12 Apr 2019

Silver medallists the previous day in the cadet boys’ team event, the Tunisian partnership formed by Youssef Abid and Khalil Sta emerged the combination to attract the attention as play commenced in the junior boys’ doubles event at the 2019 African Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra on Thursday 11th April.

Contrary to expectations, they ended the day with a quarter-final place reserved.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After accounting for Togo’s Sedik Tchagole and Abdou Razaq Sofianu (11-3, 11-7, 11-6), they caused the biggest upset of the day; they overcame Egypt’s Ahmed El-Borhamy and Abdelrahman Dendan, the top seeds, in a tense full distance five games encounter (11-5, 11-9, 3-11, 5-11, 11-8).

Success for Youssef Abid and Khalil Sta; there was also success for their colleagues, Aboubaker Bourass and Youssef Ben Attia, the no.2 seeds; they booked their quarter-final place courtesy of success in opposition to Ghana’s Theophilus Okyere and Collins Nana Damoah (11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8).

Youssef Ben Attia (left) and (right) Aboubaker Bourass beat Theophilus Okyere and Collins Nana Damoah to reserve their quarter-final junior boys’ doubles place (Photo: Nana Adarkwa)


Mixed fortunes for the top two seeded pairs in the junior boys’ doubles event; in the counterpart junior girls’ doubles and junior mixed doubles competitions there were no such travails for the most prominent partnerships, as quarter-final places were reserved.

Moreover, it was further good news for Tunisia; notably in both events the continent’s most northerly country provided the top seeded partnerships. Fadwa Garci and Samir Hichri duly responded; in the junior girls’ doubles they opened their account with victory in opposition to the host nation’s Matilda Fodu and Augustina Baidoo (13-11, 11-4, 11-8).

Samir Hichri successful in partnership with Fadwa Garci (Photo: Nana Adarkwa)


Similarly in the mixed doubles, Aboubaker Bourass and Fadwa Garci reserved their last eight place by ousting Egypt’s Gawad El-Herazy and Shahid Sameh (9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9).

Impressive from the top seeds, it was the same from the second seeds. Nandeshwaree Jalim and Oumehani Hosenally of Mauritius beat Angola’s Celeste Fereira and Kailane Sousa (11-6, 11-3, 11-2) to reserve their junior girls’ doubles quarter-final place; in the junior mixed doubles, Egypt’s Abdelrahman Dendan and Hend Fathy duly advanced, they accounted for Nigeria’s Azeez Solamke and Rofiat Jimoh (11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5).

Abdelrahman Dendan in partnership with Hend Fathy through to the junior mixed doubles quarter-finals (Photo: Nana Adarkwa)


Play in Accra concludes on Saturday 13th April.


2019 African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships: Newsletter No.6 (Thursday 11th April)

2019 African Youth Youssef Abid Khalil Sta

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