Egypt have completed a clean sweep of the World Junior Individual Championship titles for the first time since 2013 after Marwan Tarek and Rowan Elaraby claimed the Men’s and Women’s titles, respectively in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Taking place at the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre, the World Junior Championships saw over 70 of the world’s top juniors compete for the prestigious title in both the Men’s and Women’s events, with Tarek overcoming Frenchman Victor Crouin in the final of the Men’s tournament.
Both players took two games apiece before World No.186 Tarek was able to get back on top to take the decider for the loss of three points, becoming the first Egyptian male winner since World No.67 Karim El Hammamy four years ago.
“I can’t think right now, I’m the World Champion,” said Tarek.
“Dreams do come true.”
Rowan Elaraby (left) after her victory over Hania El Hammamy (right)
In the Women’s event, Elaraby overcame number one seed Hania El Hammamy, a year after she lost out to World No.5 Nouran Gohar in the final.
Elaraby was a picture of composure as she led in each game and held firm as El Hammamy tried to rally, but the pre-tournament title favourite was never able to really get her her game going and El Araby closed out the win by an 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 margin.
“I am so happy. I worked so hard for this title after coming second [in Poland] last year,” World No.50 Elaraby said.
“It’s difficult playing another Egyptian but there are no friends on the court and I worked hard to stay calm.
“I didn’t expect it to be 3-0. All of the matches I play against Hania are normally close. This is just amazing.”
Result – Final: 2017 Men’s World Junior Individual Championships
¾ Marwan Tarek (EGY) bt ¾ Victor Crouin (FRA) 3-2: 11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3 (57m)
Result – Final: 2017 Women’s World Junior Individual Championships
¾ Rowan Reda Araby (EGY) bt  Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (36m)