Egypt clobbers England in finals to claim World Junior Squash Championship title after a faultless tournament
In a perfect end to a near perfect tournament, Egypt handed England a 2-0 defeat to be crowned champions at the World Junior Squash Championship in Chennai on Sunday, the 29th of July. This epic win comes after a disappointing second-place finish in the previous edition of the World Junior Squash Championship in Poland 2016, where they lost the title to Pakistan.
The Egyptians have dominated this tournament to such an extent that they haven’t lost even a single game. Their worst performance was when in the individuals’ finals, where an Egyptian lost out to another Egyptian. In their path to glory, they have left every other team clueless and bewildered, and something similar happened in the finals against England.
The first match was between top seed and individual runner-up Marwan Tarek and Nicolas Wall. Wall made it clear at the very beginning that he was going to fight hard for the trophy by giving it his all. Tarek had no other choice than to bring his best game to the table, and so he did. In a thrilling 45 minutes, he defeated Wall 12-10, 11-6 and 11-7.
The next match, where Omar El Torkey clashed with English Sam Todd, was a little easier for Egypt. Todd just couldn’t match the pace of his Egyptian counterpart and lost out 13-11, 11-4 and 11-4.
The final match of the World Junior Squash Championship was another face-off between Nicolas Wall and Marwan Tarek, and presented the perfect opportunity for Wall to bounce back from his earlier loss. And in the first game, it certainly looked like Wall had set his mind to winning. He saved a spectacular 3 game points when the score was 10-7, but finally lost out to Tarek in the match point.
As soon as Tarek won the last point, the Egyptian dugout burst into celebrations, throwing it’s head coach Ahmed Mohammed Motany into the air. Marwan Tarek too was overjoyed to have won it for his country, “I’ve never won this one. It is such a great achievement. We wanted to do this.” he said. “Country is much, much bigger than your name. Winning it for Egypt, for the people back home and for the Egypt Squash Federation.”
Head coach Motany, who was delighted by their no-loss record, attributed their consecutive wins to the team’s meticulous planning, “We have been focused throughout. We have been planning for this for two years. We have fulfilled our dream now”
World Junior Squash Championship Finals results
|Marwan Tarek-Nicolas Wall||12-10, 11-6, 11-7|
|Omar El Torkey-Sam Todd||13-11, 11-4, 11-4|