Egyptian Nationals - #AlexIsBack
Nour El Sherbini (Sporting)
Nour El Tayeb (Helio)
Raneem El Welily (Degla) v Nouran Gohar (Degla)
Mohamed Elshorbagy (Smouha) v
Omar Azabawy Meguid (Gazira)
Marwan Elshorbagy (smouha) v
Ali Farag (Helio)
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
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 imposed her game finally onto a Zeina 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
I'm so happy to reach the final, and I need to thank Captain
Mohamed Fareed, Omar Abdel Aziz and Hossam Shadad for their
Ahmed Elmashad (Tanta) 3-0 Moustafa Elserty (Shooting)
11/9, 11/1 ret. injured
Moustafa Assal (Gazira) 3-0 Omar Maher Eltorky
11/1, 11/4, 11/3
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
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
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
But apparently, they truly like each other, except when on
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!
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
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...
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
Now I have got to believe that I can play a very good squash
tomorrow to make my goal come true, win the Championship.
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
delayed at 5pm: Habiba
Eldafrawy (Shooting) v Jannah Kariem (Sporting)
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!
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 I’d like to thank
Captain Hitham Effat , Captain Hossam Shadad , Captain Mohamed
Farid , Captain Islam Hany , Captain/Amr Abd Elaziz and my mum.
Omar Azam (Maadi)
3-2 Yassin Karim (Shooting) 11/3,
6/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/9
delayed at 5pm: Karim Badawy (Shooting) v Karim Maher (Degla)
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
I won the game today because of my
good serve and drop shots.
I’m ten years old and I'm up to final 4 times.
I’d like to thank Captain Ahmed Shohaeb , Captain Waleed
Elmosalmy , Captain Mosaad , Captain Mido , Captain Ahmed Hani
and my family
Meet the A team
The Day Tameem saved the Coverage
I always enjoy playing with Mayar.
It's always clean and fair squash. Happy to be in the semis
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
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.
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
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.
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...
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!
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
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,
Hana Motaaz (Degla) 3-0 Farida Mohamed (sporting)
Zeina Mckaway (Sporting) 3-0 Aya Ashraf
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
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
(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)
(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
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
(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
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)
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
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...
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
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...
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
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
All the rest of the age group went according to seedings.
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,
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
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
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 -
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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May Rostom from Egyptian Streets Reports
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
Welily’s brother Tameem El Welily alongside with All
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“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 isn’t getting the attention it
deserves. Hopefully, with the Nationals being held here every
year, it’s 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
Group, the leading bank in the MENA region, real estate
Egypt’s top transportation network
the world’s 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 men’s and women’s draw,
two master categories and 10 junior draws), over 4000 people are
expected to attend the event.
out of the Nationals for Health Issues