As the sole representative of the African continent, Team Egypt is poised to make a resounding statement at the ITTF Mixed Team World Cup Chengdu 2023.
Comprised of twin sisters Mariam Alhodaby and Mariam Alhodaby, Yousra Helmy, Ahmed Saleh, Mohamed El-Beiali and Youssef Abdel-Aziz, Team Egypt boosts an abundance of experience in doubles play, a pivotal part of the new playing format of the Mixed Team World Cup. With multiple doubles pairings ranked in the top 100, Egypt can expect to be aiming for an early advantage in each encounter.
TEAM EGYPT (#9 seed)
Mariam ALHODABY (World No.75)
At 23, Mariam Alhodaby completed a fairytale run to clinch the women’s singles title at the 2021 ITTF-Africa Senior Championships, marking her maiden appearance at the senior level competition. Ranked 39th in women’s doubles, Mariam is a key asset in team events.
Yousra HELMY (World No.81)
At 27, Yousra Helmy, daughter of table tennis players Ashraf Helmy and Nihal Meshref, competed at the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics as part of the Egyptian team in the women’s team event.
Marwa ALHODABY (World No.96)
As the twin sister of Mariam Alhodaby, Marwa Alhodaby is a talented table tennis player. In September, Marwa claimed the women’s doubles silver medal with Cameroon’s Sarah Hanffou at the Africa Senior Championship.
Ahmed SALEH (World No.50)
Aged 44, Ahmed Saleh has been operating on the professional scene since before the turn of the millennium. Claiming top honours at the Africa Cup and Africa Championships, he has also made his presence known on a global level, competing at the Men’s World Cup, World Championships, and Olympic Games.
Mohamed EL-BEIALI (World No.67)
Cementing his place in the Egyptian national team, Mohamed El-Beiali has proved an integral member at several tournaments both inside and beyond African boundaries. He represented Egypt in Tokyo 2020 and impressed crowds with notable victories.
Youssef ABDEL-AZIZ (World No.138)
At 23, Youssef Abdel-Aziz is a young and talented table tennis player. In WTT Contender Almaty 2023, he entered into the men’s doubles quarterfinals with compatriot Khalid Assar. On the singles side, he reached the quarterfinals in WTT Feeder Düsseldorf II 2023.
*Rankings according to latest on 28/11/2023