ATCO Junior Open 2010 25-29 June, Cairo    

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TODAY at the ATCO Junior Open
Friday 26th, Day ONE:

Three venues, 10 events, 290 competitors, pretty good for a first outing, and as a recipe for bedlam it works well too.

The action gets under way at 10am and, as ever, we'll cover what snippets we can until we get down to the closing stages.

Latest Draws
& Results

end of play quick results

Extras #1 - just over there

The New Complex

It sounds a strange name for a venue, but when you get there you understand. Out towards the airport, it really is a brand new sports facility in a largely developed area. It's owned and run by the Army, and has four courts down at the bottom in what is essentially an outdoor arena.

Looking up from the courts (it's 100 or so steps to get down there), you see the sky surrounded in a large circular opening, and with the sun beating down and the temperature in excess of 40 degrees, you get some tremendous shadows on the glass back walls (even with the lens jammed up against the glass - my excuse for no decent photos!).

The Girls U15, U17, U19 and Boys U23 all started there today, and all will continue at the Stadium for the rest of the matches. Still it was good to see it, and tomorrow we'll visit the Zohour Club ...

In terms of the squash, no problems for U23 top seeds Abdullah Al Mezayen and Andrew Wagih, both safely through to the quarters in straight games. Abdullah, the Kuwaiti top seed, meets Egypt's Wael Farag while Wagih faces Rahsool Hahsem, winner of an all-Iraqi first round (and you don't get to say that very often!).

The longest match at the venue was - typically - the last, as Karim El Dabaa came through 3-1 against top Saudi Mohamed Al Saif. He now meets Malaysia's Kamran Khan for a place in the semis, while the remaining spot will be decided between two Egyptians, Ahmed El Swaify and Ahmed Ossama.

At the Stadium

Meanwhile it was a hectic day at the main venue, Cairo Stadium, with the five courts in pretty much constant use.

Too many matches to report on, but two familiar faces as Abdel Rahman Al Turki  the soon-to-be fourteen year old son of the PSA President playing in his first proper tournament, went down in straight games to American David McLauchlin, while our very own Marwan El Shorbagy had better luck, easing through his U17 opener against Jordanian Hamed Hassouna.

Two little v large confrontations and an optical illusion ...

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