Flashback 2015 : Diego again as Egyptian girls dominate

Originally scheduled to be held in Egypt, the 2015 edition of the WSF World Juniors was moved to the Netherlands, and was staged at the SquashTime Club in Eindhoven.

The Men’s event produced a repeat winner as Peru’s Diego Elias retained the title he won the previous year in Namibia, going through the event without dropping a game.

There was plenty of Egyptian interest in the Men’s event as Youssef Soliman beat Saadeldin Abouaish in an all-Egyptian semi while Diego beat Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng who would go on to claim the title next year.

The Egyptians completely dominated the Women’s event with two all-Egyptian semi-finals. Nouran Gohar came from a game down to deny Mariam Metwally, and defending champion Habiba Mohamed came from 6-10 down in the fifth to beat Salma Hany, setting up a repeat of the 2014 final.

There wasn’t to be a double retention – there never has been – as Gohar got the better of a long, tense final, reversing the result of the previous year.

With all four individual medalists to call on, Egypt looked nailed on for the team title, and so it proved although Team USA, competing in their third final in a row, made the favourites work hard before claiming their fifth title in a row.

WSF World Juniors 2015 : FINALS

WSF World Juniors 2015, FINALS

[2] Nouran Gohar (Egy) 3-1 [1] Habiba Mohamed (Egy)  11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 17-15 (71m)

[1] Diego Elias (Per) 3-0 Youssef Soliman (Egy)                            11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (51m)

Team Final: [1] Egypt 2-0 [2] USA
Habiba Mohamed 3-1 Sabrina Sobhy                                      11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-1 (34m)
Salma Hany 3-1 Kayley Leonard                                            11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)

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