World champions Orfi and Damming headline 2023 British Junior Open draws

The draws for the 2023 British Junior Open (BJO) have been released with current world junior champions Amina Orfi of Egypt and Rowan Damming of the Netherlands headlining the girls and boys under 19 draws respectively in Birmingham from 4th to8th January.

The flagship event will feature strong contingents of representatives from Egypt, Malaysia and the USA among the tournament favourites.

Featuring 673 international players competing across 10 age categories, the England Squash platinum event returns to its full scale for the first time since 2020.

Zakariah & Damming

BU19 top seed Damming is predicted to meet 15-year-old [3/4] Mohamed Zakaria (Egy) in the semi-finals ahead of a potential final showdown with home hero Finnlay Withington – in what could be a repeat of the 2022 World Men’s Junior Championships final. Hot on their heels and looking to upset proceedings is Columbia’s [5/8] Juan Jose Torres Lara who edged Damming in a thrilling US Junior Open BU19 final yesterday.

An all-Egyptian GU19 final could be on the cards featuring three-time BJO champion Orfi and World No.47 [2] Fayrouz Aboelokheir, a former BJO GU15 champion.

Torrie Malik

In Orfi’s half of the draw is reigning BJO champion [5/8] Torrie Malik (Eng) and 3/4 seed Malak Khagafy (Egy), while Malaysia’s former BJO champion Aira Azman is scheduled for a last four encounter with Aboelkheir.

An Egyptian quartet is seeded to meet in the last four of the BU17 draw with top seed Youssef Salem striving to capture his second BJO title. Lying in wait for a shot at the title are compatriots [2] Adham Roshdy, [3/4] Ahmed Rashed and [3/4] Eyad Hossam.

Egypt’s Barb Sameh is in prime position to take the GU17 title as top seed and is predicted to meet [3/4] Madison Ho (USA) in the semis ahead of a potential final showdown with compatriot [2] Salma El Sheik.

Hot favourite to lift the BU15 title is former BJO champion Nickleswar Mogansundraham of Malaysia. Looking to mount an upset is two-time US Junior champion [3/4] Jack Elriani (USA) and [2] Marwan Asal (Egy).

2019 G11 Final

14-year-old Anahat Singh, who represented India at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, is on the cards to add a second BJO title to her impressive medal haul as GU15 top seed. Singh is predicted to square off with [2] Whitney Wilson (Mas) in the final in what could be a repeat of the 2019 GU11 final in which Singh prevailed.

The BU13 draw predicts a USA/Egypt final with top seed Carlton Capella (USA) set to do battle with Eygptian [2] Eyad Walid Youssef Moussa.

Meanwhile, Capella’s compatriot [2] Isabella Tang is predicted to meet top seed Malika Taymour (Egy) in the GU13 final.

In the under 11s, Egyptians Hazem Sarwat and Talia Sherif are favourites to lift the boys and girls titles respectively.

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British Junior Open 2023 : What the Quarter-Finals would be ...

[1] Hazem Sarwat (Egy) v [5/8] Eric Tang Usa)
[3/4] Kayvern Arthur (Mas) v [5/8] Ayaan Dhanuka (Ind)
[3/4] Malek Ahmed (Egy) v [5/8] Brendan Chan (Usa)
[2] Amr Mostafa (Egy) v [5/8] Moez Elmoghazy(Egy)

[1] Carlton Capella (Usa) v [5/8] Ahmad Rayyan Khalil (Pak)
[3/4] Aiden Yun (Usa) v [5/8] Malek Helmy (Egy)
[3/4] Mohamed Ashraf (Egy) v [5/8] Nauman Khan (Pak)
[2] Eyad Walid Youssef Moussa (Egy) v [5/8] Simarver Singh Bamotra (Mas)

[1] Nickleswar Mogansundraham (Mas) v [5/8] Ismail Khalil (Eng)
[3/4] Jack Elriani (Usa) v [5/8] Aqil Miza Nalm Kharlil Fariz (Maz)
[3/4] Chris Alber (Egy) v [5/8] Ronnie Hickling (Eng)
[2] Marwan Asal (Egy) v [5/8] Adam Hawal (Egy)

[1] Youssef Salem (Egy) v [5/8] Harith Danial Jefri (Mas)
[3/4] Ahmed Rashed (Egy) v [5/8] Jooyiung Na (Kor)
[3/4] Eyad Hossam (Egy) v [5/8] Abd-Allah Eissa (Eng)
[2] Adham Roshdy (Egy) v [5/8] Wa-Sern Low (Mas)

[1] Rowan Damming (Ned) v [5/8] Salman Khalil (Egy)
[3/4] Mohamed Zakaria (Egy) v [5/8] Juan Jode Torres Lara (Col)
[3/4] Muhammed Hamza Khan (Pak) v [5/8] Noor Zaman (Pak)
[2] Finnlay Withington (Eng) v [5/8] Ameeshenraj Chandaran (Mas)

[1] Talia Sherif (Egy) v [5/8] Naomi Wiegenfield (Isr)
[3/4] Yara El Zorkany (Egy) v [5/8] Habiba Wael (Egy)
[3/4] Nadiya Ismael (Eng) v [5/8] Anika Kalanki (Ind)
[2] Mahnoor Ali (Pak) v [5/8] Amelia Rutherford (Usa)

[1] Malika Taymour (Egy) v [5/8] Lok Yin Tang (Hkg)
[3/4] Jinooreeka Ning (Mas) v [5/8] Aarika Mishra (Ind)
[3/4] Habiba Rizk (Egy) v [5/8] Ameerah Ismail (Eng)
[2] Isabella Tang (Usa) v [5/8] Emelda Camalia (Mas)

[1] Anahat Singh (Ind) v [5/8] Harleen Tan (Mas)
[3/4] Malak Samir (Egy) v [5/8] Jana Haytham (Egy)
[3/4] Sohaila Hazem (Egy) v [5/8] Mariam Eissa (Eng)
[2] Whitney Wilson (Mas) v [5/8] Rouqaya Salem (Egy)

[1] Barb Sameh (Egy) v [5/8] Caroline Eielson (Usa)
[3/4] Madison Ho (Usa) v [5/8] Riya Navani (Usa)
[3/4] Nour Khagary (Egy) v [5/8] Nadiem Elhammamy (Egy)
[2] Salma El Sheik (Egy) v [5/8] Ayten Elbagoury (Egy)

[1] Amina Orfi (Egy) v [5/8] Caroline Fouts (Usa)
[3/4] Malak Khagafy (Egy) v [5/8] Torrie Malik (Eng)
[3/4] Aira Azman (Mas) v [5/8] Asia Harris (Eng)
[2] Fayrouz Aboelokheir (Egy) v [5/8] Zeina Zeineldin (Egy)

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