BIELSKO: Pakistan beat Egypt 2-1 in the final to win the World Junior Squash Championship in Poland on Wednesday.
This is Pakistan’s sixth world title.
Pakistan got off to a great start in the first tie, between the squad number ones, as Israr Ahmed avenged his semi-final defeat at the hands of Saadeldin Abouaish with a hard-fought straight-games win.
All three games went almost point for point, but Israr managed to find a way to take crucial leads in all three – leading 10-7 in the first before winning it 11-9, takeing the last two points from 9-all in the second, and agonisingly for the Egyptians, again pulling clear from 7-all in the third to take another 11-9.
SP_19126Youssef Ibrahim levelled the tie for Egypt, afterl letting a good lead lip in the first games, a determined comeback from Ayaz Ashan falling just short as Ibrahim took the lead 13-11. Ibrahim led 9-6 in the second too, but this time the Pakistani made good his comeback, levelling the match 13-11.
Ibrahim was on top for the remainder of the match though, einning them 11-5, 11-6 to set up a decider.
SP_19131That pitched Marwan Tarek, playing his first World Juniors, against Shoukat Abbas, whose powerful game had proved too much for his American challenger in the semis, and so it proved again.
The Pakistani, urged on by his increasingly expectant team-mates, always had the slight edge, and after pulling back a 1-3 deficit in the opening game was always ahead on the scoreboard.
He closed out the match 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 to the absolute joy of his team, including Pakistan legend Qamar Zaman, who immediately invaded the court.