World Junior Championships Highlight Global Reach Of Squash

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aj0The growing reach of Squash around the world has never been more emphatically demonstrated than by the seeding for next month’s WSF World Junior Squash Championships in Poland.

The top eight seeds for the men’s event hail from seven different nations and four separate continents – with players from Jordan and Qatar seeded in the elite group for the first time in the U19 event’s 33-year history, and 16-year-old 5/8 seed Diego Elias becoming the event’s first ever representative from Peru.

More than 150 players from a record 37 nations will compete in the 2013 Men’s & Women’s World Junior Individual Championships and the Women’s World Junior Team Championship at the new 15-court Hasta La Vista Club in Wroclaw from 16-27 July – the event’s first staging in Poland.

The three titles are expected to remain in Egyptian hands, however. Fares Mohamed Dessouki is the men’s favourite, whilst a historic first is predicted of the top women’s seed Nour El Sherbini.

The 17-year-old from Alexandria – who became the sport’s youngest ever world champion in 2009 by winning the title aged just 13 – is now set to outdo greats like world number ones Nicol David and Ramy Ashour by claiming the title for an unprecedented third time!

Egypt is also seeded to win the biennial world junior team title for the fourth time in a row – in a further first for successive titles.

“This breadth of challengers for our world titles really is very global,” said World Squash Federation President N Ramachandran. “It clearly demonstrates how many countries have worked hard on their junior programmes. I am delighted to see this. The result is that these World Juniors promise to be more exciting than ever.”

Women’s individual championship 1st round draw:

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bye
Julia Chudzicka (POL) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
Laura Casallas (COL) bye
[17/32] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) bye
[17/32] Grace McErvale (AUS) bye
Sachika Ingale (IND) v Hayley Hughes (NZL)
Oceane Wadoux (FRA) v Winifer Bonilla (GUA)
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
[9/16] Ho Ka Po (HKG) bye
Reeham Sedky (USA) v Nadja Pfister (SUI)
Karolina Holinkova (CZE) bye
[17/32] Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND) bye
[17/32] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) bye
Bianca Brown (RSA) bye
Laura Gamblin (FRA) v Momoka Nakahira (JPN)
[5/8] Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY) bye
[5/8] Victoria Temple Murray (ENG) bye
Sophie Mehta (CAN) v Aleksandra Surdziel (POL)
Barbora Krejcova (CZE) bye
[17/32] Celine Yeap (MAS) bye
[17/32] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) bye
Teh Min Jie (MAS) bye
Adya Advani (IND) v Katie Tutrone (USA)
[9/16] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) bye
[9/16] Nada Elkalaawy (ENG) bye
Dileas MacGowan (CAN) v Abbie Palmer (NZL)
Jadeleen Lee (MAS) bye
[17/32] Marie Stephan (FRA) bye
[17/32] Colette Sultana (MLT) bye
Maria Paula Tovar (COL) bye
Klaudia Borek (POL) v Natalie Newton (AUS)
[3/4] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bye
[3/4] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bye
Nicole Stoneham (AUS) v Dominika Kejikova (CZE)
Chloe Chemtob (USA) bye
[17/32] Pansy Chan (HKG) bye
[17/32] Lily Taylor (ENG) bye
Natalia Londono (COL) bye
Julie Rossignol (FRA) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[9/16] Lakshya Ragavendran (IND) bye
[9/16] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bye
Tanvi Khanna (IND) v Ayaka Shiraishi (JPN)
Makgooi Peloakgosi (RSA) bye
[17/32] Anna Kimberley (ENG) bye
[17/32] Eleanor Epke (NZL) bye
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
Alison Richmond (CAN) v Lea van der Zwalmen (FRA)
[5/8] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
[5/8] Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bye
Kacey-Leigh Dodd (RSA) v Iga Cierpial (POL)
Alyssa Mehta (CAN) bye
[17/32] Kristyna Alexova (CZE) bye
[17/32] Maria Elena Ubina (USA) bye
Laura Tovar Perez (COL) bye
Choi Uen Shan (HKG) v Elise Romba (FRA)
[9/16] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bye
[9/16] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bye
Urwashi Joshi (IND) v Kayley Leonard (USA)
Natalia Ryfa (POL) v Rebecca Barnett (NZL)
[17/32] Emilia Soini (FIN) bye
[17/32] Megan Page (RSA) bye
Cindy Merlo (SUI) bye
Satomi Watanabe (JPN) v Georgina Kennedy (ENG)
[2] Nouran Ahmed Gohar (EGY) bye


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