Egypt down Australia on day one at U21 World Cup
Tournament favourites Egypt have beaten fifth seeded Australia 3/0 at the inaugural Under 21 World Cup in Chennai.
Marwan El Shorbagy, the reigning men's world junior champion, beat Jamie McErvale 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 before the current women's world junior champion Nour El Tayeb defeated Tamika Saxby 11-4, 11-4, 11-7.
Team number three Mohamed Abouelghar secured maximum points for Egypt, overcoming Walter Koteka 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.
"The first match is never easy and I made a bit of a slow start," admitted 18-year-old El Shorbagy, who now boasts a new career-high world No33 ranking.
"It's a great tournament - I really like the format - and I always like to represent my country."
El Shorbagy agreed that an international squash clash between Egypt and Australia is always a special occasion: "Australia have great players - and Rodney Eyles, their manager here, is one of the greatest players ever."
Australia take on Germany on Thursday.