The Favourites

Having missed 2021 completely, and all but the U19 events in 2022, there are less returning champions than usual, but three of this year’s players are looking to add to their BJO title tally.

The break means that most of them players have missed out an age group, but they have the chance to notch up additional titles.

Amina Orfi
G11 2018, G13 2019 & 2020

Amina is unbeaten in her three previous BJO appearances, winning the first ever U11 title in 2018 and the U13 title in the next two years.

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.

Fayrouz Aboelkheir
G15 2020

Fayrouz, now 16, won the 2020 G15 title in an all-Egyptian final having lost in the G13 finals in the two previous years.

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.

Ahmed Rashed
B11 2018

Ahmed, now 15, was the first-ever B11 champion, beating compatriot Mohamed Zakariah in the final, and lost out in the 2020 B15 final to fellow Egyptian Youssef Salem.

This year he’s a 3/4 seed in the B17 – the only event in which Egypt provides the top four seeds!