Egypt claim clean sweep at World Junior Squash Championships in Tauranga

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 25, 2017

It was an emotional win for Marwan Tarek as he knocked out the top seed, fellow Egyptian Youssef Ibrahim at the World Junior Squash Championship in Tauranga. "It's difficult playing another Egyptian but there are no friends on the court and I worked hard to stay calm".

There was far less drama in the women's draw with top seed Hania El Hammamy, from Egypt, making short work of Japan's Satomi Watanabe in straight sets.

El Araby, 16, was runner-up in Poland past year, but became a champion in Tauranga on Monday with a dominant 3-0 (11-7 11-9 11-8) win against the tournament's top seed, countrywoman Hania El Hammamy. "I worked so hard for this title after coming second past year", El Araby said. All of the matches I play against Hania are normally close.

"It was three-nil, but it was a tough three-nil", El Hammamy says. "I'm sorry, I don't really have many words right now".

"I can't think right now, I'm the world champion, I'm the world champion", he said repeatedly, while high-fiving his coaches and team-mates. "Dreams do come true".

Tarek's match against against France's Victor Crouin went to five games.

Egypt's Marwan Tarek in action in his 3-2 win against France's Victor Crown in the World Junior Squash Championship in Tauranga
Egypt's Marwan Tarek in action in his 3-2 win against France's Victor Crown in the World Junior Squash Championship in Tauranga

Marwan is bidding to be the first Egyptian to win the title since Karim El Hammamy emerged champion in 2013. The fifth didn't start well when he lost the first point, but he rallied to win the next eight points before winning 11-2. It was the seventh successive title for an Egyptian female.

Tarek, meanwhile, overcame top-seeded compatriot Youssef Ibrahim 13-11, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 in their first-ever worldwide clash.

"I wasn't 100 percent ready".

"It's the third time we've played and the first time I've beaten him, so I'm delighted with that and I still feel fresh for the final".

"It's going to be an all-Egyptian final, which will be tough", El Hammamy, the world number 35, said.

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