Three Europeans into BJO boys' U19 semis

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Three Europeans into BJO boys' U19 semis

Three European players secured their places in the boys' U19 semi-finals at the British Junior Open - but 29 Egyptians filled the 40 available places overall in Saturday's last four.

England's Jonah Bryant, last year's runner-up, eased past USA's Hollis Robertson, European junior No.1 David Bernet of Switzerland overcame Egypt's Yahya Abouraya in four games and Frenchman Melvil Scianimanico won in three tight games against American Rishi Srivastava.


Top seed Mohamed Zakaria, who has enjoyed remarkable success on the PSA World Tour this season, cruised past USA's Zane Patel. Scianimanico lies in wait for him on Saturday afternoon.


In the girls' U19s draw, top seed Fayrouz Aboelkheir saw off Malaysia’s Sehveetrraa Kumar [5/8] with little sweat. In fact, only USA’s second-seeded Caroline Fouts thwarted an Egyptian clean sweep with her triumph over Noor Megahed [5/8].

There were some big upsets in the boys’ and girls’ U11s, with the top two seeds knocked out in the former and the second seed beaten in the latter. The 5/8 seed Tameem Mostafa Fahmy of Egypt came from a game down to defeat top seed Muhd Harmas Raja from Pakistan 3-1. Fellow Egyptian Adam Ragab [5/8] ousted Malaysia’s second seed Hisshan Nair Tan in straight games to secure his spot in the semi finals. Meanwhile, the 3/4 seed Lars Daly of the USA was knocked out by Egyptian Ali Elmaotasem [9/16] after going down to a 3-1 defeat. In the girls’ competition, the sole shock result saw the USA’s second seed Megha Ravichandaran go down 3-0 to [5/8] Alya Alaa of Egypt.


Anahat Singh, India’s top seed in the girls’ U17s, came through a stern test against Egypt’s Ruqayya Salem [5/8] to advance to the last four. After sharing the first four games, Singh clinched the fifth 11-8 to earn her place in the semi-finals.


The rest of the girls’ U17s went to seedings, with Singh taking on Egypt’s 3/4 seed Barb Sameh on Saturday following her 3-0 success over Doyce Lee Ye San [9/16] of Malaysia.


It was an Egyptian clean sweep in the boys’ U17s, with 17/32 seed Ahmed Abd Elreheem springing a surprise result as he knocked out his compatriot – and the 3/4 seed - Seifeldin Refaay. Fellow countrymen and the top two seeds Youssef Salem and Marwan Asal, who lifted the U15 title in 2023, downed Amir Khaled 3-1 and USA’s 9/16 seed Jack Elriani 3-0, respectively.


The Egyptians swept the board in the boys’ U13s, with the four quarter-final ties going to seedings. No.1 seed Malek Helmy downed Muhammad Sohail Adnann [17/32] from Pakistan in straight games, while the second seed Omar Mohamed overturned a 2-1 deficit to edge fellow countryman Aly Taleb [5/8] 3-2.


In the girls' U13s, USA’s top seed Vivienne Sze battled back from two games down to avoid a scare against Aadya Budhia [9/16] of India to win 3-2.


Despite a big victory on Thursday, Egypt’s Seif Belal El Shal [17/32] just missed out on a semi final berth in the boys’ U15s as he went down 3-2 to his compatriot and the 5/8 seed Farouk Mohamed. In the girls' U15s Egypt’s 5/8 seed Rama El Naggar dumped the 3/4 seed Reghan McLaughlin of the USA out with a 3-1 success.


Saturday's semi-finals get underway at 9am UK time. Watch live streaming from the all-glass court and courts 1 and 2 at the University of Birmingham Sport at and on SQUASHTV.

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