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Starlets shine at Regional Championships

Starlets shine at Regional Championships


The icy blast of weather didn’t stop Luton and Dunstable Squash Club starlets performing superbly at the weekend’s East of England Regional Championships in Ipswich. Natalie Main made it three Regional titles in a row, whilst Sophia John finished an excellent 5th and Lily Main a very creditable 9th.


The journey to Ipswich on Saturday required sunglasses and that wasn’t the only bright thing as Sophia John crushed Suffolk’s Isabel Youngs in quick time in the GU15 category. Lily Main couldn’t deliver another win as she lost to the very strong Jodie Dowe of Norfolk. In the second round Suffolk got its revenge as Ella Hall triumphed 3-1 over John, a reversal from John’s recent win in Pontefract too. Lily, however, did deliver a fine win over Norfolk’s Keira Martin. Whilst at GU13 Natalie Main, having received a bye in the first round, made very short work of Suffolk’s Nancy Akyol.


The Main family battled through the winter blast early on Sunday morning (the Johns wisely having decided to stay locally had no such challenges) to begin day two. This time it was Natalie who got play underway with a determined win over the much improved Lara Newton from Essex. Her elder sibling then faced an Essex compatriot, Henna Kaur Ranu who looked very strong and was considerably older. Main kept her composure and would not be intimated by her hard hitting opponent and triumphed 3-1.


Sophia John received a bye in her morning match and faced Norfolk’s Lucy Cox for 5th place. Despite a wobble in the early stages, John was too strong for her more diminutive opponent and won 3-1. Lily Main was next up as she battled for 9th place and faced another Essex player in the shape of Daisy Newton. Main showed incredible touch as she counteracted Newton’s power and finished the match with a beautiful lob to triumph 3-1.


In the GU13 final, Natalie Main faced another Essex girl, Leah Brooke. The last time they faced each other Main only just triumphed 3-2, this time it was a different story as Main showed a dazzling array of shots to completely overpower her opponent winning 3-0 and winning her third Regional title in a row.


Next up for the Mains is the Scottish Open, closely followed by the British Open, where all 3 youngsters have qualified to compete.

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