Monday, July 20, 2009

Egypt top interim team seedings

Egypt, three-time winners of the trophy since 1999, are seeded to retain the Women's World Junior Team Squash Championship title in India next month - according to the interim seedings for the event announced today.

Heba El Torky, the 18-year-old world No42 from Alexandria who is expected to reach the women's individual final, will lead the Egyptian squad - which also includes her younger sister Nouran El Torky, as well as 13-year-old Nour El Sherbini, one of the youngest competitors in the championship.

Malaysia are named as second seeds and are expected to meet Egypt in a repeat of the 2007 final in Hong Kong.

Hosts India are seeded four - but will hope to finish higher than their best-ever fourth finish in the 2003 championship in Cairo.

Seeded third, Canada are expected to record their highest-ever finish in 12 appearances since the inaugural event in 1985.

"Successful players in these world junior championships in Chennai would be expected to be in their prime by 2016 – when Squash hopes to be making its long-awaited debut in the Olympic Games," said WSF President N Ramachandran.

The final seedings, and positions in the pools, will be decided on semi-finals day of the individual women's championship.

Interim Team Seeding:

[1] Egypt; [2] Malaysia; [3] Canada; [4] India; [5] Hong Kong; [6] USA; [7] England; [8] France; [9] New Zealand; [10] Australia; [11] Netherlands; [12] Germany; [13] South Africa; [14] Denmark; [15] Spain; [16] Sweden

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