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Fifteen-year-old Habiba Mohamed of Egypt will face compatriot and defending champion Nour El Sherbini in the semi-final.
PETALING JAYA: Three-time world junior champion Nour El Sherbini led the way as four Egyptians swept into the girls’ semi-finals of the World Junior squash championships in Windhoek, Namibia.
The 18-year-old, chasing a record fourth world junior title, was simply too strong for England’s Lily Taylor as she strolled to an 11-2, 11-3, 11-3 win in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Nour will next face 15-year-old Habiba Mohamed, who pulled off the upset of the day when she defeated compatriot and joint third-fourth seed Salma Hany 12-10, 11-3, 11-6.
The other semi-final will be between second seed Nouran Gouhar and joint third-fourth seed Mariam Metwally.
The Egyptian boys, however, were not up to the mark.
With defending champion Karim El Hammamy already knocked out in the second round, joint ninth-12th seed Omar El Atmas is now the sole Egyptian survivor in the last four.
Omar staged a brilliant fightback to beat third-fourth seed Tayyab Aslam of Pakistan 7-11, 12-14, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 in the quarter-finals.
Two other Egyptians – joint fifth-eighth seed Mohamed El Gawarhy and joint 13th-16th seed Youssef Soliman – were sent packing in the last eight.
Mohamed was no match for top seed and overwhelming favourite Diego Elias of Peru, losing 11-6, 11-4, 11-6. As for Youssef, he was beaten 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 by Pakistan’s Syed Ali Bokhari.
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