Flashback 2007: Raneem and Camille in HK

SH18037In 2007 the World Juniors was held in Hong Kong, and although the team event would be disrupted by the weather at the end of the event, the Individual event went pretty much with seedings all the way to the final where the top two seeds, who had both progressed without dropping a game, met.

Egypt’s Raneem El Welily had beaten top seed Joshna Chinappa in the previous final in Herentals in 2005, but was the favourite here, and she fulfilled those expectations as she beat France’s Camille Serme in a repeat of their British Junior Open final earlier in the year.

The score was 9/2, 9/4, 5/9, 9/3 – the last time the Girls would play traditional scoring – as Raneem became the second woman – after Nicol David – to become World Junior Champion twice.

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Where are they now ?

Of course, Raneem is world number one and the 2016 World Champion,
and Camille is world number three (highest of#2) with two World Series titles to her name.

Camille and Raneem at the 2018 Dubai World Series Finals

You might recognise a few more names from the current top echelon in this draw …

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