18 Oct 2019

Four titles on offer, the host nation emerged the dominant force; such was the outcome on Thursday 17th October at the 2019 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The only name from foreign shores to end the day on the top step of the podium was Algeria’s Melissa Belache. She partnered the home country’s Hana Goda to cadet girls’ team gold.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A 3-0 win was the order of proceedings for the international duo in opposition to Bahrain’s Maryam Alaali and Amruta Phadke.

Success in style for Egypt in the cadet girls’ team event, in the counterpart junior girls’ team competition, life was more exacting. After recording a 3-0 penultimate round success in opposition to colleagues Hana Mahmoud, Shahd Sameh and Waad Ibrahim, the full five matches was needed to overcome the Chinese Taipei trio of Tsai Yu-Chin, Chang Ying-Ying and Yen Shih-Huan.

The player to cause the problems was Tsai Yu-Chin; she accounted for both Sarah Elhakem (11-6, 11-7, 11-6) and Hend Fathy (11-4, 11-9, 11-7). However, those were the only successes for her team; star of the show for Egypt was Sara Elhakem, in the vital fifth and deciding match of the fixture, she accounted for Chang Ying-Ying (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8).

Comfortable success

Testing times in the junior girls’ team event; in the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team competitions, life was less fraught.

Following a 3-0 success against colleagues Ammar Attia, Abdelrahman Dendan and Adham Abdelaal, the same margin of victory was recorded in opposition to Bigad Shalaby, Mohamed Azzam and Youssef Ehab as Egypt secured all four steps of the podium.

In the counterpart semi-final, the silver medallists had secured a 3-0 victory against the combination of Mostafa Zinhm, Anthon Gendy and Zeyad Hassan.

Meanwhile in the cadet boys’ team event, Marwan Gamal and Ahmed Battisha recorded a 3-1 win against the partnership formed by Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Alshareif and Poland’s Milosz Sawczak to seal the top prize.

Play in the individual events commences on Friday 18th October.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Egypt

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