Day Three saw the quarter-finals of each of the ten events, plus a host of playoff matches as players aim to secure the highest possible finishing positions.
Day Three Roundup below the results …
Bryant produces another upset to join compatriot Withington in Semi-Finals
After yesterday’s terrific win over 3/4 seed Mohamed Salem Zakaria from Egypt, 9/16 seed Jonah Bryant from Sussex produced another sublime performance to join compatriot and second seed Finn Withington in the boys under 19s semi-finals.
Bryant overcame recent U.S. Junior Open winner Juan Jose Torres in straight games to book his place in the final four. The underdog, Bryant, controlled the middle of the court by using great height to always keep his opponent moving and pick off the loose returns of the Colombian. After securing a tight first game 11-9, Bryant went on to win the following games 11-6, 11-7 to reach the semi-finals where he will face top seed Rowan Damming from The Netherlands.
His England teammate Withington also recorded a straight games victory over USA’s Rishi Srivastava to move into the semi-finals. Like Bryant, the Lancashire player also struggled in the opening game but managed to take it 13-11 before looking completely at home on the all-glass court at the University of Birmingham and comfortably controlled the match from there to take both following games 11-4. Withington now faces Pakistan’s 3/4 seed Hamza Khan for a spot in the prestigious final.
Egypt represents three out of four semi-finalists in the girls under 19 category as all top four seeds progressed through their respective quarter finals. The only non-Egyptian is Malaysia’s 3/4 seed Aira Azman who defeated England’s 5/8 seed Asia Harris in four games to reach the final four. Egyptian trio Amina Orfi, Fayrouz Aboelkheir and Malak Khafagy all came through comfortably in straight games to book their spots in the last four.
Like the girls under 19s, all top four seeds have progressed through in the girls under 17s with three Egyptians again featuring alongside Madison Ho of the USA. They all won their matches 3-1 apart from second seed Salma El Sheik, who needed all five games to see off surprise quarter finalist Ena Kwong from Hong Kong.
In the boys under 17s, unseeded American Alexander Dartnell scored yet another victory as he came from 2-0 down to overcome 5/8 seed Wa-Sern Low from Malaysia to advance to the semi-finals. He’ll be up against 3/4 seed Eyad Hossam from Egypt, whilst top seed Youssef Salem (also from Egypt) will face 5/8 seeded Korean Jooyung Na, who won an entertaining match against Egypt’s Elias Daoud.
Another unseeded semi-finalist features in the boys under 15s as USA’s Aiden Chi-Ren Chiang defeated 9/16 seeded Shunsaku Kariyaznoo from Japan to make the final four. He’ll now face second seeded Egyptian Marwan Asal for a spot in the final. Whilst in the other half of the draw, Egypt’s Seif Refaay overcame 3/4 seed Jack Elriani in three tight games to set up a clash with top seeded Malaysian Nickleswar Mogansundraham.
The only upset in the girls under 15 category came from Egypt’s 5/8 seed Ruqayya Salem who bested second seed Whitney Wilson of Malaysia 3-1 to reach the semi-finals. Salem will face 3/4 seeded compatriot Sohaila Hazem in the next round, with the winner set to face either top seed Anahat Singh from India or Malak Samir in the final on Sunday.