17 Oct 2019

Impressive performances, the host nation dominated proceedings on the opening day of play, Wednesday 16th October, at the 2019 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Hard fought encounters, pride of place went to the combination of Bigad Shalaby, Mohamed Azzam and Youssef Ehab, the fifth highest rated outfit on duty, they recorded a 3-2 win against their Egyptian colleagues, the third seeded combination of Ammar Attia, Adham Abdelaal and Abdelraham Dendan.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Man of the moment was Mohamed Azzam, he accounted for both Adham Abdelaal (11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7) and Ammar Attia (11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10); hero of the hour was Bigad Shalaby, in the concluding match of the fixture he overcame Adham Adelaal (11-6, 8-11, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7), to seal the victory.

Defeat for Ammar Attia, Adham Abdelaal and Abdelraham Dendan but second place in the group was claimed.

First and second positions for Egypt, it was the same in the corresponding group, Marwan Abdelwahab, Ahmed Elborhamy and Gawad Elherazy finished ahead of compatriots Mstafa Zinhom, Zeyed Hassan and Anthon Gendy.

More success

Similarly in the group stage of the junior girls’ team event there was success for Egypt. Alaa Yehia, Hend Fathy and Sara Elhakem secured first position in their group ahead of the combination comprising Lebanon’s Laetitia Azar and Russia’s Ekaterina Zironova.

However, in the corresponding group Egypt had to settle for runners up spot; Shahd Sameh, Hana Mahmoud and Waad Ibrahim finished next in line to Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Yu-Chin, Yen Shih-Huan and Chang Ying-Ying.

Cadet events

Success upon success for Egypt, in the cadet boys’ team event Yassin Gaber and Yassin Wael topped their group as did Marwan Gamal and Ahmed Battisha. Similarly, it was first place for Mohamed Sameh in partnership with Tunisia’s Habib Ameur, as it was for the top seeded pairing of Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Alshareif and Poland’s Milsz Sawczak.

Meanwhile, in the cadet girls’ team competition, life was no different; Egyptian interest was high. Hana Goda partnered Algeria’s Melissa Belache to group top spot as did Hana Abdelsalam in harness with Kanzy Fawzy. Not to be outdone Poland’s Julia Furman and Emilia Skuba claimed first place in theitr group.

Play in the team events concludes on Thursday 17th October.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Mohamed Azzam

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