Having missed 2021 completely, and all but the U19 events in 2022, there are less returning champions than usual, but eleven of this year’s players are looking to add to their BJO title tally.
The break means that most of the players have missed out an age group, but several of them still have the chance to notch up additional titles.
Torrie Malik (Eng) G19 2022
Torrie is a 5/8 seed in this, her last BJO.
The remaining ten returning champions all won their titles in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Amina Orfi (Egy) G11 2018, G13 2019 & 2020
Aged 15, she is the reigning World Junior Champion – the second youngest after five-time BJO Champion Nour El Sherbini -and winning that title this summer in Nancy had a match ball against world #15 Sabrini Sobhy in the Egyptian Open, and has collected two PSA titles.
Amina is top seed for the G19 event.
Hamza Kham (Pak) B15 2020
“I feel so happy, thanks to all, my coaches, my parents, thanks to all coaches,” said Hamza when he won the title. “I was happy with how I played the whole tournament, and in the final. My dream is to be world champion.”
He is a 3/4 seed in this year’s B19.
Aira Azman (Mas) G15 2018
2018 was a good year for Malaysia, as they took four of the five Girls’ titles!
Fayrouz Aboelkheir (Egy) G15 2020
In this year’s World Juniors she lost in the semi-finals – 12-10 in the fifth – to Amina Orfi, and the pair are seeded to meet again in this year’s final.
Anahat Singh (Ind) G11 2019
She made headlines with her exploits in the Commonwealth Games this summer – as the same Birmingham venue as the BJO – reached the quarters of the World Juniors and the final of the Indian Nationals.
She’s top seed in the G15, and the seedings predict another final against Whitney!
Ameeshenraj Chandaran (Mas) B15 2019
He’s a 5/8 seed in this year’s edition.
Ahmed Rashed (Egy) B11 2018
This year he’s a 3/4 seed in the B17 – the only event in which Egypt provides the top four seeds!
Jonah Bryant (Eng) B13 2018
He was part of the England team that claimed the World Junior Team title this Summer, and is a 9/16 seed in the B19 draw.
Abd-Allah Eissa (Eng) B13 2019
This time around he’s a 5-8 seed in the B17 draw.
Nickhileswar Moganasundharam (Mas) B11 2019
This time around, at 14, he’s top seed in the B15 draw.