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Egypt's Rowan Elaraby celebrates her win over Andrea Lee to help Egypt to the World Junior Team Championship title :Image courtesy of the World Junior Squash Championship

Egypt Prevail Over Malaysia in World Junior Team Championships Final

Egypt have added the team’s title to the men’s and women’s individual trophies they will take home from the World Junior Squash Championship in Tauranga after they overcame Malaysia in the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre.

With the top four seeded women in the tournament, they were always going to be hard to beat and so it proved with a 2-0 win against Malaysia to add a sixth consecutive title to their trophy cabinet.

Women’s individual champion Rowan Elaraby sealed the victory and celebrated her 17th birthday with a 3-1 win against Andrea Lee.

It came after Hania El Hammamy, who Elaraby had beaten six days earlier in the women’s final, defeated Sivasangari Subramaniam 3-1 in a match of such quality it defied their teenage years.

Egypt coach Omar Abdel Aziz said it had been hard to motivate the players after the individuals tournament because, with the four top seeds, they had all hoped to win.

“I had to get them back up psychologically,” said Aziz.

“It was step by step, match by match to get here. We didn’t talk about the trophy, just the matches.”

Malaysia coach Andrew Cross felt his players were sluggish early in their matches but had only praise for Egypt and their domination of world squash.

“My girls have done well,” said Cross.

“We wanted to be in the final so they have done that and I’m proud of how they competed with Egypt, but both (Elaraby and El Hammamy) played better today than they did in the individuals final.”

Result – Final: World Junior Team Championship

[1] Egypt bt [2] Malaysia 2-0
Hania El Hammamy bt Sivasangari Subramaniam 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9
Rowan Elaraby bt Andrea Lee 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7

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