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Egypt’s Mostafa Assal and Rowan Elaraby crowned World Junior Champions

Egypt's Mostafa Assal and Rowan Elaraby crowned World Junior Champions

Photo: WSF WorldJuniors

Egyptian duo and have been named World Junior Champions after defeating their compatriots Marwan Tarek and Hania El Hammamy.

The tournament started on July 18 and took place in Chennai, India, with over than 150 players and 28 countries taking part in it.

Egypt’s Mostafa Assal reached the final after beating each of Salaheldin Eltorgman, Veer Chotrani, Yannick Wilhelmi, Leonel Cardenas, and compatriot Mostafa El Serty.

In the final, he came up against last year’s world champion Marwan Tarek, with Assal winning 3-0 [11-7, 13-11, 11-4] to become the new World Junior champion.

He becomes the tenth Egyptian man to win the tournament after Ahmed Barada, Ahmed Faizy, Karim Darwish, Ramy Ashour, El Shorbagy brothers, Amr Khalifa, Karim El Hammamy, and Marwan Tarek.

Egypt's Mostafa Assal and Rowan Elaraby crowned World Junior Champions

Photo: WSF WorldJuniors

Meanwhile, in the women competition, Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby beat her compatriot Hania El Hammamy in the final 3-1 [11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9] to win the tournament for the second successive time.

Elaraby and El Hammamy made history by becoming the first ever pair in the 37-year history of the women’s championship to contest successive finals.

Last year they played against each other in the final, with Elaraby winning 3-0.

Since 2003, every final has witnessed at least one Egyptian woman, with the Pharaohs winning it 12 times in the last 13 years.

Current World No.1 Nour El Sherbini holds the record with three world titles, a record Rowan can equal should she win the trophy next year.

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