The WSF World Junior Championship starts tomorrow!

The annual World Squash Federation individual event (men & women) will take place at Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre in the city of Tauranga from 19-24 July - followed by the Women's World Junior Team Championship from 25-29 July.

Teenagers from 26 nations will take part in the 2017 edition of the championships which were first staged in 1980 - with five champions going on to reach No.1 in the men's PSA World Rankings  (James Willstrop, Ramy Ashour, Mohamed El Shorbagy, Karim Darwish, Jansher Khan), and seven going first in the women's list (Nour ElSherbini, Nicol David, Raneem El Welily, Lisa Opie, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Cassie Campion, Rachel Grinham).

 

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The egyptians for a double

The Egyptians are expected to win both individual titles, which will represent a seventh successive women’s title and a reclaim for the men’s trophy after three years in Peruvian or Malaysian hands.

Youssef Ibrahim and Hania El Hammamy are top seeds in the men’s and women’s events, respectively – and both reached the semi-finals of the 2016 championships in Poland.

16-year-old Hania El Hammamy is top seed in the women's event - in a draw which suggests that she and three fellow Egyptians will dominate the semi-final line-up! It’s been 6 years in a row that the Egyptian women meet each other in the final.

El Hammamy, the PSA World Number 35th, will try to imitate her brother, winner in 2013 Wroclaw event, and succeed to Nouran Gohar, two times champion. She is expected to meet her fellow countrywoman Zeina Mickawy for an all-egyptian final. From Alexandria, the 18-year-old was runner-up to El Hammamy in the British Junior Open final in January.

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Ibrahim, an 18-year-old left-hander from Cairo, is ranked 121 in PSA Tour, and is expected to face second seed Mohammad Al Sarraj in the final. The Jordanian is poised to make history next week in New Zealand by becoming the first of his country to win a world squash title. The 18-year-old from the Jordan capital Amman is the No.2 seed - but the highest-ranked player - in the WSF Men's World Junior Squash Championship. Currently boasting a career-high world No.89 ranking, Al Sarraj will be appearing in the championship for the fourth year in a row, after making the last 16 both in 2015 and 2016.

A few surprises are possible

The Frenchman Victor Crouin, seeded No. 3, PSA No. 143, European Junior Champion 2017 and winner of his first PSA Tour tournament in May 2017, will try to break through the final and be the first French winner of this championship. The Egyptian Marwan Tarek, PSA No186, could face his countryman Ibrahim in semifinal.

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 The Women's World Junior Team Championship, held every two years, will be staged from July 25th to July 29th with  Egypt as the favorite squad defending their 2015 title. The participating nations are Australia, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and USA.

Watch the matches on live.

 


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