Egyptians Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby are set to retain their titles in the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships next month in India according to the draws revealed today by the WSF.
It was after ousting the top seed in last year’s semi-finals that Tarek went on to claim the 2017 men’s title in New Zealand. The 18-year-old from Cairo also won the 2018 British Junior U19 Open title early this year.
But Tarek, ranked 280 in the world, will have a tough job on his hands if he meets second seed Mostafa Asal, as predicted, in the final. His 17-year-old compatriot, also from Cairo, has made great strides on the PSA World Tour this year, winning three titles as a qualifier in May after clinching the British Junior U17 Open title in January. This month he leapt more than 100 places in the senior world rankings to reach No.75.
Araby, still only 17, has already claimed five PSA titles and is expected to make the world junior final this year for the third time in a row. Her success in the 2017 final came against top seed Hania El Hammamy, the compatriot whom she is again predicted to meet in the 2018 climax.
All Egyptian semi-finals are predicted in both events – and an Araby success would take Egyptian ownership of the women’s title into an eighth successive year.