After a long and dramatic semi-finals day, there are just ten matches left to determine the destinations of the 2023 British Junior Open titles.
Roundup below the results
Withington and Orfi Claim Under 19 British Junior Open titles in Birmingham
England’s Finnlay Withington and Egypt’s Amina Orfi have claimed the British Junior Open 2023 U19 titles after overcoming compatriots Jonah Bryant and Fayrouz Aboelkheir in entertaining finals at the University of Birmingham.
Second seed Withington started the better of the two Englishmen in the boys final as he moved the ball around the court with great precision to test the movement and physical capabilities of Bryant early on in the match. Withington’s accuracy and severity was rewarded as he took a 2-0 lead winning 11-3, 11-4 in the opening two games to place one hand on the trophy. Despite a recovery from 9/16 seed Bryant in the third game, Withington was too sharp on the day as he sealed the game 11-8 to claim his first British Junior Open title.
The all-Egytpian girls final was as fiercely contested as expected with both girls leaving it all out on the court and determined to get their hands on the trophy. Top seed Orfi found herself 2-1 down to second seed Aboelkheir but as she so often does in British Junior Open finals, found a way to win. She stepped up the court to take time away from her compatriot and stormed to victory by winning the final two games 11-2, 11-6 to claim her fourth British Junior Open title.
Top-seeded Egyptian Youssef Salem claimed the boys under 17 title as he defeated compatriot Eyad Hossam in a four-game contest. Hossam captured the first game 11-9 but was unable to continue his momentum as Salem moved through the gears to take the next three games and take the title. USA captured their second title of the day as 3/4 seed Madison Ho overcame Egypt’s Malak Khafagy in straight games to lift the title. Ho established a 2-0 lead and secured a nail-biting third game 14-12 to win the match.
India’s top seed Anahat Singh produced a terrific performance to capture the girls under 15 title as she beat Egypt’s 3/4 seed Sohaila Hazem in four games on the all-glass court at the University of Birmingham. With the score level at 1-1, Singh stepped up her game to charge towards the finishing line, winning 11-7, 11-5 to seal the win. Egyptian success was guaranteed in the boys category as second seed Marwan Asal took on compatriot and 9/16 seed Seif Refaay for the title. Asal produced a dominant display to completely nullify Refaay’s attacks and limited the surprise finalist to just 19 minutes on court. Another major title for the Asal household.
All but one of the top seeds prevailed in the under 13 and 11 categories as Egyptian duo Talia Sherif and Hazem Sarwat claimed the under 11 titles, beating compatriots Lilly Mashaal and Malek Ahmed. USA’s Carlton Capella recovered from a game down to beat Pakistan’s Nauman Khan in the boys under 13s final. The upset came in the girls draw as 3/4 seed Habiba Rizk defeated fellow Egyptian and top seed Malika Taymour in straight games to lift the trophy.