English Duo In World Championship Breakthroughs


England’s Lily Taylor and Georgina Kennedy (pictured above playing in the 2012 British Junior Champs) claimed unexpected places in the quarter-finals of the Women’s WSF World Junior Squash Championship in Namibia after impressive upsets in the third round of the World Squash Federation event in its third day at the Wanderers Sports Club in the country’s capital Windhoek.

After a straightforward straight games win over local hope Nhadia Maria Gustavo in the morning, 9/12 seed Taylor went on to fight back from two games down to overcome leading French junior Marie Stephan, a 5/8 seed, 5-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 in 53 minutes.

The 17-year-old from Leicester will now take on top seed Nour El Sherbini in the quarter-finals.

Egypt’s defending champion El Sherbini began her campaign to win a record fourth title in fine style – first despatching England’s Amelia Henley 11-4, 11-5, 11-2, then seeing off South Africa’s 13/16 seed Kacey-Leigh Dodd 11-4, 11-2, 11-1.

A month after losing to Nele Gilis in the final of the Pioneer Cup in Germany, Georgina Kennedy earned her revenge in the third round in Windhoek in fine style, upsetting the European Junior Champion from Belgium 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 in 42 minutes to reach the last eight.

Kennedy, a 17-year-old from Bexley in Kent, will now face 3/4 seed Mariam Metwally for a place in the last four. Metwally, one of five Egyptians to make the quarter-finals, defeated USA’s Reeham Sedky 11-3, 11-5, 11-8.

Top seed Diego Elias maintained his untroubled run in the men’s event by beating Malaysia’s 13/16 seed Mohd Syafiq Kamal 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 to reach the quarter-finals.

The 17-year-old from Peru, bidding to become his country’s first ever world squash champion, will now take on Mohamed Elgawarhy, a 5/8 seed from Egypt.

Egypt’s Youssef Soliman became the lowest seed to make the last eight after stopping fellow countryman Youssef Aboul-Makarim - the unseeded 18-year-old who ousted defending champion Karim El Hammamy in the previous round – 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 in 62 minutes.

Soliman, the reigning British Junior U17 Open champion, will meet Pakistan’s 9/12 seed Syed Ali Bokharifor a place in the semi-finals.

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RESULTS: WSF World Junior Squash Championships, Windhoek, Namibia

Men’s 4th round:
[1] Diego Elias (PER) bt [13/16] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (28m)
[5/8] Mohamed Elgawarhy (EGY) bt [9/12] Israr Ahmed (PAK) 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 (28m)
[5/8] George Parker (ENG) bt Saadeldin Ehab Abouaish (EGY) 11-5, 11-1, 11-6 (36m)
[3/4] Kush Kumar (IND) bt Darren Chan (MAS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (27m)
[3/4] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt [13/16] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (36m)
[9/12] Omar Elatmas (EGY) bt Kristian Rautiainen (FIN) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (37m)
[9/12] Syed Ali Mujtaba Shah Bokhari (PAK) bt Laurence Kuhn (RSA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (31m)
[13/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Youssef Aboul-Makarim (EGY) 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (62m)

Women’s 2nd round:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Amelia Henley (ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (24m)
[13/16] Kacey-Leigh Dodd (RSA) bt Andrea Lee (MAS) w/o
[9/12] Lily Taylor (ENG) bt Nhadia Maria Gustavo (NAM) 11-0, 11-2, 11-1 (12m)
[5/8] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt Saskia Beinhard (GER) 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (18m)
[5/8] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (EGY) bt Lynette Vai (PNG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (18m)
[9/12] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Sivasangari Subramanian (MAS) w/o
Alison Thomson (ENG) bt [13/16] Laura Tovar (COL) 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 (33m)
[3/4] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt Linnea Gronlund Bengsson (SWE) 11-2, 11-1, 11-2 (13m)
[3/4] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Sara Vallejo (COL) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (12m)
[13/16] Reeham Sedky (USA) bt Zoe Foo (MAS) w/o
[9/12] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt Nadia Pfister (SUI) 11-5, 11-4, 12-10 (23m)
[5/8] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Carley Kate Barton (ZIM) 11-0, 11-0, 11-0 (15m)
[5/8] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Madlen Shea O’Connor (CAN) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (16m)
[9/12] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Nele Hatschek (GER) 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (22m)
[13/16] Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) bt Jessica Davis (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (27m)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Oludamnilola Oluwafemi (NGR) 11-0, 11-3, 11-0 (14m)
3rd round:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [13/16] Kacey-Leigh Dodd (RSA) 11-4, 11-2, 11-1 (21m)
[9/12] Lily Taylor (ENG) bt [5/8] Marie Stephan (FRA) 5-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (53m)
[5/8] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (EGY) bt [9/12] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 11-0, 11-7, 11-2 (18m)
[3/4] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt Alison Thomson (ENG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (30m)
[3/4] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [13/16] Reeham Sedky (USA) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (37m)
[9/12] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt [5/8] Nele Gilis (BEL) 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (42m)
[5/8] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [9/12] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 4-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (32m)
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [13/16] Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) 11-2, 11-7, 11-0

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