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13/03/2020
English Junior Championships 2020

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English Junior Championships 2020
05 - 08 Mar
Hull, England

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Day 4 Finals

Dunlop English Junior champions crowned in Hull

Ten English juniors from eight counties tasted success at the Dunlop English Junior Championships (EJC) in Hull on a remarkable finals day which saw two defending champions dethroned.

BU19 second seed Ben Smith (Lincs) secured an impressive 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (37m) victory over Kent’s [3/4] Jack Mitterer to lift the Steve Hubbard trophy and his third consecutive championship title.

“It was quite physical as we were both battling to get to the front,” said 17-year-old Smith.

“It can be tough to play Jack as he battles really hard and pushes up high but I knew I had a chance if I could just stick with him. I was just happy to see it out in three.”

Meanwhile, GU19 top seed Katie Malliff (Bucks) raced to her second championship title in 23 minutes, powering past second seed Margot Prow (Middx) in straight games: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6.

“Margot’s a difficult player, I’ve played her a few times so I know her game. I tried to play long rallies and not hit too many errors. I was pleased to win it in three.”

Former BU15 champion [3/4] Oliver Green was denied the BU17 title by [2] Hassan Khalil (Warks) who secured a comprehensive 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 victory.

Yorkshire’s Asia Harris backed up her impressive semi-finals display by toppling GU17 defending champion [1] Sarah Ngheim in a 36-minute battle that went the distance.

15-year-old Harris produced a fine comeback at 2-1 down to claim her third championship title triumphing 11-7, 3-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6.

“It feels amazing to beat the top two seeds and win the under 17 title at 15,” said Harris.

The BU15 final also went the distance with top seed Jonah Bryant (Sussex) overcoming a stern test from 2020 British Junior Open runner-up Yusuf Sheikh (Essex) that lasted 50 minutes and could have gone either way: 3-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6.

“It was a tough match, Yusuf’s very steady and doesn’t make many mistakes. He’s hard to break down. I’m really happy to win my fifth title.” said an elated Bryant.

GU15 top seed Amelie Haworth (Hants) claimed her third championship title after overcoming a spirited challenge from second seed Francesca Hall, winning in straight games: 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (24m).

“I was very nervous, there's so much pressure as top seed but it feels great to win, I'm so happy!” said 14-year-old Haworth.

It was an all-Kent affair in the BU13 final with three-time finalist Dylan Roberts (Kent) justifying his top seeding and fending off [2] Jude Gibbins in three: 11-9, 11-5, 13-11 (28m) to capture his maiden title.

"It was a good competitive match, Jude's very attacking and doesn't give up easily so I tried to make the rallies long and tough. I was so nervous, I've been in three finals so it just feels amazing to finally win!" said the 2020 South East Gold champion.

In the GU13, top seed Tala Abaza (Middx) dethroned reigning champion [2] Charlie McCrone (Lancs) in a high quality encounter to win 11-9, 11-8, 11-6.

Abaza’s brother, Mohamed also tasted success in the BU11 following a clinical display against top seed George Griffiths (Hants), storming to his maiden EJC title in just 16 minutes: 11-5, 11-5, 11-2.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s [1] Fearne Copley lifted the GU11 title after edging out [2] Harriet Broadbridge in straight games: 11-6, 12-10, 15-13.

“It feels amazing to win! In the third, I just kept saying ‘stay focused, stay focused’!” said the ten-year-old.

 

 

 



















2020 Dunlop English Junior Champions

Dunlop English Junior Championships 2020: Final results
BU19: [2] Ben Smith (Lincs) 3-0 [3/4] Jack Mitterer (Kent) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)
GU19: [1] Katie Malliff (Bucks) 3-0 [2] Margot Prow (Middx) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (23m)
BU17: [2] Hassan Khalil (Warks) 3-0 [3/4] Oliver Green (Herts) 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
GU17: [3/4] Asia Harris (Yorks) 3-2 [1] Saran Nghiem (Lancs) 11-7, 3-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6 (36m)
BU15: [1] Jonah Bryant (Sussex) 3-2 [2] Yusuf Sheikh (Essex) 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 (50m)
GU15 [1] Amelie Haworth (Hants) 3-0 [2] Francesca Hall (Yorks) 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (24m)
BU13: [1] Dylan Roberts (Kent) 3-0 [2] Jude Gibbins (Kent) 11-9, 11-5, 13-11 (28m)
GU13: [1] Tala Abaza (Middx) 3-0 [2] Charlie McCrone (Lancs) 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (28m)
BU11: [2] Mohamed Abaza (Middx) 3-0 [1] George Griffiths (Hants) 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 (16m)
GU11: [1] Fearne Copley (Yorks) 3-0 [2] Harriet Broadbridge (Hants) 11-6, 12-10, 15-13 (28m)

View results at englandsquash.com/ejc
 

Day 3

Mitterer topples Forster to set up Dunlop English Junior final with Smith
By Elizabeth Botcherby

Kent’s Jack Mitterer sensationally defeated top seed and defending champion Max Forster of Northumbria to advance to the BU19 final in a dramatic end to day three of the Dunlop English Junior Championships 2020 (EJC) in Hull.

Mitterer, seeded 3/4, finished third last year and overcame Forster in straight games, triumphing 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 in his bid for a maiden EJC title.

His opponent in the final is 2018 BU17 champion [2] Ben Smith (Lincs) who convincingly beat [5/8] Jared Carter (Hants) 11-9, 11-2, 11-6.

In the GU19, top seed Katie Malliff (Bucks) remains on course for her second EJC title after beating [3/4] Kiera Marshall (Worcs) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 in the semis. Standing between her and the trophy is second seed Margot Prow (Middx) who edged out Yorkshire’s [3/4] Lydia Robinson in four: 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4.

The GU17s also witnessed an upset as [3/4] Asia Harris (Yorks) overcame [2] Torrie Malik (Sussex) in five closely fought games: 12-10, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 to book a final showdown with defending champion [1] Saran Nghiem (Lancs) after the top seed sent home [3/4] Amy Royle (Yorks).

In the BU17, [3/4] Oliver Green (Herts) ended [17/32] Ben Beachill’s (Yorks) dream run in four games, triumphing 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5. Meanwhile, second seed Hassan Khalil (Warks) will be targeting his first National title against Green after beating [3/4] Muhammad Azham Khan (Staffs) in four games.

In his bid to defend his BU15 title, four-time EJC champion [1] Jonah Bryant (Sussex) powered past [3/4] Alexander Broadbridge (Hants) 11-1, 11-4, 11-2. His opponent in the final is second seed Yusuf Sheikh (Essex) who overcame [3/4] Abd-Allah Eissa (Warks) 11-8, 11-0, 11-4.

Meanwhile, in the GU15, [2] Francesca Hall (Yorks) set up a final clash with top seed Amelie Haworth (Hants) after defeating [9/16] Lara Newton (Essex) in straight games. Top seed, Haworth had a tougher semi-final, overcoming 13-year-old [3/4] Meha Shah (Warks) 10-12, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4.

Top seeds Dylan Roberts and Jude Gibbons set up an all-Kent final in the BU13. 2018 EJC champion Gibbons eased past [3/4] Ronnie Hickling (Surrey) in straight games but top seed Roberts had a tougher task, coming from behind to beat Warwickshire’s [3/4] Jamie Lee: 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

In what will be a repeat of last year’s Dunlop British Junior Championships (BJC) final, the GU13 final will feature [1] Tala Abaza (Middx) and [2] Charlie McCrone (Lancs). Abaza comfortably beat [3/4] Emily Coulcher-Porter (Bucks) 11-1, 11-5, 11-7 whilst defending champion McCrone came from 2-1 down against Warwickshire’s [3/4] Mariam Eissa to advance to the final.

Abaza’s brother, Mohammad - the BU11 second seed - defeated [3/4] Zack Greengrass (Sussex) 11-0, 11-2, 12-10 to set up a final encounter with top seed George Griffiths (Hants) after the 2019 BJC runner-up overcame Yorkshire’s [5/8] George Barker in straight games.

Finally, in the GU11, top seed Fearne Copley (Yorks) progressed to the final after dispatching [3/4] Reneta Colabella (Kent). Her opponent is last year’s BJC runner-up [2] Harriet Broadbridge (Hants) who staved off a comeback from [3/4] Ameerah Ismail (Warks) 11-3, 12-10, 11-3.

The Dunlop English Junior Championships quarter-finals commence at 9am tomorrow with the semis scheduled for 2:20pm. For draws, live scores and results, visit the official website at englandsquash.com/ejc. Tune in to watch Sunday’s finals live and for free via englandsquash.tv from 9am (requires free England Squash website account).

Dunlop English Junior Championships 2020 finals: line-up
- 9am: GU11 - Fearne Copley (Yorks) v Harriet Broadbridge (Hants)
- 9:30am: BU11 - George Griffiths (Hants) v Mohamed Abaza (Middx)
- 10am: GU13 - Tala Abaza (Middx) v Charlie McCrone (Lancs) - 10:30am: BU13 - Dylan Roberts (Kent) v Jude Gibbins (Kent)
- 11am: GU15 - Amelie Haworth (Hants) v Francesca Hall (Yorks)
- 12pm: BU15 - Jonah Bryant (Sussex) v Yusuf Sheikh (Essex)
- 12:40pm: GU17 - Saran Nghiem (Lancs) v Asia Harris (Yorks)
- 1:20pm: BU17 - Oliver Green (Herts) v Hassan Khalil (Warks)
- 2pm: GU19 - Katie Malliff (Bucks) v Margot Prow (Middx)
- 2:40pm: BU19 - Ben Smith (Lincs) v Jack Mitterer (Kent)
Day 2

Top seeds advance on day two of the Dunlop English Junior Championships

By Elizabeth Botcherby

Boys Under 19 defending champion Max Forster secured a spot in tomorrow’s semi-final as nine of the ten top seeds progressed on the second day of action at the Dunlop English Junior Championships (EJC) in Hull.

Top seed Forster (Nbria) overcame a spirited challenge from [9/16] Noah Meredith (Sussex) winning 11-5, 10-12, 11-3, 11-5 to set up a semi-final showdown against [3/4] Jack Mitterer (Kent) who defeated [5/8] Perry Malik (Sussex) in straight games: 12-10, 11-7, 11-7.

In the bottom half of the draw, four-time EJC champion [5/8] Jared Carter (Hants) upset Leicestershire’s [3/4] Simon Herbert to reach the last four where he will face second seed Ben Smith (Lincs) who dispatched [5/8] Ben Sockett (Yorks) in straight games.

Meanwhile in the GU19, British U23 champion [1] Katie Malliff (Bucks) cruised into the semi-finals after defeating [5/8] Sofia Averio-Pita in three: 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 and will face Worcestershire’s [3/4] Kiera Marshall for a spot in the final. Second seed Margot Prow (Middx) will meet two-time EJC champion [3/4] Lydia Robinson (Yorks).

The biggest upset of the day came in the BU17 where [17/32] Ben Beachill (Yorks) toppled number one seed Franklyn Smith (Sussex) to reach the quarter-finals. Smith finished fourth last year but couldn’t outlast the Yorkshireman who triumphed in five tightly contested games: 11-8, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8.

Elsewhere, BU17 second seed Hassan Khalil (Warks) and 3/4 seeds Oliver Green (Essex) and Muhammad Azhan Khan (Staffs) came through unscathed to secure places in the last eight.

It was plain-sailing in the GU17 as all top eight seeds advanced to the quarter-finals. Defending champion [1] Saran Nghiem (Lancs) remains on course to meet [2] Torrie Malik (Sussex) on Sunday in what could be a repeat of last year’s Dunlop British Junior Championships final after both players cruised to straight game victories.

BU15 defending champion Jonah Bryant (Sussex) didn’t drop a point in his round 3 match against Palmer Deville to set up a quarter-final clash with [9/16] Jack Awuye-North as he strives for his fifth EJC title. Meanwhile, [2] Yusuf Sheikh (Essex) set up a last eight encounter with [9/16] Cory Harding whilst 3/4 seeds Abd-Allah Eissa (Warks) and Alexander Broadbridge (Hants) remain on track for semi-final appearances after progressing in straight games.

In the GU15, seven of the top eight seeds secured quarter-final berths including Hampshire top seed Amelie Haworth who will be seeking to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish and second seed Francesca Hall (Yorks).

An all-Kent final is on the cards in the BU13 after top seed Dylan Roberts and [2] Jude Gibbons booked their spots in the last eight. Roberts plays surprise quarter-finalist [17/32] Fred Vaughan-Hawkins for a semi-final berth whilst [3/4] seeds Ronnie Hickling (Surrey) and James Lee (Warks) also progressed.

Current British National GU13 champion [1] Tala Abaza remains on course for the GU13 final after dropping just one point in her last-16 encounter. All eight top seeds reached the quarter-finals including defending champion [2] Charlie McCrone (Lancs).

Finally, in the BU11 and GU11s, the top four seeds secured places in tomorrow’s quarter-finals with [1] George Griffiths (Hants) and [1] Fearne Copley (Yorks) on track for the titles.

The Dunlop English Junior Championships quarter-finals commence at 9am tomorrow with the semis scheduled for 2:20pm. For draws, live scores and results, visit the official website at englandsquash.com/ejc. Tune in to watch Sunday’s finals live and for free via englandsquash.tv from 9am (requires free England Squash website account).
 


 

 

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