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Egypt Secure Seventh Successive World Junior Crown
It is seven in a row for Egypt after the favourites denied hosts Malaysia a fierce comeback in the final of the CIMB Foundation WSF Women's World Junior Team Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
It was no walk in the park as the defending champions needed every bit of firepower in their arsenal, and a bit of luck as they rode the strong resistance of Malaysia for a 2/0 win at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre.
With a 1-3-2 order of play, recently crowned world junior champion Hania El Hammamy gave the Egyptians the start they needed when she overcame Aifa Azman (both pictured below) 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-3.
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All-Egyptian Finals Bring World Junior Championships To A KL Climax
Despite determined resistance from English opposition in the men's semi-finals and a heart-breaking home bid in the women's, the 2019 CIMB Foundation WSF World Junior Squash Championships will reach its climax in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in two all-Egyptian finals - for the fifth time since 2011!
In her third successive women's final, twice runner-up and favourite Hania El Hammamy will face second seed Jana Shiha, while top men's seed Mostafa Asal, the defending champion, will line up against surprise opponent Moustafa El Sirty in the other final.
'Not A Four-Day Thrill' Says Kenya Squash Ambassadors Host
2 July 2019
"It's not just a four-day thrill," said Gakuo Ndirangu, a driving force of squash in Kenya, as the 2019 WSF Ambassador Programme visit to the country's capital Nairobi drew to a close at the Nairobi Club after a comprehensive programme of squash activities led by three of the sport's leading players.
An action-packed programme of coaching sessions, refereeing workshops, player clinics, exhibition matches and media conferences were the focus of the World Squash Federationinitiative led this year by Malaysia's former world No.1 and record eight-time World Champion Nicol David, France's world No.3 Camille Serme, Spaniard Borja Golan, a former world No.5, together with Belgian national coach Ronny Vlassaks and international referee Marko Podgorsek, from Slovenia.
"I cannot find the words to express our feelings about the huge success of this visit, and our gratitude to the WSF team for coming to Kenya to inspire our players," added Ndirangu (pictured above, 2nd from the left, with the WSF Ambassadors at the Nairobi Club).
"But this is just the foundation and now we need to build on it."
2019 WSF World Coaching Conference To Be Staged In Egypt
29 June 2019
Egypt will host the WSF Coaching Conference 2019 alongside the Women's World Championship in Cairo.
The annual World Squash Federation event, hosted by the Egyptian Squash Federation, will take place from 31 October to 2 November.
The sessions on the first two days will precede the semi-finals and final of the CIB PSA Women's World Championship and accompanying CIB Men's Platinum event.
The conference has been held in Malaysia, Colombia and Australia over the last three years and now comes to the country that leads the way in the elite player scene - providing an opportunity for international coaches to learn more about what is behind the success from their coaches, as well as to hear from internationally-known squash personalities.
Confirmed presenters already include Egyptian celebrated coaches Omar Elborolossy and Ashraf Hanafi, together with England's Joey Barrington.
For registration details, visit: www.worldsquash.org/2019- egypt/
Kenya Set To Welcome WSF Squash Ambassadors
23 June 2019
Kenya is set to welcome the WSF Ambassador Programme this week when three of the world's leading squash players visit the country's capital Nairobi for the World Squash Federation promotional initiative hosted by the Kenyan Squash community.
The sport's ultimate ambassador Nicol David, a former world No.1 and the record eight-time World Champion from Malaysia, will join fellow players Camille Serme, the world No.3 from France, and Borja Golan, Spain's former world No.5, at Parklands Sports Club and the Nairobi Club for the eighth edition of the annual WSF initiative.
Launched in 2011, the WSF international promotional initiative takes leading squash players, together with an international coach and referee, into younger squash nations to help raise the sport's profile - through clinics, exhibition matches, refereeing and coaching seminars, and media presentations.
Joining the three players will be Belgian national coach Ronny Vlassaks and international referee Marko Podgorsek, from Slovenia. The 2019 campaign gets underway on Thursday 27 June.
"Kenya epitomises the squash nations we want to bring the WSF Ambassadors Programme to," said WSF CEO Andrew Shelley. "There is a great enthusiasm for squash, great potential too. There is a positive momentum and the players, referee and coach activities that we can bring via our group will enthuse the squash community there; while the media work will help stimulate interest in squash too.
"The new leadership of squash in Kenya are working so hard to invigorate squash, so we look forward to meeting them and interacting.
"It is a particular pleasure for us that recently-retired Nicol can join Camille and Borja. Her first promotional visit was in 2002 (when it was a Women's Tour initiative), and has been so supportive over many years since)."
Nicol David, who burst onto the international squash stage in 1999 as the 15-year-old winner of the World Junior (U19) title, rounded off her illustrious career last month at the British Open in England - the five-time champion playing the 700th professional match of her career as she bad farewell to the PSA World Tour after 20 years and more than 80 titles.
Serme and Golan also competed in the 2019 'Wimbledon of Squash' - France's first ever winner of the title reaching the final for the second time and Golan, the highest-ranked Spaniard of all-time, marking his 10th appearance in the event.
Serme went on to finish as runner-up in the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals championship after a revenge win over her British Open victor Nouran Gohar of Egypt.
The WSF Ambassador Programme first visited the Baltic country of Latvia in 2011, followed by a trip to the African countries of Malawi and Namibia, then Panama and Venezuela in 2013, Papua New Guinea in 2014, before focussing on the Balkan region in 2015 with appearances in Serbia, Romania and Croatia. In 2016, the team visited Dalian and Macau in China. After the 2017 edition was postponed, the WSF team headed to Armenia and Ukraine in 2018.
WSF World Junior Championships Attract Players from 30 Nations
22 June 2019
Almost 200 players representing 30 nations have confirmed entry to the 2019 WSF Men's & Women's World Junior Individual Squash Championships which will be held in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur from 30 July to 4 August.
Hosted by the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM), the World Squash Federation championships will take place at the National Squash Centre, followed by the biennial WSF Women's World Junior Team Championship - which will feature 18 nations, including debutants Chinese Taipei - from 5-9 August.
Both individual titles are likely to stay in Egypt, with world No.15 Hania El Hammamy expected to be top seed in the women's event and world No.29 Mostafa Asal the predicted favourite in the men's championship.
After finishing as runner-up in 2017 and 2018, El Hammamy will be hoping for 'third time lucky', while 2018 champion Asal (pictured above) will be looking to become the fourth Egyptian since 2006 to win the men's title twice in a row.
The 2019-2020 PSA Women’s World Championship, will take place in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, after an agreement was reached between PSA, Egyptian events company I-Events and title sponsors CIB.Due to take place from October 23 - November 1, 2019, the tournament will bring 64 of the best female squash players in the world together to compete for the sport’s biggest prize - and a share of a $325,000 prize fund - with the spectacular pyramids set to provide a stunning backdrop for the first time since the Al Ahram Open was staged there in 2016.The 2019-2020 event will also see the World Championship return to the Pyramids at Giza for the first time since 2006 - when Australian David Palmer defied the odds to defeat Gregory Gaultier and win one of the greatest ever men’s finals.Pyramid selling!The Great Pyramid of Giza is only one example of the spectacular locations that squash has helped enhance in a dynamic way over the past years. A glass court has been erected at incredible locations such as New York’s Grand Central Terminal, on top of the Peninsula Shanghai, which overlooks the city's famous Bund, and the Théâtre Graslin in the French city of Nantes, among many others around the world.
“We are thrilled to announce that the 2019-2020 PSA Women’s World Championship will take place in Egypt and are very excited to be bringing the sport back to one of its most iconic and breathtaking locations,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.The 2019-2020 PSA Women’s World Championship will take place between October 23 - November 1, 2019 with a men’s PSA Platinum event due to be staged simultaneously. The PSA Men's World Championship will take place in Doha, Qatar between November 7-15.
DAVID JOINS WSF KENYA AMBASSADORS
Shortly after bringing her illustrious professional squash career to a close, the sport’s ultimate ambassador Nicol David will join fellow players Camille Serme and Borja Golan for the 2019 WSF Ambassador Programme visit to Kenya, where the latest World Squash Federation initiative will be hosted by the Kenyan Squash community in the country’s capital Nairobi.
Launched in 2011, the WSF international promotional initiative takes leading squash players, together with an international coach and referee, into younger squash nations to help raise the sport's profile through clinics, exhibition matches, refereeing and coaching seminars, and media presentations.
EGYPT’S CHINESE WORLD TITLE
Defending champions Egypt fulfilled their seeding in the CGG WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship in China, successfully retaining their title by beating perennial rivals England, the No.2 seeds, 2/0 in the final of the biennial World Squash Federation championship at the Xigang Gymnasium in the seaport city of Dalian.
It was the two nations' fifth meeting in the final since 2006 and Egypt's fourth triumph over the seven-time champions.
Things looked to be going the way of the favourites early in the opening match between the third strings Nouran Gohar and Londoner Alison Waters (both pictured left). Such is the might of the Egyptian squad that they were able to rest their number one - the world No.1 Nour El Sherbini - yet still field at third string Nouran Gohar, the squad number four who is ranked six in the world!
Gohar raced to a two-game lead - but Waters, earning her 140th international cap for England, battled back to level the match. It took just less than an hour but Gohar finally nailed her opponent, winning 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7 in 55 minutes. Experienced Egyptian world team championship campaigner Raneem El Welily then faced England's Laura Massaro - both former world number ones.
El Welily, the reigning world No.2, took a two-game lead over Massaro (both pictured below) before the Lancashire lass reduced the deficit by winning the third game. But the fourth game was a short affair, El Welily dropping just three points before winning 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 to give the title to Egypt.
"You always forget about how hard it is for managers and coaches to watch the players - especially on the women's side where it's all about tactical squash," said Egypt coach Amr Shabana, the four-time world champion afterwards. "The attrition and speed has gone up in the last ten years. But at the end of the day it's very tactical - and you can see the tactics going back and forth.
"So I am very proud of the girls especially after Nour El Sherbini messed up her Achilles tendon yesterday so I am very happy that they stuck together and kept it together."Earlier in the day, USA and Malaysia replayed the 2016 battle for 5th place - again to decide the same position in the 2018 standings. Seeded three and four, respectively, both teams won their pools - then came unstuck in the quarter-finals.
With the day's ties being played in team orders 3-1-2, third string Sabrina Sobhy put the USA ahead after being 16-year-old Malaysian Aifa Azman 3/0 before older sister Amanda Sobhy clinched the tie for the third seed - and retained their 5th position - by repeating her win over Nicol David exactly two years ago, surviving a tight clash against the former world number one 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 12-10 in 32 minutes.
"I'm very proud of the team - we're still a young team, we're still learning in this competition," explained US team coach Thierry Lincou, the former world champion from France later. "Even though USA have featured in several world team events, this team is very new - new to the culture of getting used to the pools, and the concept of getting out of the pool into the second stage - which is like another competition. So we are really learning”.
After the disappointment of failing to make the quarter-finals, former champions Australia fulfilled their seeding by winning the play-off for 9th place. Budespite losing, 12th seeds South Africa exceeded their seeding and recorded their best finish since 2010.
The most dramatic tie took place in the battle for 11th place - in which 10th seeds Japan came back h against India, the No.11 seeds, to win 2/1."We were seeded ten and disappointed not to achieve at least that position," said Japan number one Satomi Watanabe. "It's been a good experience for us being here and, with a young team in Dalian, including my 16-year-old sister, we can look forward to being more successful in two years’.
It was in June 2016 that the Dalian Squash Association first revealed its plan to bid for the 2018 championship: "I would like to show my appreciation to the city by bringing the World Championship here," said Secretary General Wang GuoGuang (pictured with the Egyptian squad) at the time. "It would be a great milestone in my life and would make me very proud."
16 September 2018 - courtesy Howard Harding
Egypt Crowned Women's World Team Champions In Dalian
Defending champions Egypt fulfilled their seeding in the CGG WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship today in China, successfully retaining their title by beating perennial rivals England, the No.2 seeds, 2/0 in the final of the biennial World Squash Federation championship at the Xigang Gymnasium in the seaport city of Dalian.
 EGYPT bt  ENGLAND 2/0
Nouran Gohar bt Alison Waters 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7 (55m)
Raneem El Welily bt Laura Massaro 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 (36m)
Tarek & Araby Set To Retain World Junior Titles In Chennai
Egyptians Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby are set to retain their titles in the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships next month in India according to the draws revealed today by the World Squash Federation.
The Men's & Women's individual championships will take place at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai from 18-23 July, followed by the biennial Men's World Junior Team Championship from 24-29 July.
It was after ousting the top seed in last year's semi-finals that Tarek (pictured below with Araby at the 2017 trophy presentations) went on to claim the 2017 men's title in New Zealand. The 18-year-old from Cairo also won the 2018 British Junior U19 Open title early this year.
But Tarek, ranked 280 in the world, will have a tough job on his hands if he meets second seed Mostafa Asal, as predicted, in the final. His 17-year-old compatriot, also from Cairo, has made great strides on the PSA World Tour this year, winning three titles as a qualifier in May after clinching the British Junior U17 Open title in January. This month he leapt more than 100 places in the senior world rankings to reach No.75.
Araby, still only 17, has already claimed five PSA titles and is expected to make the world junior final this year for the third time in a row. Her success in the 2017 final came against top seed Hania El Hammamy, the compatriot whom she is again predicted to face in the 2018 climax.
All Egyptian semi-finals are predicted in both events - and an Araby success would take Egyptian ownership of the women's title into an eighth successive year.
PSA MAY 2018 RANKINGS
EL WELILY CUTS GAP
Raneem El Welily's title win at the inaugural women’s El Gouna International in April has cut the gap between her and current World No.1 Nour El Sherbini to under 250 points after the PSA Women's World Rankings for May were released.An imperious display inside the all-glass showcourt held on El Gouna’s marina saw El Welily defeat El Sherbini 3-1 in the title decider with the points gap between the two now at its lowest since January of this year.El Sherbini, El Welily and their compatriot Nour El Tayeb make up an all-Egyptian women’s top three which, after Marwan ElShorbagy joined older brother Mohamed and U.S. Open champion Ali Farag in the top three of the men’s World Rankings, the top ranking spots in both the men’s and women’s rankings being taken up by Egyptian trios for the first time in history.New Zealand’s Joelle King is the only non-Egyptian in the top five as she stays at No.4, a place ahead of Nouran Gohar, who remains at No.5. The rest of the top 10 is unchanged as Camille Serme (No.6), Laura Massaro (No.7), Sarah-Jane Perry (No.8), Nicol David (No.9) and Alison Waters take up the final spots.
EGYPTIAN MEN’S TOP 3 AGAIN
Egyptian Marwan ElShorbagy, currently Bristol based, has overtaken France’s Gregory Gaultier to reach a career-high World No.3 ranking and complete the first all-Egyptian presence amongst the world’s top three positions on the men’s tour since April 2009.
The 24-year-old defeated World No.2 Ali Farag last month to lift his maiden World Series title at the El Gouna International to join Farag and older brother Mohamed – the current World No.1 – inside the world’s top three as they become the first brothers to reside in the top three at the same time since Brett and Rodney Martin in May 1994.Gaultier’s drop down to No.4 marks his lowest ranking since April 2013 and he sits a place ahead of Tarek Momen, who retains his place inside the top five.Germany’s Simon Rösner stays at No.6 ahead of 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar and New Zealand’s Paul Coll, who complete the top 10.