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Tarek & Araby Set To Retain World Junior Titles In Chennai


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Tarek & Araby Set To Retain World Junior Titles In Chennai

20 June 2018


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.