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World Junior Team Championship 2022

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World Junior Team Championship 2022, Squash Club “Le Rêve” & TSB Jarville, Nancy, France

World Junior Team Championship 2022
Men's Draw
17 - 21 Aug
Nancy, France

Results: 2022 WSF Men's World Junior Team Championship, pool stage

Final:
[2] ENGLAND bt [1] EGYPT 2/1
Finnlay Withington bt Karim El Torkey 8-11, 5-11, 14-12, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)
Jonah Bryant lost to Salman Khalil 3-11, 11-5, 12-14, 6-11 (60m)
Sam Osborne-Wylde bt Mohamed Zakaria 11-3, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 (60m)

3rd place:
[3] PAKISTAN & [4] MALAYSIA (no match played)

Semi-finals:
[1] EGYPT bt [3] PAKISTAN 2/1
Karim El Torkey bt Hamza Khan 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (33m)
Mohamed Nasser lost to Noor Zaman 3-11, 11-7, 3-11, 6-11 (40m)
Mohamed Zakaria bt Muhammad Ashab Irfan 11-6, 7-11, 13-11, 11-8 (58m)
[2] ENGLAND bt [4] MALAYSIA 2/1
Finnlay Withington bt Joachim Chuah 11-8, 11-1, 11-9
Sam Osborne-Wylde lost to Ameeshenraj Chandaran 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 4-11
Jonah Bryant bt Harith Danial 11-3, 11-3, 11-3

5th - 8th place play-offs:
[6] INDIA v [7/9] USA
[5] FRANCE v [10/12] NETHERLANDS

9th - 12th place play-offs:
[7/9] CANADA v [13/15] AUSTRALIA
[10/12] COLOMBIA v [7/9] IRELAND

13th - 16th place play-offs:
[13/15] NEW ZEALAND v [13/15] HONG KONG
[10/12] REPUBLIC OF KOREA v [19/21] SPAIN

17th - 20th place play-offs:
[19/21] SWITZERLAND v [16/18] SOUTH AFRICA
[19/21] SCOTLAND v [16/18] GERMANY

21st - 24th place play-offs:
[16/18] UKRAINE v [22/23] KUWAIT
[22/23] GUYANA bye

Quarter-finals:
[1] EGYPT bt [7/9] USA 2/0
Karim El Torkey bt Avi Agarwal 8-11, 11-9, 7-4 ret. (20m)
Mohamed Zakaria bt Tad Carney 11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
Salman Khalil v Rehan Luthra
[3] PAKISTAN bt [6] INDIA 2/0
Hamza Khan bt Arnaav Sareen 11-6, 12-10, 1-11, 6-11, 11-5 (47m)
Noor Zaman bt Krishna Mishra 14-12, 11-8, 11-4 (32m)
Muhammad Ashab Irfan v Paarth Ambani
[4] MALAYSIA bt [5] FRANCE 2/0
Joachim Chuah bt Brice Nicolas 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4 (77m)
Ameeshenraj Chandaran bt Laszlo Godde 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (34m)
Harith Danial v Melvil Scianimanico
[2] ENGLAND bt [10/12] NETHERLANDS 2/0
Finnlay Withington bt Sam Gerrits 11-3, 11-2, 11-9 (15m)
Sam Osborne-Wylde bt Knut Hogervorst 11-3, 12-10, 11-3 (40m)
Jonah Bryant v Hjalmer Mols

13th - 20th place play-offs:
[13/15] NEW ZEALAND bt [19/21] SWITZERLAND 2/1
Joe Smythe lost to David Bernet 11-8, 12-14, 1-11, 3-11
Mason Smales bt Nero Harms 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Paul Moran bt Lasse Widmer 10-12, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-3
[13/15] HONG KONG bt [16/18] SOUTH AFRICA 2/1
Law Arthur Pak Ki lost to Damian Groenewald 5-11, 5-11, 4-11
Jat Tse bt Brett McLachlan 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Akifumi Murakami bt Seth Flisberg 11-6, 14-12, 11-7
[19/21] SPAIN bt [16/18] GERMANY 2/1
Hugo Lafuente Jaen bt Youssef Elgammal 11-6, 11-4, 11-2
Christian Canelon bt Dennis Welte 11-8, 11-1, 11-4
Pablo Antolin Gallego lost to Fabian Igelbrink 6-11, 11-7, 8-11
[10/12] REPUBLIC OF KOREA bt [19/21] SCOTLAND 2/0
Joo Young Na bt Kyle Penman 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (85m)
Seojin Oh bt Rory Richmond 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (65m)
Tae Kyung Jung v Finlay Scott

Last sixteen round:
[1] EGYPT bye
[7/9] USA bt [7/9] CANADA 2/1
Avi Agarwal lost to Jacob Lin 11-6, 7-11, 12-14, 5-11
Tad Carney bt Mohamed Kamal 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9
Rehan Luthra bt Joseph Toth 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5
[6] INDIA bt [13/15] AUSTRALIA 2/0
Arnaav Sareen bt Oscar Curtis 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
Krishna Mishra bt Luke Eyles 11-7, 11-3, 6-2 ret.
Paarth Ambani v Gregory Chan
[3] PAKISTAN bye
[4] MALAYSIA bye
[5] FRANCE bt [10/12] COLOMBIA 2/1
Brice Nicolas lost to Juan Jose Torres 6-11, 9-11, 8-11
Laszlo Godde bt José Santamaria 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8
Melvil Scianimanico bt Juan Irisarri 11-5, 11-9, 12-10
[10/12] NETHERLANDS bt [7/9] IRELAND 2/1
Rowan Damming bt Denis Gilevskiy 12-10, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6
Sam Gerrits lost to Dylan Moran 7-11, 9-11, 11-13
Knut Hogervorst bt Sean Murphy 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-14, 11-1
[2] ENGLAND bye

13th - 22nd place play-offs:
[13/15] NEW ZEALAND bye
[19/21] SWITZERLAND bt [16/18] UKRAINE 2/1
David Bernet bt Dima Scherbakov 11-9, 11-2, 11-9
Nero Harms lost to Timofey Radionov 6-11, 5-11, 5-11
Lasse Widmer bt Volodymyr Anisimov 11-5, 11-2, 11-5
[16/18] SOUTH AFRICA bt [22/23] KUWAIT 2/0
Damian Groenewald bt Abdul Rahman Mohamad Al Maghrabi 11-4, 11-1, 11-5
Brett McLachlan bt Ali Alnejadah 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
Seth Flisberg v Khaled Alfaresi
[13/15] HONG KONG bye
[16/18] GERMANY bye
[19/21] SPAIN bye
[19/21] SCOTLAND bt [22/23] GUYANA 3/0
Kyle Penman bt Shomari Wiltshire 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7
Rory Richmond bt Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11-7, 2-11, 11-9, 11-7
Finlay Scott bt Michael Alphonso 11-9, 11-3
[10/12] REPUBLIC OF KOREA bye

Qualifying rounds - Pool A:
[1] EGYPT bt [13/15] NEW ZEALAND 3/0
Karim El Torkey bt Joe Smythe 11-3, 11-4, 11-5
Mohamed Nasser bt Mason Smales 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
Salman Khalil bt Paul Moran 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
[1] EGYPT bt [10/12] COLOMBIA 3/0
Karim El Torkey bt José Santamaria 11-5, 11-1, 11-9
Mohamed Nasser bt Juan Irisarri 7-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6
Mohamed Zakaria bt Juan Hernandez 11-3, 11-8, 11-6
[10/12] COLOMBIA bt [13/15] NEW ZEALAND 3/0
Juan Jose Torres bt Joe Smythe 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-6
José Santamaria bt Mason Smales 11-9, 11-4, 11-1
Juan Irisarri bt Apa Fatialofa 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
Final positions: 1 Egypt, 2 Colombia, 3 New Zealand

Pool B:
[2] ENGLAND bt [22/23] KUWAIT 3/0
Sam Osborne-Wylde bt Abdul Rahman Mohamad Al Maghrabi 11-3, 11-9, 11-6
Jonah Bryant bt Saad Mohamed Al Suwaid 11-2, 11-3, 11-6
Franklyn Smith bt Khaled Alfaresi 11-5, 11-6, 11-9
[13/15] AUSTRALIA bt [10/12] REPUBLIC OF KOREA 3/0
Oscar Curtis bt Joo Young Na 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10
Luke Eyles bt Seojin Oh 3-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7
Gregory Chan bt Jeong Uk Ryu 11-6, 11-8, 11-7
[2] ENGLAND bt [10/12] REPUBLIC OF KOREA 3/0
Sam Osborne-Wylde bt Joo Young Na 11-8, 4-11, 11-4, 11-8
Jonah Bryant bt Seojin Oh 12-10, 11-5, 11-3
Franklyn Smith bt Tae Kyung Jung 11-0, 11-0, 11-0
[13/15] AUSTRALIA bt [22/23] KUWAIT 3/0
Oscar Curtis bt Abdul Rahman Mohamad Al Maghrabi 11-2, 11-7, 11-4
Gregory Chan bt Saad Mohamed Al Suwaid 11-7, 11-3, 11-5
Dylan Classen bt Khaled Alfaresi 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7
[2] ENGLAND bt [13/15] AUSTRALIA 3/0
Finnlay Withington bt Oscar Curtis 11-9, 11-6, 11-9
Jonah Bryant bt Luke Eyles 11-5, 16-14, 11-6
Franklyn Smith bt Dylan Classen 12-10, 11-6, 11-9
[10/12] REPUBLIC OF KOREA bt [22/23] KUWAIT 2/1
Joo Young Na bt Abdul Rahman Mohamad Al Maghrabi 11-6, 11-4, 11-3
Seojin Oh bt Saad Mohamed Al Suwaid 11-7, 14-12, 11-1
Tae Kyung Jung lost to Ali Alnejadah 0-11, 0-11, 0-11
Final positions: 1 England, 2 Australia, 3 Republic of Korea, 4 Kuwait

Pool C:
[3] PAKISTAN bt [22/23] GUYANA 3/0
Hamza Khan bt Shomari Wiltshire 11-5, 11-5, 11-5
Noor Zaman bt Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11-2, 11-2, 11-4
Muhammad Ashab Irfan bt Nicholas Verwey 11-1, 11-6, 11-4
[10/12] NETHERLANDS bt [13/15] HONG KONG 2/1
Rowan Damming bt Law Arthur Pak Ki 12-10, 11-2, 11-8
Sam Gerrits lost to Jat Tse 7-11, 6-11, 4-11
Knut Hogervorst bt Tsz Shing Tam 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-5
[13/15] HONG KONG bt [22/23] GUYANA 2/1
Law Arthur Pak Ki lost to Shomari Wiltshire 10-12, 5-11, 6-11
Jat Tse bt Nicholas Verwey 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
Tsz Shing Tam bt Michael Alphonso 3-11, 11-4, 4-11, 12-10, 11-7
[3] PAKISTAN bt [10/12] NETHERLANDS 3/0
Hamza Khan bt Sam Gerrits 11-9, 11-5, 11-6
Noor Zaman bt Knut Hogervorst 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8
Muhammad Ashab Irfan bt Hjalmer Mols 11-3, 11-5, 11-5
[10/12] NETHERLANDS bt [22/23] GUYANA 3/0
Rowan Damming bt Shomari Wiltshire 11-9, 11-9, 11-4
Knut Hogervorst bt Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11-9, 11-9, 12-10
Hjalmer Mols bt Nicholas Verwey 4-11, 11-9, 17-15, 11-6
[3] PAKISTAN bt [13/15] HONG KONG 3/0
Hamza Khan bt Jat Tse 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4
Noor Zaman bt Akifumi Murakami 11-5, 11-6, 11-7
Muhammad Ashab Irfan bt Tsz Shing Tam 11-1, 11-6, 11-2
Final positions: 1 Pakistan, 2 Netherlands, 3 Hong Kong, 4 Guyana

Pool D:
[4] MALAYSIA bt [19/21] SWITZERLAND 3/0
Joachim Chuah bt David Bernet 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9
Ameeshenraj Chandaran bt Nero Harms 11-3, 11-3, 11-1
Andrik Lim bt Lasse Widmer 11-3, 11-6, 11-3
[7/9] CANADA bt [16/18] GERMANY 3/0
Syan Singh bt Florian Stöger 11-7, 11-6, 11-5
Jacob Lin bt Youssef Elgammal 11-5, 11-5, 12-10
Mohamed Kamal bt Fabian Igelbrink 11-7, 11-7, 14-12
[4] MALAYSIA bt [7/9] CANADA 2/1
Joachim Chuah lost to Syan Singh 8-11, 7-11, 13-15
Ameeshenraj Chandaran bt Jacob Lin 11-7, 11-6, 11-2
Andrik Lim bt Joseph Toth 11-6, 11-2, 11-8
[16/18] GERMANY bt [19/21] SWITZERLAND 2/1
Youssef Elgammal lost to David Bernet 6-11, 7-11, 10-12
Dennis Welte bt Nero Harms 9-11, 11-6, 3-11, 11-4, 11-3
Fabian Igelbrink bt Lasse Widmer 11-8, 12-10, 11-2
[7/9] CANADA bt [19/21] SWITZERLAND 3/0
Syan Singh bt David Bernet 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 13-11
Jacob Lin bt Nero Harms 11-4, 11-4, 11-2
Mohamed Kamal bt Lasse Widmer 11-2, 11-4, 11-3
[4] MALAYSIA bt [16/18] GERMANY 3/0
Ameeshenraj Chandaran bt Youssef Elgammal 11-1, 11-0, 11-3
Andrik Lim bt Dennis Welte 11-3, 11-6, 11-3
Harith Danial bt Fabian Igelbrink 11-6, 11-2, 11-4
Final positions: 1 Malaysia, 2 Canada, 3 Germany, 4 Switzerland

Pool E:
[5] FRANCE bt [19/21] SPAIN 2/1
Brice Nicolas bt Hugo Lafuente Jaen 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8
Laszlo Godde bt Mario Pedrosa 11-4, 11-6, 11-8
Antonin Romieu lost to Christian Canelon 4-11, 5-11, 9-11
[7/9] USA bt [16/18] UKRAINE 2/1
Avi Agarwal lost to Dima Scherbakov 10-12, 9-11, 11-2, 11-0, 10-12
Tad Carney bt Timofey Radionov 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
Rehan Luthra bt Volodymyr Anisimov 11-2, 11-4, 11-2
[19/21] SPAIN bt [16/18] UKRAINE 2/1
Hugo Lafuente Jaen bt Dima Scherbakov 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 0-11, 11-9
Christian Canelon lost to Timofey Radionov 19-21, 11-7, 9-11, 11-13
Pablo Antolin Gallego bt Maksym Tokar 11-3, 11-5, 11-3
[5] FRANCE bt [7/9] USA 3/0
Brice Nicolas bt Avi Agarwal 11-8, 4-11, 11-3, 11-4
Laszlo Godde bt Tad Carney 4-11, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9
Melvil Scianimanico bt Zane Patel 3-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7
[5] FRANCE bt [16/18] UKRAINE 3/0
Brice Nicolas bt Timofey Radionov 11-3, 11-4, 11-3
Melvil Scianimanico bt Volodymyr Anisimov 11-0, 11-4, 11-0
Antonin Romieu bt Maksym Tokar 11-3, 11-0, 11-4
[7/9] USA bt [19/21] SPAIN 2/1
Tad Carney lost to Hugo Lafuente Jaen 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 4-11
Rehan Luthra bt Mario Pedrosa 11-7, 11-4, 11-3
Zane Patel bt Christian Canelon 11-5, 11-6, 11-4
Final positions: 1 France, 2 USA, 3 Spain, 4 Ukraine

Pool F:
[6] INDIA bt [19/21] SCOTLAND 3/0
Arnaav Sareen bt Kyle Penman 11-3, 11-7, 11-6
Krishna Mishra bt Rory Richmond 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5
Paarth Ambani bt Oliver Hunter 11-2, 11-4, 11-5
[7/9] IRELAND bt [16/18] SOUTH AFRICA 3/0
Denis Gilevskiy bt Damian Groenewald 11-3, 9-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-5
Dylan Moran bt Seth Flisberg 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6
Sean Murphy bt Luke Jacoby 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-5
[6] INDIA bt [7/9] IRELAND 2/1
Arnaav Sareen bt Denis Gilevskiy 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 11-2
Krishna Mishra lost to Dylan Moran 11-8, 9-11, 10-12, 11-13
Paarth Ambani bt Jack O'Flynn 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9
[16/18] SOUTH AFRICA bt [19/21] SCOTLAND 2/1
Damian Groenewald bt Kyle Penman 11-5, 11-7, 11-5
Brett McLachlan lost to Rory Richmond 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 8-11
Seth Flisberg bt Finlay Scott 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8
[6] INDIA bt [16/18] SOUTH AFRICA 3/0
Arnaav Sareen bt Brett McLachlan 11-6, 11-3, 11-8
Krishna Mishra bt Seth Flisberg 11-6, 11-5, 3-11, 11-3
Paarth Ambani bt Luke Jacoby 11-4, 11-4, 11-4
[7/9] IRELAND bt [19/21] SCOTLAND 2/1
Denis Gilevskiy bt Kyle Penman 11-4, 11-8, 11-5
Sean Murphy lost to Rory Richmond 14-12, 3-11, 11-9, 5-11, 4-11
Jack O'Flynn bt Oliver Hunter 11-3, 11-3, 11-7
Final positions: 1 India, 2 Ireland, 3 South Africa, 4 Scotland
 

REPORTS

England end 22 years of hurt to win WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship


Victorious England

England ended a 22-year-wait for a WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship title as they downed top seeds and defending champions Egypt 2-1 in an enthralling final in Nancy, France.

England’s situation looked bleak when their No.1 Finnlay Withington fell 2-0 and match ball down to Karim El Torkey in the first match.

The attack-minded 18-year-old, who won a silver medal in the individuals championship, responded brilliantly, though.

After saving a match ball at 10-9 and another at 12-11, Withington brought his brilliant creative talents to the fore and silenced the Egyptian support with a 14-12 win.

The Englishman carried this momentum forward through to the fourth game, which he took 11-3, before giving England a crucial one match advantage with an 11-6 win in the fifth game.

The expected Egypt counter attack came in the second match, with Salman Khalil, an unexpected addition to the team in the place of Mohammed Nasser, better adapting to a warming court to beat Jonah Bryant 3-1 to level the tie.




With the tie at 1-1, the weight of expectations fell on the shoulders of England’s Sam Osborne-Wylde and Egypt’s Mohamed Zakaria, who at just 14 years of age made history as the youngest player on record to appear in the Men’s Team Championship final.

Osborne-Wylde made the perfect start to the decisive match, dominating the opening game against the error-prone Zakaria in an 11-3 win.

When the Englishman took the second game 11-6, England fans could be forgiven for daring to dream that 22 years of hurt, that included a defeat to Egypt in the 2018 final, were coming to an end.

Zakaria, however, threatened to spoil the party when he pulled one game back with a 11-4 win in the third game, with his attacking instincts being rewarded as Osborne-Wylde struggled to find his line and length.

In a frenetic final game, the two players traded the lead. Zakaria appeared to be dragging Egypt to parity when he edged into a 7-5 lead, only for a brilliant winner from Osborne-Wylde to check his momentum.

This proved to be the decisive moment of the match and tie, with the reenergised Osborne-Wylde then putting together a run of four more points to have three championship balls at 10-7.

While Zakaria was able to save the first, he could do nothing about a perfect backhand into the nick from the Englishman, who took the match 11-8 to cap a memorable final and tournament for England, with the ecstatic 18-year-old sprinting around the court as he was mobbed by his teammates and coaches.



Afterwards, Osborne-Wylde said: “I literally can’t put it into words what it meant to win and the way it went down. Finn saving those match balls, Jonah fighting for everything, and the way it ended. You couldn’t ask for anything better! Just looking at the names on the trophy, and we’re going to have our names on it. I can’t believe it.

“We’re all such good mates, I couldn’t ask for better people to win it with.

“Big shout out to [England coaches] Josh [Taylor] and Adam [Fuller], they’ve been huge this week. I couldn’t ask for better coaches.

“Josh just told me to enjoy it and just to enjoy the moment, to take the pressure off yourself and it really worked in the first two games. I absolutely bottled the third but then came out in the fourth and managed to pull it back. I’ve never felt like that in my life!”

About saving the match balls in the first match, Withington said:“ I just thought to keep fighting and pushing. I knew that in his head he thought he’d won the match but thankfully I could put him down in five.”

Bryant added: “We’ve known each other for the best part of eight years. We’re all best mates and it’s special to do it together.”

Earlier in the day, the final round of ties to decide places took place, with India securing their highest finish since 2012 as they came from behind to beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the fifth place playoff. Despite the defeat, the sixth place for the Netherlands represents their highest ever finish, with the country also enjoying success in the men’s individuals championship, which was won by Dutchman Rowan Damming.
 
Egypt and England to contest WSF Men's World Junior Team Championship final


Team Egypt

Defending champions Egypt came through a nail-biting contest with No.3 seeds Pakistan as they reached their ninth consecutive WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship final, where they will play No.2 seeds England who recorded a 2-1 win over Malaysia.


Egypt Celebrate

Pakistan were the last team to deny Egypt the trophy when they ended a run of three consecutive Egyptian titles in the 2016 final, but started slowly today as Egypt No.1 Kareem El Torkey took the opening game against Pakistan No.1 Hamza Khan 11-8.

Khan appeared to have rallied in the second game as he took a 5-1 lead, only for El Torkey to hit back to take the game 11-8, before the Egyptian gave his country a 1-0 lead with an 11-5 win in the third.

Pakistan responded brilliantly in the second match through 18-year-old Noor Zaman.

Zaman, who was seeded No.2 in the individuals competition but suffered a round of 16 exit, played some of his best squash of the tournament in a physical match against Mohammed Nasser.
The powerful Pakistani dominated the first game, which he won 11-3, with Nasser then striking back with an 11-7 win in game two.

Zaman, however, looked untroubled and played attacking shots with brilliant accuracy to take the third game 11-3 and then level the tie with an 11-6 win in game four.

In the decisive final game it came down to 14-year-old Mohamed Zakaria of Egypt, who captured headlines with an unexpected run to the semi-finals of the individuals, and 18-year-old Muhammad Ashab Irfan of Pakistan.
When Zakaria took the first game 11-6 it appeared that Egypt were progressing comfortably, only for Irfan to fight back brilliantly to level with a 11-7 win in game two.

The third game was a crucial one and at 9-6 up, Irfan was well set to push Pakistan into the lead for the first time in the tie.

Zakaria, though, responded brilliantly, with the attack-minded Egyptian dragging himself level at 9-9.

Irfan had further opportunities to win the game with game balls at 10-9 and 12-11, but saw Zakaria save both and then regain the lead with a 13-11 win.
Buoyed by this win, Zakaria started the fourth game well and took a 5-2 lead, before a determined Irfan forced his way back into the game and pulled level at 6-6 and again at 7-7.

Zakaria moved onto match ball after contentious not up decision against the Pakistani, and the 14-year-old was able to convert at the first attempt, with Irfan smashing Zakaria’s serve into the tin.

Afterwards, Zakaria said: “Going into this match, I knew I had a battle ahead. At 1-1 and going in as the decider, I love these matches! When I entered I said ‘I’m not letting this match go any way except for me winning it’ and thanks to my teammates for cheering me on. We’re going to win this tomorrow!”
Egypt will face England tomorrow after the No.2 seeds safely navigated their way past Malaysia.


Team England

England, who cruised past a weakened Netherlands side in yesterday’s quarter-finals, made an ideal start through men’s individuals silver medallist Finnlay Withington.

Withington looked at ease against Malaysia No.1 Joachim Chuah, who had come through a brutal five-game match in yesterday’s quarter-final win against France. The Englishman found the target time and again with his free-wheeling attacking brand of squash delivering a comfortable 11-8, 11-1, 11-9 win to hand England a one match lead.

Any suspicions that this match would be a procession for England were quickly put to bed in the second match by Ameeshenraj Chandaran. The 18-year-old looked in strong form as he won Malaysia’s first game of the tie with an 11-9 victory in game one against Sam Osborne-Wylde.

Osborne-Wylde came back well in the second game to level with a 12-10 win, before Chandaran wiped out England’s advantage with 11-9, 11-4 wins.

With the tie in the balance at 1-1, both Jonah Bryant of England and Harith Danial Jefri of Malaysia knew they could be heroes by winning the decisive match.

Bryant, however, quickly moved into the ascendancy and strolled into a one game lead with an 11-3 win.


Jonah Bryant

Bryant continued to dominate, with the 17-year-old looking far more settled on court as he quickly wrapped up the match and tie with two more 11-3 wins.
“He wasn’t easy to put away. The scoreline really doesn’t reflect how tight the rallies were,” Bryant said.

“It’s great to get through, but the job’s not done yet. We’re going to do as much as we can tonight and tomorrow morning to prepare. I watched the whole Egypt v Pakistan match and I hope they’ve taken a couple of chunks out of each other!”
The final of the 2022 WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championships will be played at 14:00 (GMT+2) tomorrow (21 August).

The matches will be streamed live and free on the WSF YouTube channel and other streaming partners
 
Malaysia down France to end home hopes and reach first semi-final since 2014


Team Malaysia

Malaysia came through an intense quarter-final tie against hosts France to break home hearts and reach their first WSF Men's World Junior Team Championship semi-final in eight years, where they will join the top three seeds Egypt, England and Pakistan.

No.4 seeds Malaysia made a flying start to their match on the glass court with No.5 seeds France, with Ameeshenraj Chandaran dominating space and opponent in a rapid 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 win over Laszlo Godde.

Malaysia appeared to have one foot in the semi-final when their No.1 Joachim Chuah took a one-game lead against French No.1 Brice Nicolas with an 11-5 win, before a furious response from the 18-year-old threatened their strong position.

Nicolas, backed by a noisy crowd at Jarville TSB, fought back aggressively, with the Frenchman forcing errors from Chuah by limiting scoring chances.

This tactic, combined with some inspired shots of his own, paid off and the home crowd sensed the comeback was on when Nicolas took the second game 11-8 and the third 12-10.

Chuah then recovered well himself, with the Malaysian, who like Nicolas possesses impressive speed and movement, pulling level with an 11-8 win in game four.

Both players were clearly feeling the effects of an intense match - and a busy week of squash in the build-up - in the fifth game, with both making mistakes when well placed. Eventually, though, Chuah began to pull away and he ended the match with an 11-4 win in the fifth game, with Chuah, his teammates and family running to each other to embrace afterwards.


Joachim Chuah (on court)

“I’m feeling ecstatic, really so happy. It’s the first time Malaysia has made it to this stage since 2014 and I’m happy with that,” he said afterwards.

“I want to thank everybody, my teammates, my parents, and coaches who have all been a really big influence on how I played today.

“We’ve all known each other since we were nine years old and we’ve always been at the top of our age groups, so we know each other so well. We train together every day, except for Ameeshenraj who trains in Bristol, but we text and call a lot. We’re a really close-knit team with a good bond.”

Malaysia will face  in the semi-final tomorrow, after the No.2 seeds recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over a weakened Netherlands side, who were missing individual junior champion Rowan Damming.


Team England & Team Netherlands

England’s Sam Osborne-Wylde took the first match 11-3, 12-10, 11-3 against Knut Hogervorst, before individual world junior championship runner up Finnlay Withington finished a comfortable tie with an 11-3, 11-2, 11-9 win over Samuel Gerrits.

Afterwards, England coach Josh Taylor said: " A very clinical performance from the boys today, it is exactly what we were after. We are all systems fully firing and meaning business.”

Withington added: “I'm disappointed to not get to play Rowan again. I’ll keep the energy buzzing away for the next few matches.”

In the other half of the draw, Pakistan overcame India 2-0 to set up a semi-final with top seeds and defending champions Egypt, whom they beat in the 2016 final.


Team Pakistan

Noor Zaman ensured a strong start for Pakistan as he recorded a 14-12, 11-8, 11-4 win over Krishna Mishra and Hamza Khan seemed to be finishing the job efficiently as he coasted into a 2-0 lead against Arnaay Sareen, only for the Indian to surprise him with 11-1, 11-6 wins to take the match into an unexpected fifth game.

Khan, however, quickly regained his focus and accuracy and eventually put the tie to bed with an 11-5 win in the fifth game.

Pakistan coach Fazal Shah said afterwards: “Our [team relationship] is very good and is like one family. Whenever Pakistan plays India, the world sees the match and there’s pressure on both of the teams, so Alhamdulillah we got the win.

“Our players were under pressure, but they never gave in to the pressure and I thought they both played really well in the match.”

Pakistan’s opponents tomorrow, Egypt, may have been hoping for more time on court ahead of their semi-final after their tie with the USA was cut short by an injury to the USA’s Avi Agarwal in the second match.


Team Egypt & Team USA

Egypt's Mohamed Zakaria had put the top seeds ahead with a 3-0 win against Tad Carney, before Agarwal suffered a knee injury with the scores at one game apiece in the second match, against Kareem El Torkey.

While Egypt may be disappointed by the manner in which the accolade was achieved, they will take pride in a win that took them to their 15th consecutive semi-final.

The semi-finals begin tomorrow (20 August) at 12:00 (GMT+2) on the glass court at Jarville TSB and will be streamed live and free on the WSF YouTube channel and other streaming partners. Pakistan take on Egypt in the first match, with England facing Malaysia at 14:00.

Tomorrow also sees the 5-8 playoffs begin, as well as the resumption of the playoffs to determine the final positions of teams beaten earlier in the competition.

Earlier in the day, the USA, India, France and the Netherlands came through the second round to reach the quarter-final stage. Click here for the report from those matches.

 
Hosts storm through to second round


Antonin Romieu (France)

WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship hosts France put in a brutal performance as they swatted Ukraine aside to top Pool E and reach the second round.

No.5 seeds France went into the match already in a strong position after opening day wins over Spain and the USA and today looked even more confident, with Antonin Romieu getting his side off to a perfect start with a comfortable 3-0 win against Maksym Tokar.

Melvil Scianimanico and Brice Nicolas then continued the relentless attacking performance, with Scianimanico beating Volodymyr Anisimov 11-0, 11-4, 11-0 and Nicolas bringing the match to a close with an 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 win over Timofey Radionov, who was promoted to No.1 with Dima Scherbakov ruled out.

France will play Colombia in the next round after they beat New Zealand 3-0.

After the match, Romieu said: “It feels good to top the group. That was our target and we were really focused on that. Now we’re looking forward to the next one. We’re here representing France in France and that’s really pushing us.

“Everyone on the team has been really good friends for a long time and we are focused. We know we can achieve something great this week.”

With top seeds and defending champions Egypt already through after winning both matches in a three-team group yesterday, the rest of the top seeds all followed suit in topping their pools.

In the morning session, No.6 seeds India made it three wins out of three with a 3-0 win over South Africa, before No.4 seeds Malaysia did the same in the afternoon with a 3-0 victory over Germany.

After playing just one fixture each on the opening day yesterday, No.2 seeds England and No.3 seeds Pakistan safely navigated their way past Korea and traditional rivals Australia, and the Netherlands and Hong Kong, China, respectively.

India’s Arnaav Sareen, who will take on Australia in tomorrow’s round two match, said afterwards: “It feels very good, but the job isn’t done for us. We want to play our next match well and hopefully after that as well. We haven’t set a target for a position, just to play the best squash that we can and improve in each match. I think we’ve played well so far, but so have the other boys, and we’re looking forward to it.”

England’s Franklyn said: “We don’t view the Australia team as rivals, we view them as friends. It means a lot to top the group, it gives us a lot of momentum going forward into the knockout stages tomorrow, as well as a bye for the first match, so we can get a nice rest in the morning and then prepare for the afternoon.

After topping their groups, top four seeds Egypt, England, Pakistan and Malaysia will receive a bye through to the quarter-finals, which will be played from 16:00 (GMT+2) tomorrow (19 August), following the conclusion of the second round, which will begin at 10:00.

The runners up in the six groups also progressed through to the knockout stages, where they will join India and France in round two.

In one of the matches of the day, Ireland’s Denis Gilevskiy built on a solid last-16 finish in the individual championship by proving the difference in a 2-1 win over Scotland, with the 18-year-old coming in with the tie at 1-1 to deliver an 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 win over Kyle Penman to set up a round two match against the Netherlands, who beat Guyana 3-0.

Alex Fuller, Ireland’s coach, said: “The Irish team are excited to be through to the last 16 and hoping for a big performance as we take on the best teams in the world!”

Tomorrow also sees the exciting prospect of a North American derby between Canada and the USA in the first match on the glass court, after they beat Switzerland 3-0 and Spain 2-1, respectively, to progress.
Top seeds make perfect start to 2022 Junior Team Championship


The favourites made a strong start to the 2022 WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship as all six of the top seeds recorded victories on the first day of the pool stage.

Defending champions Egypt secured two 3-0 wins as their men look to bounce back from the disappointment failing to reach the individuals finals, with the No.1 seeds recording a comfortable win over New Zealand in the afternoon before beating Colombia in the evening to go top of Pool A.

There was a moment of tension for the six-time winners in the final match of their tie with Colombia when, with Egypt already 2-0 up in matches, Mohammed Nasser fought back from 2-0 down to beat Juan Irisarri 3-2.

“I focused on building the basics,” Nasser said afterwards. “I think he thought I was tired, but tiredness is only in your mind. If you tell yourself that you’re tired, you’re going to be tired. I came back with my mentality, not physicality today. It gives me more confidence."

Pakistan, who beat Egypt in the 2016 final, had a strong showing too as they seek to improve on a bronze medal in the individuals. The No.3 seeds overcame Guyana 3-0 in their only match of the day, with Muhammad Ashab Irfan setting the tone with a dominant 11-1, 11-6, 11-4 win in the opening game against Nicholas Verwey.

“It was a great start for us. We’ve prepared for the Netherlands team [one of their opponents tomorrow], especially after they won the individuals title. There’s a little bit of pressure as a seeded team, but we’ll give our best” Irfan said afterwards.

Hosts France, seeded fifth, came through a pair of tough battles to end the day top of Pool E. They began by coming from one match down to beat a determined Spain team, before beating the USA 3-0. Their route past the USA was anything but simple, though, as two of the three matches went to five games, with Melvil Scianimanico’s fightback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 the pick of the bunch.

Afterwards, Scianimanico said: “The atmosphere at Le Rêve was absolutely incredible today, probably the best one I've experienced in my life. I am so happy to bring this point for my team, I knew it was an important one. It's not done yet but we are almost sure to finish top of the group and it's a first step.

“At 2-0 down and 3-6 in the third, I knew it was now or never and that I needed to bring much more intensity.

“We've been saying this between us since the beginning, there are no weak teams in this tournament and everyone is feeling the pressure. As far as we are concerned, we are determined to go as far as we can.”

France’s opponents in their final group-stage match tomorrow, Ukraine, also gave a good account of themselves as they dealt the USA and Spain a bloody nose on their tournament debut.

Ukraine, whose entry into the tournament was facilitated by funding from the French Squash Federation (FFSquash) and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), went down 2-1 against the USA and Spain, though impressive 17-year-old Dima Scherbakov enhanced his growing reputation with wins over Avi Agarwal and Hugo Lafuente Jaen.

Afterwards, Scherbakov said: “We feel very proud to represent Ukraine for the first time at the World Junior Teams, we lost both fixtures today but we gave everything we had.

“It's very special for us and the Ukrainian Federation to be part of this event with what's been happening, and tomorrow will be even more special since we are playing the home country, France."

Elsewhere, five-time champions and 13/15 seeds Australia upset 10/12 seeds Korea 3-0, No.2 seeds England eased past Kuwait, No.4 seeds Malaysia beat Switzerland and then edged past Canada, and No.6 seeds India overcame Ireland and Scotland - both of which were making their first appearances in Nancy after not submitting players for the individual championships - 3-0.

The pools stage of the 2022 WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championships concludes tomorrow (18 August). The action starts from 10:00 (GMT+2) and will be streamed live and free on the WSF YouTube channel and other streaming partners.