Khalil Downs No.2 Seed To Reach British Junior Open Semi-Finals
The English Perspective
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, 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. No.2 seed, Damming, came back strongly however 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 Englishman, No.1 seed Sam Todd and 3/4 seed Jonah Bryant. 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 to Smith but recovered confidently to win the next three games and set up the all-English last four encounter.
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 ten at The Park Club in Nottingham 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 the stronger of the two in the fifth game and never surrendered her dominance, she took the game 11-4 to reach the semi finals. Harris will now play No.1 seed Caroline Fouts from the USA for a place in the final.