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AL-AHLY OPEN 2019                                2018 Edition 

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Farida Walid Khalil 3-1 Rokaya Selim   11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (39m)

Seifeldin Dahshan
3-0 Ali Rahma   11-4, 11-5, 11-5

A Boys final that if you look at the score, seems a bit onesided between Seifeldin Dahshan and Ali Rahma. But it was a hard battle, with Ali fighting with every point, and even down 2/0, came back flying from the blocks, 5/0.

He couldn't keep the pressure on, though, and Seifeldin managed to score the next 11 points...

The girls' match was longer, 39m, and was intense too, the score does tell the story on that one! Farida Walid Khalil went up 2/0 against lefthander Rokaya Selim, who managed to grab the second one, 11/8.

She came also very very close to take the fourth, nothing between them the whole way 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, 8/8, andddd 9/9, only bowing 11/9....


Amina Orfi 3-0 Malak Aly 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (40m)

Mohamed Hassan Zacharia
3-1 Yosef Salim 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10 (47m)

A good and solid match from the BJO Champ Amina Orfi against Malak Aly, who started really well today, leading 6/4 and 9/7 in the opening game. A big push from the favourite, who takes the next 4 points.

Good and balanced second game, but Amina a couple points ahead to rush for the finishing line, 11/5. The third sees Malak coming back very strongly, lead 5/3, 8/7. But again, like in the first game, it's Amina that grabs the decisive points, 4 points in a row, 11/8.

Now, for the boys, it would be hard to get a closer score to be honest! Mohamed Hassan Zacharia was up in the 1st, 10/7, only to see Yosef Salim back with a vengeance, but managing to grab a crucial opener, 12/10.

The next three games were of the same caliber, nothing between them the whole match, and a toss of a coin in the 4th, 12/10 Zacharia...

Fairouz Abou-ElKheir 3-2 Haya Ahmed 11-13, 12-10, 2-11, 11-6, 11-7 (45m)

Sohail ElShenawy
3-1 Abdalla Amr Hafiz 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 -54m)

What a match between the two U15 girls today. It had it all, suspense and intensity, not to mention superb squash from both.

First game was incredibly tense, with both girls getting a chance to close it, but it's Haya Ahmed that takes the first one, 13/11, only to lose the next one again fiesty and close, 12/10!

When she takes the third 11/2, looks like the writing is on the wall, and that's it's all over. But that's the moment Fayrouz Abou-Elkheir choses to play her best game, finding perfect length and stunning accurate drop shots/volley drop shots, to which Haya coudln't get a response to today.

As for our U15 Boys, very long match - the longest of the tournament so far - with Sohail Elshenawy losing the first game, to take the next three. Sohail was down in the 4th, 4/7, 5/9, only to claw back to prevent  Abdalla Amr Hafiz to force a decider, closing down the fourth 11/9, scoring the last 6 points of the match.


Sana Mahmoud 3-0 Salma Amr   11-3, 12-10, 11-9 (30m)

Ibrahim Mohamed
3-2 Ahmed Hussein 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3

If Salma Amr was a bit slow off the blocks today, my she made up for it in the last two games, which could have gone either way. She had a chance to take the second one, that would have been a different kettle of fish, 1/1 instead of 2/0, but I feel that the confidence and experience that comes from Sana Mahmoud's racquet probably made the difference today.

Now, the boys... This was the best match for the tournament in my book. Those two played a very mature squash, never falling in the "let's find the nick quick" trick. They were as patient as two Pontefract players - that is the best compliment I can ever make. They were fair, they were fast, accurate and as mature as their young age would permit.

Ahmed Hussein is one year younger than Ibrahim Mohamed I'm told, and I think that's maybe the difference today, as the physic side of the game played a big part today. And if Ibrahim seemed to have the match in hand in the 4th, 7/4, the injury break (bleeding knee for Ahmed who kept diving all over the place bless him) gave the younger player the breathing time he needed to recover and frustrate his opponent that thought he had match won. But in the 5th, there was no contest, and it's the taller player that takes the title, 11/3.

A last word, I was extremely impressed by the fairness of both players today, and in particular to Ahmed, who right at the end of the match, went for another dive, got the ball, but still called it double. We were a few who believed he actually got it. Hat to you, little Ahmed.

Sana Mahmoud 3-0 Nour Elmakarim   11-8, 12-10, 11-4 (44m)

Mostafa Asal
3-0 Hazim El-Soud   11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (28m)

Incredible performances from Sana Mahmoud who managed to win both U17 and U19 competition - like Mostafa Asal did last year in this same tournament - without dropping a game.

Funnily enough, Nour Elmakarim was the one looking very tired at the start of the match, but she found a much better intensity in the second,  but didn't manage to clinch that crucial game. Led 2/0, she didn't have the answers to contain a superbly dominant Sanna today.

Mostafa Asal, well, did the job. Hazim never stopped trying but was not physically able to put his opponent under enough pressure consistently to really take him out of his comfort game, and it's the World Junior Champ that takes the title again this year.

Yathreb Adel 3-0 Nada Hafez    11-6, 11-4, 11-4

Karim Abdelgawad
3-0 Karim Fathi   11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (37m)


Farida Walid Khalil 3-0 Tia Shehata    11-2, 11-7, 11-5
Rokaya Selim 3-2 Aysel Ahmed  2-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-14, 15-13
Seifeldin Dahshan 3-2 Marwan Assal   7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4
Ali Rahma 3-0 Malik Khalil                12-10, 14-12, 11-7

If Farida Walid Khalil had not too many troubles with Tia Shehata who had a big match yesterday, Rokaya Selim had to work very hard to finally clinch the match 15/13 after losing the 4th 14/12!Little Aysel Ahmed was heart broken of course but she can be very proud of her tournament.

For the boys, Seifeldin Dashan won 3/2 against young Marwan Assal, he was down 2/0 but managed to claw back and took the 5th 11/4. While if Ali Rahma won 3/0, it was not a simple task, 12/10 14/12, with a lot of interaction from the crowd, supporters, ref... Typical intense Egyptian local event!!

Amina Orfi 3-0 Hanna Al-Ashry      11-2, 11-2, 11-8
Malak Aly 3-0 Zeina Ayoub           11-6, 17-15, 11-8
Yosef Salim 3-2 Hamdy Morsi        11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5
Mohamed Hassan Zacharia 3-0 Omar Assal      11-8, 11-4, 11-7

Amina Orfi, BJO Champion of her category, didn't take any prisoners today and quickly got to the final ousting Hanna Al-Ashry 3/0, while Malak Aly tood a bit more time and a second very hard fought game, 17/15, to overtake opponent Zeina Ayoub.

Two contrasting semis for the boys though. Mhd Hassan Zacharia did the job nicely in three against Omar Assal 3/0, but what a match for Yosef Salim against Hamdy Morsi! I kept asking the scoresheet, and was systematically told 'they are still on court!!"...

Hamdy clinched the third 12/10 to lead 2/1, but Yosef managed to claw back to 2/2. He took a comfortable lead in the 5th, 9/3 and was able to contain a come back from his opponent, that looked fresher at the end of the match! But it's finally Yosef 11/5.

To be noted a great reaction from Hamdy's mum, who went on court to console her son, congratulating him for a superb battle. More of that please, and less of shouting at the kid who just lost...

Fairouz Abou-ElKheir 3-2 Malak ElSayed   11-5, 11-2, 5-11, 9-11, 11-9
Haya Ahmed 3-0 Hanna Ismail   11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Abdalla Amr Hafiz 3-2 Omar Azzam   4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-5,11-6
Sohail ElShenawy 3-1 Yosef Asheeba 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7

Missed Fairouz/Malak match completely, HOW??? A five setter for crying out loud, and I won't have a single photo.. All my apologies to both girls I really love watching playing... A simpler affair for the other one, Haya Ahmed 3/0 to Hanna Ismail and who plays Fairouz tomorrow in the final.

For the boys, two hard matches, Sohail Elshenawy getting the better out of Yosef Asheeba in a superb battle in 4 games, with both players leaving everything on the court, and another hard one between Abdalla Amr Hafiz and Omar Azzam.

Omar lead 2/1 but after that, could only keep up in the rallies up to 5/5 in the 4th, and 6/6 in the 5th... But another good battle on there, to the delight of the supporters of both camps...

Sana Mahmoud 3-0 Kanzy Saber       11-3, 11-8, 11-8
Salma Amr 3-2 Lina Sherif      9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 13-11

Ibrahim Mohamed 3-0 Mohamed Abdelmoneim    11-8, 11-6, 11-5
Ahmed Hussein 3-1 Yosef El-Sherif           11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5

Again, very contrasting semis, this time for the girls, with Sana Mahmoud going quickly to the final in 3 against Kanzy Saber, while Salma Amr had the match for her life today!

Lina Sherif dominated the first two games, 11/9, 11/6, only to see Salma stringing game after game but in an amazing fashion, clinching the last three 11/9, 11/9 and 13/11! "Never in doubt"....

For the boys, Ibrahim Mohamed goes through 3/0 against Mohamed Abdelmoneim, while Ahmed Hussein took 1 more game to get to the final against Yosef El-Sherif, 3/1.

Sanna Mohamed 3-0 Hagar Khalil                11-6, 11-4, 11-6
Nour Elmakarim 3-1 Amina Alrehany   11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5

Mostafa Asal 3-1 Yehia El-Nosany                 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
Hazim El-soud 3-2 Ziad Mohamed                 5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7

Nour Elmakarim was the favourite against Amina Alrehany but it was a close match, closer I feel that the score tells. Intense rallies and good squash all around.

Sanna Mohamed  closed the night - the last match on, sorry I had gone to sort out the photos that just won't upload from the club - and had a quick win in 3 against Haga Khalil.

Two long matches for the boys it has to be said, with Hazim El-Soud finally getting the better out of Ziad Mohamed in 5. Then the most awaited Raging Bull Mostafa Asal, who believe it or not, has now started training - himself dixit - and looking trimmed - against Yehia El-Nosany, didn't disapoint. Yehia took a very disputed first game, and although it was a bit simpler for the World Junior Champ in the next three, the crowd enjoyed it till the end...

Yathreb Adel
3-1 Farida Mohamed          11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8
Nada Hafez 3-0 Reem Elsayed               11-7, 411-7, 11-6

Karim Abdelgawad 3-0 Karim Dessouki     11-6, 14-12, 11-4
Karim Fathi 3-0 Ahmed Ibrahim               11-7, 11-8, 11-3




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