Thursday, September 28, 2023

Hassan Khalil halts No.2 seed Rowan Damming 13-11 in the fifth to reach British Junior Open semi-finals

By JANE BALL (Squash Mad Reporter)

Warwickshire’s Hassan Khalil scored a big upset on quarter-finals day at the British Junior Open in Nottingham as he downed No.2 seed, Rowan Damming (Netherlands), to join four other English players in the semi-finals.

Khalil started the better of the two and took a commanding 2-0 lead to place one foot in the last four. Damming came back strongly and took the third and fourth games 11-3, 11-1 to force a deciding game.

Khalil regrouped and managed to take the game 13-11 to reach the final four. Khalil will now play another surprise semi-finalist, Malaysia’s Ameeshenraj Chandaran, who beat 3/4 seed Sam Osborne-Wylde.

The other men’s semi-final will feature two Englishmen, No.1 seed Sam Todd and 3/4 seed Jonah Bryant. Yorkshire’s heavy favourite Todd again wasted no time in booking his semi-final place, beating USA’s Hollis Robertson 3-0 in just 25 minutes.

Bryant overcame compatriot Franklyn Smith in his quarter-final. The Sussex player lost the first game but recovered confidently to win the next three games and set up the last four encounter.

Top women’s seed Caroline Fouts (Team USA) reaches the last four

In the women’s event, both 3/4 seeds Torrie Malik and Asia Harris secured their semi-final places in contrasting styles. World No.92 Malik was up first on court 10 at The Park Club and comfortably beat India’s surprise quarter-finalist Tanisha Jain 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 in 23 minutes. Malik’s semi-final opponent will be USA’s No.2 seed Lucie Stefanoni.

Yorkshire’s Asia Harris came through a tough five-game battle with Spain’s Noa Romero to reach the final four. Harris took a crucial third game 12-10 to lead 2-1 and earned herself a match ball in the fourth game. Romero stayed strong during the big points and turned the game around to set up a decider.

Harris started confidently in the fifth game and never surrendered her dominance to take the game 11-4. Harris will now play No.1 seed Caroline Fouts from the USA for a place in the final.

Semi-final action starts from 16:45 on day four and will be shown on the England Squash Facebook and YouTube channels.

British Junior Under-19 Open 2022, Nottingham Squash Club, Nottingham, England.

Men’s Quarter-finals:
[1] Sam Todd (ENG) bt [9/12] Hollis Robertson (USA) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
[3/4] Jonah Bryant (ENG) bt [5/8] Franklyn Smith (ENG) 5-11, 11-4, 11-1, 11-6 (42m)
[5/8] Ameeshenraj Chandaran (MAS) bt [3/4] Sam Osborne-Wylde (ENG) 11-3, 11-7, 12-10 (36m)
[5/8] Hassan Khalil (ENG) bt [2] Rowan Damming (NED) 11-8, 13-11, 3-11, 1-11, 13-11 (51m)

[1] Sam Todd (ENG) v [3/4] Jonah Bryant (ENG)
[5/8] Hassan Khalil (ENG) v [5/8] Ameeshenraj Chandaran (MAS)

Women’s Quarter-finals:
[1] Caroline Fouts (USA) bt [9/12] Madison Ho (USA) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (30m)
[3/4] Asia Harris (ENG) bt [5/8] Noa Romero (ESP) 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4 (50m)
[3/4] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Tanishka Jain (IND) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (23m)
[2] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) bt [5/8] Naomi Nohar (NED) 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)

[1] Caroline Fouts (USA) v [3/4] Asia Harris (ENG)
[2] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) v [3/4] Torrie Malik (ENG)

Pictures courtesy of England Squash 


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