impressed by the Kids...
We started the day with the U11 and I'm still and forever
stunned by the intensity of that age group. The fist pump for
every point or nearly, the parents involvement - to say the
least - the refs under immense pressure from the
parents/coaches, the tears after every game lost, the power they
hit the ball with, the fluidity of their movement. Not to
mention that they already learn to ref, mark. They learn the
game, they know the game, with heart, passion and knowledge.
ncredible at such a young age.....
girls were very intense. I saw the end of the match between
Hala Roshdy who was dominating the first two games - and
Jaida Amr, who came back very strongly in the 3rd. It was
point for point until the end, 11/9 for Hala, and a lot of tears
for Jaida, consoled by her mum and dad who made sure she
realised it was only a game and that it didn't matter that
much.... Good parenting...
On the other side of the draw another huge battle this time
between Nadin Elmamamy and Gana Galal, match to Nadin,
12/10, 11/8, a come back from Gana, 8/11, 9/11 but finally Nadin
the boys, it was nice to see again the little boy Ahmed
Walid that I noticed in the Nationals last year, from
Heliopolis. He impressed me last time - he is National Champion
- and I persist and sign, that boy has got Star Quality.
Camera loves him and his feline movement on the court is truly
impressive. A big battle though from his opponent Mohamed
Zakaria, who never gave up and showed great fighting
talent I thought...
The U13 girls were as intense, moving as well as can be,
but I was just taking as many pics as I could, trying to please
as many kids/parents as possible. Didn't see much from that
point on to be fair...
Login Elgohar beat Malak Ahmed in a biiig battle, yet
again, 11/5 in the 5th. She now faces the ranked 2 player,
Fayouz Ehab, who also had to fight tooth and nails against
Nour Megahd, R7, 11/4 in the 5th!
For the U13 boys it was a bit more onesided, two 3/0
matches, Youssif Mohamed overcame Adam Ashraf,
while Youssif Roshdy beat Yahia Eslam, and we have the R1
versus R2 in a very interesting final indeed...
arrive to the U15, and intensity was running for the
girls still... Superb sportmanship from the two top of the
draw semi-finalists. If the parents/coaches/families were pretty
involved and stressed the two girls fought hard but always fair,
and it was a joy to watch.
Mentallah Walid win 3/1 against Jana Kareem, but
12/10, 4/11, 11/5 and 12/10! I saw the last game and I truly
enjoyed it. What example for the rest of the world those two
little girls were. Shame there was no streaming, as it's a match
that could be shown as an lesson of sportmanship...
For the U15 boys, R6 Ahmed Ayman beat the R2 Saif
Eldeen Sameh 5, 6, 5, and will meet with Youssif
Abdelfatah, R5, who also beat a better ranked player 3/0,
Mohamed Nasser, R3.
In the U17 girls, Nour Khaled recovered from the
loss of the first round, 9/11, to take the next three against
Habiba Eldafrawy, 5, 6 and 2. Nour now plays with top girl
Farida Mohamed who didn't take any prisoner against
ranked 46 Sana Mahmoud, who had a great tournament
For the U17 boys, biiig upset as
the ranked 19 Yassin El Shafey takes out Ibrahim
Mohamed, R4 3/1. And in the lower part of the draw, still an
upset, lesser one that one, as R5 beats R3, Said Eldeen
Eshinawy defeats Mostafa Elserty, 3/1.
Finally the GU19, with our Farida
Mohamed that had to play two semis (U17), and logically was
a bit flat for the second one! She bows to Hana Moataz,
3/0, while the favourite Gana Shiha played a very focused
game against R3 Engy Hamouda, 3/0 as well.
the boys U19, Omar El Torky goes on in his giant killer
spree, after taking out Marwan Tarek in the quarters, he ousted
R11 Yahia Elnawasany 3/1. On the other side of the draw,
Mostafa Assal R7 overcame R5 Mostafa Montaser 3/0.
To finish this long day, we arrive to the men's draw, with the
final that will be played between Kareem Dessouki, who
beat Abdel Fattah Yehia 3/0, and Ahmed Hosny, who
is now back to the PSA competition after staying away for a few
"I just love the game too much" he smiled...