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Egypt Claim Fifth Successive Women's World Junior Team Championship Crown


Egypt overcame the United States in the final of the Women's World Junior Team Championship to lift the title for an incredible fifth consecutive time and a seventh time overall.

The number one seeds saw off Malaysia in the semi-final while the United States stormed past England to secure their final berth.

Habiba Mohamed and Sabrina Sobhy faced each other in the first match, with the duo taking a game apiece after a number of early high-octane rallies. The World Junior Individual Championship runner-up ramped up the pressure on Sobhy though and powered through to take a 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-1 victory.

Up next was Salma Hany Ibrahim who took on Kayley Leonard in a superb match. Ibrahim followed in her compatriot's earlier footsteps to take an early lead but Leonard fought back to level the scores.

The third and fourth games were tight affairs with very little to separate the two women but it was to be Ibrahim who edged out the victory to send the Egyptian fans in to raptures.

“I was under a lot of pressure,” said Ibrahim, who turns 19 today.

“Some people thought I was going to win easily but I knew how tough it would be. I really didn't want to put Nouran [Gohar] under the pressure of playing a decider, so I didn't think about anything. I just tried to play one point at a time and when the referee gave a stroke on that last point I just exploded and then I cried my eyes out.

A euphoric Ibrahim celebrates her title-winning victory

“Our coaches and the National Federation have helped us so much and put so much into this that it’s the least we could do to repay them. It’s my birthday in a few hours’ time and I’m so happy to be able to finish my junior career by winning this title as part of this amazing team.”

England recorded their best finish since 2005 by sharing the bronze medal with Malaysia, who in turn celebrates their best place since finishing as runners-up in 2007.

Result – Final: Women’s World Junior Team Championship 2015

[1] EGYPT bt [2] USA: 2-0

Habiba Mohamed bt Sabrina Sobhy 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-1 (33m)
Salma Hany Ibrahim bt Kayley Leonard 3-1: 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)
Nouran Gohar v Reeham Sedky (match not required)

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