This year’s World Junior Individual Squash Championships titles will be shared by Peru and Egypt according to the men’s and women’s draws published today by the World Squash Federation – with Lima-based Diego Elias and Alexandria-born Habiba Mohamed expected to retain the titles they won for the first time last year in Namibia.
The WSF World Junior Championships 2015, comprising men’s and women’s under 19 age individual events followed by the biennial junior women’s team event, will be staged at the 15-court Squashtime Centre in Eindhoven in the Netherlands – the individual championships from 26-30 July, followed by the Women’s Team Championship from 31 July to 4 August.
Elias made history in 2014 by becoming the sport’s first world champion from Peru. The 18-year-old has gone on to pick up three titles on the PSA World Tour and now boasts a career-high world ranking of 46.
The Peruvian is expected to meet Egypt’s All-Africa Junior champion Amr Arafa in the semi-finals before a final clash withTayyab Aslam, the No.2 seed from Lahore who is bidding to become the event’s first winner from Pakistan since the legendary Jansher Khan in 1986.
The draw for the women’s championship predicts an all-Egyptian semi-final line-up for the third year in a row – with 16-year-old world No.18 Habiba Mohamed expected to face Cairo-based compatriot Nouran Gohar, the 17-year-old second seed, in a repeat of the 2014 final.
Both Mariam Metwally, a 3/4 seed from Egypt, and Sabrina Sobhy, a 5/8 seed from the USA, are celebrating fifth successive appearances in the championship. Metwally, an 18-year-old from Alexandria, has made at least the quarter-finals in all her previous outings and was runner-up in Poland in 2013 – while New Yorker Sobhy, sister of 2010 champion Amanda Sobhy, will hoping to make the quarter-finals for the third time in a row.
The 2015 World Individual Championships will bring together more than 170 players from 34 nations.