World Juniors 2022 – Team Event

Final: Egypt 1-2 England

Karim El Torkey 2-3 Finnlay Withington 11-8, 11-5, 12-14, 3-11, 6-11
Salman Khalil 3-1 Jonah Bryant 11-3, 5-11, 14-12, 11-6
Mohamed Zakaria 1-3 Sam Osborne-Wylde  3-11, 6-11, 11-4, 8-11 (60m)

Despite having two match balls in the third game, Karim couldn’t close the crucial first match, and lost 3/2. Salman Khalil overcoming his nerves managed a great 3/1, but for young Zacharia, it was the match too far.
We are proud of all our boys, who come back with Silver, after beating Pakistan in the semis…

And well done to England, who finally get a win after 22 years…

If No.2 seeds England are to win their first title since 2000 and avenge their defeat to Egypt in the 2018 final, they will have to overcome the most successful team in the tournament’s history.  The Top seeds and defending champions will be looking to add to their well-stocked trophy case and have won four of the last five titles and have appeared in every final since 2004.

A look at the head-to-head record may instil confidence in the top seeds, with Egypt enjoying a 7-4 head-to-head record and winning the last five ties, with the last tie a 2-0 victory in the Chennai 2018 final.

Of the current lineup, only Karim El Torkey and Finnlay Withington have met before, with El Torkey recording a 3-0 win over Withington in the third round of the 2020 British Junior U17 Open.



Pool A

[1] EGYPT 3-0 [13/15] NEW ZEALAND

Salman Khalil 3-0 Paul Moran  11-4, 11-3, 11-3
Karim El Torkey 3-0 Joe Smythe  11-3, 11-4, 11-5
Mohamed Nasser 3-0 Mason Smales  11-6, 11-5, 11-5

[1] EGYPT 3-0 [10/12] COLOMBIA

Mohamed Zakaria 3-0 Juan Felipe Hernandez 11-3, 11-8, 11-6
Kareem El Torkey 3-0 Jose Santamaria  11-5, 11-1, 11-9
Mohammed Nasser 3-2 Juan Irisarri 7-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6

The favourites made a strong start to the 2022 WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championship as all six of the top seeds recorded victories on the first day of the pool stage. Defending champions Egypt secured two 3-0 wins as their men look to bounce back from the disappointment failing to reach the individuals finals, with the No.1 seeds recording a comfortable win over New Zealand in the afternoon before beating Colombia in the evening to go top of Pool A.

There was a moment of tension for the six-time winners in the final match of their tie with Colombia when, with Egypt already 2-0 up in matches, Mohammed Nasser fought back from 2-0 down to beat Juan Irisarri 3-2.

“I focused on building the basics,” Nasser said afterwards. “I think he thought I was tired, but tiredness is only in your mind. If you tell yourself that you’re tired, you’re going to be tired. I came back with my mentality, not physicality today. It gives me more confidence.”