Only three groups went to Grand Prix Moscow in 2017. The hosts from Russia, the Bulgarians, and...unexpectedly.. Egypt! It was very brave of them to perform at this event, which most teams in the world missed including teams with a lot of medals such as Italy, Spain, Belarus, Israel, Greece, China and Ukraine, who have all have had claims for top spots at the world level.
When I was watching Petrova compete in the 1990s, I became aware that some gymnasts from Egypt had come to train at the "Gerena" gym with Neshka Robeva and her team at the time. Many years passed and though we have seen individual gymnasts from Egypt, I think building both a senior and a junior group is a spectacular achievement for their country. The routines they showed had complexity and potential, especially for a team that is so young and new to the big scene.
My impression from Egypt was that the hoop routine was well crafted to show the gymnasts' abilities but they were somewhat more nervous in performing it than in the mixed routine which they just did with smiles on their faces. I enjoyed the music in this routine very much and the general positive mood that the team showed. I also thought the leotards and the make up were looking great for a brand new group. It is very challenging to use rope in a senior routine because it has been a while since we have seen rope included in the program for both individuals and groups. This team did a great job for a start of the season, which is, for them, also a start of a new endeavor altogether.