World Junior Women's
Squash Championships 2003
17-28 August, Cairo, Egypt
Individual Event, 17-22
Kawy with her brother & father
KAWY FULFILLS HER
DESTINY IN CAIRO
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt Amnah El Trabolsy (Egy)
9-0, 9-6, 9-4
Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy proved without doubt that she is truly on a
level of her own when she crushed compatriot Amnah El Trabolsy in straight
games in just 23 minutes in the final of the Women's World Junior Squash
Championships in her hometown of Cairo.
Despite only celebrating her 18th birthday seven days earlier, Omneya is
already a 'veteran' of the WISPA World Tour, boasting two final and three
semi-final appearances on the 'senior' international circuit and currently
a world ranking of 12.
The final was a one-side affair, with the hot favourite taking the first
game with ease without dropping a point. In the second, 3/4 seed El
Trabolsy led 4-0, but Omneya refocused to take the next six points and
then the game 9-6. The third game was fast and Omneya quickly wrapped up
the match, and the long-awaited title, 9-0 9-6 9-4.
Abdel Kawy, Egypt's first winner of the title in the event's 22-year
history, received her trophy jointly from Jahangir Khan, President of the
World Squash Federation (WSF), and Egypt's Minister of Youth and Sports.
The world title crowns a remarkable association with the Women's World
Junior Championships for Egyptian superstar Omneya Abdel Kawy. At just 11
years old, she made her debut for Egypt in the 1997 championships in Rio
de Janeiro. Two years later, she reached the semi-finals of the individual
event and led Egypt to a historic first-time team title with victory over
title-holders England in the final in Belgium Then two years ago, in
Malaysia, Omneya was runner-up to Malaysia's Nicol David in the final in
Following the presentations in Cairo, the World Junior Team event was
declared open by His Excellency the Minister of Youth after all the teams
marched in a parade. After a rest day, the team event begins on Sunday.
Egypt, boasting all four semi-finalists in the individual event, are
favourites, with title-holders England seeded two.
"Words cannot express the feelings I have now after being the world junior
champion," said Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy after winning the Women's World
Junior Individual Championship in her hometown of Cairo. "I feel on top of
the world, but of course I am grateful to my parents, family, coaches and
my sponsor El-Rashidi, and last but not least, all the Egyptian people
that supported me."
Asked when she first thought she could become a world champion, Omneya
said: "It all started when we won the World Junior Team Championship in
1999 in Belgium. That is when I realised that it is possible to win the
individuals as well. The feelings we all had after being world team
champions in 1999 was wonderful and fulfilling.
Two years later, when I lost my individual final against Nicol David in
Malaysia 2001, was when I decided that I should win the World Junior
Championship so I started working very hard for it. My fear to lose for
the second time pushed me to practice more.”
TEAM EVENT, 24-28
Team Draws & Results
The Egyptian team
Women's World Juniors 2003
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
9-2, 9-0, 9-0 (16m)
[9/16] Kyla Grigg (Can)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
9-3, 9-2, 9-4 (25m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
9-0, 9-4, 9-0 (29m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
9-0, 9-6, 9-4 (23m)
Amnah El Trabolsy
Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
10-9, 10-9, 4-9, 9-5 (53m)
[9/16] Charlie de Rycke (Bel)
[5/8] Sara Badr (Egy)
9-5, 4-9, 1-9, 9-3, 9-1 (57m)
[9/16] Peta Hughes (Aus)
6-9, 9-0, 9-4, 9-5 (50m)
Raneem El Weleily
[3/4] Susie Pierrepont (Eng)
9-4, 9-2, 4-9, 9-5 (37m)
[9/16] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
[3/4] Amnah El Trabolsy (Egy)
9-2, 9-6, 10-8 (21m)
[9/16] Donna Urqhuart (Aus)
Amnah El Trabolsy
4-9, 10-8, 10-8, 7-9, 9-7 (65m)
Amnah El Trabolsy
9-1, 5-9, 9-7, 9-7 (52m)
9-6, 7-9, 1-9, 9-6, 9-7 (67m)
Vaidehi Reddy (Ind)
Miranda Ranieri (Can)
10-8, 9-5, 8-10, 6-9, 9-1 (58m)
[9/16] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
7-9, 9-4, 3-9, 9-5, 10-8 (60m)
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
2-9, 9-1, 9-0, 9-1 (33m)
[9/16] Nehal Yehia (Egy)
Kawy to face El Trabolsy in Final
the first ever all-Egyptian semi-final line-up in the Women's World Junior
Squash Championships, top seed Omneya Abdel Kawy and 3/4 seed
Amnah El Trabolsy will now face each other in the final in Cairo as
Egypt prepares to claim the title for the first time in the event's
As powerful and dominant as ever, world No12 Omneya Abdel Kawy crushed her
opponent Sara Badr, a 5/8 seed, 9-0 9-4 9-0 in just 29 minutes to reach
her second successive final. Runner-up two years ago in Penang to
Malaysia's Nicol David, the remarkable 18-year-old from Cairo has not
conceded a game so far - and reached the semi-finals of the event in
Belgium in 1999 when just 13 years old!
final opponent Amnah El Trabolsy had a significantly tougher ride through
to her first final. Twice behind in games, El Trabolsy was 0-4 down to
9/16 seed Nehal Yehia in the fifth game of the other semi-final, but
fought back to clinch the match 5-9 9-1 5-9 9-7 9-7 in 52 minutes.
It was one match too far for the brave Yehia, who made her breakthrough in
the event by upsetting Australia's No2 seed Kasey Brown, then survived a
five-game semi-final against England's Lauren Siddall.
All-Egyptian semis in Cairo
Two Egyptians lost today in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Junior
Championships, but Raneem El Weleily and Hend Osama both lost to
compatriots, guaranteeing all-Egyptian semi-finals and an Egyptian
Hot favourite Omneya Abdel Kawy, already
ranked twelve in the world, cruised past India's Joshna Chinappa, and
meets Sara Badr, the 3/4 seed who recovered after losing the first
game against Raneem El Welily to make the semi-finals.
Egypt's other 3/4 seed, Amnah El Trabolsy,
was stretched all the way by Hend Osama, eventually clinching a 9-7 win in
To complete the all-Egyptian line-up, Nehal Yehia
scored the closest victory of the night, squeezing past England's Lauren
Siddall 10-8 in the fifth in an hour's play.
Egyptians run riot in Cairo
Egypt dominated the last 16 stage of the individual event in Cairo,
providing no less than six of the eight quarter-finalists.
Top seed and hot favourite Omneya Abdel Kawy
needed just 16 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals at the expense of
Canada's Kyla Grigg, and meets India's Joshna Chinappa for a place
in the semi-finals.
The middle section of the draw features two
All-Egyptian quarter-finals in Sara Badr v Raneem El Weilily and
Amnah El Trabolsy v Hend Osama - Osama scored a sensational 9-7 in the
fifth victory over England's 3/4 seed Susie Pierrepont, the
Egyptian was less nervous than her opponent and played wonderful short
balls, often wrong-footing the reigning European Junior Champion
England's Lauren Siddall provides the only
realistic chance of preventing all-Egyptian semi-finals. The Pontefract
girl squeezed past Canada's giant-killer Miranda Ranieri in five games,
and in the bottom quarter now faces Nihal Yehia, who completed an
upset victory over
Australia's second seed Kasey Brown, who, according to Austaliia's Inform
Connection, has been suffering with a gastro infection. Brown took the
opening game, but then offered little further resistance as
Yehia raced to a 2-9 9-1 9-0 9-1 victory in 33 minutes.
"With six Egyptian players in the
quarter finals, this is the moment I've been waiting for for 10 years,"
said leading Egyptian official Dr Samiha Aboulmagd. "Now all of Egypt can
watch their girls on top. This is great for ladies squash in Egypt and it
is certain to increase the number of lady players. Now the ring is
complete," added Aboulmagd.
Ranieri Run Continues in Cairo
Canada's Miranda Ranieri followed up her opening day upset of 5/8
seed Margaux Moros-Pitarch with a 7-9, 9-7, 9-7, 3-9, 9-2
win over Scotland's Lauren Gray, and now faces England's Lauren Siddall
in today's last 16.
The only other unseeded players in the last 16 face
each other - Egypt's Hend Osama beat 9/16 seed Katherine McLeoeud
in three, bringing the host nation up to six of the last 16, while India's
Vaidehi Reddy shocked English 5/8 hope Emma Beddoes
9-4, 2-9, 9-6.
Top seed and overwhelming favourite Omneya Abdel
Kawy cruised into the last 16, dropping just six points, but
Australia's second seed Kasey Brown suffered a fright, needing 69
minutes to overcome Malaysia's Lim Yoke Wah 9-6, 2-9, 5-9, 9-2, 5-9.
2001 Nicol David (Mas), 1999 Nicol David (Mas), 1997 Tania Bailey
(Eng), 1995 Jade Wilson (Nzl), 1993 Rachael Grinham (Aus), 1991 Cassie
Jackman (Eng), 1989 Donna Vardy (Eng), 1987 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (Aus), 1985
Lucy Soutter (Eng), 1983 Robyn Friday (Aus), 1981 Lisa Opie (Eng)
Australia 1985, 1993, 1995; Egypt 1999;
England 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2001
HEAD FOR CAIRO
is the venue for the biennial World Junior Women's Squash Championships
2003, organised by the World Squash Federation.
The 2001 event saw a home winner in
the individual event as Malaysia's Nicol David delighted a massive crowd
in Penang to win the world title for a second time.
This year the Cairo crowd will be
cheering on Egypt's own Omneya Abdel Kawy, who, as winner of the last
three British Junior Opens, runner-up to David in 2001, and current world number 12, starts a hot
favourite for the title.
In the 16-nation team event defending champions
England, who beat Malaysia in the 2001 final thanks to a comeback from
Laura-Jane Lengthorn from 0-2, 2-7 in the deciding match, will face stern competition from the home team.
The individual runs from 17th to 22nd
August, with the 23rd being a rest day before the team event starts. The team event starts in pool format,
followed by a knockout phase. Seedings are adjusted after the individual
Nicol David wins in 2001