Egyptian Women Show Their Class

The women’s individual competition at the World Junior Squash Championships took centre stage on Tuesday as the top seeds all produced comfortable victories.

The women’s top seed, Nour El Sherbini of Egypt, who is bidding to win the title for an unprecedented fourth time, beat Amelia Henley of England in straight sets, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2.

El Sherbini took a while to get into her stride, making some unforced errors at the start, but once she found her range there was no stopping the powerful Egyptian.

Henley put up a spirited performance, chasing down everything, but she could not match El Sherbini’s power and precision, as the Egyptian completed a comfortable straight sets victory.

El Sherbini said she was happy with her performance.

“She (Henley) played well, she was running everywhere and getting to every ball, but I just tried to be comfortable on the court. The court is amazing, I’m happy with my performance and hopefully the next rounds will be better,” she said.

El Sherbini set a world record when she became the youngest ever winner of the Junior U19 title as a 13-year-old in 2009 and since then she has won the title two more times. She said it took a while for her achievement to sink in.

“Actually at that moment I didn’t feel anything, I just won a match and didn’t really care that I won the World Junior U19 title. But after that I thought, wow – it was an amazing feeling to break records at such a young age. That was like a starting point in my life and from then on my career took off and it just changed everything,” she said.

El Sherbini said she was enjoying her stay in Namibia.

“I like Namibia very much. The weather in the morning is perfect although it’s quite cold at night, but it’s very nice and looks amazing. We went on a safari, it was amazing and we liked it very much,” she said.

El Sherbini’s team mate and second seed Nour Gouhar had an even easier victory as she beat Oludamnilola Oluwafemi of Nigeria 11-0, 11-3, 11-0.

Gouhar was in a different class and quickly wrapped up the victory to proceed to the third round.

“It was quite easy, but I never played a Nigerian girl before so I didn’t know what to expect, but I think I played well and it was a good match. From here, I’ll take it match by match, but my target is to win the tournament,” Gouhar said.

Gouhar has never played El Sherbini in a competitive match before, but said she expected a tough match if they meet in the final.

“I have never played Nour before in nationals in Egypt or in any international tournament but she is a very tough player and she has already won a lot of titles so she is a very good player. I think if I reach the final and play against her it will be a very tough match for me,” she said.

It is Gouhar’s second visit to Namibia, after she won the African Junior Championships last year, and she said she enjoyed being back.

“I like Namibia very much – it’s a really beautiful country, the weather is nice and the people are very friendly.”

The top five women’s seeds all come from Egypt and they all recorded comfortable victories.

The third seeded Salma Ibrahim beat Linnea Gronlund-Bengsson of Sweden 11-2, 11-1, 11-2 the fourth seeded Mariam Metwally beat Sara Vallejo of Columbia 11-2, 11-2, 11-3, and the fifth seed Habiba Mohammed beat Lynette Vai of Papua New Guinea 11-4, 11-3, 11-4.

Namibia’s female competitors meanwhile all lost their first round matches on Monday.

Lida Marie Calitz lost 11-1, 11-0, 11-3 against Lynette Vai of Papua New Guinea Elsje van der Merwe lost 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 against Nadia Pfister of Germany Daniela Scriba lost 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 against Nele Hatschek of Germany Alyssa Cummings lost 11-7, 15-13, 9-11, 11-2 against Oludamnilola Oluwafemi of Nigeria and Nhadia Gustavo lost 11-0, 11-2, 11-1 against Lily Taylor of England.

Tuesday’s results are attached.

WJSC Aug 12 Results (71.05 KB)

Source : The Namibian