The singles competition at the World Junior Championships concluded with an array of finals matches.
The first Australian up on court was Maggie Goodman who got proceedings underway on the final day of individual competition with a 3-0 (11-4 11-0 11-4) victory over Sara Natalia Caicedo Ortiz of Colombia, before an all Australian battle over on Court 5 at Squash Club Le Reve saw Queensland’s Sophie Fadaely beat WA’s Hannah Slyth 3-1 (5-11 11-8 11-5 11-5). After Slyth, who is the youngest member of Australia’s team at the World Championships, won game one, Fadaely turned proceedings around by taking the next three games to finish 57th.
Fellow Queenslander Kurstyn Mather continued winning ways with a tough 3-0 (12-10 11-6 11-8) victory over South Africa’s Nicola Bently. It was an evenly matched game throughout, especially in game one with both players fighting for every shot.
Erin Classen also found a win in her 45/46th place match against France’s Lilou Brevard. Classen managed to ease through game one and two before Brevard changed tactics and pushed Classen all the way in the third. In the end, Classen saw out the game 3-0 (11-5 11-2 12-10) to finish 45th overall.
Meanwhile, Madison Lyon suffered a loss in the 29/30th place playoff against India’s Yuvna Gupta, going down 0-3 (5-11 6-11 1-11). Despite the result, the Australian Junior Open champion was Australia’s highest placed player at World Championships, finishing 30th.
Attention now turns to the Men’s Team events where Australia has been placed into Group B alongside South Korea, Kuwait and England.
The Men’s Junior Team Championships have kicked off with a victory for Australia over South Korea. The combination of Oscar Curtis, Luke Eyles and Greg Chan saw Australia secure a 3-0 victory in their first match of the tournament over the 10/12 seeds.
Curtis got proceedings underway taking on Joo Young Na. Taking game one, Na changed the pace of the game to level the score after taking the second. However, Curtis swiftly halted any momentum his South Korean counterpart had gained to win the third with a tight fourth game for a 3-1 win (11-5 8-11 11-5 12-10).
Giving Australia the lead, Eyles took to the court to face Seojin Oh in a five-game thriller. The match shifted back and forth between the two players. Having won the fourth game to level it at 2-2 and force a deciding game, the Queenslander used every inch of the court to get the win over his opponent, taking a 3-2 victory (3-11 11-9 5-11 11-6 11-7).
With a 2-0 advantage, Chan had the chance to seal the win for Australia as he took on Jeong Uk Ryu. Despite the close game, Chan cruised comfortably through the match to win 3-0 (11-6 11-8 11-7).
Australia will be back on court against Kuwait on Thursday night (4.00pm Perth time).
The full schedule and results can be found here.
Matches will be streamed across two different platforms: