UNSQUASHABLE ambassador Yusuf Sheikh put on an impressive showing in both his matches with confident 3-0 wins in both. He beat German Fabian Igelbrink 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 in the morning. That performance was followed up with another win against Pakistani Anas Ali Shah in a closer 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 win.
These wins mean that Yusuf will be the sole England representative in the quarterfinals of the Boys’ Under-17 after they saw three of their top-eight seeds fall in the round of 16, including the upset of top-seeded Jonah Bryant.
Other matches in the Boys’ Under-15 saw Jack O’Flynn put up an impressive performance against Youssef Mabrouk of Egypt. Jack lost to the joint-fifth seed in four sets, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 13-11.
Yesterday’s losers in the first two rounds of the Boys’ Under-15 both clocked in wins. Zimbabwean ambassador Ryan Gwidzma beat Cory Harding of England in straight sets while Sean Murphy beat Oliver Coulcher-Porter in four.
Charlie McCrone in the 17-32 playoffs of the Girls’ Under-13 met Malaysian Keertty Haridharan, and walked away with a confident 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 win.
In the Boys’ Under-13, Harry Bloomfield lost to Egyptian Ahmed Rashed, missing out on a place in the quarters. Similarly, in the Girls Under-17, Saran Nghiem missed out on the quarters spot after losing to another Egyptian, Malak Khafagy.
Max Forster lost in the round of 32 to Dillon Huang of Malaysia in five-sets. He played another Malaysian Nathan Kueh in the 17-32 playoffs, beating him in a closely contested four sets.