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02/07/2010
WOMEN'S WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
 

Sobhy Soars To World Title Success

Women's World Juniors 2010
ACR Sportcenter, Cologne, Germany

Round One
Fri 25th
Round Two
Sat 26th
Quarters
Sun 27th
Semis
Mon 28th
Final
Tue 29th
[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11-2, 11-1, 11-0 (11m)
Amalie Bornaes (Den)
Nour El Sherbini
11-5, 11-6, 13-11 (21m)
Julia Lecoq
Nour El Sherbini
11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (41m)
Nouran El Torky
Nour El Sherbini
12-10, 14-12, 11-9 (38m)
Amanda Sobhy
 

 

Amanda Sobhy
3-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (37m)
Nour El Tayeb

[9/16] Julia Lecoq (Fra)
11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4 (39m)
Aparajitha Balamurukan (Ind)
[9/16] Tamika Saxby (Aus)
8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 (42m)
Franziska Hennes (Ger)
Tamika Saxby
7-11, 17-15, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3 (49m)
Nouran El Torky
[7] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (22m)
Elvira Bedjai (Fra)
[8] Anaka Alankamony (Ind)
11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (11m)
Ashley Tidman (Fra)
Anaka Alankamony
11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (21m)
Catalian Pelaez
Anaka Alankamony
12-10, 11-4, 11-6 (22m)
Amanda Sobhy
[9/16] Catalian Pelaez (Col)
11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (14m)
Maria Elena Unina (Usa)
[9/16] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11-3, 11-5, 11-0 (13m)
Nikki van der Heijden (Ned)
Yathreb Adel
11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7 (35m)
Amanda Sobhy
[3] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
11-1, 11-1, 11-1 (11m)
Nana Frederiksen (Den)
Oxane Ah-Hu (Fra)
11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (21m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Nour El Tayeb
11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8 (37m)
Farah Abdel
Nour El Tayeb
11-1, 11-6, 11-7 (29m)
Olivia Blatchford
Nour El Tayeb
15-13, 11-9, 11-9 (40m)
Dipika Pallika
Anwesha Reddy (Ind)
11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (19m)
[9/16] Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)
Haley Mendez (Usa)
11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (31m)
[9/16] Melissa Alves (Fra)
Melissa Alves
11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (27m)
Olivia Blatchford
Caroline Sayegh (Ger)
11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5 (26m)
[6] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
Tessa Der Sluis (Ned)
11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (17m)
[5] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
 Kanzy El Dafrawy
11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (26m)
Cyrielle Peltier
 Kanzy El Dafrawy
9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 12-10 (50m)
Dipika Pallikal
Sharya Guruge (Sri)
11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (22m)
[9/16] Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
Sandra Polak (Aut)
11-3, 11-3, 11-8 (18m)
[9/16] Salma Hany (Egy)
Salma Hany
12-10, 11-8, 11-2 (34m)
Dipika Pallikal
Katie Tutrone (Usa)
11-1, 11-4, 11-2 (17m)
[2] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)

    Third place play-off:

[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 (52m)

 

Sobhy Soars To World Title Success
 

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Amanda Sobhy celebrated the perfect 17th birthday by beating Egyptian rival Nour El Tayeb in the final of the Women's World Junior Squash Championship to become the first US winner of the prestigious World Squash Federation event in its 16th year at the ACR Sportcenter in Cologne, Germany.

 

"It's the best birthday present anyone could ever ask for," said the New York teenager after recovering from a game down to defeat fellow 17-year-old El Tayeb 3-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 in 37 minutes.  It was Sobhy's first victory over the Egyptian in four meetings on the junior international circuit since January 2008.

 

The victory not only ends Egypt's seven-year stranglehold on the title since 2003, but also consigned Cairo-based El Tayeb to a runner-up finish for the second year in a row.

 

Third seed Sobhy made her breakthrough in the semi-finals when she beat reigning champion Nour El Sherbini, the 14-year-old favourite who won the title last year to become the sport's youngest ever world champion.

 

Sobhy, whose success makes her the first US player to win a world singles title, is no stranger to historic achievements in the sport:  In May, the left-hander became the first 16-year-old to win four WISPA World Tour titles an achievement which has taken her to a career-high 36 world ranking.

 

In the bronze medal play-off match, India's No2 seed Dipika Pallikal made up for the disappointment of failing to make the final for the second successive year by battling to a 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 over favourite Nour El Sherbini in 52 minutes.
 

El Tayeb & Sobhy Spring Semi Surprises In Cologne

 

Semi-finals day produced the first upsets in the 2010 Women's World Junior Squash Championship when third seed Amanda Sobhy and fourth seed Nour El Tayeb ousted the top two seeds to reach the final of the World Squash Federation event at the ACR Sportcenter in Cologne, Germany.

 

It was the best possible 17th birthday present for Sobhy, the left-hander from the USA who ended the historic world champion reign of Nour El Sherbini by beating the 14-year-old event favourite from Egypt 12-10, 14-12, 11-9.

 

El Sherbini, then only 13, won the title last year against expectations to become the sport's youngest world champion in history.

 

But New Yorker Sobhy, ranked above her Alexandria-based opponent, battled to her impressive win in 38 minutes repeating the straight games victory she achieved over El Sherbini in the world team championship that followed last year's historic individual triumph.

 

Sobhy, however, has also made her mark in squash history by becoming the first 16-year-old to win four WISPA World Tour titles. 

 

But it will be on her 17th birthday that the world No36 bids to become the first US winner of a world junior squash title.

 

Her opponent Nour El Tayeb is marking her second successive appearance in the final and achieved her success for the second time in a row by beating Dipika Pallikal, the 18-year-old from India who was last year's favourite and the second seed this time.

 

The 17-year-old from Cairo needed 40 minutes to overcome Chennai-based Pallikal 15-13, 11-9, 11-9.

 

El Tayeb boasts a 3/0 head-to-head lead over her final opponent but the younger Sobhy currently boasts the higher world ranking:  A sensational climax to the event is no doubt in store.

 

Top Quartet To Contest World Junior Semis

 

The 2010 Women's World Junior Squash Championship unveiled its eagerly-anticipated semi-final line-up when the top four seeds came through the quarter-finals of the World Squash Federation event at the ACR Sportcenter in Cologne, Germany.

 

In an all-Egyptian clash, event favourite Nour El Sherbini dropped her first game of the tournament in overcoming seventh seed Nouran El Torky 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7.

 

The 14-year-old from Alexandria the youngest player remaining in this U19 championship now has arguably her toughest test against USA's third seed Amanda Sobhy.

 

The 16-year-old New Yorker is the highest-ranked player in the event and beat El Sherbini in last year's world junior team championship in straight games in their only previous meeting. 

 

Sobhy is also riding high after making history by becoming the first 16-year-old to win four WISPA World Tour titles.  The left-hander, ranked 36 in the world, despatched eighth-seeded Indian Anaka Alankamony 12-10, 11-4, 11-6 in just 22 minutes.

 

India's No2 seed Dipika Pallikal lines up against Egypt's fourth seed Nour El Tayeb in the other semi-final in a repeat of last year's match at the same stage of the competition in which El Tayeb upset the then top seed to reach the final.

 

Pallikal, 18, from Chennai, recovered from a game down to beat Egypt's fifth seed Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 12-10 in 50 minutes, while 17-year-old El Tayeb, from Cairo, defeated USA's No6 seed Olivia Blatchford 11-1, 11-6, 11-7.

 

USA & India Celebrate Historic World Championship Success

 

Hidden behind the fulfilled predictions that the top eight seeds are through to the quarter-finals of the Women's World Junior Squash Championship in Germany lies the fact that USA and India are both celebrating the appearance of two players in the last eight of a world championship for the first time.

 

And all four players marked their historic success with relative ease in the second round of the World Squash Federation event at the ACR Sportcenter in Cologne.

 

India's Dipika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony, both from Chennai, made their breakthroughs after straight games wins.  Second seed Pallikal, the only player to be marking her fourth appearance in the championship, beat Salma Hany 12-10, 11-8, 11-2 in 34 minutes - thereby avenging her five-game loss to the 17-year-old Egyptian in January's British Junior Open.

 

Anaka Alankamony, the 15-year-old eighth seed, needed only 21 minutes to overcome 18-year-old Colombian Catalina Pelaez 11-8, 11-8, 11-7.

 

New Yorkers Amanda Sobhy and Olivia Blatchford displayed the same prowess which has seen the US pair make their mark on the WISPA World Tour

 

Sobhy, who last month became the first 16-year-old in history to win three Tour titles, fought off the challenge of promising Egyptian Yathreb Adel, beating the 14-year-old from Cairo 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7.

 

Olivia Blatchford, 17, dismissed French opponent Melissa Alves 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 in 27 minutes and will now take on last year's runner-up Nour El Tayeb, one of four Egyptians in the last eight.

 

Event favourite Nour El Sherbini claimed one of the quickest victories of the day by beating France's Julia Lecoq 11-5, 11-6, 13-11 in 21 minutes.

 

The 14-year-old defending champion from Alexandria now faces fellow countrywoman Nouran El Torky, the No7 seed who survived the toughest second round battle in overcoming Australian Tamika Saxby 7-11, 17-15, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3 in 49 minutes.

Seeds Survive World Championship Openers

 

The top 16 seeds duly claimed their places in the second round of the Women's World Junior Squash Championship in Germany with Egypt's hot favourite Nour El Sherbini taking just 11 minutes to overcome her first round opponent in the World Squash Federation event at the ACR Sportcenter in Cologne.

 

The 14-year-old from Cairo, who last year became the youngest world champion in the history of the sport, despatched 17-year-old Dane Amalie Bornaes 11-2, 11-1, 11-0.

 

A French opponent awaits El Sherbini in the last sixteen round after Julia Lecoq overcame India's Aparajitha Balamurukan.  But higher-ranked Balamurukan, from Chennai, took a 2/1 lead over the 16-year-old from Paris before Lecoq, a 9/16 seed, regained control to win 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4.

 

There was Indian success elsewhere, however, as second seed Dipika Pallikal cruised to an 11-1, 11-4, 11-2 victory over Katie Tutrone, from the USA, in just 17 minutes and eighth seed Anaka Alankamony, also from Chennai, crushed France's Ashley Tidman 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 in 11 minutes.

 

The hosts came close to pulling off the only upset on the opening day when unseeded Franziska Hennes faced Australia's 9/16 seed Tamika Saxby.

 

Hennes, an 18-year-old senior German international from Homburg, took the opening game and recovered from 2/1 down to force the match into a fifth game decider.

 

But higher-ranked Saxby, 17, from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, eventually pulled through to win 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 in 42 minutes to set up a second round clash with Egypt's No7 seed Nouran El Torky.

 

Nour El Sherbini Seeded To Retain World Junior Crown

 

Just ten months after becoming the youngest world champion in the history of the sport, Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini is seeded to retain her title in the Women's World Junior Squash Championship this week in Germany.

 

Remarkably, the 14-year-old favourite from Cairo is the second youngest player in the Under-19 championship draw and her anticipated opponent in the final, India's second seed Dipika Pallikal, will only be three months short of her 19th birthday.

 

The 2010 Women's World Junior Championship, with entries from 11 countries, will take place at the ACR Sportcenter in Cologne from 25-29 June.

 

Nour El Sherbini, from Alexandria, was only expected to make the last 16 in last year's world junior championship in India but despatched the second, sixth and eighth seeds before overcoming the fourth seed in the final to record her historic triumph.

 

Pallikal is the only player to be celebrating a fourth appearance in the event after making her debut in the 2003 championship in Egypt and will be looking to make up for the disappointment of failing to win the title last year as favourite. 

 

The 18-year-old from Chennai has already made her mark on the WISPA World Tour.  Pallikal picked up her maiden title at the Indian Challenger No5 on home soil in Calcutta in April, and now boasts a world No40 ranking.

 

But both top seeds will be wary of the two other players expected to make the semi-finals:  third seed Amanda Sobhy is a left-hander from the USA who has already claimed her place in squash history by becoming the first 16-year-old to win three WISPA Tour titles success which has taken the New Yorker to 36 in the world rankings.

 

Nour El Tayeb is the highest-seeded Egyptian in the field.  The 17-year-old from Cairo, seeded four, reached last year's final against expectation and has since secured her first Tour trophy and a career-high world ranking of 36.

 

The Women's World Junior Championship, now in its 16th edition after first being staged in 1981, has produced a number of champions who have gone on to become world number ones and World Open champions including Australia's Sarah Fitz-Gerald, England's Cassie Jackman, and Malaysia's two-time winner Nicol David.