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Marwan El Shorbagy Wins Historic World Title

World Junior Championships 2011
Herentals, Belgium
Official event website: www.wjm2011.be
Round One
Wed 13-Jul
Round Two
Thu 14-Jul
Round Three
Thu 14-Jul
[1] Amr Khaled Khalifa (Egy)
Amr Khaled Khalifa
 11/4, 11/3, 11/1 (22m)
Kush Kumar
Amr Khaled Khalifa
11/4, 10/12,11/5, 7/11, 11/5 (55m)
Fares Dessouki
Amr Khaled Khalifa
11-7, 11-7, 17-15 (51m)
Ramit Tandon
Amr Khaled Khalifa
9-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9 (70m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (45m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Marc ter Sluis (Ned)
11/4, 10/12, 8/11, 11/1, 11/0 (43m)
Kush Kumar (Ind)
[9/16] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
11/0, 11/4, 11/3 (16m)
Tom Lucas (Ned)
Fares Dessouki
 11/3, 11/7, 11/0 (29m)
Damien Volland
Damien Volland (Fra)
11/2, 11/3, 11/8 (20m)
Abdulaziz Ahmad Kanaan (Kuw)
[5/8] Ramit Tandon (Ind)
11/7, 11/6, 11/4 (23m)
Aqeel Ashkanani (Kuw)
Ramit Tandon
 11/5, 11/8, 11/9 (31m)
Abdulla Al-Tamimi
Ramit Tandon
11/6, 8/11,
11/3, 11/8 (33m)
Abhishek Pradhan
Abdulla Al-Tamimi (Qat)
12/10, 11/9, 11/6 (26m)
Felipe Tovar (Col)
[9/16] Mike McCue (Can)
11/4, 11/6, 11/2 (19m)
Christoph Winzer (Ned)
Mike McCue
 9/11, 11/9, 11/1, 11/7 (38m)
Abhishek Pradhan
Abhishek Pradhan (Ind)
11/9, 11/5, 11/1 (22m)
Remo Handl (Sui)
[5/8] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (22m)
 Vrishab Kotian (Ind)
 Mohamed Abouelghar
 11/5, 11/1, 11/7 (20m)
Juan Vargas
 Mohamed Abouelghar
3/11, 12/10, 11/2, 15/13 (41m)
Oliver Holland
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (33m)
James Earles
Juan Vargas (Col)
Michal Valenta (Cze)
Arthur Moineau (Fra)
Arthur Moineau
11/9, 8/11, 11/3, 11/2 (46m)
Oliver Holland
Oliver Holland (Eng)
11/1, 11/5, 11/4 (24m)
Manuel Wanner (Sui)
[5/8] James Earles (Eng)
11/1, 11/6, 11/2 (21m)
Toon van Baekel (Bel)
James Earles
11/3, 11/5, 11/6 (21m)
Quint Mandil
James Earles
11/2, 11/9, 11/4 (28m)
Alexandre Cogno
Matthew Roberts (Rsa)
11/4, 11/8, 11/9 (44m)
Quint Mandil (Fra)
Alexandre Cogno (Fra)
11/4, 11/5, 11/9 (28m)
Roshan Bharos (Ned)
Alexandre Cogno
11/9, 11/6, 7/11, 11/6 (44m)
Valentin Rapp
Valentin Rapp (Ger)
Greg Lobban (Sco)
11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (29m)
Joel Siewerdt (Sui)
Greg Lobban
11/6, 5/11, 11/8, 11/5 (31m)
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
11/5, 11/0, 11/0 (19m)
Alfonso Marroquin
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (39m)
Declan James
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry
11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (34m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Antonio de la Torre (Gua)
[9/16] Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy)
Yousef Saleh (Kuw)
 11/7, 11/2, 11/9 (18m)
Santiago Sevilla (Ecu)
Yousef Saleh
12/10, 11/8, 7/11, 6/11, 11/9 (60m)
Alfonso Marroquin
 Alfonso Marroquin (Col)
4/11, 11/9, 11/6, 4/11, 11/6 (52m)
[9/16] Tom De Mulder (Bel)
Dylan Murray (Usa)
11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (25m)
Yannick Lindemann (Sui)
Dylan Murray
 11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (40m)
Jerome Dadot
Dylan Murray
11/9, 11/9, 11/5 (38m)
Declan James
Adam Auckland (Eng)
11/2, 11/8, 11/5 (27m)
[9/16] Jerome Dadot (Fra)
Ernesto Davila (Ecu)
Josue Enriquez (Gua)
Ernesto Davila
11/6, 5/11, 11/2, 11/9 (40m)
Declan James
Yousif Ali (Kuw)
 11/2, 11/3, 11/6 (15m
[5/8] Declan James (Eng)
Cedric Kuchen (Sui)
11/4, 11/9, 11/6 (30m)
Guido Ploem (Ned)
Cedric Kuchen
11/2, 11/4, 11/5 (24m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Mahesh Mangaonkar
 11/8, 11/5, 11/4 (32m)
Nick Hopcroft
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8 (62m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Thomas Dembinski (Usa)
11/1, 11/1, 11/4 (27m)
[9/16] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
Johannes Herz (Ger)
11/8, 6/11, 11/8, 16/18, 11/6 (52m)
Durandt Martin (Rsa)
Durandt Martin
11/7, 11/5, 11/5 (30m)
Nick Hopcroft
Liam McClintock (Usa)
11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (21m
[9/16] Nick Hopcroft (Eng)
 Andres de Frutos (Col)
 Andres de Frutos
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (20m)
Tyler Osborne
Tyler Osborne
11/2, 11/7, 11/2 (20m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Edward Columbia (Usa)
11/8, 11/4, 7/11, 11/7 (44m)
[9/16] Tyler Osborne (Can)
Martin Svec (Cze)
10/12, 11/8, 11/7, 11/13, 11/5 (61m)
Faraz Khan (Usa)
Martin Svec
11/4, 11/7, 11/13, 11/3 (38m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Jan van den Herrewegen (Bel)
11/7, 11/1, 11/7 (32m)
[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)

Marwan El Shorbagy Wins Historic World Title

Two years after his older brother won the title for the second time, 17-year-old Marwan El Shorbagy clinched the 2011 WSF Men's World Junior Individual Squash Championship crown at the Flemish Squash Centre in the Belgian town of Herentals.

Marwan and Mohamed El Shorbagy, currently ranked nine in the world, are the first brothers in the sport's history to win world individual titles.

In the second successive all-Egyptian climax of the World Squash Federation championship in Belgium, El Shorbagy junior beat close friend Mohamed Abouelghar, a 5/8 seed, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 in 45 minutes.

"I'm so happy right now - I've been dreaming of this since I'm 10, and when I saw my brother getting his first title in Switzerland, I wanted so much to win too," explained the new champion at the presentation ceremony. "You know, I had a terrible night last night, I just couldn't sleep at all.

"This was a very difficult match mentally, as Mohamed and myself are best friends, and we know each other's game so well, we've been playing each other since we were 10," added the No2 seed.

"There are so many Egyptian world juniors champions, we keep it going, and teach each other the game of squash!!!

"I have one more year to year to go, and next year will be in Egypt, so I so want to win it, because it will be in my own country. But it will be hard..

"How can I thank Jonah (Barrington) - how can I express all of what that man has done for me. I owe him so much. And I would like to dedicate this title to my dad, whose always been there for me. I need to thank my mum for coming here, and being there with me, and supporting me, and my brother Mohamed for being the best big brother ever."

Abouelghar, who made his breakthrough in the semi-finals where he defeated defending champion Amr Khaled Khalifa, had mixed feelings afterwards: "I'm disappointed with the result of the match, but not with this tournament.

"I didn't perform at my best today, I was really tired from yesterday, I didn't have much left in the tank when I started. And he played well, he made the rallies last, and that was not good for me, I just didn't have enough energy to play again five long gamesÖ But that's all part of the learning process.

"I want to congratulate Marwan, he is a great player. But I'll be back next year!"


Marwan El Shorbagy continues his imperious run to the final with a win over Hesham Ga Sabr

Mohamed Aboeighar, Egy, beats fellow Egyptian and top seed Amr Khalifa in 5 games


El Shorbagy & Abouelghar To Contest World Final In Belgium

Mohamed Abouelghar and Marwan El Shorbagy will contest the final of the WSF Men's World Junior Individual Squash Championship at the Flemish Squash Centre in Herentals in Belgium in the second successive all-Egyptian final of the World Squash Federation championship in its 18th year.

Abouelghar, a 5/8 seed, produced the upset of the tournament when he beat top seed Amr Khaled Khalifa 9-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9 in 70 minutes - denying the defending champion the chance to become only the third player in history to win the title for a second time.

"I'm very happy, but I really cannot really let my emotions out, as there is still tomorrow to play," said the delighted 17-year-old from Cairo to www.squashsite.co.uk later. "In the beginning, I was over excited, I really went for my shots too early, and made too many errors. Then I started playing serious squash, and I was accurate at the back.

"My dad told me right before the fourth to keep the ball going, that I had nothing to lose, and that's what I did. I told myself not to make any errors until I reach five. But at 5/2, my mind was too much set on winning, winning, and that led to play too early again.

"This was a match where fitness was really important, so I want to thank my fitness coach, Fery, and my Dad."

A downcast Khalifa said: "It's so hard, that pressure, you have to be number one, if you are number two, you are nothing. He played better than me today. I worked so hard in the first game, running after his shots. In the fifth, I didn't have much left."

Marwan El Shorbagy is one match away from making squash history by becoming the first brother of any world individual title to become a world champion.

The 17-year-old from Alexandria - whose older brother Mohamed El Shorbagy is a two-time winner of this trophy - took just three games to despatch fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry, a 9/16 seed, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 in 34 minutes.

"I spoke with everybody - Mum, Jonah (Barrington), my brother, Ian - and I knew I had to be relaxed today, play squash, not talk to the ref, that's all I had to do," explained the exuberant No2 seed.

"I think I played the right game, I didn't go for silly shots, I was patient, and was waiting for him to make errors, as he goes for a lot of shots.

"He is extremely talented, definitely one of the most talented juniors in Egypt, and I'm pretty sure he'll put his name on the trophy one day.

"I'm so happy I'm in the final for the first time. Everybody wants the title, I'll have to be at my 100%, but above everything, I'll try and play my best squash, and enjoy the moment."

The final will be a repeat of the 2010 British Junior U17 Open climax, won by El Shorbagy.


Top seed Amr Khalifa overcomes a knee injury to beat Indian Ramit Tandon 2nd seed Marwan Shorbagy beats Indian Mahesh Mangaonkar Hesham Ga Sabry puts out Englandís last hope Declan James

WSF Men's World Junior Squash Championship,

Egyptians Take Over World Semi-Finals In Belgium

A dramatic day of quarter-final action in the WSF Men's World Junior Individual Squash Championship in Belgium has led to an all-Egyptian semi-final line-up at the Flemish Squash Centre in Herentals.

It is the first time that one country has dominated the last four of the World Squash Federation event since England achieved the feat 21 years ago.

It was outsider Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry, a 9/16 seed in his maiden appearance in the championship, who sealed his country's impressive rout when he recovered from a game down to upset England's 5/8 seed Declan James 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 in 39 minutes.

"In the first game, I was really scared - to the point of feeling dizzy," explained the 17-year-old from Cairo later. "And Declan played really well in that game. I'm happy that I train very hard with my fitness, because I needed it to pick up all his shots!

"After the first game, I calmed down, and was able to concentrate on my shots, so I gradually played better."

James, who arrived in Belgium fresh from success earlier in the month in the Pioneer Junior Open in Germany, admitted that he had not been playing at full strength: "I should have been 100% to be able to beat him today, but I was only 70%, as I strained my hamstring yesterday playing against Dylan," said the 18-year-old from Nottingham.

"How to beat the Egyptians? I think that Nick Matthew showed us the way. I don't think our juniors have got that winning instinct that the Egypt juniors seem to have from a very young age, their ability to fight for every single shot. We seem to catch up gradually as we get older, but it's a bit too late by then most of the time.

"Mazen is a perfect example of how talented Egyptians players can be. He has an exceptional talent, and he showed tonight what he can do. And it was close - but not close enough."

Sabry will now face Marwan El Shorbagy, the second seed from Alexandria who survived the longest match of the day when he beat India's 9/16 seed Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8 in 62 minutes.

"I was really nervous from the start, and to be honest, I can't remember what happened on there, only that I nearly lost, and that I'm glad I won," explained El Shorbagy, the 17-year-old brother of two-time champion Mohamed El Shorbagy.

"Too much pressure I think, I'm not sure why - I guess I put the pressure on myself. And also, all the players, when they play me, they have nothing to lose - and they play their best squash. And Mahesh played really well today."

Defending champion Amr Khaled Khalifa eased into the semi-finals following an 11-7, 11-7, 17-15 win over India's 5/8 seed Ramit Tandon.

Bidding to become only third player in history to win the title for a second time, Khalifa will now face Cairo compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar, who beat fellow 5/8 seed James Earles, of England, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7.

Official event website: www.wjm2011.be


Egyptís top seed Amr Khalifa (left)
survives a
tough 5 setter against fellow countryman Fares Dessouki

Englandís Declan James cruises
through against surprise winner
Dylan Murray, US

Egyptians Forge Ahead In Herentals

There will be Egyptian interest in all of the WSF Men's World Junior Individual Squash Championship quarter-finals in Belgium after three players from Cairo and one Alexandrian survived two testing rounds on the second day of action in the World Squash Federation event in its 18th staging at the Flemish Squash Centre in Herentals.

Defending champion Amr Khaled Khalifa, seeded to become only the third man in history to win the title twice, made the last eight for the third year in a row after beating compatriot Fares Dessouki.

But the 18-year-old from Cairo was taken the full distance by 9/16 seed Dessouki, also from the Egyptian capital, before surviving the longest third round match of the day 11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5 in 55 minutes.

After dominating the first game and leading the second 10-5, Khalifa immediately lost concentration when Dessouki left the court thinking he had already lost the game. On returning, the 16-year-old outsider drew level and appeared to have taken the upper hand.

"After Fares got off court at 10/5, I just lost concentration, and couldn't push," the top seed said later. "Fares had nothing to lose, and played great squash - he is one of the best juniors in Egypt.

"Tomorrow, I have really got to concentrate on the squash - not of the expectations, nor the pressure," added the favourite. "But in a way, I'm happy to play five games, to get use to the court."

Khalifa will now face 5/8 seed Ramit Tandon, the top junior from India who beat unseeded fellow countryman Abhishek Pradhan 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8. Tandon, an 18-year-old from Kolkata who finished as runner-up in this year's Asian Junior Championship, is the only player making his fifth successive appearance in the championship.

Egyptians prevailed in two of the day's quickest games - second seed Marwan El Shorbagy despatching Canadian Junior Open champion Tyler Osborne 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 in 20 minutes and Cairo-born Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry needing only 19 minutes to see off unseeded Colombian Alfonso Marroquin 11-5, 11-0, 11-0.

El Shorbagy, a 17-year-old from Alexandria hoping to emulate his older brother Mohamed El Shorbagy, a two-time world junior champion, will face the second Indian to make the last eight.

Mahesh Mangaonkar, a 17-year-old from Mumbai, defeated fellow 9/16 seed Nicholas Hopcroft, from England, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4.

"I was pretty confident," explained Mangaonkar. "I've studied Nick's game since I was 11. And although I have never played him before, I really worked on how to play him. Also, I told myself that I've got to go and do it! After all, I've been training for a year for this event!"

Colombian Dashes Host's Hopes In Herentals

Colombian Alfonso Marroquin produced the only upset on the opening day of play in the WSF Men's World Junior Individual Squash Championship - and dashed hosts Belgium's hopes of a local player on the winner's podium at the Flemish Squash Centre in Herentals.

There were high hopes for 9/16 seed Tom de Mulder after the 18-year-old from Ghent finished as runner-up in last week's Pioneer Junior Open in Germany.

But the top-rated Belgian, in his fourth appearance in the championship, was unable to extend his opening game advantage over Marroquin as the 18-year-old from Bogota battled through to his 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6 shock victory in 52 minutes.

It was a bewildered De Mulder who tried to explain his feelings afterwards: "I had absolutely no power today, I felt dizzy, I just couldn't move - couldn't hit the ball properly. This is not normal. I have no idea what happened on there."

After further Belgian disappointment when Toon van Baekel went down to England's 5/8 seed James Earles, all eyes were on Jan van den Herrewegen. The Belgian crowded assembled at the glass court to support their local hero.

However, it took just 32 minutes for Egypt's second seed Marwan El Shorbagy to defeat the Oodenaarde-born 17-year-old 11-7, 11-1, 11-7 to end Belgium's presence in the main draw.

Belgian National coach Ronny Vlassaks was still satisfied: "Jan played really well. In this match, he showed that he is able to approach the top players level with regard to pace and speed of the game. Obviously, he still misses the experience in matchplay that these top guys do have."

El Shorbagy led a quintet of Egyptians through to the second round, in which a further five Frenchmen will also bid for places in the last 16.