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Egyptian Nationals - #AlexIsBack

FINALS

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Men      
Final
Mohamed Elshorbagy (Smouha) 3-1 Marwan Elshorbagy (Smouha) 11/7, 4/11, 11/6, 12/10
3/4 Play-Off
Ali Farag (Helio) 3-1 Omar Azabawy (Gazira)     11/4, 9/11, 12/10, 11/6
 

Women       
Final

Nouran Gohar (Degla) 3-2 Nour El Tayeb (Helio) 11/7, 10/12, 11/6, 6/11, 11/8
3/4 Play-Off
Nour El Sherbini (Sporting) 3-0 Raneem El Welily (Degla)    11/8, 11/3, 11/8

We were laughing at the end of the match with Nour, "and we just played another 3/2!"

We always seem to play 5 setters. Today, she played so well. I was hoping she would be a bit tired after beating Nour yesterday in 5 games, but no, she was running everywhere and retrieving everything like a 10 years old!

I think we played a great match and a fair match. The level of the women's draw was incredible, 4 top ten! So I'm very happy to win this title for sure...


Naira Fawzy & Karim Taher
from QNB with Assem Khalifa


Ahmed Maged from Feather



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Boys U19
Final
Marwan Tarek (Degla) 3-0 Ahmed Abd El Fatah                   11/6, 11/6, 13/11
3/4 Play-Off
Karim Desouky (Ahly) w.o. Ziad Sakr (Shams)

Girls U19
Final
Hania Elhamamy
(Heliopolis) 3-0 Hana Moataz (Degla)       11/7 12/10, 13/11
3/4 Play-Off
Zeina Mckaway (Sporting) 3-1 Jana Shiha (sporting)    11/6, 9/11, 11/5, 11/4

The first game is probably crucial, as it often is. In the second, I was down 10/9 and managed to clinch it 12/10. That's the turning point, probably, as the third is again extremely close.

I really wanted to win in 3, the quickest as possible because my body is really stiff, so I was waiting for the opportunity, and just took my chances as much as I could. And it worked, my shots were going in nicely today.

To be honest, I cannot remember how many national titles I won, two or three!

I need to thank my coaches, Islam Hany and Captain Hatem, and my fitness coach Hossam Shahad, and of course, my mum and dad as always, for everything they do for me...

It is my forth consecutive national final, but only my second title.

I won it last year U17 and this was my first year U19 and I am so happy to win it. It took a lot of concentration, dedication and hardwork.

I would like to thank my family, coaches for being here to support me as always and would like to thank Tameem for organizing this tournament so professionally and bringing it here in Alex.

Boys U17
Final
Moustafa Assal (Gazira) 3-0 Ahmed Elmashad (Tanta)                      11/5, 11/4, 11/9
3/4 Play-Off
Omar Maher Eltorky (Degla) 3-0 Moustafa Elserty (Shooting)     11/4 retired injured

Girls U17  
Final
Jana Shiha (sporting) Farida Mohamed (sporting) 13/11, 7/11, 1/11, 11/6, 11/9
3/4 Play-Off
Habiba Hossam (Ahly) 3-2 Malak Ashraf (sporting) 8/11; 11/2, 9/11, 11/4, 11/2

If the Boys' final was pretty simple affair, with Moustafa Assal hitting extremely hard against Ahmed Elhashad, staying in front of him all the time, the Girls was a bit of an intense match, with ups and downs, complete domination waves, fist pumps galore, many many many lets and a nail bitting finish!


Match ball, no let

Happy to win the National championship in three , I played a physical game today with excellent performance after spending 14 days in ElGouna and hard training with Gregory Gaultier last 3 days.

Id like to thank my parents , my Coaches , my physio and Hazem Helmy.



First of all, I think the match I played yesterday against Hania was the best match I ever played. A few people told me that they had their eyes on me, and I think I felt the pressure much more than I did before!

Ahmed Matany told me to focus each match at a time - I have the 3/4 play-off to play right after this one - but I still wanted to make sure I didn't let a player one year younger get the better out of me!

Farida and I are very good friends, and she played really great squash today. And this is the first time ever I don't win my National Final 3/0! I won U11, U13 and U15 in straight games every time!

After I lost the third comprehensively 11/1, my mum and dad told me don't worry, you are going to win, just relax and start from 0/0.  So I forgot the score, pressed the "restart button", and forced a decider.

In the 5th, I took a good start, 3/0 but from that point on, she was ahead all the time, 8/6, 9/8. I'm happy to take it 11/9 really...

Boys U15
Final
Ibrahim Mohamed (Shooting) 3-2 Karim Elbarbry (Degla)  11/5, 3/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/8
3/4 Play-Off
Ahmed Saied (Smouha) 3-1 Taha Danana (Degla)                  10/12, 11/8, 11/1, 15/13

Girls U15 
Final
Nour Khaled (Degla) 3-0 Habiba Eldafrawy (Shooting)                      11/9, 12/10, 11/8
3/4 Play-Off
Nour Ashraf (Smouha) 3-2 Jannah Kariem (Sporting)        11/6, 9/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/7

First of all , Im really for taking the title of the national squash championship , and no one cant imagine the effort that I did it in the summer and in my training , and actually today I was playing against my best friend Karim Elbarbary it was the first time to win him when we were young and he is a very good player , I really thank my parents , captain/Cherine Adel , captain/Ahmed Abd Elkhalek they also made a huge effort with me during my training

Im really happy to win this national championship , I really worked very hard to be in this place , it was not an easy match today , I have to focus in each point and play in a tough way to win the match . I just want to thank my coaches: Islam Adel , Mohamed Fareed , Hytham Effat , Omar Abd Elaziz , Hosam Shadad and also I want to thank my parents for helping me in every match



Im really Happy I managed to make it throw the quarters , it was tough in the semis , Moustafa was great , I wasnt able to compete against him.

 But overall,  Im still happy with the achivement this week.

Omar Maher

Boys U13
Final
Karim Maher (Degla) 3-2 Omar Azam (Maadi)              7/11, 11/9, 11/8, 9/11, 11/6
3/4 Play-Off
Karim Badawy (Shooting) 3-1 Yassin Karim (Shooting)         8/11, 11/7, 11/6, 11/1

Girls U13
Final
Salma Amr (Shooting) 3-0 Malak Islam (Sporting)                      13/11, 11/9, 11/9
3/4 Play-Off
Jasmin Moustafa (Shams) 3-0 Hana Hesham (Ahly)                    11/7, 11/9, 13/11

U13
The girls again were the most vocal/intense... Not sure why but the boys are very quiet and no fist pumps at all. But the girls, jzzzzzz, they love the commmmmeeee on! and the yallllaaaaa, and the fist pumps...

That match between Salma Amr and Malak Islam was truly close the whole way, and Malak is unlucky to not take either of them. It came down to a few tins here and there. But mature squash, and good construction from both girls.

A match that went over the hour mark for this final U13 boys between Karim Maher (Degla) and  Omar Azam. Omar forced a decider after coming back from 2/1 down, but probably was a bit mentally tired at the start of the 5th, well done Karim to contain a very dangerous opponent indeed in Omar Azam.

Boys U11
Final
Ahmed Walid (Heliopolis) 3-2 Taha Elshafai (Degla) 11/7, 11/9, 4/11, 3/11, 11/8
3/4 Play-Off
Ali Ahmed (Shooting) 3-1 Omar Assal (Ahly)                      11/2, 11/5, 8/11, 11/8

Girls U11
Final
Amina Orfi (Gazira)3-1 Nour Islam (sporting)                     11/9, 9/11, 11/7, 11/4
3/4 Play-Off
Malak Khaled (shooting) 3-0 Nadine Elhamamy (shams)            11/4, 11/7, 13/11 

U11 :
Well, that was a start and a half! That little marvel of Ahmed Walid from Heliopolis has made another victim bless him, Taha Elshafai  from WD.

After beating a very strongly gifted Omar Assal  yesterday in 5 hard games, Ahmed played superb squash in the first two games today , suffocating his opponent, only to see Taha coming back extremely strongly with a solid squash in the next two games, only losing 7 points... A nail bitting finish, but it's the Heliopolis Little Star that takes the title 11/8 in the 5th.

On the other side, a fierce battle between the two camps, oh, and the girls were having a good match too!!!! Nationals are paramount in Egypt, and this match showed how important those events are both for the players, the clubs, but most of all the families!!!!

A patient and intense squash from both girls, Amina Orfi (Gazira) and Nour Islam (Sporting) with a lot of fist pumps and screaming, a lot of wipping the hand on the glass, PSA Tour style. Amazing stuff.

Loved it.

SEMI-FINALS

      

Men                        JUNIORS RESULTS/REPORTS

Nour El Tayeb (Helio) 3-2 Nour El Sherbini (Sporting) 11/8, 12/10, 6/11, 3/11, 11/8
Nouran Gohar (Degla)  3-0 Raneem El Welily (Degla)                      11/9, 11/6, 11/7

Women

Mohamed Elshorbagy
(Smouha) 3-2 Omar Azabawy (Gazira)  6/11, 11/9, 11/6, 6/11, 11/9
Marwan Elshorbagy (smouha) 3-2 Ali Farag (Helio)                 11/6, 11/7, 5/11, 2/11, 11/8

AND IT'S THE DREAM FINAL FOR THE MEN....

With unfortunately Gawad, Momen, Fares, Zahed and Abou in Houston due to a last minute change in the Egyptian Calendar, Mohamed and Marwan found themselves top billing, and of course, both of them being from Alexandria - Smouha Club - the hope of the audience was to have the Brothers in the final.

It didn't go plain sailing, as Mohamed had a tough match against Azabawy Meguid today. Our Favourite Dentist - let's never forget that he is the only part time top boy Egyptian to have a real job and a Clinic - really put Mohamed under a lot of pressure.

Of course, the former World Number 1 - so weird to say that - was expected to win, and that puts pressure. Also, Azabaway and him are excellent friends - Azabawy often advises the Shorbagys on events - and had nothing to lose and probably happy to play on a traditional court.

I couldn't approach the court to get a glance or a picture as the crowd was packed in front of the court. I'm told by both it was a great match...

I couldn't approach Marwan's match against Ali either, same motive, and let's not talk about the Nour's battle that saw the local hero Nour El Sherbini fall to the Other Nour, El Tayeb after Sherbini set up a come back from 2/0 down.

After the straight 3/0 defeat of Raneem against Nouran, although I'm sure both El Tayeb and Nouran played superb squash, one can wonder if the defeat of the two World Champ finalists is a coincidence.

I would bet my cup of tea that both Sherbini and Raneem were mentally emptied and probably tried their best to dig in to perform this week, while Tayeb and Nouran had a lot of prove and were probably hungrier for victory....

As James Willstrop would say "Squash is such a mental game it's a joke".... But what do I know about squash...

This is my first National Champs final since I won the U11 in 2001. That was 16 years ago.

Omar played really well today. I saw him play some matches where he didn't have a game plan and was just hit the ball randomly. But today, he was so clever, the way he managed to change his game after the third, take the ball earlier and really surprise me.

We have huge respect for each other, I think it was visible on court, he is a very very good friend, and I'm very happy to see him play that well.

In the 5th, I managed to take a good lead, 4/0, that's what the top players are able to do and that really helps us to make the difference. It's a close finish, 2 points, 11/9, but it's the good start of the game I get in the 5th that gives me the difference.

It was a high quality match, he always seems to play very well against me, the only time we played on PSA was in Sky Open, and he took me to 5 again...

In matches like this, the only thing you want to do is play well. So I'm happy we managed to do that today.

It's always tough playing ali.. happy to win in 5 games, I think everyone enjoyed watching and that's the most important thing.

I thought I wasn't going to play against my brother till the end of this season but here we go we get to play for the 5th time this season...

Our Heads2Heads is favorable to Raneem, I think I managed to beat her twice, but never 3/0!

I don't know what to say really, Raneem is one of the kindest, if not the kindest person on tour. I have learned so much from her, both on and off court. We are good friends and we train together at Wadi Degla.

I am very happy and proud I managed to push through for this event, only a few days after the Worlds in Gouna, it's a extra bonus for me.


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Boys U19 *
Ahmed Abd El Fatah 3-0 Ziad Sakr (Shams)                                       12/10, ret. injured
Marwan Tarek (Degla) 3-0 Karim Desouky (Ahly)                                  11/4, 11/9, 11/9 


Girls U19
Hania Elhamamy (Heliopolis) 3-2 Jana Shiha (sporting)       5/11, 11/13, 11/9, 11/8, 11/3
Hana Moataz (Degla) 3-2 Zeina Mckaway (Sporting)              4/11, 11/9, 9/11, 11/7, 11/5

Two extraordinnary girls matches between Four girls that we see regularly on the PSA tour. Those matches didn't deserve a loser....

Hana Moataz imposed her game finally onto a Zeina Mckaway that looked really tired at time, while Jana played out of her skin in the first two games, only to see her lead melting like snow under the sun. Hania having broken her opponent mentally in the 4th, she just whizzed through the 5th...

It's my first time ever beating Zeina, she is a tough player to play against, and I think what was the difference today was my mental attitude. I think I was very tough.

I'm so happy to reach the final, and I need to thank Captain Mohamed Fareed, Omar Abdel Aziz and Hossam Shadad for their great support



I was not really prepared for a tough match against Jana, normally I win our matches 3/0 so I was too laid back, and she truly shocked me with her superb squash really!

I started waking up in the 2nd, finding my game at last, but she truly was playing superb squash, she has been having a lot of good results lately. Plus she didn't have any pressure at all, the pressure was on the "older" one!!!

I have a good record against Hana for the final tomorrow, but it is not going to be easy. Last match I remember playing against her was in the BO 2016, I eventually won 3/2 but it was a very difficult match. I'll have to be very focused tomorrow.

Boys U17
Ahmed Elmashad (Tanta) 3-0 Moustafa Elserty (Shooting)           11/9, 11/1 ret. injured
Moustafa Assal (Gazira) 3-0  Omar Maher Eltorky (Degla)                     11/1, 11/4, 11/3


Girls U17
  
Farida Mohamed (sporting) 3-2 Malak Ashraf (sporting)      11/4, 17/15, 3/11, 6/11, 11/9
Jana Shiha (sporting) 3-0 Habiba Hossam (Ahly)                                    13/11, 11/2, 11/2     


Ok, I was a complete failure for that age group. I arrived as three matches were completed, all my apologies! But I managed to catch the Sporting Derby, as in the match between Habiba Mohamed's little sister, Farida, against her very good friend Malak Ashraf.

When I say good friend, BELIEVE ME when I tell you it was not THAT obvious on court. A lot of contacts, a lot of chats from the Ref trying to keep order on court after a few hard banging/strokes/no lets....

But apparently, they truly like each other, except when on court....

We've been playing each other since U11, or in the semis, or in the finals. In this event, I was seeed 1 and she is 4, so we said before the match we were sure to play each other!

I was playing well in the first two games, took it 11/4, 17/15, but after that, I was not on court anymore! I kept tellig myself not to be afraid of anything, to play and relax, but she was playing very well. I made a lot of errors in the next two games, and in the 4th, she went up 7/0!

So before the 5th, my mum, my sister and my father told me to just play the best I could but as if she was 10/0 up: nothing to lose anymore.

I went up 8/5 then 10/7, but she won the next two points, saving two match balls. And I told myself, this is the last point she wins, I am going to play the best squash I can play, give everything I have on this point, and I'll will rest after...

It worked.

After my match against Hana Moataz yesterday where I gave a poor performance, I needed to play well today. I cried at the end, because I feel I didn't play as well as I should have. I should have won 3/0 today but Malak is a great friend, and she played very well.

Now I have got to believe that I can play a very good squash tomorrow to make my goal come true, win the Championship.


Happy to win this hard match against Omar Maher Eltorky. It's not easy to win 3/0, I had to play a very tough squash to win it

Boys U15
Karim Elbarbry (Degla)3-0 Taha Danana (Degla)                                11/3, 11/9, 11/8
Ibrahim Mohamed (Shooting) 3-1 Ahmed Saied (Smouha)    6/11, 11/5, 13/11, 12/10

Girls U15 
Habiba Eldafrawy (Shooting) 3-1 Jannah Kariem (Sporting)     11/7, 18/16, 6/11, 11/7
Nour Khaled (Degla) 3-1 Nour Ashraf (smouha)                       11/6, 11/7, 10/12, 11/7

Two very contrasting matches for the U15 boys. Karim Elbarbry was so quick to win aainst Taha Danana, I arrived 15m later and it was all over bless him!

But for Ibrahim Mohamed against Ahmed Saied, it was a completely different story. Two very strong basic game players, two strong boys, same style of squash, intense but gruelling, grinding their opponents out by finding good width and lengths, sprinkled with a lovely Egyptian touch. Ibrahim takes it finally, over an hour match....

Only one match played as the girls had exams, the Two Nours battled out for nealy an hour, big support from the Cairo/Alex battle, the vocal intensity inside the court was matched with the intensity out of the court!!!!

A great atmosphere, two fiesty players, and we needed a winner, it's Nour Khaled today....

I was very focused because it is the most important championship in the season, which is the championship of the Republic and I played very relaxed and I was calm.

I just played a basic game of Squash (straight) but the I lost third game because I lost my focus.

This is my third time into the final and Id like to thank Captain Hitham Effat , Captain Hossam Shadad , Captain Mohamed Farid , Captain Islam Hany , Captain/Amr Abd Elaziz and my mum.

Boys U13
Omar Azam (Maadi) 3-2 Yassin Karim (Shooting)      11/3, 6/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/9 
 Karim Maher (Degla) 3-2 Karim Badawy (Shooting) 8/11, 6/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/7

Girls U13
Salma Amr (Shooting) 3-0 Jasmin Moustafa (Shams)                11/9, 11/7, 11/8
Malak Islam (Sporting) 3-0 Hana Hesham (Ahly)                    12/10, 11/7, 11/5

What a battle between Omar Azam and Yassin Karim! Two different styles of players, I would summarise it with Omar's got the shots, but Yassin's got the dives! It's a little short definition, but you see my drill. Omar was finding some superb shots, but Yassin was fighting to retrieve all of them, run, hit, slided.... Lovely match, two great future stars for sure!

The other boys' match was delayed and played at the same time than Nouran and Mohamed, so didn't manage to see anything.

As for the girls, I didn't see much of Salma Amr against Jasmin Moustafa, 3/0 for Salma, but close games, but I see the end of the first game of Malak Islam against Hana Hesdam, the deicider.

Hana was up 10/8 only to see her opponent score four points in a row. It probably made Hana doubt of her chances, and Malak was able to close the next two, 7 5.

I think my drop shots were going in well today, and my low straight drives seem to bother her a lot today. This was the third time we met and I am lucky to always have beaten her.

This is such a big tournament, it's the biggest for us, and I'm happy to be back in the final one more time!

I want to thank my coaches Medo, and Captain Mosaad, and my mum, my family, really, not forgetting my fitness coach Captain Walid

Malak Islam

Boys U11
Taha Elshafai (Degla) 3/0 Ali Ahmed (Shooting)                            11/5, 11/2, 12/10
Ahmed Walid (Heliopolis) 3-1 Omar Assal (Ahly)                  9/11, 11/4, 11/8, 13/11

Girls U11
Amina Orfi (Gazira) 3-0 Malak Khaled (shooting)                            11/6 11/9 11/5
Nour Islam (sporting) 3-0 Nadine Elhamamy (shams)                   11/2, 11/6, 11/3        

A very strong start of the day with 4 "babies" matches. Only one was very quick, Taha Alshafai against Ali Ahmed, altough Ali fought extremely hard in the last game to try and turn the tide, but Taha's power was just too strong today.

For the other match, Ahmed Walid and Omar Assal are two to watch for the future. Extremely charismatic characters, there a full of life, invention, intensity.

It was a pleasure to see them move on court, and good coaching from Islam Hany who calmed down his player very quickly after he thew his racquet in disgust at the end of the first game.

Very strong defence from Nadine Elhamamy who couldn't contain the Nour Islam's attack today, good match from both, but a special bravo to the maturity of Amina Orfi and Malak Khaled who played some extremely long and constructed rallies today. Impressive from both girls, both mentally, physically but also technically.


 

 

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I won the game today because of my good serve and drop shots.

Im ten years old and I'm up to final 4 times.

Id like to thank Captain Ahmed Shohaeb , Captain Waleed Elmosalmy , Captain Mosaad , Captain Mido , Captain Ahmed Hani and my family

 


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QUARTERS                 JUNIORS RESULTS

Men

Nour El Sherbini (Sporting) 3-0 Salma Hany (Smouha) 
Nour El Tayeb (Helio) 3-1 Nadine Shaheen (Gazira)         11/9, 12/14, 11/6, 11/4
Nouran Gohar (Degla) 3-0 Heba El Torky (Sporting)                        11/6, 11/3, 11/5
Raneem El Welily (Degla) 3-0 Mayar Hany (Degla)                      11/6, 11/9, 11/3

Women

Mohamed Elshorbagy (Smouha) 3-0 Zeyad Roshdy (Smouha)    12/10, 11/8, 13/11
Omar Azabawy Meguid (Gazira) 3-1 Ahmed Hani (sporting)  6/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/1
Ali Farag (Helio) 3-0 Mahmoud Abdelkader (Ahly)                         11/5, 11/6, 11/2
Marwan Elshorbagy (smouha) 3-2 Karim Ali (Gazira) 11/8, 7/11, 7/11, 11/7, 11/8

SAILING SEEDS, WELL, ALMOST....

Ok, there was a few waves along the way for the PSA Stars, but they eventually prevailed....For Nour El Sherbini, no worries, same for Raneem El Welily against Mayar who worked pretty hard to put Raneem under presure at times.

Nour El Tayeb had problems focusing at the start, made a few errors, and Nadine was pretty happy to push the Heliopolis girl to play one more game playing an excellent accurate squash, 11/9, 12/14. The former top 10 quickly reassessed in the 3rd and 4th, 6 and 4.

"I'm very happy with the way I played throughout the match. It's very exciting to be in the semis of the Egyptian Nationals.

Tomorrow, I play my sister and best friend and I can't wait to play with her.

As for Nouran Gohar, she played last night an advanced match against Sporting Heba El Torky due to a late afternoon exam. Heba played a very focused game but coudn't find any solutions today against Nouran's power.

For the Men, Mohamed Elshorbagy made sure he got his marks on the court by playing a few more rallies against young Zeyad Roshdy from Smouha - Mohamed's own club. Meguid lost the first game to take the next three 9, 7 and 1.

Ali Farag seemed to have the least trouble today - his birthday I'm told - against Mahmoud Abdelkader while Karim Ali Fathi nealy took out our #2, Shorbagy Junior, only losing 11/8 in the 5th...

Very happy to come back from 2-1 down against a very good player, Karim and I been playing since we were very young and I know he's improved so much lately.

Look forward to play against Ali tomorrow, it's my first time to reach semis at the nationals!

 
Boys U19
Ahmed Abd El Fatah 3-0 Youssef Ibrahim 3/0                      15/13, 12/10, 11/9

Karim Desouky (Ahly) 3-0 Shady Elsherbiby (Shams)              11/4, 11/5, 11/3
Marwan Tarek (Degla) 3-1 Omar Ashraf (Maadi)             8/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/4
Ziad Sakr (Shams) 3-0 Moustafa El Saraty (Shooting) 11/8, 13/11, 10/3 retired


Girls U19
Hania Elhamamy (Heliopolis) 3-0 Nadien kotb (Degla) 11/6, 11/2, 11/8
Jana Shiha (sporting) 3-2 Nada Abas (Gazira) 12/10, 11/9, 12/10,12/10
Hana Motaaz (Degla) 3-0 Farida Mohamed (sporting)      11/6,11/7,11/9
Zeina Mckaway (Sporting) 3-0 Aya Ashraf

 
Girls U17
  
Farida Mohamed (sporting) 3-0 Amina Taher (sporting)     11/6, 11/5, 11/9
Malak Ashraf (sporting) 3-0 Ingy Sherif (Shams)                 11/4, 11/4, 11/9
Habiba Hossam (Ahly) 3-0 Habiba Magdy (Ahly)                  11/7, 11/6, 11/7
Jana Shiha (sporting) 3-0 Amina Elrehany (Gazira)              11/4, 11/9, 11/4

Boys U17
Ahmed Elmashad (Tanta) 3-0 Karim Tarek                             11/5, 11/9, 11/3
Omar Maher (Degla) 3-0 Yehia elnawasany (Tanta)             11/5, 12/10, 11/6
Moustafa Assal (Gazira) 3-0 Mohamed Tamer (Degla)          11/7, 13/11, 11/5
Moustafa Elserty (Shooting) 3/1 Ali Eltokhy (Shams) 14/12, 11/9, 8/11, 15/13

Boys U15
Karim Elbarbry
(Degla) 3- 0 Abdullah Shahab (shams)
Taha Danana (Degla) 3-0 Abd Elrahman nassar (Shams)         11/7, 15/13, 11/1
Ahmed Saied (Smouha) 3/0 Roujeh Albier (Smouha)
Ibrahim Mohamed (Shooting) 3/0 Adham Elsaidy (shams)

Girls U15 
Habiba Eldafrawy (Shooting) 3-1 Nagham Ahmed (Shooting)
Jannah Kariem (Sporting) 3-0 Mena Allah Walid (Smouha)          11/4, 11/6, 11/9
Nour Khaled (Degla) 3-1 Lina Elsherif (Sporting)                 11/9, 7/11, 11/9,11/4
Nour Ashraf (smouha) 3-2 Salma Eltayeb (Shooting) 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 7/11, 11/7

Boys U13
Omar Azam (Maadi) 3-0 Youssef Mohamed (Smouha)              11/7, 11/6, 11/6
Yassin Karim (Shooting) 3-0 Abdullah Amr (Ahly)                     11/4, 11/7, 11/9
Karim Badawy (Shooting) 3-2 Youssef Asheba      11/8, 9/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/7 
Karim Maher (Degla) 3-0 Islam Koritm (Shooting)                  11/9, 11/4, 12/10

Girls U13
Jasmin Moustafa (Shams) 3/0 Iten Sherien (tanta) 11/7-11/9 retired injured
Salma Amr (Shooting) 3-0 Fatma Hassan (sporting)                11/2, 11/3, 11/5
Hana Hesham (Ahly) 3-1 Farida Salom (Smouha)            4/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/9
Malak Islam (Sporting) 3-0 Nour Mohamed (shooting)            11/3, 11/3, 11/8

Boys U11

Taha Ayman (Degla) 3/0 Yassin Nasr (shooting)
Ali Ahmed (shooting) 3/1 Mohamed Zakria (sporting)
Omar Assal (Ahly) 3/0 Adham Mabrok (smouha)
Ahmed Walid (Heliopolis) 3/0 Ali Tarek (shooting)

Girls U11

Amina Orfi (Gazira) 3/0 Jana Gala (sporting)
Malak Khaled (shooting) 3/0 Rana Mesheal (Smouha)
Nadine Elhamamy (shams) 3/0 Jana Ahmed (smouha)
Nour Islam (sporting) 3/0 Karma Alam (sporting)
 

Very happy that i managed to win in 3 so i can be fresh for my semifinal match tomorrow.



Marwan tarek
It was a pretty good match. I lost a tight first, made too many errors but then it all went my way. I forced my rhythm in the second,third,forth; volleyed well, moved him well and closed the forth 11-4 to advance to the semis in the u19 event :)
 

Happy to reach the semi finals and looking forward to another battle tomorrow.

ROUND UP FROM THE HECTIC FRONT...

After three completely mayhem days where to be honest, I didn't have much idea of what was going on, including at 13h straight shift yesterday, things are bit more clear today.

Ok, it's still very manic, as we have all quarters starting at the same time on two floors, but at least, I know what I am missing!!!!

A simple start of the day with the U11 group. No surprises there, only a good battle between Amina Orfi and Jana Gala, with I'm told the two girls working very hard and playing a very mature squash.

Also, a good effort from Mohamed Zakria who was supposed to lose easily against his opponent Ali Ahmed, but who fought tooth and nails to win a game! Well done Zakria...

If you wonder why the U15 played before the U13, it's because the U13 had an exam and asked to play a bit later bless them. So no suprise for the Boys, and for the girls, two nice matches.

Very intense and involved audience for the Degla/Sporting encounter Nour Khaled v Lina Elsherif, with the former winning a good match, 3/1, followed by a great five setter, 3/2 to Nour Ashraf against Salma Eltayeb, each game being very disputed.

All the rest of the age group went according to seedings.

A pretty straight forward U13 age group again, but to be noted the great match between Karim Badawy (Shooting) and Youssef Asheba, where Karim had to come back from 1/2 down to finally clinch the 5th 11/7! Also, if Karim Maher (Degla) one of the favorites beat Islam Koritm (Shooting) 3/0, it was not an easy match, and Islam shows great promises indeed, 11/9, 11/4, 12/10.

For the girls, we unfortunately had an injured player that had to forfeit, Iten Sherien (tanta) against Shams player Jasmin Moustafa. Also, Hana Hesham (Ahly) had to fight back from 4/11 down to finally take the match 3/1, 11/9 in the 4th!

In the U15, not much to report apart from a real intense encounter, Moustafa Elserty from Shooting very happy to win 3/1 and not being forced into a decider against Ali Eltokhy  fro Shams, 14/12, 11/9, 8/11, 15/13!

In the U19, a huge upset, with the suprise defeat of Golden Boy Youssef Ibrahim against Ahmed Abd El Fatah 3/0 15/13, 12/10, 11/9. Also, Marwan Tarek (Degla) had to fight back from 1/0 down against dangerous Omar Ashraf (Maadi).

It was a very tough match and I'm proud of the way I played, it's my first time to beat such a good player like Youssef ibrahim 3/0. I'm so happy that I won the match, I wish I win the title of the egyptian nationals championship under 19.

Hats off to Jana Shiha who manages to qualify to both U17 and 19 Semis and how! She beat rather comfortably Amina Elrehany (Gazira) 3/0, but had to fight each and single point to beat of the top Egyptian girls,  Nada Abas (Gazira) 12/10, 11/9, 12/10,12/10. What a match, what a battle that was...

It was a tough match but happy with my overall performance.. all that i had to do was to fight till the end . Nada is a great player but hopefully i managed to win it.

Being in the semis in both events (u17 & u19) is a big deal for me and hopefully I can make it to the end

ALL THE RESULTS
 


     

Day 3 - Saturday

We have the Big People starting to play this evening, meanwhile, all the Age Groups are fighting to get their spot in the light.

You can follow all the action on our dedicated tumblr....

Main Draw - Last 16

Mohamed Elshorbagy (Smouha) 3-0 Abd el Fatah Yehia (Ahly)
Zyad Roshdy (Smouha) bt Karim el Hamami (Heliopolis) wo
Omar El Azabawy (Gezira) 3-0 Hesham Ossama (Sporting)
Ahmed Hani (Sporting) bt (Youssef Mohamed (Heliopolis) wo
Mahmoud Abd el Kader (Ahly) 3-1 Ahmed Hosny (Ahly)
Aly Farag (Heliopolis) 3-0 Khaled Labib (Shams)
Karim Ali Fathi (Gezira) 3-0 Islam Adel (Heliopolis)
Marwan Shorbagy (Smouha) 3-0 Amir Sedik (Maadi)

Nour El Tayeb (Heliopolis) 3-0 Nouran Eltorky (sporting)
Raneem El Welily (degla) 3-0 Nadeen Saafan (mansora)
Nadine Shahin (Gezira) 3-0 Farah Momen (Gezira) 3/0
Heba El Torky (Sporting) 3-0 Sherouk Mahmoud (Mansoura)
Mayar Hany (Degla) bt Mariam Metwally (Smouha) wo injured
Nouran Gohar (Degla) 3-0 Dina Ahmed (Ahly) 3/0
Salma Hany (Smouha) 3-0 Reem Zaki (Tanta) 3/0
Nour El Sherbini bye





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Preview

May Rostom from Egyptian Streets Reports

Egypts top squash players get ready to head to another coastal city for the Egyptian National Squash Championships to be held in Sporting Club in Alexandria on April 20 till April 26.

For the first time in six years, Alexandrians are thrilled to welcome back the Egyptian National Squash Championships. From the Shorbagy brothers to Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily, a star-studded calendar is guaranteed.

The tournament is co-organised and promoted by Raneem El Welilys brother Tameem El Welily alongside with All Media for Advertising solutions.

I always had a thing for Alexandria. Being born and raised here, I cherish this city more than anything else. My dream is to put Alexandria on the squash map. Nour El Sherbini, Raneem El Welily, and the Shorbagy brothers, all evolved out of this city and despite that, Alexandria isnt getting the attention it deserves. Hopefully, with the Nationals being held here every year, its a chance for us to shed a light on what this city has to offer its squash players, said El Welily.

It will challenge top professionals from all over Egypt to battle for the coveted titles with stars such as current and former World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily respectively, the remarkable Shorbagy brothers, and World No.6 Ali Farag, all on show.

The Chairman of the Egyptian Squash Federation Assem Khalifa stressed on the significance of the tournament and the competitiveness marketing its importance. The Egyptian Nationals tournament is considered one of the top competitions in squash history as many legends like Shabana, Ramy Ashour, Karim Darwish, Shorbagy, Omneya, Raneem, Nour and many more have fought immensely to be able to clinch the title of this prestigious trophy, said Khalifa.

This year we [the Egyptian Squash Federation] developed a new initiative in order to enhance the quality of the event execution and utilise financially from the significance of the tournament by handing it to Tameem El Welily and his partners. I believe they will do a great job, Khalifa continued.

The tournament is sponsored by QNB Group, the leading bank in the MENA region, real estate giants Solik, Egypts top transportation network Careem, the worlds largest global cruise line MSC, World Famous Tea Brand, Lipton Tea, and squash racquet brand, Feather Racketsports.

It will host 20 different clubs from seven different cities. With 14 different draws (the main mens and womens draw, two master categories and 10 junior draws), over 4000 people are expected to attend the event.

Qualifying Draws  
BU11    GU11
   BU13    GU13  BU15   GU15  BU17  
Main Draws            ALL THE RESULTS
 

Mariam Metwally out of the Nationals for Health Issues

 

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