20 Oct 2019

All three steps of the podium destined for the host nation; such is the situation in both the junior boys’ singles and junior boys’ doubles events, following the close of play on the penultimate day of action, Saturday 19th October, at the 2019 Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in Sharm El-Sheikh.

In the counterpart girls’ competitions, there is a major challenge to home aspirations from Chinese Taipei and Russia.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

At the quarter-final stage of the junior boys’ singles competition, in the top half of the draw colleagues met. Marwan Abdelwahab beat Gawad Elherazy (13-11, 11-3, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8), Marwan Gamal ousted Abdelraham Dendan (4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 15-13).

Life in the lower half was somewhat different. Mohamed Azzam accounted for Ukraine’s Nazr Tretiak (11-4, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7), Ahmed Elborhamy prevailed in opposition to Saudi Arabia’s Turki Almutairi (11-6, 11-6, 14-12, 11-6).

Likewise, in the junior boys’ doubles it is an all Egyptian semi-final; Marwan Abdelwahab and Ahmed Elborhamy face Omar Ehab and Amr Mahfouz, Zeyed Hassan and Bigad Shalaby confront Abdelrahman Dendan and Gawad Elherazy.

Different scenario

Rather differently at the quarter-final stage of the junior girls’ singles event, for the host nation only Hana Goda survived. She overcame Chinese Taipei’s Yen Shih-Huan (11-3, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9).

Defeat at Egyptian hands for Yen Shih-Huan; for colleagues Tsai Yu-Chin and Chang Ying-Ying it was the reverse scenario. Tsai Yu-Chin beat Shahd Sameh (11-9, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7), Chang Ying-Ying ended the hopes of Hend Fathy (11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10).

Success for Chinese Taipei, in the one remaining junior girls’ singles quarter-final contest, it was success for Russia; Ekaterina Zironova, the defending champion, also caused Egypt pain, she beat Alaa Yehia (11-3, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9).

At the semi-final stage Tsai Yu-Chin meets Hana Goda, Ekaterina Zironova opposes Chang Ying-Ying.

Similarly, in the junior girls’ doubles penultimate round contests Chinese Taipei is very much in evidence. Chang Ying-Ying and Tsai Yu-Chin face Algeria’s Melissa Belache and Hana Goda; Yen Shih-Huan and Ekaterina Zironova oppose Sara Elhakem and Hend Fathy.

Hopes high

Meanwhile, in the cadet boys’ singles and cadet boys’ doubles events Egyptian hopes are high.

In the cadet boys’ singles penultimate round Marwan Gamal faces Amr Mahfouz, in the opposite half of the draw Saudi Arabia’s Khalid Alshareif faces Tunisia’s Habib Ameur. In the cadet boys’ doubles penultimate round Omar Ehab and Amr Mahfouz face the Czech Republic’s Daniel Kostal and Matyas Lebeda; in the adjacent half of the draw it is Ukraine’s Maksym Melnychuck and Nazar Tretiak versus England’s Naphong Boonyaprapa and Georgios Gerakios.

Likewise scenario

Similarly in the cadet girls’ singles competition, Hana Goda faces Jana Saad, Mariam Yunes plays Farida Badawy.

Increasingly familiar names, in the cadet girls’ singles semi-finals Melissa Belache and Hana Goda join forces, they oppose Mariam Younes and Rira Zaki. In the lower half of the draw, like Mariam Younes and Rira Zaki from Egypt, Mariam Moselhy and Dona Swidan face the combination of Lebanon’s Talia Azar and Tunisia’s Maryam Zoghlami.

Play concludes in Sharm El-Sheikh on Sunday 20th October.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Egypt Junior & Cadet Open Ahmed Elborhamy

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