World Junior Women's
Squash Championships 2003

17-28 August, Cairo, Egypt

Team Event, 24-28 Aug

Egypt bt Australia

Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Kasey Brown
   9-0, 9-0, 9-0  (24m)
Sara Badr bt Donna Urquhart
   9-6, 9-6, 9-4  (39m)
Raneem El Weileily bt Georgina Davis
   9-0, 9-2  (11m)

Full 1-8 stage results

Egypt Celebrate Stunning
World Junior Title Win

Hosts and top seeds Egypt provided a fitting climax to the Women's World Junior Team Squash Championships by crushing Australia 3-0 in the final at the Cairo Stadium to demonstrate indisputably the country's supremacy in women's junior squash.

The victory followed the crowning of squad No1 Omneya Abdel Kawy as World Junior Individual champion last week - and the remarkable 18-year-old from Cairo, ranked 12 in the senior women's world rankings, went on to lead the national team in all of their matches through to the final against surprise opponents Australia, the third seeds.

Sara Badr put Egypt into the lead in the final with a 9-6 9-4 9-4 win in 39 minutes over Australia's No2 Donna Urquhart. It then remained for national heroine Omneya Abdel Kawy to thrill the partisan crowds surrounding the refurbished Cairo Stadium all-glass court by whitewashing Australia's No1 Kasey Brown 9-0 9-0 9-0 in just 24 minutes to clinch the title for Egypt in dramatic style.

Whilst seemingly one-sided, it was this match that was expected to be the world individual final, but illness led to second-seeded Brown exiting the event at the last sixteen stage.

Egypt claimed maximum points when third string Raneem El Weleily beat Australia's Georgina Davis 9-0 9-2 in the 11-minute best-of-three dead rubber.

"This win is very important for women's squash here in Egypt as it will increase the number of junior girls that play the game," said Dr Samiha Aboulmagd, the 'godmother of women's squash in Egypt' who has played a leading role of
the development of the sport in the country. "The development of women's squash started 10 years ago when the Egyptian junior team won third place in their first ever show in a world event, when they were unseeded. Now we have world junior champions, but we need to have more girls to play the game so that we
can sustain this level of squash," added the former national champion.

Egyptian coach Ahmed Taher was very happy with the result and with the performance of the girls, who did even better than his expectations. "The difficult part was to choose the team as I had to choose four out of six and as they
were all very close to each other it was difficult as they were all eager to be in the team," said Taher of the six Egyptians who made it through to the quarter-finals of the individual championship. "Three of the girls - Sara Badr,
Nihal Yehia and Ranim El Weleily - are going to play in the next world championships as they are still 16 years old. Naturally I hope we can win the title again - that would be another great achievement for Egyptian women's squash."

Mohamed El Menshawi, Chairman of the Egyptian Squash Federation, said that it
mattered so much that Egypt won this event "as we are in our country and this event is under the auspices of the first lady Mrs Mubarak. We are now sure that the authorities and the minister of youth will give extra support to women's squash, at junior and senior level," said El Menshawi.

In the play-off for third place, defending champions England fought back from a match down to beat fourth seeds India 2-1. With two squad members (Emma Beddoes and Lauren Siddall) injured, England brought 15-year-old Rachel Willmott into the squad. After England No1 Suzie Pierrepont levelled the tie by
beating India's Joshna Chinappa 9-3 9-4 10-8 in 27 minutes, Willmott - believed to be the youngest player ever to represent England in the championship - belied her inexperience in the decisive third match to beat Supriya Balsekar 9-3 9-0 9-1 in 21 minutes to give England third place.

However, while India were celebrating their best ever finish in the event, it was five-times champions England's worst for ten years.

In the other play-off ties, Hong Kong beat USA 2-1 to finish in 7th place - their highest ever placing in five appearances in the championships.

Aussies shock
England in semis

Egypt bt India 3-0
Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Vaidehi Reddy
   9-7, 9-2, 9-0 (19m)
Sara Badr bt Supriya Balsekar
   9-0, 9-0, 9-2  (17m)
Raneem El Weleily bt Alisha Mashruwala
   9-2, 9-1 (8m)

Australia bt England 3-0
Kasey Brown bt Susie Pierrepont
    9-7, 2-9, 8-10, 9-4, 9-7  (78m)
Donna Urqhuart bt Emma Beddoes
    10-8, 9-4, 5-9, 9-2 (38m)
Georgina Davis bt Lauren Siddall
    9-2 rtd (6m)

Top seeds Egypt will face Australia in the finals of the Women's World Junior Team Squash Championships after the favourites overcame India 3-0 and third seeds Australia crushed second seeds England 3-0 to consign the title-holders to the play-off for third place for only the second time in the event's 18-year history.

Five-times champions England got off to a bad start when Australia's second string Donna Urquhart beat England No2 Emma Beddoes 10-8 9-4 5-9 9-2 in 32 minutes. It was the second upset for Beddoes who also failed to reach her anticipated quarter-final berth in the earlier individual event.

The second match was a rollercoaster affair between Australia's Kasey Brown and England's Suzie Pierrepont. Both players had failed to live up to their seeded expectations in the world individual event due to illness - the second-seeded Australian and 3/4 seed Pierrepont crashing out at the last sixteen stage. Pierrepont, the European Junior Champion, squandered a 2-1 lead as Kasey's fighting spirit ultimately clinched the match 9-7 2-9 8-10 9-4 9-7. The battle lasted a remarkable 78 minutes and took three-times winners Australia into their first final since winning the title on home soil in 1995.

England, who only failed to reach the final in Malaysia in 1993 when they finished in fourth place, were unable to gain a consolation point in the dead rubber. Lauren Siddall, the defending champions' sole representative in the individual quarter-finals, retired injured after the first game to give Australia's Georgina Davis victory after just six minutes.

Fourth seeds India's brave run in their first ever appearance in the semi-finals came to an expected end against hot favourites Egypt. The hosts, led for the fifth successive time in the team event by newly-crowned World Champion Omneya Abdel Kawy, cruised to a 3-0 win as Sara Badr, Kawy and Raneem El Weleily conceded just 14 points in their straight games wins over Supriya Balsekar, Vaidehi Reddy and Alisha Mashruwala, respectively.

Full 1-8 stage results

The Egyptian team

Qualifying round results:

Pool A:
[1] EGYPT bt [8] NEW ZEALAND 3-0 (Sara Badr bt Joelle King 9-4, 9-3, 9-7 (26m); Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Priscilla Wildsmith 9-0, 9-2, 9-1 (19m); Raneem El Weleily bt Catherine McDonald 9-4, 9-0, 9-2 (19m))

[9] HONG KONG bt [16] SWITZERLAND 3-0 (Ka Kei Chiu bt Julia Schmalz 9-3, 9-2, 9-2 (18m); Ho Ling Joey Chan bt Corinne Scarlato 9-3, 9-2, 9-1; Annie Au Wing Chi bt Vanessa Isola 9-0, 9-5, 9-2 (18m))

[1] EGYPT bt [16] SWITZERLAND 3-0 (Sara Badr bt Julia Schmalz 9-1, 9-1, 9-0 (14m); Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Corinne Scarlato 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 (13m); Raneem El Weleily bt Vanessa Isola 9-3, 9-1, 9-0 (13m))

[9] HONG KONG bt [8] NEW ZEALAND 2-1 (Ka Kei Chiu bt Priscilla Wildsmith 10-8, 9-1, 10-8 (33m); Ho Ling Joey Chan lost to Catherine McLeod 9-7, 7-9, 1-9, 3-9 (44m); Annie Au Wing Chi bt Joelle King 9-6, 9-2, 9-1 (24m))

[1] EGYPT bt [9] HONG KONG 3-0 (Amnah El Trabolsy bt Annie Au Wing Chi 9-4, 9-7, 9-7 (30m); Omneya Abdel Kawy bt Ka Kei Chiu 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 (16m); Sara Badr bt Shin Nga Leung 9-0, 9-1, 9-1 (11m))

[8] NEW ZEALAND bt [16] SWITZERLAND 3-0 (Priscilla Wildsmith bt Julia Schmalz 9-5, 4-9, 9-5, 9-2 (35m); Catherine McLeod bt Corinne Scarlato 9-2, 9-0, 9-1 (16m); Joelle King bt Vanessa Isola 9-4, 9-2, 9-1 (24m))

    Final positions; 1 Egypt, 2 Hong Kong, 3 New Zealand, 4 Switzerland

Pool B:
[10] USA bt [15] MEXICO 3-0 (Lauren McCrery bt Laura Garza 9-0, 9-1, 9-1 (22m); Lily Lorentzen bt Imelda Salazar 9-6, 9-0, 9-5 (24m); Audrey Duboc bt Sarycarmen Diaz 9-4, 9-3, 9-5 (27m))

[2] ENGLAND bt [7] SPAIN 3-0 (Emma Beddoes bt Estela Carbonell 9-2, 9-1, 9-4 (25m); Suzie Pierrepont bt Margaux Moros 9-3, 4-9, 9-6, 9-4 (42m); Kirsty McPhee bt Chantal Moros 9-4, 9-1, 9-3 (26m))

[2] ENGLAND bt [15] MEXICO 3-0 (Lauren Siddall bt Nayelli Hernandez 9-2, 9-4, 9-3 (25m); Suzie Pierrepont bt Laura Garza 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 (14m); Kirsty McPhee bt Sarycarmen Diaz 9-2, 9-2, 9-1 (23m))

[10] USA bt [7] SPAIN 2-1 (Claire Rein-Weston lost to Estela Carbonell 7-9, 1-9, 10-8, 9-3, 4-9 (56m); Lily Lorentzen bt Margaux Moros 6-9, 9-5, 9-7, 9-2 (41m); Audrey Duboc bt Chantal Moros 1-9, 9-2, 9-5, 8-10, 9-2 (65m))

[7] SPAIN bt [15] MEXICO 3-0 (Estela Carbonell bt Laura Garza 9-6, 9-2, 9-0 (17m); Margaux Moros bt Imelda Salazar 9-1, 9-1, 9-1 (17m); Chantal Moros bt Nayelli Hernandez 9-2, 9-3, 9-1 (25m))

[2] ENGLAND bt [10] USA 3-0 (Emma Beddoes bt Claire Rein-Weston 4-9, 9-2, 10-9, 9-3 (48m); Suzie Pierrepont bt Lauren McCrery 9-1, 9-4, 9-2 (28m); Lauren Siddall bt Audrey Duboc 9-7, 9-0, 9-4 (29m))

    Final positions; 1 England, 2 USA, 3 Spain, 4 Mexico

Pool C:
[3] AUSTRALIA bt [6] MALAYSIA 3-0 (Donna Urquhart bt Sally Looi 9-3, 9-3, 9-6 (25m); Kasey Brown bt Lim Yoke Wah 9-3, 9-4, 9-2 (38m); Peta Hughes bt Delia Arnold 1-9, 9-8, 9-6, 9-3 (33m))

[11] SCOTLAND bt [14] IRELAND 2-1 (Kirsty Craig bt Claire O'Brien 9-4, 2-9, 10-8, 9-1 (34m); Lauren Gray lost to Zoe Barr 9-4, 6-9, 6-9, 4-9 (43m); Claire Kidd bt Katie Wilson 9-6, 9-3, 6-9, 9-4 (26m))

[3] AUSTRALIA bt [14] IRELAND 3-0 (Peta Hughes bt Claire O'Brien 9-3, 9-0, 9-2 (21m); Kasey Brown bt Zoe Barr 9-1, 9-2, 9-0 (24m); Georgina Davis bt Katie Wilson 9-2, 9-0, 9-4 (16m))

[6] MALAYSIA bt [11] SCOTLAND 3-0 (Sally Looi bt Kirsty Craig 9-3, 9-3, 9-7 (27m); Lim Yoke Wah bt Lauren Gray 9-7, 9-3, 9-1 (23m); Delia Arnold bt Claire Kidd 9-3, 9-3, 9-5 (18m))

[3] AUSTRALIA bt [11] SCOTLAND 3-0 (Donna Urquhart bt Kirsty Craig 9-2, 9-6, 9-0 (16m); Kasey Brown bt Lauren Gray 9-2, 9-2, 9-6 (26m); Georgina Davis bt 9-3, 9-5, 9-0 (22m))

[6] MALAYSIA bt [14] IRELAND 3-0 (Sally Looi bt Claire O'Brien 9-1, 9-0, 9-3 (22m); Lim Yoke Wah bt Zoe Barr 9-3, 9-2, 9-5 (28m); Delia Arnold bt Aoife Kerrin 9-2, 9-4, 9-2 (27m))

    Final positions; 1 Australia, 2 Malaysia, 3 Scotland, 4 Ireland

Pool D:
[4] INDIA bt [5] CANADA 2-1 (Vaidehi Reddy bt Miranda Ranieri 9-1, 9-4, 9-6 (33m); Joshna Chinappa bt Jennifer Blumberg 9-7, 9-3, 9-2 (26m); Supriya Balsekar lost to Lauren Polonich 9-7, 5-9, 4-9, 10-8, 8-10 (63m))

[13] WALES bt [12] GERMANY 2-1 (Jessica Bevan bt Pamela Hathway 10-8, 2-9, 9-10, 9-5, 9-4 (56m); Stacey Preece lost to Pia Kaindl 5-9, 5-9, 9-4, 5-9 (38m); Beth Winstanley bt Sandra Krueger 9-7, 9-2, 9-3 (30m))

[5] CANADA bt [12] GERMANY 3-0 (Miranda Ranieri bt Pamela Hathway 9-2, 9-6, 9-2 (19m); Jennifer Blumberg bt Pia Kaindl 9-5, 9-1, 9-6 (29m); Lauren Polonich bt Sandra Krueger 9-7, 9-5, 9-4 (35m))

[4] INDIA bt [13] WALES 3-0 (Vaidehi Reddy bt Jessica Bevan 9-4, 9-4, 9-1 (21m); Joshna Chinappa bt Stacey Preece 9-5, 9-3, 4-9, 6-9, 9-1 (41m); Supriya Balsekar bt Beth Winstanley 3-9, 9-6, 9-0, 9-5 (33m))

[4] INDIA bt [12] GERMANY 3-0 (Vaidehi Reddy bt Pamela Hathway 9-5, 9-3, 9-4 (30m); Joshna Chinappa bt Pia Kaindl 9-2, 9-2, 9-6 (30m); Supriya Balsekar bt Sandra Krueger 9-1, 4-9, 9-6, 9-6 (30m))

[5] CANADA bt [13] WALES 3-0 (Ashley Clackson bt Jessica Bevan 8-10, 9-3, 9-0, 9-1 (54m); Miranda Ranieri bt Stacey Preece 2-9, 3-9, 9-2, 9-5, 9-7 (47m); Lauren Polonich bt Beth Winstanley 9-2, 9-3, 9-4 (23m))

    Final positions; 1 India, 2 Canada, 3 Wales, 4 Germany

Team Event

Team Draws & Results

Egypt Seeded To Reclaim
World Title On Home Soil
Egypt have been named as favourites to reclaim the title they won for the first time in 1999 in today's (Monday 04 August) announcement by the World Squash Federation (WSF) of the interim seedings for the 2003 Women's World Junior Team Squash Championships.

The biennial event, which will follow the Women's World Junior Individual Championship, will take place in Cairo, Egypt, from 24-28 August.

Egypt's squad is expected to be led by Omneya Abdel Kawy, the world No12 from Cairo who is seeded to win the world individual title on Friday 22nd August - seven days after celebrating her 18th birthday. The remarkable teenager, who first represented her country in the event as an 11-year-old in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1997, was runner-up in the 2001 championships in Malaysia.

Supporting Kawy in the Egypt squad will be Amnah El Trabolsy, Sara Badr and Raneem El Weleily.

Defending champions England, five-times winners of the title since 1987, are seeded to face hosts Egypt in the final, while Australia, named as third seeds, are expected to produce their best finish since winning the third of their titles in 1995. India, in only their third appearance in the event, are fourth seeds, while last year's runners-up Malaysia have been named as 6th seeds, behind Spain. Sixteenth seeds Mexico will be making their debut in the event.

Confirmed Seedings:
1 Egypt, 2 England, 3 Australia, 4 India, 5 Canada, 6 Malaysia, 7 Spain, 8 New
Zealand, 9 Hong Kong, 10 USA, 11 Scotland, 12 Germany, 13 Wales, 14 Ireland, 15
Mexico and 16 Switzerland.

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