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Teen Queen Habiba youngest ever WSA winner

Lee Hortonhttps://squashmad.com
Former Sun, Mirror, People and Sunday Express sports executive. Knows a bit about newspapers and the art of talking a good game. Brighter than some but a way to go to match others.

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RISING Egyptian star Habiba Mohamed, just 14 years of age, pulled off a shock win in the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit Grand Finals in Kuala Lumpa to become the youngest ever winner of a WSA title.

The teenager from Alexandria, took down Hong Kong’s Tong Tsz-Wing 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 with an impressive display full of energy, guile and muturity far exceeding her tender years.

Habiba is one of the fastest rising stars in the game, already a three-time British Junior Open champion and semi-finalist at this year’s Women’s World Junior Championship. She now  replaces fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini as the youngest winner of a WSA trophy.

The final victory looked on the cards after Habiba defeated Malaysia  No. 3 Delia Arnold in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Habiba Mohamed (left) beat No.1 seed Delia Arnold in the semi finals

Habiba, who stands as tall as Delia, was just too powerful late in the game, winning the match 12-10, 1-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6 to charge into her first ever WSA Tour final.

And she showed her prowess to take the first set 12-10.

That jolted world No. 31 Delia into action and she stormed back to snatch the next two, 11-1, 11-4.

The teenager however was not fazed and showed her physical side, throwing Delia off focus to take the fourth 11-8 before going one better to finish off the match with aplomb.

“I’m really happy because this is my first time making the final of a WSA event,” said Habiba.

“I’m only 14, so this is a really good experience for me.”

A disappointed Delia said that the turning point came in the fourth set as she lost focus due to a fair bit of pushing and shoving.

“There was some banging around on court and I just lost focus,” said Delia.

“But full credit to her, she played really well and I was just unlucky in the end I guess.

“This is not how I wanted to finish the tournament, especially before the Hong Kong Open (Dec 1-8).

“But I’ll look through the video recording and see what went wrong,” added Delia.

Tong Tsz Wing  overcame another Egyptian teenager – Nadine Ayman 11-7, 11-7, 3-11, 11-9, in  her semi final.

 

 

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