2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships (BJO)

January 06 2024

The 2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships witnessed a stunning display of dominance from the Egyptian contingent during the finals at the University of Birmingham. Mohamed Zakaria and Fayrouz Aboelkheir claimed the coveted Under-19 titles, contributing to Egypt's clean sweep across all age groups, where ten champions hailed from Egypt. Notably, six finals were all-Egyptian affairs, to further demonstrate the dominance of Egypt across all junior squash age group categories.

In the Boys U19 final, Mohamed Zakaria triumphed over England's second seed Jonah Bryant, winning 11-9 11-9 9-11 11-7 in 77 minutes. Despite an initial advantage for the young English player, Mohamed Zakaria turned the tide, capitalising on errors in the second game and eventually claiming the crown, marking a significant triumph after several attempts at the tournament. Mohamed Zakaria credited his victory to his coach, Ahmed Shohayb, acknowledging the instrumental role that he had played in shaping his success and expressing pride in his performance throughout the championship.

In the Girls U19 final, Fayrouz Aboelkheir, who was the runner-up in the 2023 event, secured victory this year with a commanding 11-8 11-3 12-10 3-0 win over Caroline Fouts from the USA, the tournament's second seed. While Caroline Fouts attempted a comeback in the third game, Fayrouz Aboelkheir maintained her composure to secure the win.

Youssef Salem successfully defended his Boys U17 title against fellow Egyptian Marwan Asal with a hard-fought 9-11 11-7 11-8 11-9 victory.

Nadien Elhammamy emerged victorious in a thrilling clash against Anahat Singh of India, securing the Girls U17 title in a tense finish after a back-and-forth contest, winning 7-11 13-11 12-10 5-11 11-9 in 68 minutes.

Malika El Karasky and Philopater Saleh, both top seeds in the Girls and Boys U15 age group, claimed their titles with impressive 3-1 victories. Philopater Saleh defeated Abdullah Ali of Kuwait 11-7 9-11 13-11 11-5 in 39 minutes, whilst Malika El Karasky of Egypt beat compatriot Rama El Naggar 11-6 11-7 6-11 11-5, also in 39 minutes.

The U13 and U11 finals featured all-Egyptian affairs, highlighting the depth of talent in Egyptian squash across all junior squash age groups. Malek Helmy produced an incredible comeback from two match balls down to overcome Omar Mohamed 13-15 11-9 11-5 7-11 12-10 in the Boys U13 final, with Layan Moustafa beating Reem Elmaghraby 11-4 11-8 11-9 in the Girls U13 final.

Adam Ragab defeated Yahia Waleed Rayan 11-5 11-9 11-1 in the Boys U11 final with Serein Mohamed beating Fayrouz Elsayad 11-6 4-11 11-3 11-8 in the Girls U11 final.

The 2024 British Junior Open Squash Championship signified Egypt's stronghold in junior squash, with their players displaying exceptional skill, resilience, and determination to secure victories across multiple age divisions, setting a remarkable precedent in the sport's junior circuit.

2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships
University of Birmingham Sport
Boys U19 Final:
[1] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) bt [2] Jonah Bryant (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 (77m)

Girls U19 Final:
[1] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) bt [2] Caroline Fouts (USA) 11-8, 11-3, 12-10 (39m)

Boys U17 Final:
[1] Youssef Salem (EGY) bt [2] Marwan Asal (EGY) 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (59m)

Girls U17 Final:
[2] Nadien Elhammamy (EGY) bt [1] Anahat Singh (IND) 7-11, 13-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9 (68m)

Boys U15 Final:
[1] Philopater Saleh (EGY) bt [9/16] Abdullah Ali (KUW) 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5 (39m)

Girls U15 Final:
[1] Malika El Karasky (EGY) bt [5/8] Rama El Naggar (EGY) 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 (39m)

Boys U13 Final:
[1] Malek Helmy (EGY) 3-2 [2] Omar Mohamed (EGY) 13-15, 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10 (62m)

Girls U13 Final:
[2] Layan Moustafa (EGY) 3-0 [3/4] Reem Elmaghraby (EGY)  11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (21m)

Boys U11 Final:
[5/8] Adam Ragab (EGY) 3-0 [3/4] Yahia Waleed Rayan (EGY) 11-5, 11-9, 11-1 (27m)

Girls U11 Final:
[3/4] Serein Mohamed (EGY) 3-1 [3/4] Fayrouz Elsayad (EGY) 11-6, 4-11, 11-3, 11-8 (24m)

In a groundbreaking achievement at the British Junior Open Squash Championships, Abdullah Ali, a 16th seed from Kuwait, etched his name in history by becoming the first-ever representative from Kuwait to reach the final of the prestigious tournament final. Abdullah Ali defeated 5/8 seed Farouk Mohamed from Egypt to reach the Boys U15 final.

Abdullah Ali initially dominated, securing a commanding lead of two games, but Farouk Mohamed retaliated fiercely in the third, tightening the contest. However, Abdullah Ali persisted to clinch a closely contested fourth game, propelling him into the final showdown against top seed Philopater Saleh of Egypt.

Meanwhile, in the Girls U15 age group category, Egyptian 5/8 seed Rama El Naggar triumphed over Malaysia's second seed Harleein Tan in four games. Rama El Naggar is set to face compatriot and top seed Malika El Karasky in the final, who secured a convincing 3-0 victory against 5/8 seed Zeina Abdelaal.

Last year's U19 runners-up, Fayrouz Aboelkheir and Jonah Bryant, are poised to surpass their previous feat after both emerged victorious in the semi-finals. Fayrouz Aboelkheir produced to clinical win against Janna Galal, setting the stage for a duel with second seed Caroline Fouts from the USA. Jonah Bryant, aiming for redemption after last year’s defeat, secured a place in the final against No.1 seed Mohamed Zakaria of Egypt.

In the Girls’ U17 age group, a stunning comeback by No.2 seed Naiden Elhammamy from Egypt against France's 3/4 seed Lauren Baltayan propelled her into the final. Naiden Elhammamy will face top seed Philopater Saleh in the final.

The Boys’ U17 and Girls’ U13 categories also feature Egyptian dominance in the finals, with Youssef Salem and Marwan Asal set to clash in the former, while Reem Elmaghraby and Layan Moustafa contend for the latter.

2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships
University of Birmingham Sport
Boys U19 Semi-Finals:
[1] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) 3-0 [3/4] Melvil Scianimanico (FRA) 11-4, 11-4, 11-3
[2] Jonah Bryant (ENG) 3-0 [3/4] David Bernet (SUI) 11-3, 11-7, 12-10

Girls U19 Semi-Finals:
[1] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 3-0 [3/4] Janna Galal (EGY) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
[2] Caroline Fouts (USA) 3-0 [3/4] Nour Khagafy (EGY) 11-5, 11-9, 11-3

Boys U17 Semi-Finals:
[1] Youssef Salem (EGY) 3-1 [9/16] Adam Hawal (EGY) 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4
[2] Marwan Asal (EGY) 3-0 [17/32] Ahmed Abd Elreheem (EGY) 12-10, 11-9, 11-5

Girls U17 Semi-Finals:
[1] Anahat Singh (IND) 3-0 [3/4] Barb Sameh (EGY) 11-7, 11-9, 12-10
[2] Nadien Elhammamy (EGY) 3-2 [3/4] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) 5-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9

Boys U15 Semi-Finals:
[1] Philopater Saleh (EGY) 3-1 [5/8] Aryaveer Dewan (IND) 11-6, 3-11, 11-4, 11-6
[9/16] Abdullah Ali (KUW) 3-1 [5/8] Farouk Mohamed (EGY) 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8

Girls U15 Semi-Finals:
[1] Malika El Karasky (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Zeina Abdelaal (EGY) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9
[5/8] Rama El Naggar (EGY) 3-1 [2] Harleein Tan (MAS) 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7

Boys U13 Semi-Finals:
[1] Malek Helmy (EGY) 3-0 [3/4] Baraa Abdelkarim (EGY) 11-3, 11-6, 11-4
[2] Omar Mohamed (EGY) 3-1 [3/4] Hassan Abdelgalil (EGY) 11-5, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6

Girls U13 Semi-Finals:
[3/4] Reem Elmaghraby (EGY) 3-1 [1] Vivienne Sze (USA)  11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7
[2] Layan Moustafa (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Joudy Yousry (EGY) 11-3, 11-8, 11-3

Boys U11 Semi-Finals:
[3/4] Yahia Waleed Rayan (EGY) 3-1 [5/8] Tameem Fahmy (EGY) 11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 11-3
[5/8] Adam Ragab (EGY) 3-2 [9/16] Ali Elmaotasem (EGY) 11-7, 11-2, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8

Girls U11 Semi-Finals:
[3/4] Fayrouz Elsayad (EGY) 3-0 [1] Kaylee Li (USA) 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
[3/4] Serein Mohamed (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Alya Alaa (EGY) 11-7, 11-3, 11-2

Egypt emerged as the dominant force on the third day of the 2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships, securing an impressive 29 spots in the semi-finals across five different age categories. Leading this charge were top seeds Mohamed Zakaria and Fayrouz Aboelkheir, who comfortably secured their places in the semi-finals, dispatching opponents Zane Patel and Sehveetrraa Kumar in straight games.

The number two seeds in both the Boys' and Girls' competitions followed suit, securing convincing 3-0 victories to advance to the last four. However, USA's Caroline Fouts halted an otherwise Egyptian clean sweep, triumphing over Noor Megahed in a well-fought battle. Notably, Jonah Bryant, last year's runner-up, moved closer to another Boys U19 British Junior Squash Open final appearance after overcoming Hollis Robertson.

In the Boys’ and Girls’ U11 age group, significant upsets unfolded as top seeds in the former and the second seed in the latter faced unexpected defeats. Egypt’s Tameem Mostafa Fahmy rallied from a game down to defeat top seed Muhd Harmas Raja, while Adam Ragab ousted the second-seeded Hisshan Nair Tan. Also, Ali Elmaotasem of Egypt caused a stir by knocking out 3/4 seed Lars Daly of the USA.

The Girls’ U17 age group witnessed a gripping showdown between India’s top seed Anahat Singh and Egypt’s Ruqayya Salem, with Anahat Singh clinching victory in the fifth game. In the Boys’ U17 age group, Egypt dominated the field, with Ahmed Abd Elreheem stunningly ousting compatriot Seifeldin Refaay, while Youssef Salem and Marwan Asal progressed with commanding victories.

Egypt continued its reign in the Boys’ U13 age category, with top seed Malek Helmy and second seed Omar Mohamed advancing after tight contests. Meanwhile, in the Girls’ U13s, USA’s top seed Vivienne Sze faced a tough battle but emerged victorious against Aadya Budhia.

Some thrilling matches marked the Boys’ U15s and Girls' U15s, where Egypt’s Farouk Mohamed triumphed over compatriot Seif Belal El Shal, while Rama El Naggar of Egypt overcame Reghan McLaughlin.

The semi-finals of the 2024 British Junior Open Squash Championhsips will be staged at the

2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships
University of Birmingham Sport
Boys U19 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Mohamed Zakaria (EGY) 3-0 [9/16] Zane Patel (USA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-2
[3/4] Melvil Scianimanico (FRA) 3-0 [5/8] Rishi Srivastava (USA) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7
[3/4] David Bernet (SUI) 3-1 [9/16] Yahya Abouraya (EGY) 11-13, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8
[2] Jonah Bryant (ENG) 3-0 [5/8] Hollis Robertson (USA) 11-3, 11-7, 11-8

Girls U19 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Sehveetrraa Kumar (MAS) 11-7, 11-3, 11-3
[3/4] Janna Galal (EGY) 3-1 [5/8] Riya Navani (USA) 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6
[3/4] Nour Khagafy (EGY) 3-1 [5/8] Malak Abdelhafez (EGY) 11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5
[2] Caroline Fouts (USA) 3-0 [5/8] Noor Megahed (EGY) 11-5, 11-9, 11-3

Boys U17 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Youssef Salem (EGY) 3-1 Amir Khaled (EGY) 11-7, 11-1, 7-11, 11-6
[17/32] Ahmed Abd Elreheem (EGY) 3-1 [3/4] Seifeldin Refaay (EGY) 11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9
[9/16] Adam Hawal (EGY) 3-2 [3/4] Abdullah Nawaz (PAK) 11-8, 8-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-4
[2] Marwan Asal (EGY) 3-0 [9/16] Jack Elriani (USA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-3

Girls U17 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Anahat Singh (IND) 3-2 [5/8] Ruqayya Salem (EGY) 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8
[3/4] Barb Sameh (EGY) 3-0 [9/16] Doyce Lee Ye San (MAS) 11-6 11-6 11-9
[3/4] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) 3-2 [9/16] Sohayla Hazem Farouk (EGY) 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9
[2] Nadien Elhammamy (EGY) 3-1 [5/8] Ena Kwong (HKG) 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9

Boys U15 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Philopater Saleh (EGY) 3-0 [9/16] George Griffiths (ENG) 12-10, 11-5, 11-5
[5/8] Aryaveer Dewan (IND) 3-0 [3/4] Brendan Tagliarini (USA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
[9/16] Abdullah Ali (KUW) 3-1 [3/4] Hamza El Shorbagi (EGY) 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8
[5/8] Farouk Mohamed (EGY) 3-2 Seif Belal El Shal (EGY) 11-8, 9-11, 11-1, 7-11, 11-8

Boys U15 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Malika El Karasky (EGYy) 3-1 [5/8] Charlotte Sze (USA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-13, 11-7
[5/8] Zeina Abdelaal (EGY) 3-1 [9/16] Isabella Tang (USA) 11-9, 13-11, 11-13, 12-10
[5/8] Rama El Naggar (EGY) 3-1 [3/4] Reghan McLaughlin (USA) 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4
[2] Harleein Tan (MAS) 3-1 [5/8] Savannah Moxham (BEL) 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9

Boys U13 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Malek Helmy (EGY) 3-0 Muhammad Sohail Adnan (PAK) 11-4 11-6 11-6
[3/4] Baraa Abdelkarim (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Reed Goulding (USA) 11-5, 11-7, 11-2
[3/4] Hassan Abdelgalil (EGY) 3-2 [5/8] Hufaiza Shahid (PAK) 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9
[2] Omar Mohamed (EGY) 3-2 [5/8] Aly Taleb (EGY) 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7

Girls U13 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Vivienne Sze (USA) 3-2 [9/16] Aadya Budhia (IND) 7-11 9-11 11-5 11-3 11-6
[3/4] Reem Elmaghraby (EGY) 3-1 Haneen El Rahman (EGY) 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6
[5/8] Joudy Yousry (EGY) 3-1 Areej Elhadidy (EGY) 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7
[2] Layan Moustafa (EGY) 3-1 [5/8] Almeera Khan (USA) 8-11, 11-1, 12-10, 11-1

Boys U11 Quarter-Finals:
[5/8] Tameem Mostafa Fahmy (EGY) 3-1 [1] Muhd Harmas Raja (PAK) 3-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9
[3/4] Yahia Waleed Rayan (EGY) 3-0 [5/8] Cameron Stait (USA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-8
[9/16] Ali Elmaotasem (EGY) 3-1 [3/4] Lars Daly (USA) 11-6, 13-11, 3-11, 11-5
[5/8] Adam Ragab (EGY) 3-0 [2] Hisshan Nair Tan (MAS) 12-10, 11-8, 11-7

Boys U11 Quarter-Finals:
[1] Kaylee Li (USA) 3-2 [5/8] Lama Salama (EGY) 11-8, 3-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8
[3/4] Fayrouz Elsayad (EGY) 3-0 [9/16] Nadine Sadek (EGY) 11-8, 12-10, 11-8
[3/4] Serein Mohamed (EGY) 3-0 [9/16] Laila Mohamed Mohsen (EGY) 11-4, 11-2, 11-8
[5/8] Alya Alaa (EGY) 3-0 [2] Megha Ravichandaran (USA) 11-8, 11-6, 11-8

Day two of the British Junior Open Squash Championships produced some spectacular matches with surprising victories and remarkable comebacks.

Egyptian talent Seif Belal El Shal shone brightly, delivering a staggering upset by sweeping aside Malaysia's Jayden Oon, the Boys' U15 second seed, with an impressive 3-0 triumph before securing a quarter-final berth by overpowering India's Subhash Choudhary in a compelling 3-1 encounter later in the day.

The Girls' U15 age group category witnessed a compelling turnaround when the USA's Isabella Tang, who rallied from behind to vanquish England's Mariam Eissa in a gripping contest, winning 3-1 after dropping the opening game.

Switzerland's David Bernet, in the Boys' U19 age group, showed resilience, battling back from a two-game deficit against South Africa's Luhann Groenewald. David Bernet orchestrated a remarkable turnaround, clinching victory after an intense five-game showdown. His perseverance continued as he triumphed over Colombia's Juan Irisarri later in the evening to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

The top seeds in Boys’ U19 age group, Mohamed Zakaria and England’s Jonah Bryant, maintained their dominance with impressive victories, each progressing with strong performances in their respective matches. Team USA displayed prowess as Zane Patel, Rishi Srivastava, and Hollis Robertson advanced to the Boys’ U19 quarter-finals.

In the Girls' U17 age group, Egypt's Nadien Elhammamy, seeded second, showed remarkable resilience to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Whitney Wilson of the USA to secure her place in the quarter-finals after a gruelling 66-minute battle.

The tournament also witnessed stunning upsets, notably with Egypt's Ethar Elhadidy, seeded [9/16], defeating Malaysia's Niea Chew, a 3/4 seed, in the Girls’ U13 age group. Meanwhile, most top eight seeds in Boys' U13 secured quarter-final berths, except for India’s Shresht Lyer, who faced a tough challenge from Muhammed Sohail Adnan of Pakistan.

In the Boys’ U11, Malaysia’s Hisshan Nair Tan, seeded second, fought back from a 2-1 deficit against Egypt’s Hassan Khater to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. Similarly, the top four seeds in the Girls’ U11 age group progressed safely to the last eight.

The quarter-finals of the 2024 British Junior Squash Open will be staged at the University of Birmingham Sport with other matches played at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

The 2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships commenced in Birmingham, England with a packed schedule across four venues, hosting an impressive 482 matches on its opening day. The tournament saw a dynamic start, notably marked by the commanding performances of the top-seeded players in the Girls' and Boys' Under-19 age group categories.

Egypt's leading contender, Mohamed Zakaria, established his dominance with a resounding 3-0 victory over India's Arihant K S. Meanwhile, England's Jonah Bryant, seeded second, clinched an equally convincing win against Japan's Kanta Ito, setting the stage for the imminent rounds to determine the quarter-finalists.

In the Girls' Under-19 age category, Egypt's Fayrouz Aboelkheir, ranked World No.37 and the top seed, commenced her campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 win over England's Olivia Owens. Similarly, USA's Caroline Fouts, the second seed, mirrored the performance by securing a straight-game triumph against England's Francesca Hall. Both now progress to the last 16, eyeing a spot in the quarter-finals. France's Lauren Baltayan, seeded 3/4, faced a formidable challenge, rallying from a 1-2 deficit against Netherland's Renske Huntelaar to clinch a hard-fought victory.

While the U19 top eight seeds dominated their initial encounters, USA's Avery Park scripted a remarkable comeback, overcoming Canada's Ocean Ma. Avery Park rebounded from an initial 2-11 loss, clinching subsequent games and securing advancement to the next round.

In the Boys' and Girls' Under-17 age group categories, the top seeds, Egypt's Youssef Salem and Anahat Singh of India, both secured comfortable 3-0 victories, cementing their places in the upcoming rounds. Marwan Asal also secured a win against Viggo Hendricks.

The Girls' U17s witnessed a standout performance as Hong Kong's Helen Tang upset USA's Charlotte Pastel in a gripping encounter. Helen Tang claimed victory in four games, sealing a significant upset on the day's roster.

In the Under-15s competitions, all top eight seeds advanced, but surprises emerged in the girls' category. India's Akaisha Bhatia triumphed over Hong Kong's Pui Yin Chloe Lo, while Trinity Moshi of the USA secured a straight-game victory against England's Renata Colabella.

Although the Boys' Under-13s and Under-11s witnessed smooth progress for the top eight seeds, the Girls' Under-13s saw upsets, with three top eight seeds succumbing to defeat on the tournament's opening day. Australia's Elizabeth Wang, Egypt's Haneen Sameh Salah Abd El Rahman and Areej Elhadidy of Egypt emerged victorious against higher-seeded opponents.

The British Junior Open Squash Championships continues tomorrow in Birmingham offering anticipation for the forthcoming quarter-final lineups across various categories.

The draws for the 2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships (BJO) to be staged in Birmingham from the 3rd to 7th January have been announced by England Squash, placing Egypt's Mohamed Zakaria and Fayrouz Abouelkheir as the leading contenders in the Boys and Girls Under 19 age categories, respectively. This prestigious England Squash junior squash championship is set to welcome 675 players representing 49 nations. The competition features ten age categories, with Egypt, USA, India and Pakistan boasting strong prospects for claiming the coveted titles.

In the Boys Under 19 category, World No. 78 and World Junior Silver Medallist Mohamed Zakaria is anticipated to potentially face last year’s BU19 runner-up, England's Jonah Bryant, in a highly anticipated final showdown. Mohamed Zakaria, aged 16, arrives with an impressive streak of three consecutive PSA World Tour titles but must navigate past current World Junior Bronze Medallist Melvil Scianimanico of France in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, former champion Jonah Bryant could clash with current German Open U19 Squash Champion David Bernet of Switzerland in a thrilling encounter.

In the Girls Under 19 category, World No.39 and World Junior Bronze Medallist Fayrouz Abouelkheir is a force to reckon with. She finds herself in a bracket alongside former British Junior Open runner-up Janna Galal of Egypt, with a potential final showdown against BJO U19 2022 runner-up and US Junior Open GU19 champion Caroline Fouts of the USA.

The Boys Under 17 draw forecasts an all-Egyptian final featuring former BJO champions Youssef Salem and Marwan Asal, setting the stage for a potential rematch following Marwan Asal's recent victory at the US Junior Squash Open BU17 final. Contenders Seifeldin Refaay of Egypt and Abdullah Nawaz of Pakistan await their opportunity in this fiercely competitive category.

Meanwhile, in the Girls Under 17 category, top seed Anahat Singh of India aims to secure her third BJO title, with Dutch Junior Squash Open 2022 GU19 Champion Nadien Elhammamy of Egypt eyeing an upset after a thrilling encounter at the 2023 WSF World Junior Squash Championships.

In the BU15 draw Egypt’s Philopater Saleh is seeded to claim the crown, potentially facing US Junior Squash Open BU15 runner-up Brendan Tagliarini of the USA in the semi-finals and Scottish Junior Squash Open BU15 runner-up Jayden Oon of Malaysia in a potential final clash.

In the GU15 category, top seed Malika El Karaksy of Egypt is on track to meet three-time English National champion Mariam Eissa before a possible showdown with former BJO GU11 Champion Harleein Tan of Malaysia.

The BU13 draws project an all-Egyptian final with top seed Malek Helmy up against challenger Omar Mohamed, while in the GU13 category, three-time US Junior Squash Open champion Vivienne Sze of the USA is positioned for a final showdown with Layan Moustafa of Egypt.

Pakistan’s Muhammad Harmas Ali Raja and US Junior Squash Open 2023 GU11 Champion Kaylee Li emerge as favourites in the boys and girls under 11 categories respectively.

The 2024 British Junior Open Squash Championships starts on the 3rd January across four Birmingham venues: University of Birmingham Sport, Edgbaston Priory Club, Solihull Arden Club and West Warwickshire Sports Club.