RESULTS: WSF World Junior Squash
Championships, Eindhoven, Netherlands
 Diego Elias (PER) bt [3/4] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (51m)
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Habiba Mohamed (EGY)
11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 17-15 (69m)
Diego Elias & Nouran Gohar Are The 2015
World Junior Champions
and Nouran Gohar have been crowned the champions of the
2015 WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships
after triumphs in today's finals in the Netherlands - Peruvian
Elias overcoming Egypt's Youssef Soliman at the
Squashtime Centre in Eindhoven to retain the title he
won for the first time last year in Namibia, and second seed
Gohar upsetting top seed Habiba Mohamed in the other
final to deny her Egyptian compatriot a second successive
Top seed Elias, who last year became
Peru's first world squash champion, has been imperious form
throughout the week. The 18-year-old from Lima reached the final
without conceding a game - then took on surprise finalist
Youssef Soliman, a 3/4 seed from Egypt.
Elias - ranked 43 in the world, 133 places
higher than his opponent - was forced to battle for 51 minutes
before overcoming Soliman 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.
The win sees the South American squash
star become only the fourth player in history to win the men's
world junior title twice, after Egyptians Ramy Ashour,
Mohamed Elshorbagy and Marwan Elshorbagy.
feel very happy to win this title," the triumphant Elias (picured
above with Soliman) told the event website
later. "It's what you work for. It's thanks to my supporters,
trainers, and family - especially my Dad who pushed me and
worked with me - making this happen.
"This has been an important month for me,
with the Pan American Games where I played well to reach - and
almost win - the final, and now this.
"It's an honour to join the list of people
who have won this title twice and I hope I can continue to
progress as they have."
After winning the women's title for the
first time last year at the age of 15 - beating Gohar in the
final - Alexandria-born Habiba Mohamed had in her sights
the potential to win the title an unprecedented four times.
But world No.15 Gohar - who had ever
before beaten her fellow countrywoman, yet was ranked higher
than her 19-ranked opponent - was eager to disprove the seedings
while endorsing the rankings.
Honours were shared after the first two
games, but from five-all in the third Gohar burst ahead to take
a 2/1 lead.
The fourth game was an epic - 30 minutes
of unrelenting effort and tension. Mohamed led at 4-1 but Gohar
levelled at 6-all. 7-all, 8-all, and 9-all. The favourite had
four game-balls, and Gohar had two match-balls before finally
converting her third with a low drive that former champion
Mohamed had no chance of reaching.
"I can't feel anything right now, I'm so
happy," said the delighted Gohar (pictured above after clinching
her win) after her 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 17-15 title triumph in 69
"In the second game she played very well
and I lost concentration, but then I played well again in the
"I didn't think of last year at all, I
know I played badly then and I didn't want it to affect me.
"The fourth was so tough, if I'd lost that
I don't think I would have had anything left, I was so pleased
to finish it in four, I really don't know what happened at the
have been named as top seeds in the 2015 WSF Women's World
Junior Team Championship which gets underway tomorrow. 18
nations will be competing in the biennial event in which
defending champions Egypt are expected to face second seeds
USA in the final for the third time in a row.
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