explained Mendez. “I remember being an extra on the team two years ago in Chennai – and I thought it was so cool getting a couple of minutes on court to practice with Tamika, so to actually beat her in this event two years later is just great.”

Defending champion Amanda Sobhy and 3/4 seed Olivia Blatchford also delighted their local supporters with straightforward third round victories. Sobhy, the 17-year-old No2 seed from New York, despatched Hong Kong 15-year-oldHo Tze-Lok 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 in just 14 minutes, while Blatchford also defeated a Hong Kong opponent Ka-Yi Lee 11-9, 12-10, 11-8.

“I’m just happy to get into the next round,” admitted 18-year-old Blatchford, also from New York. “She played really well, and played differently from how I expected, taking it to the front a lot. I was a bit late in reading some of her shots, but managed to get through so it’s good still to be in for tomorrow.”

But it was Welsh star Tesni Evans who survived the toughest match of the day, beating Canada’s Danielle Letourneau11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 in 45 minutes.

“I was a bit loose,” admitted Evans, the Welsh number one seeded in the 9/16 group. “I’d never played her before and was surprised by how good she was, but you just have to dig in when you’re not getting the ball tight.”

Event favourite Nour El Tayeb led a group of six Egyptians through to the last 16 with an assured 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 victory over Malaysian Celine Yeap.

El Tayeb, the 18-year-old from Cairo who is ranked 17 in the WISPA world rankings, will now face leading Indian Anaka Alankamony, the Asian Junior Champion who beat Canada’s Alix Younger 11-8, 11-4, 11-8.

4th round line-up:
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [9/16] Anaka Alankamony (IND)
Haley Mendez (USA) v [9/16] Salma Hany (EGY)
[3/4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v [9/16] Melissa Alves (FRA)
[5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [9/16] Megan Craig (NZL)
[5/8] Nouran El Torky (EGY) v [9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [9/16] Ho Ka Po (HKG)
[5/8] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) v Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [9/16] Tan Yan Xin (MAS)

1st round:
Lakshya Ragavendran (IND) bt Julianne Chu (USA) 11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6 (40m)
Fiona Murphy (WAL) bt Jennifer Brown (AUS) 11-2, 1-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6 (35m)
Julie Lee (RSA) bt Challen Stowell (AUS) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (35m)
Keisha Jeffrey (GUY) bt Nicole Gordillo Bravo (ECU) 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (24m)
Kayla Jeffrey (GUY) bt Laura Lagerweij (NED) 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (22m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Annika Wiese (GER) 11-8, 15-13, 11-7 (28m)
Victoria Temple-Murray (ENG) bt Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 11-2, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 (27m)
Maria Elena Ubina (USA) bt Marie Stephan (FRA) 11-8, 11-2, 12-10 (21m)
Lume Landman (RSA) bt Abbie Palmer (NZL) 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (23m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Samantha Ward (ENG) 11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 11-5 (29m)
Chloe Pearson (ENG) bt Abbey Foster (CAN) 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 (39m)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Laura Kutsch (GER) 11-2, 11-2, 11-7 (21m)
Jennifer Haley (WAL) bt Nikki van der Heijden (NED) 8-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (49m)
Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Mary Fung-A-Fat (GUY) 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (19m)
Choi Uen Shan (HKG) bt Rebecca Barnett (NZL) 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6 (37m)
2nd round:
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Alyssa Mehta (CAN) 11-2, 11-5, 11-3 (16m)
Celine Yeap (MAS) bt Elvira Bedjai (FRA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (29m)
[9/16] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt Olivia Fiechter (USA) 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (41m)
Alix Younger (CAN) bt Katie Smith (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (30m)
[5/8] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt Sophie Lemom (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (22m)
Haley Mendez (USA) bt Mireya Lucia Espinosa Proano (ECU) 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 (16m)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Maria Jose Guarderas (ECU) 11-1, 11-0, 11-1 (12m)
Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt Julia Lecoq (FRA) 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 (56m)
[3/4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Lakshya Ragavendran (IND) 11-0, 11-4, 11-3 (16m)
Ka-Yi Lee (HKG) bt Fiona Murphy (WAL) 11-4, 13-11, 11-6 (22m)
[9/16] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt Julie Lee (RSA) 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (21m)
Caroline Sayegh (GER) bt Keisha Jeffrey (GUY) 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 8-11, 11-3 (43m)
[5/8] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Kayla Jeffrey (GUY) 11-2, 11-5, 11-0 (17m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (32m)
[9/16] Megan Craig (NZL) bt Victoria Temple-Murray (ENG) 11-6, 17-15, 4-11, 11-1 (33m)
Maria Elena Ubina (USA) bt Elani Landman (RSA) 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (20m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Lume Landman (RSA) 11-5, 11-1, 12-10 (18m)
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Nele Gilis (BEL) 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (23m)
Chloe Pearson (ENG) bt Ilona Lagerweij (NED) 6-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (40m)
[5/8] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 (23m)
Sue Ann Yong (MAS) bt Jennifer Haley (WAL) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)
[9/16] Ho Ka Po (HKG) bt Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (19m)
Aparajitha Balamurukan (IND) bt Choi Uen Shan (HKG) 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
[3/4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Hannah Davies (WAL) 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (14m)
Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt Ankita Sharma (IND) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (23m)
Risa Sugimoto (JPN) bt [9/16] Selena Shaikh (AUS) 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
Danielle Fourie (NZL) bt Bethany Brazier (AUS) 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (21m)
[5/8] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Paulina Perez Gonzalez (MEX) 11-2, 11-2, 11-1 (13m)
Steffi Rosner (GER) bt Ashley Khalil (GUY) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (24m)
[9/16] Tan Yan Xin (MAS) bt Michelle Gemmell (CAN) 6-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) bt Saumya Karki (IND) 11-13, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5 (58m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Mikaela Albuja Sanchez (ECU) 11-3, 11-2, 11-1 (13m)

Sugimoto Scores Sole World Championship Upset At Harvard

Japan’s Risa Sugimoto scored the only upset on the first day of action in the WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship in Boston, USA, when she ousted Australian Selena Shaikh, a 9/16 seed, to claim an unexpected place in the third round of the World Squash Federation championship at Harvard University.

Sugimoto became the only Japanese player through to the last 32 after despatching Melbourne-based Shaikh 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 in 27 minutes.

Defending champion Amanda Sobhy led US hopes into the third round after crushing Ecuador’s Mikaela Albuja Sanchez 11-3, 11-2, 11-1 in just 13 minutes. The No2 seed from New York will be joined by her younger sister in the next round after Sabrina Sobhy beat South African Alexandra Fuller 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7.

And fellow New Yorker Olivia Blatchford also comfortably made it through her first match. Seeded to reach the sem-finals, Blatchford defeated India’s Lakshya Ragavendran 11-0, 11-4, 11-3.

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