37m for Egypt to qualify for the Semis against England

BEST OF EGYPTIAN PHOTOS

SEMIS: [1] Egypt 3-0 [4] England

Jana Shiha 3-0 Alice Green 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (17m)
Hania El Hammamy 3-0 Elise Lazarus  11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (20m)
Farida Mohamed 2-0 Evie Coxon 11-7, 11-5 (14m)

Egypt wheezes through to their 9th Final in a row

It took only 37m to the Egyptian girls Jana Shiha and Hania El Hammamy to qualify Egypt for the World Junior Final today. But England girls showed how dangerous they could be if given a chance.

Never take your opponent for granted could have been the Prep Talk as if either Jana or Shiha gave the English girls a snif, they would kill the ball very nicely.

A close game for Jana in the opener, up to 7/6, but after that, the Egyptian finding some superbly accurate and powerful drives, 11/7. Good reaction from Alice Green in the third when 2/0, where she managed to take a good start. But Jana far too confident, closing it down in 17m, 11/4.

“I think physically and mentally we’re all a bit tired and feeling a sore. I love to go home now but the team is important for the country and we’ll do everything we can to finish strongly,” said Jana.

Hania was also ruthless and never allowed her opponent to settle in the game. A good two points at the begining of the second for the English, but quickly stopped in her track by the World Junior Champ, no prisoners were taken 2, 5, 5 in 20m.

El Hammamy commented: “I think I performed well today and I’m happy with my performance. I think the final against Malaysia will be toughest match, especially from a mental perspective. I think this is because I’m the only one in this team who played in the last team event two years ago. So hopefully the rest of the team can be prepared mentally. We’re all pushing each other because we really hope to win tomorrow.”

Farida closed the deal, a good close first game up to mid game, then 11/7 and a good second, 5, in 14m.

And so, it a 9th final, hoping it to be their 7th title in a row…

QUARTERS: [1] Egypt 3-0 Australia

Hania El Hammamy 3 – 0 Alex Haydon 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Jana Shiha 3 – 0 Sze Yu Lee 11-5, 11-6, 11-6
Farida Mohamed 2 – 0 Remashree Muniandy 11-8, 11-3

 

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