Abd-Allah Eissa crowned British Junior Open Champion powered by UNSQUASHABLE

Rising English squash star Abd-Allah Eissa defeated Harith Danial Jefri of Malaysia 11-7 9-11 9-11 11-7 14-12 to be crowned Boys' Under 13 Champion at British Junior Open at the University of Birmingham in England.

Having led 1-0 and trailed 2-1,12-year-old Abd-Allah had to summon all his reserves of strength and skill to overcome the challenge of his Malaysian rival in a thrilling 59 minute final.

The emotional toll of the game was clear as the final point was won with Eissa roaring with joy and relief before collapsing into the embrace of his equally emotional parents.

“I'm feeling really happy,” said an exhausted Eissa after the match. “After all these years of hard training and losing, I wanted to come back in my last year and do my best, and I've won it!”

“I worked really hard, he's a good player and I had to really push to the end. That's the most exciting and nerve-wracking finals I've ever played!” admitted the new British Junior Open Champion.

“I feel good, very good - relieved!,” admitted his father and coach Dr. Ahmed Eissa who was watching from the front row with the rest of his family and living every point as the match ebbed and flowed.

“They both played very good squash. It was nice to watch, it was intense, I think Abd-Allah did very well. It was very emotional! He was under pressure from the beginning. In patches in the second and third game he started to relax a bit, then he started to feel the tension again. In the fifth it was point by point, it was huge pressure.”

The family’s pride was evident and Dr. Eissa added that the experience of such a dramatic final would stand the youngster in good stead for the future.

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