Success for Smith in world championships debut

Katie Smith
Katie Smith

RISING squash star Katie Smith has maintained her sensational form on the court this year with a major coup in her World Junior Championships debut.

The 17-year-old from Hemsworth travelled to the United States to represent England at the championships in Boston and although she experienced a second-round exit from the individual tournament, Smith bounced back to win the prestigious Consolation Plate competition.

The Pontefract Squash Club starlet faced some of the best young players in the world and after a bye in the first round, Smith was defeated 3-1 in a close-fought clash with Canadian number one junior Alix Younger.

Smith lost 3-0 to American Olivia Fiechter in the Main Plate but the youngster was not to be denied in the Consolation Plate, where she defeated Ecuador’s number one Mireya Lucia Espinosa Proano 3-1 in the quarter-final.

Smith recovered from 2-0 down to beat South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller 3-2 in a thrilling semi-final.

And it got better in the final thanks to a brilliant 3-0 whitewash of Australian junior Selena Shaikh, who boasts a place within the world top-100 senior rankings.

Smith’s England duties in Boston didn’t finish there and she helped the national junior team to a fifth-place finish with four wins in seven team games.

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