Day one from the English Under 11 Championships in Manchester …
The first day of the third English under 11 Championships has come and gone, and what a day it has been. With a jam packed schedule it was great to see some of the Countries best and brightest young squash players laughing and joking with each other whilst displaying some excellent and encouraging squash talent.
In the boys draw, all has gone to plan so far with top four seeds Sam Todd, Joshua Perkins, Sam Osborne-Wylde and Jack Bloomfield all making it safely into the semi finals. But not all were without a fight. 3/4 Jack Bloomfield took on 17/32 seed Oliver Green in his 2nd round match. Oliver played superbly in the first game and snatched the win 11-8. Bloomfield then however proved he is a top seed by stepping up the pace and taking the next 3 games 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 in 21 minutes.
Another notable name of the day is 17/32 seed Jamie Carmichael. Carmichael took on 5/8 seed Joel Braddock in round 2 and after going to 2 games all, cracked it up a notch and pulled off an exceptional 11-8 5th game win. Carmichael also took out 9/16 seed Daniel Neill to win himself a place in the quarter final where he was met by 3/4 seed Sam Osborne-Wylde. Sam proved too strong for him in the end, but what a day to remember for Carmichael.
The girls draw has gone to seeding for 3 of the top 4 players, however there is an unexpected semi finalist in unseeded Jessica Brazier. Top 2 seeds Lydia Robinson and Torrie Malik proved why they are at the top and easily made their way into the semi finals neither dropping a game on their way. 3/4 seed Ellie Hewes had a bit of a slow start in her 3rd round match against Libby Leivers, with Leivers gaining a 1-0 advantage over Hewes after the first game, but then managed to compose herself and came out on top and safely through into the semi finals.
Jessica Brazier has been the talk of the tournament so far. Coming from an unseeded position Brazier took down 9/16 seed Siobhan Wilkins in 18 minutes, 5/8 seed Olivia Besant in a tough 4 game match and even 3/4 seed Emma Bartley in straight games. Although she has played outstandingly well so far, she has her work cut out for her as she now faces 2nd seed Torrie Malik in the semi final.