ATCO Junior Open 2010 25-29 June, Cairo    

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TODAY at the ATCO Junior Open
Sun 28th, Day THREE:

Day Three - the end in sight

Day three and we're down to the semi-finals already, where did those two days go ???

To be honest, after a 10am start and with six batches of four matches still to go on at 9pm, it all became a bit of a blur by the end of yesterday ...

Still, today should be fairly simple - playoff matches from 10am, then at 5pm all hell breaks loose as the semi-finals of each of the ten events all take place in the space of two hours (in theory!).

WISPA Reports     Juniors Roundup

Photo Galleries

including Day three

B15:    Fadi Tharwat (Egy) bt Fares Dasouky (Egy)                     11/7, 7/11, 8/11, 11/9, 11/8
           Seif Abo El Enein (Egy) bt Shehab Essam (Egy)                     12/10,12/10, 9/11, 11/8

B17:   Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Ahmed Atef (Egy)             12/10, 7/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/4
          Islam Adel (Egy) bt Mazen Hisham (Egy)                                   11/3, 6/11, 11/4, 11/6

WISPA:  [1] Engy Kheirallah (Egy) bt [7] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)           11/5, 11/6, 11/4 (20m)
              Nour El Sherbini (Egy) bt [4] Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy)          12/10, 11/6, 11/6 (45m)

B19:  Amr Khaled (Egy) bt [1] Yven Youri (Mas)                                         12/10, 11/8, 11/8
         [2] Karim Sawy (Egy) bt Ali Farag (Egy)                            8/11, 7/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7

G15:   Layla Omar (Egy) bt [1] Salma Hatem (Egy)                 8/11, 14/12, 9/11, 12/10, 11/8
          [2] Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt Salma Hany (Egy)                             7/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/7
G17:   Nada El Kalawi (Egy) bt Ankita Sharma (Ind)                                 11/5, 11/1, 14/12
          Sherouk Ehab (Egy) bt Rowan Khedr (Egy)                                     11/9, 11/4, 11/4

G19:  [1] Catalina Pelaez (Col) bt amindhi Dilochani (Sri)                        11/6, 13/11, 11/4
          Amanda Sobhy (Usa) bt Lee Ka Man (Hkg)                                      11/9, 11/8, 11/1

B23:  [1] Abdullah Al Mezayan (Kuw) bt Karim El Dabaa (Egy)           11/5, 11/7, 7/11, 11/7
         [2] Andrew Wagih (Egy) bt Ahmed El Swaify (Egy)                  8/11, 11/2, 11/9, 14/12

G13:  Mariam Metwalli (Egy) bt [1] Radwa Adel (Egy)
         Salma Al Dafrawy (Egy) bt Nouran Magdhi (Egy)
 B13: Mohamed Ayman bt Said Eldin Ehab
         Ziad Roshdy bt Karim Tarek

Finals start at 10.00 Monday, all on the showcourt. WISPA final at 18.30 with minister of sport in attendance

Start at 10.00 in this order:  G13, B13, G15, B15, G17, B17, G19, B19, B23, WISPA

WISPA Semi-Finals:
Engy's experience tells,
Sherbini too sharp

With three teenagers in the WISPA semi-finals, there was only one chance for experience to tell, and top seed Engy Kheirallah duly took it as she ended the run of America's Amanda Sobhy.

With the match broadcast live on Nile TV, the Egyptian took early control and never relinquished it as Sobhy suffered from a few too many errors on the very hot centre court.

The second match featured two of Egypt's brightest up and coming stars, 15-year-old Kanzy El Defrawy Nour El Sherbini, just 13.

Both had been impressive in their earlier rounds, but Sherbini's defeat of top Egyptian junior Heba El Torky was especially impressive, and the three-time BJO champion continued to be so in this match.

Both strike the ball well, but Sherbini's movement is sharper, and her range of shots greater, and she's taller, too. After closing out a tight first game on extra points - although she was never behind - Sherbini held the upper hand throughout the next two games, and although the rallies were always competitive she always looked the likely winner.

Both are 9/16 seeds in the forthcoming world juniors in Chennai (Sobhy is 17/32), but on this week's evidence we could quite easily see a 13-year-old world finalist ...

Juniors Roundup

With four of five matches taking place at once, and with the four glassback courts heaving with people, it was very difficult to get a handle on what was going on tonight - just keeping up with the results was difficult enough, so a quick summary is all you're going to get, sorry!

While the WISPA matches were on, the Boys U15 and U17 warmed up the glassbacks. I'm not a fan of having all the matches from one age group on at the same time, I'm sure the players would like to be able to watch their peers and prospective opponents play, but there you go.

Two very tough matches in the U15, both all-Egyptian, with Fadi Tharwat coming from 2/1 down and Seif Enein taking the first two on extra points before winning in four. The U17 was no easier - both WISPA matches had finished before any of the first of the boys' matches - with Marwan El Shorbagy coming through in five and Islam Adel in four. They've played a lot, Marwan tells me, and it's always close.

One thing I've noticed this week is how many players seem to be sliding into their shots. All the court floors are new, and although no-one seems to be slipping in normal play, sometimes it's like watching clay-court tennis. Marwan seems to have mastered the art particularly well, sliding into the back or front corners, playing a low hard boast and somehow extricating himself, still balanced and ready for the next shot. I must give it a try ...

I was expecting the Girls U13s next, thinking that all tonight's matches were at the stadium, but apparently not, the youngest age group was still taking place at the Zohour Club. It wasn't until close of play that we found out who'd won, but by then I already knew one finalist - Mariam Metwalli - as she'd come to tell me that she was playing on the showcourt at 10.00 tomorrow, would I be there to take photos. Yes, Mariam, I'll be there!

The girls U15 matches seemed to take forever - I'd go back and forth from the office, check other matches, process the results, do it all again, and still they were going. Eventually Layla Omar and Yethreb Adel made it through - I hope they've got enough energy left for tomorrow.

The Girls U17 passed me by unfortunately, but we'll see Nada El Kalami and Sherouk Ehab tomorrow, and I only caught glimpses of the U19, where top seed Catalina Pelaez and Amanda ("it's my birthday tomorrow") Sobhy came through in straight games.

Two mammoth matches in the Boys U19 (when I said in the preview "20 matches in two hours, that was based on a 30m per match schedule, yeah, right) resulted in another all-Egyptian final. Amr Khaled (we know him from the BJO as Amr Khaled Khalifa) took out top seed Iven Youri 14/12 in the fourth. Meanwhile Karim Samy (we know him as Karim Abdel Gawad, who is different from Karim AGA Samy, don't ask) came from two down in about two hours.

Finally in the Boys U23 I missed top seed Abdullah El Mezayan completely as his match was rescheduled onto the showcourt without me noticing (only the two WISPA matches were scheduled for the showcourt), and apparently it was a fantastic match as he beat Karim El Dabaa (who 'our' Karim told me was also a Samy) in four games.

The final match of the night saw another BJO regular Andrew Wagih take on Ahmed El Swaify. They went at it hammer and tongs for a long, long time, it was hard to see how either could win a point the way the other one was retrieving.  Eventually Wagih got himself to 2-1 and 10-8, then seemed to put little effort into the next two points - maybe he wanted to reward the enthusiastic crowd with a fifth after all ...

A couple of chances to win the game passed for each of them, and on the final point El Swaify stood stock still after playing his final boast, allowing Wagih to put in an unopposed drop to take the match. A strangely anticlimactic ending to a match full of effort and skill, but Ahmed, clutching his leg, probably decided he'd already done himself enough damage.

So, on to the finals, all in one venue, all on one court ... I can't wait ...

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