Day Five – Finals Day
England stun top seeds Egypt to claim the title for the first time since 2000
The England team of Finnlay Withington, Jonah Bryant and Sam Osborne-Wylde beat top seeds and defending champions Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling final in Nancy
Top seeds and defending champions Egypt – who have appeared in every final since 2002 – were looking to extend their record tally of six Men’s World Junior Team titles as they took on second seeds England in a repeat of the last final, 2018 in Chennai which Egypt won 2-0.
With a playing order of 1/3/2 the first match of the final was Finnlay Withington v Kareem El Torkey, both seeded 3/4 for the individual event. It was El Torkey, who lost in the individual round of 32, who dominated against individual finalist Withington, taking the first two games 11-8, 11-5.
Withington took a 5-1 lead in the third but El Torkey fought back to level at 6-all, and the pair traded points as El Torkey had match balls at 10-9 and 11-10 before errors from the Egyptian racket saw Withington take the game 14-12.
Withington was in control for the remainder of the match as he completed the comeback 11-3, 11-6 to put England ahead.
The first two games were shared, but it was the Egyptian who held his nerves to take the third in extra points before streaking to a 10-2 lead in the fourth. Bryant saved four match balls – including a monster 2 1/2 minute rally – but couldn’t continue the run as Khalil won 11-3, 5-11, 14-12, 11-6 to level the match.
Osborne-Wylde took the first two games 11-3, 11-6 to put England one game away from the title. Zakaria increased the tension as he pulled a game back 11-4, but there was not to be a second miracle comeback as Osborne-Wylde pulled clear from 5-all in the fourth, taking the match 11-8 on his second match ball to give England the title for the first time since 2002.
Sam : “I literally can’t put it into words what it meant to win and the way it went down. Finn saving those match balls, Jonah fighting for everything, and the way it ended. You couldn’t ask for anything better! Just looking at the names on the trophy, and we’re going to have our names on it. I can’t believe it.
“We’re all such good mates, I couldn’t ask for better people to win it with. Big shout out to Josh Taylor and Adam Fuller, they’ve been huge this week. I couldn’t ask for better coaches.
“Josh just told me to enjoy it and just to enjoy the moment, to take the pressure off yourself and it really worked in the first two games. I absolutely bottled the third but then came out in the fourth and managed to pull it back. I’ve never felt like that in my life!”
Finnlay : “ I just thought to keep fighting and pushing. I knew that in his head he thought he’d won the match but thankfully I could put him down in five.”
Jonah : “We’ve known each other for the best part of eight years. We’re all best mates and it’s special to do it together.”
Day Four – Semi-Finals
It’s top seeds Egypt and England in the final after they beat Pakistan and Malaysia, both 2-1.
Defending champions Egypt came through a nail-biting contest third seeds Pakistan as they reached their ninth consecutive final, while record winners and second seeds England also recorded a 2-1 win over Malaysia.
Pool stages complete, today it’s four Playoff Round One matches to determine who goes through to meet the top four seeds in tonight’s quarter-finals …
USA won a dramatic decider against Canada and will meet top seeds Egypt, India ended Australia’s run to set up a meeting with Pakistan, France beat Colombia and will now face Malaysia on the glass court, and the Netherlands overcame Ireland to set up a quarter-final against England.
Day TWO : Playoff places are decided
The second day of Team matches in Nancy saw the Pool places decided, with the 11 of the top 12 seeds progressing, Australia joining the playoff party as they finished second in Pool B.
Stage Two Draw
Day One : Top six seeds advance
There were no upsets on the opening day of the team competition in Nancy, with the top six seeds all winning to go top of their groups.
Top seeds Egypt won twice to finish their campaign in Group A, with Malaysia, France and India also winning twice today, while the remaining top seeds play twice tomorrow as the playoff positions are determined.
|Group||Team P/W||Team P/W||Team P/W||Team P/W|
|A|| Egypt 2/2||[10/12] Colombia 2/1||New Zealand 2/0|
|B|| England 3/3||Australia 3/2||[10/12] Korea 3/1||Kuwait 3/0|
|C|| Pakistan 3/3||[10/12] Netherlands 3/2||Hong Kong 3/1||Guyana 3/0|
|D|| Malaysia 3/3||[7/9] Canada 3/2||Germany 3/1||Switzerland 3/0|
|E|| France 3/3||[7/9] USA 3/2||Spain 3/1||Ukraine 3/0|
|F|| India 3/3||[7/9] Ireland 3/2||South Africa 3/1||Scotland 3/0|
Day One Matches & Results
After the conclusion of the Individual events, it’s on to the men’s teams in Nancy …
Top seeds and defending champions are Egypt, who have won four of the last five events, represented by Mohamed Zakaria, Kareem El Torkey, Mohammed Nasser and Salman Khalil. Nine-time winners England – last time’s runners-up – are seeded two with individual finalist Finnlay Withington joined by Sam Osborne-Wylde, Jonah Bryant and Franklyn Smith.
Pakistan, winners in 2016 and fielding the top two seeds from the Individual event, are seeded three with Malaysia, France and India completing the seeds topping the pools.
The first two days will feature Pool matches, with the top two in each Pool progressing to the knockout draw where winners of Pools A to D go straight to the quarter-finals with the other teams playing off to join them.