13 Apr 2019

Success earlier in the week as a member of the outfit that won the junior girls’ team title, on Friday 12th April, Egypt’s Alaa Yehia added to her gold medal haul at the 2019 African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra.

Furthermore, she caused a major upset on what was a busy time for the 17 year old.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Partnering compatriot Marwan Abdelwahab, the duo accounted for Tunisia’s Aboubaker Bourass and Fadwa Garci (11-9, 11-7, 11-7) to secure the junior mixed doubles title. Also, in harness with Shahd Sameh, she progressed to the final of the junior girls’ doubles competition, an event in which Egypt is guaranteed gold, Sarah El-Hakem and Hend Fathy await in the final.

Outstanding performances, it was the same in the junior girls’ singles event where she beat Ghana’s Augustina Baidoo (11-7, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8) to reserve her place in the quarter-final round. However, it was in the under 21 women’s singles competition where she really shone. In the second round of proceedings she ousted Algeria’s Sannah Lagsir, the top seed (8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8) to reserve her last eight place.

Under 21 women’s singles problems for Sannah Lagsir, for the other most notable names there were no such heartaches. Egypt’s Sarah Abousetta, the no.2 seed, duly progressed to the quarter-final round as did the next in the order of merit, her colleagues, Marway Alhodaby and Mariam Alhodaby.

Meanwhile, as matters advanced the junior girls’ singles quarter-final, the top three names in the guise of Tunisia’s Fadwa Garci, Nandeshwaree Jalim of Mauritius and Hend Fathy all advanced. However, for the next in the order of merit, there was defeat. Like Nandeshwaree Jalim from Mauritius, in the second round, Sandhana Desscann was beaten Egypt Shahd Sameh (11-3, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9).

Success for Egypt; there was more success. In the cadet girls’ singles, at semi-final stage Roaa Amro and Farida Badawy meet, in the opposite half of the draw, Hana Goda opposes Nigeria’s Sukurat Aiyelbegan.

Proceedings in Accra conclude on Saturday 13th April.

2019 Africa Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships: Newsletter No.7 (Friday 12th April)

2019 African Youth Alaa Yehia

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