July 2011

Perry beat Massaro to rake Singapore crown!

Laura Massaro produced the performance of the year so far to stun world No1 Nicol David (11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9) in a 85 minutes encounter at the semi final of the Singapore Masters, as 3rd seed Madeline Perry (IRE, pic) ended the run of France’s Camille Serme 11-7, 11-7, 11-3. It was Massaro’s 2nd win over David this year. In the final Perry was in control of the match most of the 61 minutes of play, as Massaro was not able to reproduce the same performance as one day before against David. The 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 victory marks Perry’s 1st win this year and the 9th in her career.

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Egypt retain Women’s World Junior title!

Favourites Egypt successfully retained their title in the Women’s World Junior Team Championship – but hosts USA, celebrating their first appearance in the climax, forced the tie into a decider after 2010 champion Amanda Sobhy defeated the newly-crowned individual world champion Nour El Tayeb on the final day in Boston. Defending champions Egypt made a great start to the final as Nouran El Torky beat a nervous Sabrina Sobhy 11-9, 11-3, 11-3. Then Amanda Sobhy drew level as she beat El Tayeb 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 to force a decider. But less than half an hour later, Egypt made sure of the title when Nour El Sherbini, winner of the 2009 title and runner-up in the 2011 championship, beat Olivia Blatchford 11-8, 11-3, 11-8. In the bronze medal play-off, 6th seeds Hong Kong beat India, the 3rd seeds, 2/1.

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Reda stops Shorbagy’s run to take Sportsmax title!

Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (pic) celebrated home success in the inaugural Sportsmax Open when he lifted the PSA World Tour International 25 event trophy in Cairo. But the 2nd seed was stretched for 96 minutes before overcoming the event’s giant-killer Marwan El Shorbagy – the 17-year-old qualifier from his own country who ousted two seeds on the way to his unexpected appearance in the final. El Shorbagy arrived in Cairo fresh from winning the world junior title in Belgium – then immediately went through 2 rounds of qualifying and 2 rounds of the main draw before beating top seed Omar Mosaad in the semis. In the final 22-year-old Reda stopped his promising fellow countryman’s run 6-11, 12-10, 12-10, 6-11, 16-14 to secure the 11th PSA title of his career.

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Hosts USA to face Egypt in dream World final!

Hosts USA survived a tense semi-final battle (2:1) against India in the WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship to set up a dream final with defending champions Egypt in Boston. Amanda Sobhy put the hosts into the lead with an 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 victory over Indian Anaka Alankamony. The tie was turned on its head when India’s Saumya Karki played the game of her life to beat experienced Olivia Blatchford 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 in 28 minutes. US No4 Haley Mendez won the decider against India’s Aparajitha Balamurukan 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9 which delighted the packed crowd. By comparison, favourites Egypt strolled into the final – for the 5th time in a row – after beating 6th seeds Hong Kong China 2/0. Egypt’s two world individual championships finalists Nour El Tayeb and Nour El Sherbini produced convincing displays – world champion El Tayeb beating Ho Ka Po 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 and former champion El Sherbini overcoming Ka-Yi Lee 11-5, 10-12, 12-10, 11-2.

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Hong Kong battle into World Junior semis!

Two years after claiming a surprise place in the final of the WSF Women’s World Junior Team Squash Championship, 6th seeds Hong Kong (pic) again upset the seedings to earn a semi-final berth in Boston. In the all-Asian tie Hong Kong beat 4th seed Malaysia 2-1 to face firm favourites Egypt, who cruised to a 3/0 win over 10th seeds Wales. 3rd seed India overcame 4th seed England to meet host USA, who had a 2-1 win over 9th seed New Zealand, in the other semi-final.

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Magic Marwan outs Mosaad in Cairo upset!

Clearly inspired by his new status as world junior champion, Egyptian teenager Marwan El Shorbagy (pic) pulled off his 3rd successive giant-killing victory in the Sportsmax Open when he defeated top-seeded compatriot Omar Mosaad to reach the final in Cairo. After 2 rounds of qualifying, the 17-year-old began his main draw run by beating India’s experienced Siddharth Suchde, before despatching 3rd-seeded Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan in the quarters. Only 4 months after losing in straight games to world No14 Mosaad, El Shorbagy recovered from a game down to beat his opponent 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 in 54 minutes. El Shorbagy will now face 2nd seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda in the final, who was tested for 81 minutes before getting the better of unseeded compatriot Omar Abdel Aziz 11-13, 11-5, 11-9, 11-2.

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New Zealand & Wales make World quarter-finals!

After the qualifying action in the Women’s World Junior Team Championship, 9th seeds New Zealand and 10th seeds Wales claimed unexpected quarter-final places, when they overcame higher seeds Canada and Australia. 4th seed England slipped up, when they lost 1-2 to 5th seed Malaysia. Quarter-final line-up: [1] EGYPT v [10] WALES; [5] MALAYSIA v [6] HONG KONG CHINA; [3] INDIA v [4] ENGLAND; [2] USA v [9] NEW ZEALAND.
Women’s World Junior Squash Championships 2011 | Boston
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Marwan marches on in Cairo!

Egyptian qualifier Marwan El Shorbagy (pic) produced his 2nd upset in 2 days in the inaugural Sportsmax Open in Egypt when he beat 3rd-seeded Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan in the quarter-finals in Cairo. Only days after being crowned world junior champion in Belgium, the 17-year-old followed his 1st round triumph over India’s Siddharth Suchde to topple Khan, the world No28 11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5. El Shorbagy will now face fellow countryman Omar Mosaad for a place in the final. The top seed beat Italian Stephane Galifi 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 14-12. It took 88 minutes for 2nd seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda to clinch his place in the last 4, stemming a fight back by Kristian Frost Olesen to beat the unseeded Dane 13-11, 11-1, 6-11, 12-14, 11-7. Reda will face Omar Abdel Aziz, the 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 victor over Egyptian qualifier Omar Abdel Meguid.

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