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Tennis: Egyptians through to African Championship final
Egyptian tennis champions Lamis Al-Hussein and Youssef Hossam are through to the singles finals of the 39th African Junior Closed Championships held in Tunisia.
After defeating Burundian Sada Nahimana (6-3, 6-2) in the quarter-finals, Hussein was set to face South African Zani Barnard in the semi-final.
Barnard had previously beaten Egyptian Dalila Said, 15, in the tournament’s quarter-final (7-5, 2-6, 6-3). The 17-year-old Egyptian avenged her compatriot by beating Barnard (6-2, 6-1) and qualifying to the final.
Hussein is set to face Tunisian Chiraz Bechri in an all-Arab final on Bechri’s own grounds in Tunisia to determine the champion.
In the boys singles competition, Egyptian and African No.1 Youssef Hossam, who defeated fellow Egyptian Omar El-Kady (6-4, 6-4) in the quarter-finals, qualified to the final. The Egyptian champion, 17, advanced in the competition after defeating South African Richard Thongoana, African No.4, (6-4, 6-3) in the semi-final.
Hossam will play against South African Damon Kesaris in the competition’s final.