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BRITISH U19/U15 Junior Championships

British U19/U15


Yorkshire's James Willstrop was the only top seed to win in this weekend's British Junior National U19/U15 Squash Championships, which took place for the first time at the Wolverhampton Squash Club in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.

Willstrop, the 17-year-old title-holder from Pontefract, successfully defended his U-19 crown in the newly-titled Don Sanderson National Championships, beating Essex's No2 seed Peter Barker 9-4 9-5 9-0 in the final.  The success brings Willstrop's National junior titles tally to five - one at U12, U14 and U16, and two at U19.

In the women's U-19 final, Lancashire's Laura-Jane Lengthorn, the 17-year-old second seed from Chorley, fought back from 2-1 down to defeat Yorkshire's top seed Jenny Duncalf 9-2 6-9 5-9 9-2 9-2.  The upset brought Lengthorn her second national junior title, to add to the U15 crown she secured in 1999.  Duncalf's defeat has prevented the 18-year-old from Harrogate from completing the set of British titles, having won twice at U17, twice at U14 and once at U12.

The men's U15 title was taken by second-seeded Welshman Lewys Hurst, who beat Surrey favourite Tom Richards 9-4 9-3 7-9 9-6 to claim his first British junior title.  The women's final saw Sussex's Jenna Gates, the No2 seed from Henfield near Brighton, upset favourite Danielle Dawson 2-9 10-8 10-8 9-7 - after the 14-year-old from Lancashire won both her quarter-final and semi-final matches without conceding a point!


Yorkshire's 17-year-old James Willstrop will defend his British U-19 title from 2-4 March when the British Junior National U-19/U-15 Squash Championships will be staged for the first time at the Wolverhampton Squash Club.

More than 200 of Britain's top juniors will compete in the four events presented jointly by the Squash Rackets Association (SRA) and the Eye Group at the Wolverhampton club in Newbridge Crescent, Tettenhall.

Pontefract-based Willstrop, who led England to success in last July's men's world junior championships in Italy, is seeded to retain his U-19 title in  a final against fellow seventeen-year-old Peter Barker, from Upminster in Essex.  Both players reached the first round of last week's National Championships in Manchester after fighting through the qualifiers.

The U-19 event has been renamed the Don Sanderson National Championships, in
recognition of the SRA's former Events Manager who was tragically killed in a road accident in the Czech Republic in late 1999.  Don was much liked and respected, and particularly passionate about junior squash.

Yorkshire's Jenny Duncalf, from Harrogate, is favourite to win the women's U-19 title for the first time.  The 18-year-old is expected to meet Lancashire's 17-year-old Laura-Jane Lengthorn, the No2 seed, in the final.

New names will certainly be inscribed on the U-15 trophies, as both title-holders have moved out of the age-group.  Surrey's Tom Richards is top men's seed, but he will have to survive seven rounds if he to claim the title for the first time in one of the event's biggest ever draws. Richards is seeded to meet Lewys Hurst of Wales in the final, whilst the women's U-15 final is expected to feature Lancashire's top seed Danielle Dawson and Sussex's Jenna Gates.

James Willstrop (right) in the British Junior Open final


Men's U-19 quarter-finals:
[1] James Willstrop (Yorks) bt [5/8] Richard Williams (Notts)   9-1 9-6 9-1
[3/4] Alister Walker (Glos) bt [5/8] Ashley Flathers (Yorks)    9-2 9-0 9-0
[3/4] Daryl Selby (Essex) by [5/8] Jay Abdul (Wales)    9-7 5-9 9-3 6-9 9-7
[2] Peter Barker (Essex) bt [5/8] Matthew Bolt (Norfolk)    9-4 9-2 9-0
[1] James Willstrop (Yorks) bt [3/4] Alister Walker (Glos)  9-5 5-9 9-4 9-2
[2] Peter Barker (Essex) bt [3/4] Daryl Selby (Essex)   9-2 9-5 9-3
[1] James Willstrop (Yorks) bt [2] Peter Barker (Essex) 9-4 9-5 9-0

Men's U-15 quarter-finals:
[1] Tom Richards (Surrey) bt [5/8] Chris Simpson (Hants)    9-5 3-9 9-7 5-9 10-8
[3/4] Christopher Hall (Surrey) bt [5/8] Sam Blacknell (Notts)  9-1 10-8 9-2
[3/4] Thomas Phipps (Bucks) bt [5/8] Robbie Temple (Glos)   9-5 9-0 9-4
[2] Lewys Hurst (Wales) bt [5/8] Dean Alder (Warwicks)  9-2 9-7 10-8
[1] Tom Richards (Surrey) bt [3/4] Christopher Hall (Surrey)    9-4 9-3 9-1
[2] Lewys Hurst (Wales) bt [3/4] Thomas Phipps (Bucks)  9-1 5-9 9-2 9-4
[2] Lewys Hurst (Wales) bt [1] Tom Richards (Surrey)    9-4 9-3 7-9 9-6

Women's U-19 quarter-finals:
[1] Jenny Duncalf (Yorks) bt [5/8] Emma Beddoes (Warwicks)  9-1 9-3 9-1
[3/4] Alison Waters (Middx) bt [5/8] Lauren Siddall (Yorks) 9-7 9-4 9-3
[5/8] Sarah Kippax (Cheshire) bt [9/16] Jennifer Wright (Lancs) 9-4 7-9 9-7 2-9 9-0
[2] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (Lancs) bt [9/16] Stacey Preece (Wales)    9-5 9-3 9-2
[1] Jenny Duncalf (Yorks) bt [3/4] Alison Waters (Middx)    4-9 10-8 9-2 10-8
[2] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (Lancs) bt [5/8] Sarah Kippax (Cheshire)   9-2 9-1 9-0
[2] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (Lancs) bt [1] Jenny Duncalf (Yorks)   9-2 6-9 5-9 9-2 9-2

Women's U-15 quarter-finals:
[1] Danielle Dawson (Lancs) bt [5/8] Gemma Hall (Glos)  9-0 9-0 9-0
[3/4] Leonie Holt (Warwicks) bt [9/16] Kelly Morgan (Sussex)    1-9 9-5 9-7 9-6
[5/8] Rachel Willmott (Sussex) bt [3/4] Danielle Bolt (Norfolk) 9-2 5-9 9-0 9-3
[2] Jenna Gates (Sussex) bt [5/8] Kathryn Cordell (Yorks)   9-1 9-1 9-0     
[1] Danielle Dawson (Lancs) bt [3/4] Leonie Holt (Warwicks)     9-0 9-0 9-0
[2] Jenna Gates (Sussex) bt [5/8] Rachel Willmott (Sussex)  9-1 9-0 9-1
[2] Jenna Gates (Sussex) bt [1] Danielle Dawson (Lancs) 2-9 10-8 10-8 9-7


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