The first tournament of the year saw more than 800 participants across 56 nations come together in Birmingham to battle it out for honours at the world’s most prestigious junior tournament.

The UNSQUASHABLE team brought in a team of eight across five categories from three nations.

The youngest of the UNSQUASHABLE ambassadors, Charlie McCrone was the joint-fifth seed in the Girls Under-13 category. She faced joint-17th seed American Eliza Schuster in the round of 32. Despite a great effort by Charlie, she lost out to Eliza in three closely contested games.

Saran Nghiem is the only other girl on the UNSQUASHABLE team and the joint-fifth seed in the Girls Under-17 category. After beating Lucy Cox convincingly 11-2,11-3,11-2, she went on to play South Korean player, Kim Dami. Saran had a slow start, dropping the first set, but took the next three in convincing fashion.

The youngest of the boys is Harry Bloomfield in the Boys Under-13 category. He beat both of his opponents, with straightforward 3-0 wins. He will next face Ahmed Rashed of Egypt in the round of 16.

Boys Under-15 ambassador from Zimbabwe, Ryan Gwidzma had a first-round bye, but met his match in American Rishi Srivastava, losing 11-4,11-7, 11-7.

UNSQUASHABLE was also represented by an Irish duo. Sean Murphy beat his first-round opponent Callum McGurk convincingly 11-1, 11-3, 11-5. However, his second-round opponent, Tay Jun Qian of Malaysia got the better of him in three closely contested games.

The other half of the Irish duo, Jack O’Flynn made it past the second-round, beating Heston Malik in three sets, 11-5, 14-12, 11-4.

The highest seed amongst the Boys Under-15 representatives is joint-fifth seed, Yusuf Sheikh. He beat Sonny Flint comfortably with a 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 score line to earn a place in the last 32.

The oldest of the pack, Boys’ Under-19 representative, Max Forster also made it to the last 32 after beating Pakistani Hamza Sharid in the second round, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4.

Tomorrow will bring on more challenges for the UNSQUASHABLE ambassadors and we wish them the best in their next games.

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