Egyptian Nationals - #AlexIsBack
Mohamed Elshorbagy (Smouha) 3-1
Marwan Elshorbagy (Smouha) 11/7, 4/11, 11/6, 12/10
Ali Farag (Helio) 3-1
Omar Azabawy (Gazira) 11/4, 9/11, 12/10,
Nouran Gohar (Degla) 3-2
Nour El Tayeb (Helio) 11/7, 10/12, 11/6, 6/11, 11/8
Nour El Sherbini (Sporting) 3-0
Raneem El Welily (Degla) 11/8, 11/3, 11/8
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
MEET A "MALAK"
THE DELICE PEOPLE
Marwan Tarek (Degla) 3-0 Ahmed Abd El Fatah
11/6, 11/6, 13/11
Karim Desouky (Ahly) w.o. Ziad Sakr (Shams)
Hania Elhamamy (Heliopolis) 3-0 Hana Moataz (Degla)
11/7 12/10, 13/11
Zeina Mckaway (Sporting) 3-1 Jana Shiha (sporting)
11/6, 9/11, 11/5, 11/4
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
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.
Moustafa Assal (Gazira) 3-0 Ahmed Elmashad
11/5, 11/4, 11/9
Omar Maher Eltorky (Degla) 3-0 Moustafa Elserty (Shooting)
11/4 retired injured
Jana Shiha (sporting) Farida Mohamed (sporting) 13/11,
7/11, 1/11, 11/6, 11/9
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
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.
Iíd like to thank my parents , my Coaches , my physio and Hazem
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!
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
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
Ibrahim Mohamed (Shooting) 3-2 Karim Elbarbry (Degla)
11/5, 3/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/8
Ahmed Saied (Smouha) 3-1 Taha Danana (Degla)
10/12, 11/8, 11/1, 15/13
Nour Khaled (Degla) 3-0 Habiba Eldafrawy (Shooting)
11/9, 12/10, 11/8
Nour Ashraf (Smouha) 3-2 Jannah Kariem (Sporting)
11/6, 9/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/7
of all , Iím really for taking the title of the national squash
championship , and no one canít 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
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
really Happy I managed to make it throw the quarters , it was
tough in the semis , Moustafa was great , I wasnít able to
compete against him.
But overall, Iím still happy with the achivement this week.
Karim Maher (Degla) 3-2 Omar Azam (Maadi)
7/11, 11/9, 11/8, 9/11, 11/6
Karim Badawy (Shooting) 3-1 Yassin Karim (Shooting)
8/11, 11/7, 11/6, 11/1
Salma Amr (Shooting) 3-0 Malak Islam (Sporting)
13/11, 11/9, 11/9
Jasmin Moustafa (Shams) 3-0 Hana Hesham (Ahly)
11/7, 11/9, 13/11
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
Ahmed Walid (Heliopolis) 3-2 Taha Elshafai (Degla)
11/7, 11/9, 4/11, 3/11, 11/8
Ali Ahmed (Shooting) 3-1 Omar Assal (Ahly)
11/2, 11/5, 8/11, 11/8
Amina Orfi (Gazira)3-1 Nour Islam (sporting)
11/9, 9/11, 11/7, 11/4
Malak Khaled (shooting) 3-0 Nadine Elhamamy (shams)
11/4, 11/7, 13/11
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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...
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
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.
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
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.
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
Our Heads2Heads is
favorable to Raneem, I think I managed to beat her twice, but
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.
THE DELICE PEOPLE!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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 Iíd 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
Karim Maher (Degla) 3-2 Karim Badawy (Shooting)
8/11, 6/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/7
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!
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
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.
Iím ten years old and I'm up to final 4 times.
Iíd 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
Welilyís brother Tameem El Welily alongside with All
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ďI 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 isnít getting the attention it
deserves. Hopefully, with the Nationals being held here every
year, itís a chance for us to shed a light on what this city has
to offer its squash players,Ē 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. ďThe 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,Ē said Khalifa.
ďThis 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,Ē Khalifa continued.
The tournament is sponsored by
Group, the leading bank in the MENA region, real estate
Egyptís top transportation network
the worldís 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 menís and womenís draw,
two master categories and 10 junior draws), over 4000 people are
expected to attend the event.
out of the Nationals for Health Issues