MALIK RETAINS ENGLISH U11 GIRLS' CROWN
Torrie Malik retained her English Under-11 Championship today at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club, while Sam Osborne-Wylde won his first.
Both were in stunning form over the weekend, cruising through the early rounds yesterday without dropping a game and continuing their devastating form today, when they also won their semi-final and final in straight games.
In Malik’s semi against Ophelia Watson she took just 10 minutes to book her place in the final, whereas her opponent there, top seed Emma Bartley, had endured a trickier run to the last four.
She defeated Islay Thornicroft 3/1 in the second round by virtue of three tiebreaks and was also pushed to four games by 9/16 seed Saran Nghiem in the semi-finals.
In the final Malik was in no mood to surrender her title. She never looked back after pulling away from 5-5 in the first game to take it 11-6, dominating the second and third games 11-1, 11-4.
Meanwhile in the boys’ championship, Osborne-Wylde was barely tested in the earlier rounds and although the semi-final was a little tougher, Ben Harrison was unable to take a game off him.
Osborne-Wylde’s opponent in the final was second seed Timothy Lloyd, whose hardest match up to that point had been against Jakub Woziwodzki in the third round, which he won 3/1.
The final showcased some amazing squash. Osborne-Wylde blasted out of the blocks, marching into a 7-0 lead. The second seed responded well, but he could not stop Osborne-Wylde from taking the first game 11-8. The second and third games were better contested, with Lloyd getting stuck in from the off, but Osborne-Wylde was too good and closed each game out when it mattered 11-6, 11-7.