Mohamed El
Shorbagy (EGY) bt  Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 2-9, 9-3, 10-8, 9-4 (75m)
 Aamir Atlas Khan
(PAK) bt [5/8] Waqar Mehboob (PAK) 9-1, 9-1, 9-6 (40m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt  Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 9-7, 9-10, 9-4, 1-9,
 Aamir Atlas Khan
(PAK) bt [5/8] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) 9-1, 9-5, 9-0 (36m)
[5/8] Waqar Mehboob
(PAK) bt  Gregoire Marche (FRA) 9-6, 8-10, 9-5, 9-0 (74m)
 Nicolas Mueller
(SUI) bt [5/8] Adrian Waller (ENG) 9-5, 4-9, 9-3, 9-2 (58m)
 Mohamed El
Shorbagy (EGY) bt [9/16] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 9-3, 9-5, 9-1 (30m)
Shorbagy Wins World Junior Title
After despatching local hero Nicolas
Mueller in a 67-marathon semi-final, second seed Mohamed El
Shorbagy went on to upset Pakistan favourite Aamir Atlas Khan
in the final of the World Junior Men's Squash Championship in
Zurich to keep the prestigious title in Egyptian hands for the third
It was a dramatic climax to the 15th staging
of the biennial World Squash Federation championship, being held for
the first time in Switzerland.
Aamir Atlas Khan, a semi-finalist both in
2004 and 2006 - and, at No24, the highest-world-ranked player in the field -
was firm favourite to win the title. The 18-year-old had reached the final
without dropping a game - and victory would have made him the first
Pakistani to lift the title since his uncle, the legendary Jansher khan,
But El Shorbagy was also hungry for success
- and survived both his opponent and the naturally partisan crowd to topple
Swiss star Nicolas Mueller in five games less than 24 hours earlier.
The 17-year-old from Alexandria, who
celebrated a career-high world ranking of 60 today, dropped the first game
for just two points - but powered back into the match before ultimately
celebrating victory after 75 minutes in a 2-9, 9-3, 10-8, 9-4 scoreline.
"This is a very special moment," said the
ecstatic teenager afterwards. "I'm very happy to be here and share it with
my mother and father. I was 8-5 up in the third and had to make a big push.
"This was a once in a lifetime chance and I
told myself to make a big push.
"The last two titles have been won by Egypt
and there was a lot of pressure on me to win it," added El Shorbagy, who is
based in the UK where he trains with British squash supreme Jonah
"Aamir and I will probably have to play
again in the team match - it will be another hard match and I need to go
away and prepare mentally for it."
El Shorbagy follows the now 20-year-old
world No4 Ramy Ashour as winner of the title - and is the latest in a
distinguished line of former Egyptian champions including Ashour, Karim
Darwish, Ahmed Faizy and the country's first winner, in 1994,
are seeded to win the World Junior Team Championship which gets
underway on 2nd August 2008.
The complete final seedings, confirmed
today, are: 1 EGYPT, 2 PAKISTAN, 3 ENGLAND, 4 FRANCE, 5 INDIA, 6 MALAYSIA,
7 GERMANY, 8 HONG KONG, 9 NEW ZEALAND, 10 CANADA, 11 AUSTRALIA, 12 USA, 13
SOUTH AFRICA, 14 SWITZERLAND, 15 KUWAIT, 16 WALES, - and, 17/24: FINLAND,
CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GUATEMALA, SPAIN and SWEDEN;
and 25/31: IRELAND, BERMUDA, CAYMAN ISLANDS, CHINA , ECUADOR, ITALY and
Khan & El Shorbagy To Contest World Junior Final
The final of the
World Junior Men's Squash Championship in Zurich will be the
clash predicted by the seedings - but Pakistan favourite Aamir Atlas Khan
(left) and Egypt's second seed Mohamed El Shorbagy reached the
climax of the biennial World Squash Federation championship, being
staged for the first time in Switzerland, in contrasting
Khan, who celebrated his 18th birthday 24 hours earlier, cruised to a 9-1,
9-1, 9-6 victory in 40 minutes over compatriot Waqar Mehboob, aw 5/8
Kahn - who has reached the final without dropping a game - is now one match
away from becoming the first Pakistani to win the title since his legendary
uncle Jansher Khan, the record eight-time senior World Open
champion, in 1986.
The other semi-final pitched El Shorbagy against local hero Nicolas
Mueller, the third seed and former European Junior champion from
With the crowd backing Mueller all the way, the Swiss teenager twice clawed
back game leads by the higher-ranked Egyptian.
But, after 67 minutes, it was El Shorbagy who prevailed, winning 9-7, 9-10,
9-4, 1-9, 9-5 to take his expected place in Friday's final.
Mehboob Guarantees Pakistani Finalist In
Zurich World Championship
A Pakistani finalist
in the World Junior Men's Squash Championship in Zurich is
assured after Waqar Mehboob, a 5/8 seed, upset fourth-seeded
Frenchman Gregoire Marche in the quarter-finals of the biennial
World Squash Federation championship being staged for the first time in
16-year-old reigning Pakistan Junior champion from Peshawar, battled for 74
minutes to overcome the 18-year-old European Junior champion from
Aix-en-Provence 9-6, 8-10, 9-5, 9-0.
In a match which will
ensure the first Pakistani finalist since 2004, Mehboob - in his maiden
appearance in the event - will now take on compatriot Aamir Atlas Khan,
the event's firm favourite after reaching the semi-finals both in 2004 and
Khan celebrated his
18th birthday in fine style by beating Egyptian Andrew Wagih Shoukry
9-1, 9-5, 9-0 in 36 minutes.
The other semi-final
will pitch local hero Nicolas Mueller, the third seed, against
Egypt's Mohamed El Shorbagy, the No2 seed.
Mueller arrived at the
event following successive European Squash Federation Junior Circuit
victories in the German Open, the Pioneer Open and the
Dutch Open. But the 18-year-old from Hirzel, near Zurich, dropped his
first game of the championship in overcoming England's 5/8 seed Adrian
Waller 9-5, 4-9, 9-3, 9-2 in 58 minutes.
The result ended
English interest in the event - and also ended Waller's run of three
successive straight games defeats by Switzerland's former European Junior
Mohamed El Shorbagy, a
17-year-old from Alexandria who is yet to drop a game in the event, brushed
aside Malaysia's 9/16 seed Ivan Yuen, winning 9-3, 9-5, 9-1 in 30
 Aamir Atlas Khan
(PAK) v [5/8] Waqar Mehboob (PAK)
 Mohamed El
Shorbagy (EGY) v  Nicolas Mueller (SUI)