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Sophia’s Superb Second

Sophia’s Superb Second

Following last week’s superb results for the Main youngsters in Manchester, it was the turn of LDS’s other squash starlet Sophia John to shine in The Welsh Open


The Welsh Junior Open is a European Squash Federation Junior Circuit Grand Prix event and this year took place at the Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff

John was taking part in the girlsunder 15 event which was run as a 16 player draw with first round byes for the top four seeds.


Her first match, the quarter final, saw her face Sweden’s Tuva Holmberg. John struggled to find her best form but persevered for a hard fought straight games win 11-3, 11-7, 11-8.


Next up was one of the local favourites, the dangerous Jasmine Son of Wales who earlier in the day had upset the no 3 seed Sofia Rodriquez Bello of Spain in five thrilling games.  However a repeat was never on the cards as John found her best form from the start to win comfortably in three games 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 taking her into the final.


In the final John faced the excellent Lucy Murchie of Scotland who had reached the final without dropping a game. John never got to grips with Lucy’s attacking style and went down in straight games 11-5, 11-7, 11-4, to take avery creditable 2nd place.


Next up John will be joining the Main sisters in the second leg of Silver Series of England Squash events in Birmingham next month, followed quickly by the Gold level British Championships in Manchester.


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