World Juniors Draws
Egyptians seeded to meet in World Junior Finals in KL
The Draws for the WSF World Juniors in Malaysia are here, with Egyptians predicted to contest both finals in August.
The individual events take place in Kuala Lumpur from 30th Jul to 4th August, followed by the Women’s Team event from 5th to 9th Aug.
World No.29 Mostafa Asal is firm favourite to retain the men’s title. The 18-year-old from Cairo is expected to meet No.2 seed Omar El Torkey – also 18 and from Cairo – in the final. Czech Viktor Byrtus is the highest non-Egyptian seed – sharing the men’s 3/4 seeding with Egypt’s Mostafa El Serty.
After finishing as runner-up in 2017 and 2018, Hania El Hammamy is seeded to strike gold for the first time in the women’s event. The 18-year-old from Cairo – ranked 15 in the world – is predicted to meet second seed Jana Shiha, a 17-year-old born in Alexandria, in what would be the ninth successive all-Egyptian women’s final!
Malaysia’s Aifa Azman is expected to provide home interest in the semi-finals – the other 3/4 seed being Egypt’s Farida Mohamed.
Asal and Hammamy won the British Junior Open U19 titles in January – Asal beating El Torkey in the semi-finals, and Hammamy defeating Shiha in the final!