Farida Walid Khalil 3-1 Rokaya Selim 11-6,
11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (39m)
Seifeldin Dahshan 3-0 Ali Rahma 11-4,
Boys final that if you look at the score, seems a bit onesided
between Seifeldin Dahshan and Ali Rahma. But it was a
hard battle, with Ali fighting with every point, and even down
2/0, came back flying from the blocks, 5/0.
He couldn't keep the pressure on, though, and Seifeldin managed
to score the next 11 points...
The girls' match was longer, 39m, and was intense too, the score
does tell the story on that one! Farida Walid Khalil went
up 2/0 against lefthander Rokaya Selim, who managed to grab the
second one, 11/8.
She came also very very close to take the fourth, nothing
between them the whole way 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, 8/8,
andddd 9/9, only bowing 11/9....
Amina Orfi 3-0 Malak Aly 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (40m)
Mohamed Hassan Zacharia 3-1 Yosef Salim 12-10, 9-11,
11-9, 12-10 (47m)
A good and solid match from the
BJO Champ Amina Orfi against Malak Aly, who started
really well today, leading 6/4 and 9/7 in the opening game. A
big push from the favourite, who takes the next 4 points.
Good and balanced second game, but Amina a couple points ahead
to rush for the finishing line, 11/5. The third sees Malak
coming back very strongly, lead 5/3, 8/7. But again, like in the
first game, it's Amina that grabs the decisive points, 4 points
in a row, 11/8.
Now, for the boys, it would be hard to get a closer score to be
honest! Mohamed Hassan Zacharia was up in the 1st, 10/7,
only to see Yosef Salim back with a vengeance, but managing to
grab a crucial opener, 12/10.
The next three games were of the same caliber, nothing between
them the whole match, and a toss of a coin in the 4th, 12/10
Fairouz Abou-ElKheir 3-2 Haya Ahmed 11-13,
12-10, 2-11, 11-6, 11-7 (45m)
Sohail ElShenawy 3-1 Abdalla Amr Hafiz 9-11, 11-6,
11-8, 11-9 -54m)
What a match between the two U15
girls today. It had it all, suspense and intensity, not to
mention superb squash from both.
First game was incredibly tense, with both girls getting a
chance to close it, but it's Haya Ahmed that takes the first
one, 13/11, only to lose the next one again fiesty and close,
When she takes the third 11/2, looks like the writing is on the
wall, and that's it's all over. But that's the moment Fayrouz
Abou-Elkheir choses to play her best game, finding perfect
length and stunning accurate drop shots/volley drop shots, to
which Haya coudln't get a response to today.
As for our U15 Boys, very long match - the longest of the
tournament so far - with Sohail Elshenawy losing the
first game, to take the next three. Sohail was down in the 4th,
4/7, 5/9, only to claw back to prevent Abdalla Amr Hafiz
to force a decider, closing down the fourth 11/9, scoring the
last 6 points of the match.
Sana Mahmoud 3-0 Salma Amr 11-3, 12-10, 11-9
Ibrahim Mohamed 3-2 Ahmed Hussein 8-11, 11-8, 11-9,
If Salma Amr was a bit slow off
the blocks today, my she made up for it in the last two games,
which could have gone either way. She had a chance to take the
second one, that would have been a different kettle of fish, 1/1
instead of 2/0, but I feel that the confidence and experience
that comes from Sana Mahmoud's racquet probably made the
Now, the boys... This was the best match for the tournament in
my book. Those two played a very mature squash, never falling in
the "let's find the nick quick" trick. They were as patient as
two Pontefract players - that is the best compliment I can ever
make. They were fair, they were fast, accurate and as mature as
their young age would permit.
Ahmed Hussein is one year younger than Ibrahim Mohamed
I'm told, and I think that's maybe the difference today, as the
physic side of the game played a big part today. And if Ibrahim
seemed to have the match in hand in the 4th, 7/4, the injury
break (bleeding knee for Ahmed who kept diving all over the
place bless him) gave the younger player the breathing time he
needed to recover and frustrate his opponent that thought he had
match won. But in the 5th, there was no contest, and it's the
taller player that takes the title, 11/3.
A last word, I was extremely impressed by the fairness of both
players today, and in particular to Ahmed, who right at the end
of the match, went for another dive, got the ball, but still
called it double. We were a few who believed he actually got it.
Hat to you, little Ahmed.
Sana Mahmoud 3-0 Nour Elmakarim
11-8, 12-10, 11-4 (44m)
Mostafa Asal 3-0 Hazim El-Soud 11-4,
11-5, 11-3 (28m)
Incredible performances from
Sana Mahmoud who managed to win both U17 and U19 competition
- like Mostafa Asal did last year in this same tournament -
without dropping a game.
Funnily enough, Nour Elmakarim was the one looking very tired at
the start of the match, but she found a much better intensity in
the second, but didn't manage to clinch that crucial game.
Led 2/0, she didn't have the answers to contain a superbly
dominant Sanna today.
Mostafa Asal, well, did the job. Hazim never stopped
trying but was not physically able to put his opponent under
enough pressure consistently to really take him out of his
comfort game, and it's the World Junior Champ that takes the
title again this year.
Yathreb Adel 3-0 Nada Hafez 11-6, 11-4,
Karim Abdelgawad 3-0 Karim Fathi 11-9,
11-8, 11-8 (37m)
Farida Walid Khalil 3-0 Tia Shehata
11-2, 11-7, 11-5
Rokaya Selim 3-2 Aysel Ahmed 2-11, 11-9, 11-7,
Seifeldin Dahshan 3-2 Marwan Assal 7-11,
9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4
Ali Rahma 3-0 Malik Khalil
12-10, 14-12, 11-7
Farida Walid Khalil had not too many troubles with Tia
Shehata who had a big match yesterday, Rokaya Selim had
to work very hard to finally clinch the match 15/13 after losing
the 4th 14/12!Little Aysel Ahmed was heart broken of course but
she can be very proud of her tournament.
For the boys, Seifeldin Dashan won 3/2 against young
Marwan Assal, he was down 2/0 but managed to claw back and took
the 5th 11/4. While if Ali Rahma won 3/0, it was not a
simple task, 12/10 14/12, with a lot of interaction from the
crowd, supporters, ref... Typical intense Egyptian local event!!
Amina Orfi 3-0 Hanna Al-Ashry
11-2, 11-2, 11-8
Malak Aly 3-0 Zeina Ayoub
11-6, 17-15, 11-8
Yosef Salim 3-2 Hamdy Morsi
11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5
Mohamed Hassan Zacharia 3-0 Omar Assal
11-8, 11-4, 11-7
Orfi, BJO Champion of her category, didn't take any
prisoners today and quickly got to the final ousting Hanna
Al-Ashry 3/0, while Malak Aly tood a bit more time and a
second very hard fought game, 17/15, to overtake opponent Zeina
Two contrasting semis for the boys though. Mhd Hassan
Zacharia did the job nicely in three against Omar Assal 3/0,
but what a match for Yosef Salim against Hamdy Morsi! I
kept asking the scoresheet, and was systematically told 'they
are still on court!!"...
clinched the third 12/10 to lead 2/1, but Yosef managed to claw
back to 2/2. He took a comfortable lead in the 5th, 9/3 and was
able to contain a come back from his opponent, that looked
fresher at the end of the match! But it's finally Yosef 11/5.
To be noted a great reaction from Hamdy's mum, who went on court
to console her son, congratulating him for a superb battle. More
of that please, and less of shouting at the kid who just lost...
Fairouz Abou-ElKheir 3-2 Malak ElSayed 11-5,
11-2, 5-11, 9-11, 11-9
Haya Ahmed 3-0 Hanna Ismail 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Abdalla Amr Hafiz 3-2 Omar Azzam 4-11, 12-10,
Sohail ElShenawy 3-1 Yosef Asheeba 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7
Fairouz/Malak match completely, HOW??? A five setter for
crying out loud, and I won't have a single photo.. All my
apologies to both girls I really love watching playing... A
simpler affair for the other one, Haya Ahmed 3/0 to Hanna
Ismail and who plays Fairouz tomorrow in the final.
For the boys, two hard matches, Sohail Elshenawy getting
the better out of Yosef Asheeba in a superb battle in 4 games,
with both players leaving everything on the court, and another
hard one between Abdalla Amr Hafiz and Omar Azzam.
Omar lead 2/1 but after that, could only keep up in the rallies
up to 5/5 in the 4th, and 6/6 in the 5th... But another good
battle on there, to the delight of the supporters of both
Sana Mahmoud 3-0 Kanzy Saber
11-3, 11-8, 11-8
Salma Amr 3-2 Lina Sherif
9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 13-11
Ibrahim Mohamed 3-0 Mohamed Abdelmoneim
11-8, 11-6, 11-5
Ahmed Hussein 3-1 Yosef El-Sherif
11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5
Again, very contrasting semis,
this time for the girls, with Sana Mahmoud going quickly
to the final in 3 against Kanzy Saber, while Salma Amr
had the match for her life today!
Lina Sherif dominated the first two games, 11/9, 11/6, only to
see Salma stringing game after game but in an amazing fashion,
clinching the last three 11/9, 11/9 and 13/11! "Never in
For the boys, Ibrahim Mohamed goes through 3/0 against
Mohamed Abdelmoneim, while Ahmed Hussein took 1 more game
to get to the final against Yosef El-Sherif, 3/1.
Sanna Mohamed 3-0 Hagar Khalil
11-6, 11-4, 11-6
Nour Elmakarim 3-1 Amina Alrehany 11-6, 7-11,
Mostafa Asal 3-1 Yehia El-Nosany
10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
Hazim El-soud 3-2 Ziad Mohamed
5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7
Nour Elmakarim was the
favourite against Amina Alrehany but it was a close match,
closer I feel that the score tells. Intense rallies and good
squash all around.
Mohamed closed the night - the last match on, sorry I
had gone to sort out the photos that just won't upload from the
club - and had a quick win in 3 against Haga Khalil.
Two long matches for the boys it has to be said, with Hazim
El-Soud finally getting the better out of Ziad Mohamed in 5.
Then the most awaited Raging Bull Mostafa Asal, who
believe it or not, has now started training - himself dixit -
and looking trimmed - against Yehia El-Nosany, didn't disapoint.
Yehia took a very disputed first game, and although it was a bit
simpler for the World Junior Champ in the next three, the crowd
enjoyed it till the end...
Yathreb Adel 3-1 Farida Mohamed
11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8
Nada Hafez 3-0 Reem Elsayed
11-7, 411-7, 11-6
Karim Abdelgawad 3-0 Karim Dessouki
11-6, 14-12, 11-4
Karim Fathi 3-0 Ahmed Ibrahim
11-7, 11-8, 11-3