Egypt Defeats Canada to Advance to the World Junior Men’s Squash Team Championship Semi Final





    DOHA – Defending champions Egypt continued their dominance over the field at the World Jr. Squash Team Championships with a convincing 3-0 victory over Canada, earlier today in the quarterfinals.  The Canadian Team, which is seeded 10th in this year’s event, defeated Brazil yesterday 2-0 in the round of 16.  The Egyptian team got wins from Mazen Hisham and two-time junior individual world champion Marwan El Shorbagy to clinch the win for Egypt.  With today’s victory, Egypt will take on #4 seed India in the semi finals who beat Hong Kong 2-1. The other quarterfinal matches saw England defeat USA 3-0 and Pakistan defeat Japan 2-0. 

    For the Canadians, Zachary Leman and Tyler Olson both improved as their matches progressed, but neither was able to capture a game despite coming close in the third.  Team Canada Junior Men’s National Coach Jonathan Hill said, “Egypt are so strong, their attacking ability is second to none.  We knew going into the match that we would find it difficult against the top seeds”.  The reigning World Champion Egypt has been the leading squash nation in the world and Hill commented, “We’re proud of our guys for getting into the top eight and hope they can take some lessons from today’s matches and come out stronger next time they come up against the Egyptians – they play such a strong, attacking short game, second to none and it’s really exciting to watch.”

    Canada now moves into the consolation round to play for 5th – 8th place.  Canada will take on #5 seeds Hong Kong, while; USA takes on the tournament’s surprise team Japan on Tuesday.  The tournament wraps up on Wednesday. 

    [1] EGYPT 3-0 [10] CANADA
    Mazen Hisham 3-0 Zachary Leman (CAN) 11/2, 11/3, 11/8 (21m)
    Marwan El Shorbagy 3-0 Tyler Olson (CAN) 11/3, 11/6, 11/9 (26m)

    Fares Dessouki 2-0 Tyler Lee (CAN) 11/8, 11/8
    Cameron Seth (CAN) – did not play