Berkshire Juniors battle it out at Hampshire Silver Event

By Craig Banyard

Four of our local juniors recently battled it out at the Hampshire Junior Silver Open, 17-19 May at Winchester Rackets & Fitness club & Trojans club. Our Berkshire Juniors may lack experience but have strong determination, drive and the heart of lions!

Results

Full results can be viewed here: Sports Manager

Musa Meer-Khan (age 7), ranked 22 in England U9 and our current Berkshire Boys’ U11 Champion, finished 7th in the mixed U9 category. Musa battled it out and showed great promise for the future coming a very respectable 7th place after being seeded 5/8. This was his second major (Silver) tournament. Musa may not have the experience as yet, but is a little firecracker on court! Musa mimics the style of his role model Hamza Khan (former World Junior Champion). One to watch!

Safiya Meer-Khan (age 11), ranked 32 in England U13 and our current Berkshire Girls U13 Champion, finished 12th in the Girls U13 category. Safiya also gave a solid performance amongst some tough opponents. She did better than predicted after only recently turning 11 years of age. She found the standard higher than she’d been used to, and her opponents towered over her petite frame and were all heavy-hitters. Safiya is eager to continue to compete and is aiming for a top 10 England ranking. Another junior to watch out for in the future!

Alexander Catton (age 12), ranked 84 in England U13, our former Berkshire Boys U11 Champion and winner of our 2024 John Carr Award, finished 29th in the Boys U13 category. Great perseverance was demonstrated by this determined young player, albeit still recovering from tonsillitis. He fought hard until the final point showing great attitude and commitment. Alex is very eager to continue with his training and development with both the Aspire Southern Area squad and his regular coaching at his local club Aldermaston AWE. He aspires to represent his county and potentially captain a team.

Alexander receiving the 2024 John Carr Award at the recent Berkshire Squash AGM

Ibrahim Hussein (age 13), ranked 74 in England U15, finished 28th in the Boys U15 category. Ibrahim displayed great composure in his final game against a very talented, but difficult opponent who challenged every single line call and referee decision throughout the match. Ibrahim had match ball but was unable to close it out. Unfortunately, his opponent left the court at match ball down complaining he felt sick, then returned to convert to a win. Ibrahim was calm and accepted the loss with great sportsmanship where many others wouldn’t have. Another eager junior aspiring to represent his county.

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