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Sabrina Sobhy is the sole American to reach the quarterfinals of the World Junior Individual Championships after the junior men’s and women’s individual rounds of thirty-two and sixteen Monday at Squash Time in Eindhoven, Holland.
Playing in her fifth consecutive world junior championships, Sobhy bested England’s 9/12 seed Amelia Henley in a four-game round of sixteen match: 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-2. Sobhy faces Egypt’s 3/4 seed Salma Hany Ibrahim in tomorrow’s quarterfinals at 6pm local time.
Team USA’s Kayley Leonard, Reeham Sedky, and Timothy Brownell also reached the last sixteen after the third round victories Monday morning.
Leonard—who stole tournament headlines Sunday after pulling off the biggest upset of the first rounds over Belgium’s 5/8-seeded Tinne Gilis—clinched a four game win, 5-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7, over Canada’s Sophie Mehta. Later this afternoon, Leonard faced Hong Kong’s 9/12 seed Choi Uen Shan and fell in a tough five-game battle 10-12, 11-5, 13-11, 9-11, 9-11.
Team USA’s 13/16 seed and U.S. Junior Champion Reeham Sedky bested India’s Harshit Jawanda 11-5, 11-3, 11-6, to ensure a round of sixteen match against Egypt’s 3/4 seed Mariam Metwally. In line with Leonard, Sedky had an epic four-game marathon of her own, pushing Metwally into extra points, ultimately falling short 13-11, 16-18, 8-11, 7-11 in a match lasting eighty-one minutes. Metwally continues her women’s individual campaign in her fifth successive appearance in the World Junior Championships, facing England’s 5/8 seed Georgina Kennedy in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
After a close upset over Switzerland’s 13/16 seed Dimitri Steinmann—a five-game finish for Brownell 10-12, 11-5, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9—Brownell drew a tough quarterfinals-decider against Peru’s top seeded and world No. 43 Diego Elias. Brownell lost out to the Peruvian phenom 3-11, 3-11, 5-11 in twenty-seven minutes.
U.S. teammate Casey Wong fell in her consolation match to England’s 9/12 seed Lucy Beecroft 8-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-3. Team USA’s Gabriel Morgan and Eleonore Evans also ended their World Junior Championship consolation campaigns.
U.S. junior men’s team member Max Reed, after a win over Netherlands’ Thijs Van Der Pluijm, continues his consolation run against Switzerland’s Jan Kurzmeyer tomorrow at 3:20pm local time. Fellow Team USA members Haley Scott, Sean Hughes and Spencer Lovejoy will also continue their consolation runs.
For live scores, the live-streamed show court, reports and more, visit the WSF World Junior Championships website.