TEAM EVENT

 TEAM EVENT

13th Men's World Junior Squash Championships
17-23 August 2004, Islamabad, Pakistan
 
Sun 22nd, FINAL:

[5/8] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt [5/8] Yasir Butt (Pak)
        9-5, 10-8, 9-3

Ashour takes the
title for Egypt


Egypt's Ramy Ashour claimed the world junior title for Egypt with a staright games victory over home favourite Yasir Butt at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

George Mieras reports from Islamabad...

A packed crowd applauded the teams round the court and the Captains onto court, where they met the VIP's before the final. A very lively display of folk dancing from the 4 Pakistan provinces followed. Then the Prime Minister of Pakistan arrived, and it was down to business.

Right from the start it was clear that Ramy Ashour was back into the top form of his quarter final against 'find of the tournament ' trophy winner Aamir Atlas Khan. The first rally was finished with an exquisite cross court backhand drop.

Yasir Butt, in contrast, looked ill at ease and unable to get the long, hard rallies he wanted. He often looked out and over to his coach, never a good sign. That meant errors and with Ramy starting so well it was no surprise that the first game went to the Egyptian 9-5 in some 13 minutes.

The second saw Yasir come out all guns firing, and some errors from Ramy saw Yasir race to a 5-0 lead. But yet again at this stage Ramy showed a remarkable ability to re-focus and within minutes he lead 6-5. At this time crowd excitement was such that there were some correct lets for shouting disturbance. Yasir stuck in and levelled and at 8-8 played what many thought was a winner in a rally he was controlling, a massive shout resulted in another disturbance let and Yasir did not recover from that, losing on a stroke for not clearing 8-10.

In the third Yasir tried to pout the pace up but was looking demoralised and his error count increased sharply. As a result Ramy did not need to go for any spectacular shots, simply keep up the pressure and a mixture of forced and unforced errors saw him triumph 9-5.

So the young man from Egypt who has endured two major knee operations has become World Junior Champion, and a most worthy one at that. A section of the crowd were local Egyptians and they raised the roof as Ramy had the gold medal put round his neck by the Prime Minister, then received the WSF trophy from Jahangir Khan and the tournament special trophy from the President of the PSF.

How did he feel? "Can't believe it, thanks to everyone for everything!"

So the sun sets (literally and quite beautifully as I look out) on the individual event and we look forward to the team event, the outcome of which is certainly much less predictable than some had initially thought.

   
 


The medalists

Photos by Chris Smith
of the USA team

FULL DRAW & RESULTS

 

RESULTS & Reports                        FULL DRAW & RESULTS

Sat 21st, Semi-Finals:

[5/8] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)  9-2, 9-5, 9-6
[5/8] Yasir Butt (Pak) bt [2] Khalid Atlas Khan (Pak)  9-1, 9-2, 9-3

Ramy and Yasir move
into World Junior Final

George Mieras reports from Islamabad...

A packed house and distinguished guests were privileged to watch two of the most talented young players in junior squash today battle out the first semi-final at the Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad.

Aamir Atlas Khan has years ahead and who would put money on his not winning this title in a couple of years time in New Zealand? But he was just not good enough for the incredibly talented Ramy Ashour of Egypt who put on another scintillating performance. He just has everything available to him in his game and once down, say 2-5 as he was in a couple of games, simply seems to step up a gear, force some errors and play even better winning shots of every variety and pace.

That was how it went over 3 well fought but with inevitable result games, however hard Aamir tried - and he most certainly never stopped trying!

The second semi-final was not nearly so entertaining. Pakistan number one Khalid Atlas Khan was simply destroyed by his team-mate Yasir Butt in a little over 30 minutes, 9/1, 9/2, 9/3.

Khalid has not looked at all convincing during this event and it must be a worry for the home team as the team event approaches. Butt, on the other hand, is in terrific form. He is tall, very lithe and plays a most cool and controlled game.

The further the game went the more confident he got and the more shots he exhibited, but truth to say, he was a class ahead on the night and thoroughly deserved his quick win.

It sets up a clash between two very in-form players for a certain packed house tomorrow.
 


Fri 20th, Quarter-Finals:
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak) bt [9/16] Basit Ashfaq (Pak)  9-7, 6-9, 9-7, 9-5
[5/8] Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt [3/4] Farhan Mehboob (Pak) 9-5, 7-9, 9-3, 9-1
[5/8] Yasir Butt (Pak) bt [3/4] Mahmoud Adel (Egy)  9-7, 7-9, 9-1, 9-4
[2] Khalid Atlas Khan (Pak) bt Shah Nawaz (Pak)  9-7, 9-7, 9-2

Upset in Pakistan camp ...
George Mieras reports from Islamabad...

The first quarter final in Islamabad saw an upset in the Pakistani camp. Aamir Atlas Khan had a bad run in the trials and was not picked for the team, nor was he seeded in the individual. Come the hour the motivation was there against seeded Basit Ashfaq, conqueror of no 1 seed Saurav Ghosal of India.

For Basit it was a touch of deju vu as the height difference between the players was almost the same again in his favour as against Saurav. But Aamir was very keyed up, clearly with a lot to prove, and set off right from the start attacking at any opportunity. Some of his overhead nicks and his long range cross court drops were as good as anything seen in this tournament.

Bashit seemed subdued, he played in fits and starts and perhaps felt the pressure with a lot more to lose. He looked so miserable at points, refereeing decisions seemed to weigh heavily on his mind, all signs of the pressure.

Towards the end the real determination of Aamir became increasingly apparent and a winning cross court nick to seal the 4th game was greeted with huge celebration - first onto court was big brother Khalid to congratulate the kid on the block! Hunger prevailed, a wee yin this time got the better of the big yin and Pakistan will have to lift the spirits of the team player in the next few days.

Ashour the Party-Pooper
And then there was a party-pooper - by the name of Ramy Ashour, the [5/8] seed from Egypt. Your scribe, after more decades than one cares to remember watching the game, is rarely excited by modern squash, but this was something different, and happily enjoyed by the largest crowd seen so far here in Islamabad.

This was two wonderfully talented players taking any opportunity to attack, very little attritional play at all, as seen in the total time for 4 games of only 40 minutes. Left hander Farhan Mehboob has impressed greatly but met
his match here in curly-haired crowd pleasing Ashour. The difference lay in control of the pace - Ramy floated the ball around, controlled the pace of drives better than seen in any game so far and simply did not allow his Pakistani opponent to generate the pace he wanted. Classic Egyptian coaching of old was very apparent.

The first game went with some fine shotmaking to Ramy, Farhan looking tense. But the coaches worked on him and he stormed back game in two, perhaps Ramy relaxed a little, and Farhan won it. The third game was the crunch game and longest (16 minutes) but apart from occasional bursts Ramy always managed to get the pace back down.

Farhan emerged for the 4th mentally down and a series of brilliant shots ensued to wrap it up 9-1 in only 5 minutes. What a pleasure to watch - and Pakistan will have to  beware this young Egyptian does not spoil the party right through to the end - he is most certainly talented enough.
 
Only one Egyptian ...
The third quarter-final was a totally contrasting match - immense power much of the time, far higher pace. Mahmoud Adel is the giant Egyptian, so strong though with some fine touch play. But if moved around enough his mobility is suspect. Yasir Butt exploited this at the start. Throwing high balls, then dropping short, drawing Adel up the court. Lots of lets were a result.

The first was a marathon, won by Yasir, but Adel stuck in top take the second. It was tiring stuff though, and now Yasir switched to awesome poweer, outhitting the Egyptian regularly to take the third, and the fourth was no contest.

So three home players in the semis, with the final match being an all-Pakistani affair. Unseeded Shaw Nawaz played his heart out in a high-paced encounter with second seed Khalid Atlas Khan, but Khan proved too strong as he moved into the semi-finals with a straight games victory.

 


Thu 19th, 4th round:
[9/16] Basit Ashfaq (PAK) bt [1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 9-5, 0-9, 9-7, 9-6
Amir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [17/32] Jens Schoor (GER) 9-5, 9-3, 4-9, 9-4
[5/8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [9/16] James Wright (ENG) 9-1, 9-7, 9-2
[3/4] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [9/16] Christopher Gordon (USA) 9-4, 9-4, 9-5
[3/4] Mahmoud Adel (EGY) bt [9/16] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 9-5, 10-8, 9-3
[5/8] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [9/16] Simon Rosner (GER) 9-2, 9-3, 9-3
Shah Nawaz (PAK) bt [5/8] Chris Simpson (ENG) 7-9, 9-4, 9-0, 9-6
[2] Khalid Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [9/16] Robin Clarke (CAN) 9-1, 5-9, 9-2, 9-1

George Mieras reports from Islamabad...

TOP SEED IS OUT
Perhaps the old maxim applies: sometimes size does matter? It certainly looked like it - both ways - in the first round 4 match in Islamabad where the 6'2" of Basit Ashfaq dwarfed the 5'7" of India's no 1 seed and British Junior Open Champion, Saurav Ghosal.

One way was in the Pakistani giant's favour - the reach and power factor. Against that his inability to clear the path of the ball cost dear - 5 scoring strokes in a row in game 2, for example.
 
But overall the plus factors triumphed as he led the home charge into the quarter finals. Game 1 was close with Saurav making some errors and trying to get to grips with what tactics to use against Basit - playing short did not profit him. The coaches got to work after that and game 2 was almost straight through for Saurav, helped by all the strokes. Perhaps this was too easy as odd errors crept back in again, and in particular the mistake of opening up the court for the lethal Pakistani forehand drive which often proved quite unreachable. From 1-7 Saurav tightened up a great deal and fought back to level but an error and opening for the forehand proved fatal.

Game 4 saw Saurav trying more short play but now Basit was more confident, volleying more and better, and again opened out the same lead for Saurav to try to fight back. An immensely long rally at 3-7 eventually finished with a Pakistani error and as so often then happens a 'dolly' serve produced a daft return into the tin and another simple rally, but it was really by then too late and the Pakistani boy held on to win, much to the delight of a pleasingly large crowd of home supporters.
 


Wed 18th August:
Pakistan Dominate In Islamabad


Hosts Pakistan have swept all before them in the PIA Men's World Junior Squash Championship today in Islamabad. Six local players will move into tomorrow's fourth round at the new Mushaf Squash Complex, with Amir Atlas Khan and Shah Nawaz being the only unseeded players to reach the last sixteen.

Nawaz beat Sulaiman Al Khamees 9-4 9-4 9-5, despite the Kuwaiti putting up a good fight. Amir Atlas Khan, the 14-year-old from Peshawar who was a surprise winner of the Pakistan National Junior title last month, despatched England's 5/8 seed Tom Richards 9-5 9-1 9-2. A nephew of the great Jansher Khan, Amir now meets Germany's Jens Schoor.

The most dramatic encounter took place between Egyptians Mahmoud Adel and Ahmed El Swaify. Adel, runner-up in the British Junior U19 Open at the beginning of the year and seeded to reach the semi-finals in Islamabad, dropped the first two games against his compatriot, seeded in the 17/32 group. El Swaify had match balls in the next two games, but Adel maintained his composure to survive 6-9 0-9 10-9 10-8 9-2.

Top seed Saurav Ghosal, who is seeded to become the first Indian winner of the event, removed Malaysia's Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 9-2 9-2 9-0 to set up a fourth round clash with Pakistan's Basit Ashfaq.

Behind Pakistan's six players through to the last sixteen come Germany, Egypt and England with two players each, and India, USA, New Zealand and Canada with just a single representative.

3rd round:
[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [17/32] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 9-2, 9-2, 9-0
[9/16] Basit Ashfaq (PAK) bt Tamim El Waliby (EGY) 9-7, 9-6, 9-6
[17/32] Jens Schoor (GER) bt Benjamin Fischer (SUI) 9-0, 9-4, 9-3
Amir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [5/8] Tom Richards (ENG) 9-5, 9-1, 9-2
[5/8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Aqib Hanif (PAK) 10-8, 9-0, 9-3
[9/16] James Wright (ENG) bt Jamie Macaulay (SCO) 9-1, 9-0, 9-0
[9/16] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt [17/32] Sebastian Weenink (NED) 9-0, 10-9, 9-5
[3/4] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Abdul Khalid Mazayin (KUW) 9-0, 9-0, 8-10, 9-2
[3/4] Mahmoud Adel (EGY) bt [17/32] Ahmed El Swaify (EGY) 6-9, 0-9, 10-9, 10-8, 9-2
[9/16] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [17/32] Kristen Johnson (SCO) 9-5, 9-7, 9-5
[9/16] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [17/32] Lewys Hurst (WAL) 9-0, 9-2, 9-3
[5/8] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [17/32] Ali B Al-Ramzi (KUW) 9-2, 9-2, 9-4
[5/8] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [17/32] Vikas Jangra (IND) 9-1, 9-4, 9-3
Shah Nawaz (PAK) bt Sulaiman Al Khamees (KUW) 9-4, 9-4, 9-5
[9/16] Robin Clarke (CAN) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 9-7, 9-3, 9-5
[2] Khalid Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Joel Hinds (ENG) 9-6, 9-7, 9-0

Tue 17th August, First & Second Rounds:

2nd round:

[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Ben Reece (AUS) 9-3, 9-2, 9-1
[17/32] Mohd Adnan (MAS) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 10-8, 9-5, 5-9, 9-5
Tamim El Waliby (EGY) bt [17/32] Michael Auer (CAN) 9-3, 9-5, 9-2
[9/16] Basit Ashfaq (PAK) bt Salem F Mohammed (KUW) 9-7, 9-1, 9-0
Benjamin Fischer (SUI) bt [9/16] Andrew Budd (AUS) 2-9, 6-9, 9-1, 9-5, 9-5
[17/32] Jens Schoor (GER) bt Reece Williams (NZL) 9-7, 9-1, 9-2
Aamir Khan (PAK) bt [17/32] Dick Lau (HKG) 9-2, 9-4, 10-9
[5/8] Tom Richards (ENG) bt Rob Wilkins (WAL) 9-2, 9-3, 9-1
[5/8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Casper Coetzee (ZIM) 9-2, 9-1, 9-2
Aqib Hanif (PAK) bt [17/32] Steven Robinson (AUS) 9-4, 9-4, 9-2
Jamie Macaulay (SCO) bt Montafa Khalifa (EGY) 6-9, 9-1, 6-9, 9-0, 9-3
[9/16] James Wright (ENG) bt Vivian Rhamanan (SIN) 9-1, 9-1, 9-3
[9/16] Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 9-4, 9-3, 9-3
[17/32] Sebastian Weenink (NED) bt Matthias Maierhofer (GER) 9-7, 9-7, 9-0
Abdullah Kh Al-Mezayin (KUW) bt [17/32] Muhammad Azfar Azan (MAS) 9-3, 10-9, 9-10, 9-4
[3/4] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Nicolas Muller (SUI) 9-1, 9-1, 9-2
[3/4] Mahmoud Adel (EGY) bt Marc Te Witt (NED) 9-1, 9-6, 9-6
[17/32] Ahmed El Swaify (EGY) bt Bilal Zaman (PAK) 10-8, 9-5, 5-9, 9-7
[17/32] Kristen Johnson (SCO) bt Edmundo Garcia (MEX) 9-0, 9-7, 9-1
[9/16] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 9-6, 6-9, 9-6, 9-4
[9/16] Simon Rosner (GER) bt A Parthiban (IND) 9-2, 9-2, 9-5
[17/32] Lewys Hurst (WAL) bt Christopher Hall (ENG) 10-8, 10-9, 9-2
[17/32] Ali B Al-Ramzi (KUW) bt Whaiora Moeke (NZL) 9-2, 9-1, 9-1
[5/8] Yasir Butt (PAK) bt Raymond Chui (HKG) 9-1, 9-6, 9-2
[5/8] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Garnett Booth (USA) 9-3, 9-0, 9-6
[17/32] Vikas Jangra (IND) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 9-6, 9-5, 4-9, 1-9, 9-6
Sulaiman A Al-Khamees (KUW) bt Bastiaan Meulenbelt (NED) 9-2, 9-7, 9-6
Shah Nawaz (PAK) bt [9/16] Mohamed Anwar (EGY) 9-6, 5-9, 9-1, 9-1
[9/16] Robin Clarke (CAN) bt Anson Kwong (HKG) 9-5, 9-3, 9-6
Peter Creed (WAL) bt Graham Melvin (SCO) 4-9, 9-7, 6-9, 9-3, 9-7
Joel Hinds (ENG) bt Jesus Pena (MEX) 9-3, 9-4, 9-5
[2] Khalid Atlas Khan (PAK) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 9-5, 9-2, 9-4

1st round:
Ben Reece (AUS) bt Tom Pashley (ENG) 9-1, 9-7, 9-2
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Greg McArthur (SCO) 9-5, 9-0, 9-1
[17/32] Mohd Adnan (MAS) bt Mohammad Jafari (IRI) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
Tamim El Waliby (EGY) bt Ho Fai Chui (HKG) 9-6, 9-3, 9-3
Salem F Mohammed (KUW) bt Amar Shah (KEN) 9-2, 9-1, 9-3
Benjamin Fischer (SUI) bt Mark Assaraf (ZIM) 9-0, 9-2, 9-0
Reece Williams (NZL) bt Brian Healy (IRL) 9-2, 9-1, 9-7
[17/32] Jens Schoor (GER) bt Martijn Kock (NED) 9-2, 9-7, 1-9, 9-0
[17/32] Dick Lau (HKG) bt Joseph Raho (USA) 9-3, 9-2, 9-3
Aamir Khan (PAK) bt Omar Abu Zid (EGY) 9-7, 5-9, 9-6, 9-2
Rob Wilkins (WAL) bt Randy Wynn (MAS) 9-6, 9-3, 9-6
Casper Coetzee (ZIM) bt Masud Ekhlas (IRI) 9-3, 9-5, 9-0
Aqib Hanif (PAK) bt Chris McEldowney (NZL) w/o
[17/32] Steven Robinson (AUS) bt Fearghal Field (IRL) 9-1, 9-1, 9-0
Jamie Macaulay (SCO) bt [17/32] Arturo Salazar (MEX) w/o
Vivian Rhamanan (SIN) bt Ben Hardwidge (WAL) 9-2, 9-5, 9-6
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Nathan Turnbull (AUS) 3-9, 9-7, 7-9, 9-1, 9-0
Matthias Maierhofer (GER) bt Michael Bill (NZL) 7-9, 9-1, 10-8, 9-6
[17/32] Sebastian Weenink (NED) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND) 9-1, 9-10, 9-3, 9-3
[17/32] Muhammad Azfar Azan (MAS) bt Leo Au (HKG) 8-10, 9-3, 4-9, 9-2, 9-1
Nicolas Muller (SUI) bt Ashok Shah (KEN) w/o
Marc Te Witt (NED) bt Suleyman Saleem (USA) 9-1, 9-1, 9-1
Bilal Zaman (PAK) bt Elyinn Chung (MAS) 9-6, 9-2, 9-1
[17/32] Ahmed El Swaify (EGY) bt Harinder Sandhu (IND) 9-4, 9-2, 9-2
[17/32] Kristen Johnson (SCO) bt Daniel Sibley (CAN) 9-0, 9-1, 7-9, 9-0
Edmundo Garcia (MEX) bt Samuel Olwill (IRL) 9-0, 9-2, 9-7
Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt Cyrill Ortuer (SUI) 9-3, 9-4, 9-2
A Parthiban (IND) bt Ronak Shah (KEN) 9-1, 9-0, 9-0
Christopher Hall (ENG) bt Bassem Makram (EGY) 10-8, 9-5, 5-9, 9-5
[17/32] Lewys Hurst (WAL) bt Keith Pritchard (CAN) 9-6, 10-9, 9-3
[17/32] Ali B Al-Ramzi (KUW) bt Babak Shahabi (IRI) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
Whaiora Moeke (NZL) bt Erick Tepos (MEX) 9-0, 9-7, 5-9, 4-9, 9-7
Raymond Chui (HKG) bt Deepesh Patel (ZIM) 9-1, 9-0, 9-0
Garnett Booth (USA) bt Pascal Tagaz (GER) 9-5, 9-5, 9-4
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt Joshua Them (NZL) 9-6, 9-7, 9-3
[17/32] Vikas Jangra (IND) bt Chirag Shah (KEN) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
Sulaiman A Al-Khamees (KUW) bt [17/32] Kevin Brechbuhl (SUI) 9-5, 6-9, 3-9, 9-6, 9-0
Bastiaan Meulenbelt (NED) bt Mohd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 9-4, 9-5, 5-9, 9-7
Shah Nawaz (PAK) bt Lyall Paterson (SCO) 9-0, 9-5, 9-0
Anson Kwong (HKG) bt Kamran Khan (MAS) 9-5, 9-2, 9-2
Graham Melvin (SCO) bt Mohammad Jahri (IRI) 9-2, 9-0, 9-0
Joel Hinds (ENG) bt [17/32] Craig Heath (ZIM) 9-0, 9-2, 9-1
Jesus Pena (MEX) bt Niall Caheny (IRL) 9-4, 9-0, 9-2
Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt Poojan Dodhia (KEN) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
 

 

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2002 Event, Chennai

WORLD JUNIOR HISTORY

Team Champions:
Australia:  80, 84, 86, 88, 92
Egypt:      94
England:   90, 96, 98, 00
Pakistan:   82, 02

Individual Champions:
80:  Peter Nance (Aus)
82:  Sohail Qaiser (Pak)
84:  Chris Robertson (Aus)
86:  Jansher Khan (Pak)
88:  Del Harris (Eng)
90:  Simon Parke (Eng)
92:  Juha Raumolin (Fin)
94:  Ahmed Barada (Egy)
96:  Ahmed Faizy (Egy)
98:  Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
00:  Karim Darwish (Egy)
02:  James Willstrop (Eng)
04:  Ramy Ashour (Egy)

Full History (pdf)