27 Oct 2018

Winner of the Junior Boys’ Singles title at the African Youth Games in Algiers; in Abidjan, not only crowned African Junior champion, also the winner at the Ivory Coast Junior and Cadet Open; the host nation’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz suffered a somewhat surprise quarter-final defeat in the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday 27th October.

He was beaten by China’s Ding Shixian in six games (11-13, 15-13, 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-8).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A surprise semi-final place for Ding Shixian; it was the same for Sweden’s Oskar Danielsson; at the quarter-final stage, the no.6 seed, he caused the host nation more pain, he ousted Ahmed Elborhamy (7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-6).

Upsets in the top half of the draw but not the lower half, Egypt’s Marwan Abdelwahab, the no.2 seed reserved his semi-final berth by beating China’s Hun Yunqi (11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4); India’s Raegan Alburquerque, the no.4 seed, ended the hopes of Abdelrahman Dendan, the no.5 seed and like Marwan Abdelwahab from the host nation (11-13, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9).

Defeat for the top seed in the Junior Boys’ Singles event, it was the same in the Cadet Boys’ Singles competition; at the quarter-final stage Egypt’s Ziad Elshawa was beaten by Romania’s Radu Andrei Miron (11-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7). Awaiting Radu Andrei Miron in the penultimate round is colleague Drago Alexandru Bujor; the no.5 seed, he reserved his place by ousting Horia Ursut, also from Romania (11-5, 11-8, 11-5).

Meanwhile, in the remaining Cadet Boys’ Singles quarter-final matches, Sweden’s Melker Ostblom beat India’s Rajveer Vish Shah (11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6) and now faces Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Alshareif, the no.6 seed. He ousted China’s Li Chen (5-11, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5, 11-8).

Surprises and in the Junior Boys’ Doubles event there were also upsets of note, second seeds, Abdelrahman Dendan and Ahmed Elborhamy experienced defeat at the hands of Ding Shixian and Han Yunqi. Similarly, Raegan Albuquerque and Rajveer Vishal Shah the third seeds lost to Egypt’s Anthon Gendy and Zeyad Hassan (11-9, 11-9, 11-8).

Conversely for top seeds, Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Marwan Abdelwahab, a quarter-final place was booked.

Play in Sharm El-Sheikh concludes on Sunday 28th October.

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