Namibians Record Wins At WJS

Namibia’s Le-Hugo van Rooyen pulled off an impressive first win against Botswana’s Tebogo Thalologo in the World Junior Squash Championships underway in the capital.

He dismissed his opponent with 11-1 11-4 11-4 in just 14 minutes, and joined countryman Gerhardus Lottering, who also claimed victory over Ali Algallaf of Egypt.

The other Namibians who played on Wednesday were Alyssa Cummings, who succumbed to Botswana’s Makgosi Peloakgosi by 11-3 11-2 11-3, and Elsje van der Merwe, who lost by 11-2 11-3 11-2 to Sweden’s Linnea Wallsten.

Namibia’s Daniela Scriba was also shown the door by Kayley Leonard of the United States of America (USA) in straights sets (11-2 11-2 11-2), with Lida-Marie Calitz losing to Casey Sheyeong Wong of the USA (11-2 11-2 11-1).

Namibia’s Kyle Christopher, one of the youngest players in the team, showed a bit of resistance in the first set, but could not contain Nils Lindgren of Sweden, bowing out 11-7 11-1 11-2. A statement issued by the championship’s organisers on Wednesday said top seeds Diego Elias of Peru (men’s competition) and Egypt’s Nour-el-Sherbini (women’s competition) reached the semi-finals of the World Junior Squash Championships in emphatic style.

The semi-finals are yesterday, with the finals set for today.

“I am quite happy I made it to the semi-finals of the competition, and the fact that I have improved with each game has given me more confidence to face the next opponent,” Sherbini was quoted as saying.

She defeated England’s Lily Tylor by 11-2 11-3 11-3 in what seemed an easy victory, which only lasted 18 minutes. Sherbini is now expected to meet either Salma Hany or Habiba Mohamed, both also from Egypt, in the semi-finals as they were due to clash later yesterday. In the men’s category, Elias showed his supremacy, beating Egypt’s Mohamed El Gawarhy in straight sets by 11-6 11-4 11-6.

“I’m happy with my progress so far. I know it’s going to get tougher, but I am in good shape and hope to make it to the final,” Elias was quoted as saying in the statement. He added that it does not matter who he faces in the semi-finals, he expects g opposition as the matches are all getting tougher.

Elias is expected to meet the winner between India’s Kush Kumar, another hot favourite to progress to the final, or England’s George Parker. They were expected to do battle later in the day.

The championships officially started on Sunday, and will end on 22 August.


Source : The Namibian