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WSF World Junior Championships 2023


World Junior Championship 2023, Melbourne Sports Centres, Melbourne, Australia

World Junior Championships 2023
Men's Draw
18-29 Jul

Melbourne, Australia

[3/4] Hamza Khan (PAK) bt [3/4] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) 10-12, 14-12, 11-3, 11-6 (70m)

[3/4] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) bt [5/8] Salman Khalil (EGY) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (44m)
[3/4] Hamza Khan (PAK) bt [9/16] Melvil Scianimanico (FRA) 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 9-11, 13-11 (83m)

[5/8] Salman Khalil (EGY) bt [1] Jonah Bryant (ENG) 15-13, 11-4, 11-8 (52m)
[3/4] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) bt [5/8] Juan Jose Torres (COL) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (49m)
[3/4] Hamza Khan (PAK) bt [5/8] Joachim Chuah (MAS) 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 12-10 (64m)
[9/16] Melvil Scianimanico (FRA) bt [9/16] Hollis Robertson (USA) 11-9, 6-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 (64m)

Last sixteen round:
[1] Jonah Bryant (ENG) bt [9/16] Yassein Shohdy (EGY) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5 (59m)
[5/8] Salman Khalil (EGY) bt [9/16] Rishi Srivastava (USA) 11-3, 11-7, 11-3 (30m)
[5/8] Juan Jose Torres (COL) bt [9/16] Omar Said Sobhy (EGY) 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (39m)
[3/4] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) bt Varun Chitturi (USA) 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)
[3/4] Hamza Khan (PAK) bt José Santamaria (COL) 9-11, 11-2, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 (60m)
[5/8] Joachim Chuah (MAS) bt [9/16] Kareem El Torkey (EGY) 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (43m)
[9/16] Melvil Scianimanico (FRA) bt [5/8] David Bernet (SUI) 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (68m)
[9/16] Hollis Robertson (USA) bt [2] Rowan Damming (NED) 7-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (66m)

Click here for the full results in the 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships.

World Junior Championships 2023
Women's Draw
18-29 Jul
Melbourne, Australia

[1] Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [3/4] Aira Azman (MAS) 11-8, 11-5, 11-1 (31m)

[1] Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [3/4] Malak Khafagy (EGY) 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 (55m)
[3/4] Aira Azman (MAS) bt [2] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)

[1] Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [5/8] Zeina Zein (EGY) 11-5, 11-5, 12-10 (42m)
[3/4] Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt [5/8] Anahat Singh (IND) 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 (36m)
[3/4] Aira Azman (MAS) bt [9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (21m)
[2] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) bt [5/8] Caroline Fouts (USA) 11-5, 14-12, 11-5 (34m)

Last sixteen round:
[1] Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [9/16] Sehveetrraa Kumar (MAS) 12-10, 11-4, 11-2 (28m)
[5/8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt [9/16] Madison Ho (USA) 11-5, 11-4, 13-15, 11-4 (41m)
[5/8] Anahat Singh (IND) bt [9/16] Nadien Elhammamy (EGY) 8-11, 11-2, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (52m)
[3/4] Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt [9/16] Riya Navani (USA) 11-2, 11-7, 13-15, 11-1 (40m)
[3/4] Aira Azman (MAS) bt Leung Ka Huen (HKG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (21m)
[9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) bt Wai Sze Wing (HKG) 11-7, 11-2, 11-9 (24m)
[5/8] Caroline Fouts (USA) bt [9/16] Savannah Ingledew (RSA) 13-11, 8-11, 11-1, 11-6 (62m)
[2] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) bt [9/16] Nour Megahed (EGY) 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (27m)

Click here for the full results in the 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships.

World Junior Team Championships 2023
Women's Draw
18-29 Jul
Melbourne, Australia

Result: WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship – Final (29 July)

[1] EGYPT bt [2] MALAYSIA 2/0
Zeina Zein bt Sehveetrraa Kumar 11-3, 11-5, 2-11, 11-0 (27m)
Amina Orfi bt Aira Azman 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 (34m)
Nadien Elhammamy v Thanusaa Uthrian (match withdrawn)

3rd place:
[5] ENGLAND & [3] USA

5th place play-off:
[4] HONG KONG bt [7] CANADA 2/0
Wai Sze Wing bt Spring Ma 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (20m)
Toby Tse bt Ocean Ma 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 5-11, 11-7 (39m)
Leung Ka Huen v Maria Min (match withdrawn)

7th place play-off:
[8] AUSTRALIA bt [6] INDIA 2/1
Erin Classen bt Tiana Parasrampuria 11-1, 11-8, 11-6 (19m)
Madison Lyon lost to Pooja Arthi Raghu 13-11, 3-11, 4-11, 4-11 (25m)
Hannah Slyth bye

9th place play-off:
[9] NEW ZEALAND bt [10] SCOTLAND 2/0
Sophie Hodges bt Rowan Niven 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (20m)
Ella Lash bt Robyn McAlpine 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 18-16 (46m)
Anne Leakey v Louisa Kaven (match withdrawn)

11th place play-off:
Gracia Chua Rui En bt Elske Garbers 11-9, 11-5, 11-2 (22m)
Paige Hill lost to Savannah Ingledew 5-11, 5-11, 7-11 (31m)
Au Yeong Wai Iynn bt Jordin Phillips 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (18m)

13th place play-off:
Lydia McQuillan bt Yen-Chi Chen 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (16m)
Sarah Sabry bt Yu-Chen Cheng 11-1, 11-0, 11-5 (15m)
Maria Protsepova bt Shaw Jen-Ju 11-4, 11-5 (9m)

[1] EGYPT bt [5] ENGLAND 2/0
Zeina Zein bt Meha Shah 11-4, 11-0, 11-2 (15m)
Amina Orfi bt Asia Harris 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (37m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir v Amelie Haworth (match withdrawn)
[2] MALAYSIA bt [3] USA 2/0
Thanusaa Uthrian bt Emma Trauber 11-9, 11-8, 16-14 (37m)
Aira Azman bt Caroline Fouts 9-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7
Sehveetrraa Kumar v Madison Ho (match withdrawn)

5th - 8th place play-offs:
[4] HONG KONG bt [8] AUSTRALIA 2/0
Kwong Ena bt Hannah Slyth 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 (17m)
Wai Sze Wing bt Madison Lyon 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 11-4 (30m)
Leung Ka Huen v Erin Classen (match withdrawn)
[7] CANADA bt [6] INDIA 2/0
Iman Shaheen bye
Ocean Ma bt Pooja Arthi Raghu 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (32m)
Spring Ma v Tiana Parasrampuria (match withdrawn)

9th - 12th place play-offs:
[10] SCOTLAND bt [12] SINGAPORE 2/1
Louisa Kaven bt Ong Zhe Sim 5-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9 (33m)
Robyn McAlpine bt Paige Hill 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (21m)
Rowan Niven lost to Gracia Chua Rui En 5-11, 3-11 (13m)
Anabel Romero Gemmell bt Elske Garbers 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (24m)
Ella Lash lost to Savannah Ingledew 5-11, 8-11, 9-11 (35m)
Sophie Hodges bt Dené Van Zyl 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (16m)

[1] EGYPT bt [8] AUSTRALIA 3/0
Amina Orfi bt Madison Lyon 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 (24m)
Zeina Zein bt Amelie Guziak 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (17m)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir bt Hannah Slyth 11-2, 11-2 (10m)
[5] ENGLAND bt [4] HONG KONG 2/1
Asia Harris bt Toby Tse 2-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (34m)
Isabel McCullough lost to Kwong Ena 5-11, 8-11, 7-11 (25m)
Amelie Haworth bt Wai Sze Wing 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (25m)
[3] USA bt [6] INDIA 2/1
Caroline Fouts lost to Anahat Singh 7-11, 11-6, 3-11, 6-11 (34m)
Riya Navani bt Yuvna Gupta 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)
Madison Ho bt Tiana Parasrampuria 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (23m)
[2] MALAYSIA bt [7] CANADA 2/0
Aira Azman bt Ocean Ma 11-7, 11-8, 11-0 (18m)
Thanusaa Uthrian bt Maria Min 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (24m)
Sehveetrraa Kumar v Spring Ma (match withdrawn)

Standings, 2023 WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship

1 – [1] Egypt
2 – [2] Malaysia
3 – [3] USA and [5] England
5 – [4] Hong Kong, China
6 – [7] Canada
7 – [8] Australia
8 – [6] India
9 – [9] New Zealand
10 – [10] Scotland
11 – [12] Singapore
12 – [11] South Africa
13 – [13] Ireland
14 – [14] Chinese Taipei

Results: WSF Women's World Junior Team Championship - Pools Stage
(26 July)

Pool A
[7] Canada 2-1 [10] Scotland
Ocean Ma lost to Robyn McAlpine 2-3: 11-5, 12-10, 5-11, 7-11, 3-11 (35m)
Spring Ma bt Anna Halliday 3-1: 11-4, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5 (29m)
Maria Min bt Rowan Niven 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (22m)
Pool B
[8] Australia 2-1 [9] New Zealand
Madison Lyon bt Ella Lash 3-1: 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5 (32m)
Erin Classen bt Sophie Hodges 3-1: 11-3, 11-7, 14-16, 11-3 (34m)
Hannah Slyth lost to Anne Leakey 0-3: 6-11, 7-11, 5-11 (22m)

Pool C
[3] USA 3-0 [14] Chinese Taipei
Caroline Fouts bt Yu-Chen Cheng 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (14m)
Riya Navani bt Jen-Ju Shaw 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-0 (14m)
Emma Trauber bt Mei Mei Chan 3-0: 11-2, 11-1, 11-0 (12m)
[5] England 2-1 [11] South Africa
Amelie Haworth lost to Savannah Margot Ingledew 1-3: 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 7-11 (48m)
Isabel McCullough bt Dené Van Zyl 3-0: 11-4 11-4 11-5 (17m)
Meha Shah bt Jordin Phillips 3-1: 5-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-1 (26m)

Pool D
[4] Hong Kong, China 3-0 [13] Ireland
Tse Yee Lam Toby bt Sophie Thomas 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (14m)
Ka Huen Leung bt Maria Protsepova 3-0: 11-5 11-3 11-3 (15m)
Ena Kwon bt Lydia Mcquillan 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 11-5 (16m)
[6] India 3-0 [12] Singapore
Anahat Singh bt Paige Teresa Hill 3-0: 11-3 11-2 11-3 (19m)
Pooja Arthi Raghu bt Gracia Chua Rui En 3-1: 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9 (30m)
Tiana Parasrampuria bt Zhe Sim Ong 3-2: 7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5 (41m)

Draw: WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship – Quarter-Finals (27 July)
[1] Egypt v [8] Australia
[4] Hong Kong, China v [5] England
[3] USA v [6] India
[2] Malaysia v [7] Canada

Click here for the draws for the 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships.

You can view teams, schedules, pools and results on Tournament Software.

REPORTS          Pictures Courtesy Of Rogue Gun Photography and Media


Day 4 Teams

Egypt win 10th WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship title

Egypt have won their tenth WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship title and their eighth in succession after a 2-0 win against No.2 seeds Malaysia at Melbourne Sports Centres.

Malaysia came into today’s tie with revenge on their minds, having lost to Egypt in the final of the last two editions of the tournament, with their first string Aira Azman also losing to Egyptian first string Amina Orfi in the final of the individual championship earlier this week.
The No.2 seeds chances were boosted by news ahead of the tie that Egypt were without two players due to illness, meaning the defending champions were represented by their No.1 Amina Orfi, No.3 Zeina Zein and No.5 Nadien El Hammamy.

Zein, up first due to the 2-1-3 string order today, picked up the gauntlet almost flawlessly from original second string Fayrouz Aboelkheir as she put in a brilliant performance to settle any Egyptian nerves.

After taking a 2-0 lead against Sehveetrraa Kumar, the Egyptian was pegged back in game three 11-2.

The 18-year-old soon found the perfect response, however, delivering a stunning 11-0 win in game four to give her side the lead.

In the second match, Orfi was at her clinical best as she kept Azman at arm’s length throughout.

The 16-year-old kept her cool and took advantage of Azman’s errors in the first two games to take a 2-0 lead, before putting the Malaysian to the sword with an 11-2 win in game three.

Afterwards, Egypt’s coach, former World No.4 Omneya Abdel Kawy, said: “To be honest I was really nervous because we had some issues before the tie. The whole team wasn’t 100 percent well. With Nour [Megahed] having a fever yesterday we had to remove her and Fayrouz wasn’t well today. So we had to take a technical and a safety decision.
“Amina wasn’t too well, either, she was really stiff and we were so worried that she couldn’t play her best.

“Thank goodness Zeina played really, really well. She played amazing squash and she took the pressure away.

“Amina had to push and kept going. She’s so strong [mentally]. I can’t say anything else! She kept pushing herself day in, day out and wanted to play every match even when her back was so stiff and that gave me the confidence that even if she can’t play her best, she will play, do her best and win it!

“It’s so special [to win a tenth title]. It’s our aim to keep winning titles through every generation and keep the factory going!”

Teams on Podium

At the trophy presentation, World Squash Federation President Zena Wooldridge and Squash Australia CEO Rob Donaghue congratulated the athletes and thanked everyone who had made this year’s WSF World Junior Squash Championships possible.

A replay from the final will be shortly be available for free on
Earlier in the day, playoff ties were played to decide final standings. Among the day’s winners include Hong Kong, China, who beat Canada to finish fifth and Australia, who overcame a weakened India team to finish seventh.

Teams, draws and results can be viewed on Tournament Software.

Day 3 Teams

Hosts Australia come back to down rivals New Zealand and reach quarter-finals

Hosts Australia produced an entertaining comeback to defeat rivals New Zealand and progress through to the quarter-finals of the WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship for just the second time since 2005.

The No.8 seeds went into today’s tie with the No.9 seeds with both teams needing a win to progress after each lost to No.2 seeds Malaysia earlier in the week.
With teams playing a 3-2-1 string order today, it was New Zealand who made the stronger start, with third string Anne Leakey getting the better of Hannah Slyth 3-0.
This left the hosts with no margin for error in their bid for a second consecutive last-eight finish.

Erin Classen began the fightback, with the Cape Town-born 18-year-old beating Sophie Hodges 3-1 to level the tie.

Madison Lyon

In the deciding match, first string Madison Lyon got the hosts over the line, with the 18-year-old looking assured on court as she downed Ella Lash 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5 to set up a last eight tie with top seeds and defending champions Egypt.

Afterwards, Classen said: “I feel good about that, there was a lot of pressure on that match because Australia really needed that so I’m really happy to have won it.
“[My teammates] were phenomenal as always. They really carried the team – more so than me probably!”

Also through to the last eight are USA, Hong Kong – China, England, India, and Canada, with each side picking up comfortable wins to seal their places in the last eight.
No.2 seeds Malaysia, like Egypt, secured their place in the knockout round yesterday after topping their three-team pool with two wins out of two.

The quarter-finals will be played tomorrow, 27 July, with ties being played on the glass court and Court Nine at 14:00 and 17:00 (Melbourne, GMT+10).

All the action will be shown live and free on, alongside Olympic Channel coverage of the glass court ties.

The 9-14 playoffs will take place on Court Six from 14:00 and will also be streamed for free on

Teams, schedules, pools and results can be viewed on Tournament Software.
Day 2 Teams

USA and Hong Kong, China fight back on day two of Women’s World Junior Team Championship

USA and Hong Kong, China mounted entertaining comebacks on day two of the pools stage at the 2023 WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship.

With teams playing a 1-3-2 string order, it was up to each team’s top player to set the tone.

On the first match on the glass court, No.3 seeds USA looked comfortable early on in their tie with No.5 seeds England, with first string Caroline Fouts racing into a 2-0 lead against Asia Harris.

Harris, however, battled back brilliantly, giving the five-time champions the lead with a hattrick of 11-6 wins before Riya Navani found parity for USA following a hard-fought win over Isabel McCullough.

Madison Ho

In the decider against Amelie Haworth, Madison Ho edged a tense opening game 12-10, which she followed up with convincing 11-2, 11-4 wins to earn a crucial win for USA

Afterwards, tie winner Ho said: “I just came in thinking ‘try not to think about the scoreline and just focus on what’s happening on court.’ I was going to do whatever it takes.

“I thought of the win as being like A-Z, I had to get through each letter first.

“I’m very happy, and grateful to my teammates for supporting me. It was a great battle!”

In the evening session, on Court Nine, Hong Kong, China launched a fightback of their own as Ena Kwong and Sze Wing Wai got the team out of trouble after Anahat Singh had beaten their first string Toby Tse to give India the lead.

Elsewhere, the higher seeded teams secured more comfortable wins: No.12 seeds Singapore impressed in a dominant win over No.13 seeds Ireland, No.2 seeds Malaysia cruised past hosts and No.8 seeds Australia to ensure they will top Pool B, and top seeds Egypt took maximum points from Pool A with a 3-0 win against No.7 seeds Canada.

Today's defeat for Australia means that they will face rivals New Zealand for the second spot in Pool B tomorrow, with the top two teams in each pool going through to the knockout stage.

The pools stage concludes tomorrow, 26 July, with ties being played on the glass court, Court Six and Court Nine at 14:00 and 17:00 (Melbourne, GMT+10).

All the action will be shown live and free on, alongside Olympic Channel coverage of the glass court ties.

Teams, schedules, pools and results can be viewed on Tournament Software.
Day 1 Teams

Seeds dominate opening day of  Women's World Junior Team Championship

The higher seeded teams made a comfortable start to the 2023 WSF Women's World Junior Team Championship, with the crowd in Melbourne Sports Centres witnessing a slew of dominant results on day one of the pools stage.

Fayrouz Aboelkheir

With a number of seeding mismatches scheduled today, the action on all three courts in Melbourne was largely one-sided as teams played in a 2-3-1 string order.

The day began ominously for the lower seeded teams, with whitewashes on all three courts in the afternoon session.

On Court Nine, Malaysia’s first string Aira Azman bounced back from her defeat in the final of the individual event last night by sealing maximum points for her side against New Zealand with a 3-0 win over Ella Lash, following wins by the same scoreline for Sehveetrraa Kumar and Thanusaa Uthrian.

On Court Six, India rapidly dismantled Ireland, with Tiana Parasrampuria, Yuvna Gupta and Anahat Singh needing just 46 minutes between them to dispatch the No.13 seeds.

On the glass court, Hong Kong, China impressed as Sze Wing Wai, Ka Huen Leung and Toby Tse breezed past Singapore.

In the evening session, defending champions and top seeds Egypt - who opted to rest their No.1 Amina Orfi following her victory in the final of the individual event last night - were rampant against No.10 seeds Scotland.

The North African nation has won the last seven women’s team events in a run going all the way back to 2007, and on today’s evidence the top seeds look well set for another title challenge.

Zeina Zein and Nour Megahed delivered the win for Egypt with 3-0 wins over Anna Halliday and Louisa Kaven, before Fayrouz Aboelkheir made sure of the result after overcoming stubborn resistance from 16-year-old Robyn McAlpine.

Despite the defeat, Scotland - who are playing in the championship for the first time since 2005 - will take positives from the experience into their next fixture, which comes against No.7 seeds Canada on Wednesday 26 July.

Elsewhere, on Court Six, No.5 seeds England crushed No.14 seeds Chinese Taipei, while on Court Nine No.3 seeds USA secured a comfortable victory over No.11 seeds South Africa.

Day two of the 2023 WSF Women's World Junior Team Championship resumes tomorrow at 14:00 (Melbourne, GMT+10), with action from all three courts being shown live and free on, alongside Olympic Channel coverage of the glass court ties.

You can view teams, schedules, pools and results on Tournament Software.

Day 4

Pakistan's Khan and Egypt's Orfi win
WSF World Junior Squash Championships

Hamza Khan fought back to become Pakistan’s first WSF World Junior Squash champion since Jansher Khan in 1986 and Egyptian 16-year-old Amina Orfi defended her 2022 title on a thrilling finals day at the 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships.

In an incredible men’s final at Melbourne Sports Centres, 15-year-old Mohamed Zakaria – who would have become the youngest ever winner of the men’s event with a victory – made the better start, with his precise play helping him clinch the opening game 12-10
The Egyptian made a flying start to the second game, racing into a 5-0 lead as Khan struggled.

The 17-year-old, however, then mounted a brilliant fightback, with his devastating attacking weaponry at its deadly best as he thrilled the crowd with winner after winner, coming back from game ball down to level the match with a 14-12 victory in game two before storming into the lead with an 11-3 win in game three.

Khan kept up this momentum in game four, finding his attacks with increasing confidence as he ended Pakistan’s 37-year wait for a WSF World Junior Squash Championship with an 11-6 win before collapsing to the floor with emotion.

“First of all, I would like to thank Allah, and my thanks to my coaches, my managers, thanks to everybody. And thanks to my parents, who support me every single time. Thank you,” a still emotional Khan said afterwards.

In the women’s final, Egyptian 16-year-old Amina Orfi defended her 2022 title with a convincing win over Aira Azman, the first Malaysian woman to reach the final since Nicol David in 2001.

Top seed Orfi, who stunned last year in France to win the title aged just 15, looked in top form throughout, with her tight hitting causing the [3/4] seed no end of problems.

The opening stages of the match were initially even, with Azman edging into an 8-7 lead in game one, only for Orfi to come firing back with four straight points.

After taking the first game 11-8, Orfi began to dominate and rapidly wrapped up the title in just 31 minutes with comprehensive 11-5, 11-1 wins in games two and three.

Afterwards, Orfi said: “I feel so happy to have won this title for the second time. This one’s more important because it’s more difficult to retain your title and I’m so happy I managed to do that.”

On the potential to win two more titles before the end of her junior career, she said: “This is something I think about because no one has ever won four times in a row. But for now, I’m not going to think about it. I’m going to keep training and focus on the professional tour and school!

“I look up to several players. There’s Raneem El Welily and I also look up to Nicol David because she’s a legend and no one has ever broken her records!”

Full Podium 2023

Both Orfi's and Azman's attention now turns to the WSF Women's World Junior Team Championship, which begins tomorrow at Melbourne Sports Centres and will be streamed live and free at
Day 3

History made as World Junior Squash Championships finalists confirmed

History was made at the WSF World Junior Squash Championships as Malaysia’s Aira Azman, Egypt’s Amina Orfi, Pakistan’s Hamza Khan and Egypt’s Mohamed Zakaria reached the final in Melbourne.

Aira Azman

In the opening match of the day at the Melbourne Sports Centres, [3/4] seed Aira Azman became the first Malaysian woman to reach the final since the great Nicol David in 2001 and the first non-Egyptian since 2010 thanks to a dominant upset win over Egyptian No.2 seed Fayrouz Aboelkheir.

With both players enjoying going on the attack, rallies were short and sharp.
The key moments in the match, which resembled a shoot-out at times, were decided by who dealt better with the pressure of the occasion.

Throughout the match, this was Azman, with the 18-year-old finding her targets more consistently than Aboelkheir as she wrapped up the victory over her higher-seeded opponent in straight games and just 28 minutes.

That win for Azman meant that there will be a women’s final contested by a player from outside of Egypt for the first time since in Cologne in 2010, when USA’s Amanda Sobhy beat Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb.

“I played really well today and I’m so proud of myself. It means so much [to reach the final] because this is my last year playing [as a junior]. This is my fourth World Juniors and to make it to my first final at the last one is something I’m very grateful for,” Azman said afterwards.

Amina Orfi

Azman will take on women’s defending champion and top seed Amina Orfi in the final tomorrow after the 16-year-old saw off compatriot Malak Khafagy in a physical encounter.
In the men’s draw, there was more history made as Hamza Khan became the first man from Pakistan to reach the final since Aamir Atlas Khan 15 years ago, after he survived a match ball in a gripping encounter with French [9/16] seed Melvil Scianimanico.

Hamza Khan

Khan looked to be cantering into the final when he took a 2-0 lead thanks to neat footwork and a swashbuckling style.

Scianimanico, however, has proven his metal during a number of tough matches this tournament, and dug in fantastically as he saved match ball in game three before eventually levelling the tie with a 12-10 win in game three and a 11-9 win in game four.
In a pulsating fifth game, Khan looked to have done enough when he earned three match balls at 10-7, but could not convert as he rushed his attacks.

Things went from bad to worse for Khan as he was brought to the brink of a shock defeat when Scianimanico earned a match ball of his own at 11-10.

Khan, however, clung on and, this time, was more patient with his attacks, timing them perfectly to finally get over the line with a 13-11 victory.

Khan will take on Egyptian [3/4] seed Mohamed Zakaria in the men’s final, with the Cairo native becoming the men’s competition’s youngest ever finalist after a 3-0 win against compatriot and [5/8] seed Salman Khalil.

Mohamed Zakaria

Zakaria, aged just 15, put in a dominant display as he sent out Khalil, who the day before had shocked top seed Jonah Bryant.

While Zakaria lacked the pace and power of the 18-year-old, he possesses a deft touch and great tactical understanding, which proved the difference as he took down Khalil in straight games.

The semi-finals of the 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships take place tomorrow (23 July).

Play begins at 11:00 (GMT+10) with action from the glass court being streamed for free on

For viewers in Australia, highlights of the day’s action will be available shortly on 7plus
Day 2

Wai stuns [5/8] seed Harris to reach last 16

On day two of the WSF World Junior Squash Championships, Wai Sze Wing provided the shock of the tournament, while the top seeds continued their progress and the last home hopes bowed out.

The Hong Kong, China native looked in trouble on Court Six at the Melbourne Sports Centres when English [5/8] seed Asia Harris took the opening game 11-6, but hit back to move into the lead with a tense pair of 11-9 wins.

Harris forced the match into a fifth game with an 11-7 victory in game four, but, in a nail-biting tie-break, it was Wai who held her nerve as she edged the gripping contest 12-10 to set up a last-16 clash with French [9/16] seed Lauren Baltayan, who beat Germany’s Maya Weishar 3-1.

After her match, Wai said: “I feel excited about that. This is my first time going into the top 16 and I didn’t think I could make it. I won from deuce in my last match, too, and I'm just so excited now!

“I just told myself to play and don’t think about winning.”

While Wai’s win was the day’s biggest surprise, she was far from the only player to upset a seeded opponent, with three [9/16] seeds crashing out to unseeded players, all on the traditional courts.

First, Wai’s compatriot Ka Huen Leung downed England’s Amelie Haworth, then USA’s Varun Chitturi upset Ireland’s Dylan Moran, before Colombia’s Jose Santamaria got the better of India’s Krishna Mishra.

Ecuador's Javier Emilio Romo Lopez came close to adding one more upset when he had match ball against USA's [9/16] seed Hollis Robertson, but he was eventually pipped in a tense tie-break in the fifth game.

To the disappointment of the home crowd, there were no upsets on the glass court, with unseeded duo Oscar Curtis and Madison Lyon losing out to Malaysian [5/8] seed Joachim Chuah and Egyptian [9/16] seed Nadien Elhammamy to end home hopes.

Joining Chuah and Elhammamy in the next round are all of the top seeds, with defending women's champion and No.1 seed Amina Orfi of Egypt beating Canada’s Ocean Ma, her compatriot and women’s No.2 seed Fayrouz Aboelkheir beating Malaysia’s Whitney Wilson, men's No.1 seed Jonah Bryant of England beating USA’s Zane Patel and men’s No.2 seed and defending champion Rowan Damming of the Netherlands beating Malaysia’s Harith Danial.

The 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships resume tomorrow (20 July). Play begins at 11:00 (GMT+10) with action from the glass court being streamed for free on

For viewers in Australia, highlights of the day’s action will be available shortly on 7plus
Day 1

Seeds through and history made as  World Junior Championships get underway

The 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships got off to an entertaining start in Melbourne, as the seeded players navigated tough challenges, hosts Australia saw two players progress to round three, and history was made for Lithuania.

On a hectic day of action, in which 135 matches and two rounds took place across ten courts inside the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, the seeded players knew they could ill afford a lapse in concentration.

With the seeded players receiving a first-round bye they went into their second round matches fresher, but perhaps less sharp than their round two opponents, who came through first round clashes in the day’s first session.

Amina Orfi

While the majority appeared to show no signs of rust, with women’s defending champion and top seed Amina Orfi of Egypt and men’s top seed Jonah Bryant of England cruising through, there were some scares for the seeds, most notably for No.2 seed and men's defending champion Rowan Damming.

Rowan Damming

In a hotly-contested encounter, the Dutchman threatened to be a high-profile opening day casualty when he went 0-1 down to France’s Antonin Romieu, but the Dutchman was able to settle, eventual going through 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-6.

Madison Lyon

Joining Damming and the other seeds in the next round are home hopefuls Madison Lyon and Oscar Curtis, who have set up third round clashes with Egyptian [9/16] seed Nadien Elhammamy and Malaysian [5/8] seed Joachim Chuah, respectively.

In a thrilling back-and-forth encounter, Lyon came from behind to beat Malaysia’s Anrie Goh 9-11, 11-3, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, while Curtis stormed past Macau’s Keng In Leong 11-1, 11-0, 11-0 in round one before beating Ireland’s Jack O’Flynn 11-8, 11-1, 11-6 in round two.

Lukas Kazemekaitis

Earlier in the day, Lukas Kazemekaitis made history when he secured Lithuania's first ever win at a World Junior Championship, with the 16-year-old, coached by Mazen Gamal, coming from behind to beat South Africa’s Devon Osborne before eventually losing out to India’s Shaurya Bawa in the second round.

The 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships resume tomorrow (19 July). Play begins at 11:00 (GMT+10) with action from the glass court, Court Six and Court Nine being streamed live and free around the world on

For viewers in Australia, highlights of the day’s action will be available on 7plus.

Bryant and Orfi favourites as draws and seedings announced for WSF World Junior Championships

Rowan Damming & Amina Orfi Defending champions

The draws and seedings for the individual events at the 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships have been confirmed, following ratification by the championship seeding panel.

This year’s World Junior Championship, which will be played in Melbourne Sports Centres (MSAC) between 18-29 July, will feature 245 entries across the men’s individual championship, the women’s individual championship and the women’s team championship.

Jonah Bryant

In the men’s draw, England’s Jonah Bryant and the Netherlands’ Rowan Damming are seeded to renew their rivalry in the final, with the English 17-year-old and the Dutch 18-year-old going in as number one and two seed, respectively.

The pair have met already met five times in their junior careers, including three matches this year. Although Damming has a 2-3 losing record against Bryant, the Dutchman – who shocked the squash world when he won last year’s championship as the 5/8 seed to become the Netherlands’ first World Junior Champion – will take confidence from his impressive recent form on the professional circuit and his win over Bryant in their most recent meeting, a 3-1 victory at April’s European Junior U19 Team Championship.

Also tipped to go deep in the competition are Egyptian 15-year-old Mohamed Zakaria, who impressed last year as he gatecrashed the semi finals as a 9/16 seed, and Pakistan’s Hamza Khan, who returns after reaching the semi finals as the top seed last time out.

For the home fans, six men enter in the first round, with Kenneth Lamb, Dylan Classen, Harvey Allan, Connor Hayes, Oscar Curtis and Thomas Scott in day one action.

In the women’s draw, Egypt’s defending champion Amina Orfi returns to defend her crown. The No.1 seed, who won the title last year after a number of stunning comebacks, made headlines this season on the PSA World Tour, reaching the final of the Squash On Fire Open in Washington DC and the last 16 at the senior World Championships.

Amina Orfi

Seeded to face the 16-year-old in the final is compatriot Fayrouz Aboelkheir, who will be aiming to avenge her semi final defeat to Orfi last year in Nancy.

Malak Khafagy is the third Egyptian in the top four seeds, with the Alexandrian joined at 3/4 seed by Asian Junior Champion Aira Azman, who is looking to be Malaysia’s first female winner since Nicol David beat Omneya Abdel Kawy in 2001.

As in the men’s draw, six women are representing Australia in the individual event. In round one, Shona Coxsedge faces Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Chi Chen, Courtney Scholtz takes on Ireland’s Sarah Sabry and Hannah Slyth plays Scotland’s Louisa Kaven. Meanwhile, Erin Classen, Madison Lyon and Amelie Guziak receive byes through to round two.

Seeded entries, WSF World Junior Squash Championship, Men’s Individuals Draw
[1] Jonah Bryant (ENG)
[2] Rowan Damming (NED)
[3/4] Hamza Khan (PAK)
[3/4] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY)
[5/8] David Bernet (SUI)
[5/8] Joachim Chuah (MAS)
[5/8] Salman Khalil (EGY)
[5/8] Juan Jose Torres Lara (COL)
[9/16] Kareem El Torkey (EGY)
[9/16] Krishna Mishra (IND)
[9/16] Dylan Moran (IRL)
[9/16] Hollis Robertson (USA)
[9/16] Melvil Scianimanico (FRA)
[9/16] Yassin Shohdy (EGY)
[9/16] Omar Said Sobhy (EGY)
[9/16] Rishi Srivastava (USA)

Seeded entries, WSF World Junior Squash Championship, Women’s Individuals Draw
[1] Amina Orfi (EGY)
[2] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY)
[3/4] Aira Azman (MAS)
[3/4] Malak Khafagy (EGY)
[5/8] Caroline Fouts (USA)
[5/8] Asia Harris (ENG)
[5/8] Zeina Zein (EGY)
[5/8] Anahat Singh (IND)
[9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA)
[9/16] Nadien Elhammamy (EGY)
[9/16] Amelie Haworth (ENG)
[9/16] Madison Ho (USA)
[9/16] Savannah Margot Ingledew (RSA)
[9/16] Sehveetrraa Kumar (MAS)
[9/16] Nour Megahed (EGY)
[9/16] Riya Navani (USA)

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Teams announced for 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships

Rowan Damming (left) and Amina Orfi (right)

Young squash stars from 33 national federations will descend on Melbourne, Australia, for next month's WSF World Junior Championships, following the confirmation of squads.

Between 18-29 July, athletes from all over the world will compete in the WSF World Junior Championships, which will take place at Melbourne Sports Centres (MSAC) and include junior men’s and women’s individual championships, as well as the junior women’s team championship.

Across the two individual events and the women's team event, there have been 245 entries.

Hosts Australia, winners of three women's world junior team championships, as well as boasting five individual winners (three women and two men) will be hoping for a repeat of the last time they hosted the event, in Sydney 1995, when Rachael Grinham, Emma Major, Kate Major and Narelle Tippett lifted the women's team trophy.

Standing in their way will be formidable opponents, though, with likely top seeds Egypt winners of the last seven women's junior team championships, which have not been held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the individuals, the North African nation will be hoping to reclaim the men's title, with Netherlands' Rowan Damming ending a run of three consecutive wins for Egypt last year in France, while Amina Orfi will look to secure an 11th consecutive championship for her country by defending her women's individual title.

Elsewhere, Scotland return to the team event for the first time since 2005.

More information on the WSF World Junior Championships, including draws, schedule, broadcast information and squad lists, will be announced in due course.

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Competing National Federations, 2023
WSF World Junior Squash Championships

Men’s Individual Championship Women’s Individual Championship Women’s Team Championship
Australia Australia Australia
Canada Canada Canada
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Colombia Egypt Egypt
Ecuador England England
Egypt France Hong Kong, China
England Germany India
France Hong Kong, China Ireland
Germany India Malaysia
Hong Kong, China Ireland New Zealand
India Japan Scotland
Ireland Korea Singapore
Japan Macau, China South Africa
Kuwait Malaysia USA
Lithuania Malta
Macau, China New Zealand
Malaysia Scotland
Netherlands Singapore
New Zealand South Africa
Pakistan Spain
Papua New Guinea USA
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Chinese Taipei
Hong Kong, China
Macau, China
New Zealand
South Africa
Chinese Taipei
Hong Kong, China
New Zealand
South Africa