Egypt on track for Double Gold at World Junior Squash Championships
Nouran Gohar, Image Credit: WSF
In the 2016 version of World Junior Squash Championships, Egypt are set to strike double gold for the fourth time since 2011 when the 2016 WSF World Junior Squash Championships take place in Bielsko-Biała in Poland from 7-11 August.
In an announcement today about the Individual draws by the World Squash Federation, 18-year-olds from Cairo, Saadeldin Abouaish in men’s competition, and Nouran Gohar in women’s competition are strong favorites for title clashes.
While Abouaish will win this for the first time, Gohar is set to defend her title win from the last edition. Abouaish, currently ranked 188 in the world and a semi-finalist in the 2015 championship, will appear for the third time in this event. He is expected to meet Eain Yow Ng of Malaysia in the final, who’s ranked 39 places higher to him in the world. Ng was also a semi-finalist in 2015 – and his next appearance was in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa wherein he won the gold medal.
On the other hand, Gohar, current world no. 5, the highest-ranked player ever seeded to win a world junior title is bidding for a place in the final for the third year in a row – where she will face compatriot Egyptian Habiba Mohamed for the third time! Mohamed is only 17 years old – but she claimed the title for the first time aged just 15 in Namibia in 2014 version of the event.
The championships for individual will precede the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship, in Poland for the second time since 2013 and will be held at the nine-court Enjoy Squash.