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Squash: Bancroft’s pupil Sheikh serves up silver at British Junior Open

PUBLISHED: 09:30 18 January 2020

Yusuf Sheikh in action (pic England Squash)

Yusuf Sheikh in action (pic England Squash)

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Bancroft’s year nine pupil Yusuf Sheikh won silver at the prestigious Dunlop British Junior Open recently.

More than 600 of the world's top young players were in Birmingham for the five-day event, representing 35 counties.

Sheikh won the British under-13 title in November 2018 and was competing in the under-15 age group, which had 128 entrants.

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He was the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals, but his determination and hard work over Christmas was evident.

A tough semi-final draw put him up against Muhammad Ammad, the Pakistan number one who had beaten him comfortably in the past and was favourite.

But Sheikh took confidence from his quarter-final win against Indian number one Yuvraj Wadhwani and played his best squash of the tournament for a 3-0 win.

He lost 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 in the final to second seed Humza Khan, of Pakistan, but his silver was one of three medals won by England players.

Mariam Eissa took silver in the under-11 girls' competition and Sam Todd won under-17 boys' gold.


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