The 2023 edition of the WSF World Juniors takes place in Melbourne from the 18th to 29th July, with the individual and women’s team events …
Day SIX FINALS : Orfi retains, Hamza emulates Jansher
Top seed Amini Orfi retained her WJ title with a straight-games win over Aira Azman to maintain Egypt’s stranglehold on the event, while Hamza Khan overcame Mohamed Zakariah in four games to become Pakistan’s first champion since Jansher Khan 37 years ago!
Day FIVE Semis : Orfi joined by trio of 3/4 seeds in finals
The finalists of the 2023 WSF World Juniors have been decided in Melbourne, with top seed and defending champion Amina Orfi joined by three 3/4 seeds in the finals.
Orfi overcame compatriot Malak Khagafy in four games, while Malaysia’s Aira Azman denied an all-Egyptian final as she beat second seed Fayrouz Aboelhkeir in straight games.
Mohamed Zakariah won his all-Egyptian clash with Salman Khalil in straight games, and he’ll meet Pakitan’s Hamza Khan who saved match ball in a five game thriller against Frances’ Melvil Scianimanico.
Day FOUR Quarter-Finals : Bryant downed as women’s seeds progress
The top four seeds in the women’s draw – three of them Egyptian – won through to the semi-finals in Melbourne, but more upsets in the men’s draw as top seed Jonah Bryant was downed in straight games by Egypt’s 5/8 seed Salman Khalil.
Day THREE : Robertson downs defending champ Damming
A huge upset in the men’s fourth round as USA’s Hollis Robertson came from two games down to beat defending champion and second seed Rowan Damming. He’ll meet France’s Melvil Scianimanico, who produced the other upset of the day in the quarters. England’s Top seed Jonah Bryant was taken to five games, as was Pakistan’s 3/4 seed Hamza Khan.
In the women’s draw saw France’s Lauren Baltayan ended the run of Hong Kong’s Sze Wing Wai to become the only 9/16 seed in the quarter-finals, which feature four Egyptians including defending champion Amina Orfi.
Day TWO : English pair crash out as last sixteens are decided
It was a bad day for the English girls as 5/8 Asia Harris and 9/16 Amelie Harris were both beaten by Hong Kong opponents Ka Huen Leung and Sze Wing Wai, with the other 14 seeds all winning through to round four.
In the men’s draw two 9/16 seeds fell as Colombia’s Jose Santamaria and USA’s Varun Chitturi joined 14 seeds in the next round.
Day ONE : all seeds safely through
Two rounds of play with the top sixteen seeds advancing to the last 32 in both Men’s and Women’s draws.
Bryant and Orfi top seeds
The draws for the 20-23 World Juniors feature Egypt’s defending champion Amina Orfi and British Junior Champion Jonah Bryant as top seeds.
The women’s draw forsees a repeat of January’s BJO final in which Orfi beat second seed Fayrouz Aboelkheir in five games, while the men’s final is predicted to be a meeting between Bryant and Dutch defending champion Rowan Damming, also a repeat from the BJO.