Semi-Finals : What they Said

Reaction from the winners and losers of the semi-finals …

Mostafa Asal :

I’m happy with my performance and I hope to finish it tomorrow.

This is my last world juniors so I hope to make it and be proud of myself.

I know Moustafa had a tough battle today so i hope to focus on myself and take my chances against him.

Hania :

It was a tough match. Farida is a hard hitting player so I had to dig in to manage well because there was a lot of interference.

I’m glad managed to win today to get through to the final.

Tomorrow, it is my last world juniors final and I will be really angry if i don’t win it so I’ll do my best to try and win.

Jana :

I was so many matchballs down but I managed to find a way to save them and somehow win the fourth game.

It gave me a bit more confidence for the fifth game which was tense and I had to stay as calm as I could.

It feels really amazing to be in the final. Furthermore this is like a double revenge for me, having beaten Marina in the quarter-finals and now Aifa.

Hopefully I can go on to win tomorrow. It is a pleasure to play in an all-Egyptian final and I’ll definitely do my best.

Aifa :

I’m really disappointed because I’ve never lost to Jana before. I thought I could win the fourth because I was this close having gotten to matchball first.

It was really nerve-wrecking as there was a lot of pressure on me and everyone was expecting me to win.

I did well to get back to 7-all in the fifth but Jana was just too good on the day. Still, I’m proud of myself to reach the semi-finals having come back from injury earlier this year.

This is just the beginning as there is still the team event. I’ll come back stronger for that and I’ll make sure to make the final next year to win it.

Mostafa Elsirty :

It was such a hard game today, not only because Omar is higher ranked but also because he is one of my closest friend.

But I’m so happy to have gotten through to my first final. Its really a dream come true. I remembered when I was 9 and I knew I wanted to make the final one day too.

Last year I only made the semi-finals of the world juniors and I was learning how to be one step better. I still have one more year of world juniors so to reach the final now is really good for me.

Lewis :

Its been an amazing experience for me here, getting to the semi-finals.

Unfortunately Mostafa is a very good player, very strong and I just didn’t have enough in the tank after the three big wins.

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