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The 2018 World Junior Squash Championships continue in Chennai, India with the Men's Team Event kicking off tomorrow, Tuesday July 24th. 
There’s a long ways to go and a lot of solid teams at the World Junior Squash Championships, but based on Canada’s solid performances by Julien, James, George & Ryan in the individuals we will be seeded 2nd heading into the team event! Stay tuned for results from the team event… Go Canada Go!
Day 1
In their first pool play match up, Team Canada [2] came out big and strong to defeat Scotland [17] 3-0. Here's how the match went down…
– Ryan defeated John Meehan [11-5 12-10 11-9]
– George defeated Fraser McCann [11-6 6-11 11-2 11-3]
– Julien defeated Christopher Murphy [11-5 11-5 11-9]


Practice makes Canadian juniors a perfect lot at World Junior Squash Championships

Source: The New Indian Express

Canadians Charge Through In Chennai

Source: World Squash Federation

Top World Junior seeds safely through on day one in Chennai

Source: World Squash Federation

Day 2

Next, the Canadian Squad faced off against a determined Argentinian team who put up a good fight. Our Canadian boys came out on top with a big W to top their pool and move onto the next round! 
First up was George who battled back from being down 0-2 vs. Dylan Tymkiw to take the victory and put Canada up 1-0 over Argentina. [7-11 2-11 11-7 11-2 11-4]
The second match-up between Julien and Miguel Gonzalo Pujol lasted 61 minutes which ended with the Argentinian winning 3-2 to put his team 1-1 against our Canadian Squad. [7-11 11-9 3-11 11-2 4-11]
It was James who kept Canada alive with a huge 3-0 win in the decider vs. Jeremias Anzana. [11-8 11-7 11-3]
Canada finishes first in pool B, securing their spot in the round of 16 and will face off against Australia [16] tomorrow at 11:00am (IST) – 1:30am (ET) & 10:30pm (PT). .
Day 3
Team Canada clinched their quarter-final spot as Ryan and James won the opening two matches. George won the best-of-3 dead rubber to consolidate the sweep for Canada!
Ryan Picken started off for the Canadian team. After coming back from being down 1-2 against Maaz Jamal Kharie, Ryan pushed the match to a 5th game to give Canada their first win vs Australia. [9-11, 12-10, 13-15, 11-5, 11-5]
James sealed the deal and secured Canada's spot in the top 8 with a 3-1 win over Nicholas Calvert. [11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5]
George went on to win the dead rubber 2-1 vs Jacob Ford. [11-6, 4-11, 8-11]
The quarter-finals will be a battle of North America, as Canada [2] faces off against the USA [8] tomorrow, Friday July 27th at 6:00pm (India Standard Time) – 8:30am (ET) & 5:30am (PT) in Canada.  

Day 4
Our fantastic four faced a determined US squad in the Quarter Finals of the 2018 WSF World Junior Squash Championships (Chennai, India).
Canada’s Superman, James Flynn, was up first for the #2 seeded Canadian squad. Down 2-0, James made an incredible comeback to take his match 3-2 over Tiber Worth [8-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-6].
Up next was Canada’s #1, Julien Gosset. Gosset has had a phenomenal World Juniors tournament thus far and was in position to secure Canada a spot in the Semi Finals. Up 2-1 and with match ball (10-6) in the fourth, Julien took a tumble. After injury time he took the court but unable to move he quickly lost the next four points and was forced to retire injured. 
All was on the line now for the semi-final spot ….
In the decider, Canada's George Crowne fought hard and after dropping the first two games came back to take the 3rd 11-5.  Canada has had an infinity for the 5-gamers this tournament so it looked like George was about to set it up for another exciting but nerve-wracking finish.  In the fourth, the boys traded points but ultimately it was USA's Thomas Rossini who would take the game and the match 3-1 [11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10].
Our boys will now face Pakistan in search of a top 5 finish when they start the 5/8 round tomorrow.
Day 5 
After a tough day yesterday, the boys had to refocus and dig deep to earn the chance to play for 5th place. So, 13 hours later the squad was back on court minus their #1 player against Pakistan, the reigning World Junior Boys Team Champions.
The 5-8 semi-final between Canada and Pakistan was back-and-forth and ultimately had to be decided with a tie-breaker match. Canada fought hard and beat Pakistan 2-1 on the show court, saving two match ball in the fifth game of the decider!
James 1-3 vs. Abbas Zeb [11-9, 12-14, 12-14, 5-11]
George 3-1 vs. Muhammad Uzair [5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9]
Ryan 3-2 vs. Haris Qasim [9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10]
Day 6
In their final match, the boys came out strong and played with confidence and determination. Canada won the match 2-1 vs Malaysia to finish 5th at the 2018 World Junior Boys Team Championships! It was an unbelievable comeback from the boys after what happened in the quarters. We are so proud of this squad! Congratulations Julien, James, George & Ryan – you all made major contributions to the team and we wouldn’t be where we are without each and every one of you! And congratulations as well to coach Jonathan Hill and manager Chris Hanebury, you were both imperative to the success of this team at the World Juniors.  Well done all!
Match results: Canada 2-1 vs Malaysia
James 3-0 vs. Darren Rahul Pragasam [7-11 9-11 8-11]
Ryan 0-3 vs. Shahrul Izham Nurhaqiem [11-8 11-3 11-6]
George 3-1 vs. Siow Yee Xian [11-7 8-11 5-11 8-11]

Scroll down to view the Squash Canada Flickr page with all the pictures from the 2018 WSF World Juniors


Day 1
Yesterday coach Hill ordered an ‘Uber’ which turned out to be a tuk tuk that Jon generously and unbeknownst paid twice! Luckily the total was still under 200 rupees. 

When it came to match time James, Julien, Ryan and George all started a little edgy, but gained confidence and momentum as the match went on and breezed through in straight games. The courts were quite warm as it was 37 degrees outside making it difficult to hunt the volley and attack the front of the court. 
All 4 boys had to back up their first round wins with tougher battles in the round of 64. Up first was George who played much more aggressively and took down his Hong Kong opponent in a quick 3. Julien had to battle early on against a speedy and flashy Mexican boy, but played straight and took control of the middle of the court and again won in a convincing 3. 
Following was Ryan who hit some of the best width and length of the team and created countless openings. He had a few long hard rallies, but proved too consistent and beat his American opponent in 3. James was last up for our squad and in an up and down match hit 1 too many winners and outshot the Argentina #1 to take it in 3. 
Darosham lost 11-8 in the 5th in a battle to a boy from New Zealand. Salah won his first 3-0 against a boy from Finland before losing to a top Egyptian boy in the round of 64. Emma’s first match is coming up shortly and the boys play their round of 32 matches shortly after. Follow the live action, photos draws and results of Team Canada  at http://www.wsfworldjuniors.com/
Day 2
The Canadian Squash squad had 3 wins on day 2 of the 2018 WSF World Junior Squash Championships in Chennai, India. This is the first time Canada has had 3 boys in the final 16. George started the day by coming back from a game down to beat Malik of England in 4 [4-11 13-11 11-4 11-6]. Julien played the Hong Kong’s #1 player and had a convincing 3-0 victory [11-5 11-4 11-4]. Ryan had a battle against El Serty from Egypt. It was a physical and mental battle and he pushed the 3/4 seed and although he lost in straight games the match could have gone either way. In Canada’s final round of 32 match James took down the #1 American in a hard fought 3. 
In the women’s draw Emma defeated New Zealand’s Winona-Jo Joyce 3-0 [11-6 11-8 11-2] and moved onto the round of 32. In her round of 32 match Emma lost to Malaysia's Kah Yan Ooi [13/16] 3-1. Darosham also won his match in straight games in the men’s plate facing South Africa’s Murray Schepers. [11-5 11-7 11-9]
Next up for the Canadians are 2 Egyptians and the Mexican #1. George plays the top seed Marwan Tarek of Egypt and Julien plays his compatriot Omar El Torkey. James will face off against Leonel Cardenas. 
Canadians are playing well and representing Canada well! They look to keep it going through their next matches. 
Day 3
Team Canada may have been on the losing end of their round of 16 matches, but they went down swinging. George went tooth and nail with the #1 seed and British Junior Open champion Tarak. On his first match on the glass George looked comfortable and confident and physically tested the top seed in a tough 4 games. 
Julien was next on the glass and took some time to adjust going down 0-2 to the 3/4 seed El Torkey, also of Egypt. Julien fought back to level the match before losing out in the final game 9-11. Watch Julien push 3/4 seed El Torkey of Egypt to 5 games here.
James was Canada’s last hope as he was up against the speedy, hard hitting Mexican Cardonas. James dug deep and eventually came up short in another 4 game battle. 
Ryan, George, Julien and James pushed the top seeds in the event and these results should help Canada secure a top 8 seeding going into the team event. Canada put every country on notice that we are back at the top of our game and are ready to compete with the worlds best. 
In the boys plate, Salah lost in a close 3 to a boy from South Africa while Darosham won in 3 against a Finnish boy. Emma won in a tight 3 against an Indian girl. Darosham and Emma are the last 2 Canadians standing. The team event kicks off on Wednesday. Follow all of the action live here


Round 1 results:
  • George defeated Finland’s Elias Korhonen 3-0 [11-4 11-2 11-5 ]
  • Julien defeated New Zealand's Anthony Lepper 3-0 [11-9 11-6 11-4 ]
  • Ryan defeated Finland’s Samuli Niskala 3-0 [11-6 11-8 11-4]
  • James defeated Ireland’s Conor Moran 3-0 [11-9 11-6 11-6 ]
  • Salah defeated Finland’s Ville Koskinen 3-0 [11-3 11-3 11-2] 
  • Darosham lost a very close five game match to New Zealand’s Elijah Thomas [4-11 12-10 11-6 1-11 11-8] so will now move onto the men’s plate tomorrow
Round 2 results:
  • George defeated Hong Kong’s Kai Hei Ho 3-0 [12-10 11-2 11-2]
  • Julien defeated Mexico’s Leonardo Vargus 3-0 [13-11 11-7 11-5]
  • Ryan defeated USA’s Thomas Rosini 3-0 [11-7 11-7 11-3]
  • James defeated Argentina’s Miguel Gonzalo Pujol 3-0 [11-6 11-9 11-7]
  • Salah was defeated in a tough second round match-up with the no 2 seed Mostafa Asal of Egypt
Round 3 results:
  • George came back from being down a game to defeated England’s Curtis Malik [13/16] 3-1 [4-11 13-11 11-4 11-6]
  • Julian defeated Hong Kong’s Chung Yat Long 3-0 [11-5 11-4 11-4]
  • Ryan lost a tough match against Egypt’s Mostafa El Serty [3/4] [11-9 11-8 11-9]
  • James defeated USA’s Daelum Mawji [9/12] in straight games [11-9 11-7 11-9]
Women’s Draw:
  • Round 1 Emma defeated New Zealand’s Winona-Jo Joyce 3-0 [11-6 11-8 11-2]
  • In the round of 32 Emma lost to Malaysia's Kah Yan Ooi [13/16] 3-1 [11-7 9-11 12-10 11-7]
Men’s Plate:
  • Darosham defeated South Africa’s Murray Schepers 3-0 [11-5 11-7 11-9]
Last 16 results:
  • George lost to Marwan Tarek of Egypt but was able to steal a game from the no 1 seed [11-6 11-6 9-11 11-4]
  • Julien lost to Egypt’s Omar El Torkey [3/4] although the 5-game match could have gone either way
  • [11-7 11-3 9-11 11-13 11-9]
  • James took a game from Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas before falling to the 5/8 seed [11-7 8-11 11-5 11-3]
Women’s 17-24 Plate:
  • Emma defeated India’s Aishwarya Khubchandani 3-0 [11-6 11-9 12-10]
  • Emma defeated Australia's Alexandra Haydon 3-1 [9-11 11-9 11-6 11-8]
  • In the semi-finals Emma lost to Hong Kong's Chan Sin Yuk [13/16] 3-0
  • Emma finished 20th overall, after losing a very close match to Poland's Karina Tyma [11-8 12-14 11-4 11-5]
Men’s Special Plate:
  • Salah lost to South Africa’s Mikael Ismail [11-6 11-5 13-11]
Men’s Plate:
  • Darosham defeated Finland’s Atte Stengard 3-0 [11-7 11-3 11-6]
  • In round 3 Darosham defeated Australia's Joel Arscott 3-0 [11-8 11-9 12-10]
  • In the QFs Darosham defeated New Zealand's Anthony Lepper 3-1 [6-11 11-2 11-5 11-8]
  • Darosham made it to the semi-finals before losing out to USA's Dillon Huang [9-11 11-4 11-4 11-4]
Canadian's final results from the Individual event:
  • James, George, and Julien all made it to the final 16, which was the first time Canada has had 3 boys in the final 16!
  • Ryan finished in the top 32 (round 3)
  • Darosham finished in the top 4 (semi-finals) of the Men's plate
  • Salah finished in the Men's special plate second round
  • Emma finished in 20th place in the Women's draw
Congratulations to all our juniors! 



For the complete draws visit https://www.wsfworldjuniors.com/18-team-draws/


Check out photos of Team Canada throughout the Championships!
(Photo credits: Chris Hanebury/Squash Canada and WSF World Junior Website)

2018 WSF World Junior Squash Championships