BJC 2021 Day THREE

Day Three in Birmingham saw the finalists decided in all but the U11 events, with matches split across the two venues.

With the Boys’ semi-finalists decided yesterday, the Girls’ quarter-finals took place in the morning with the semis  in afternoon and evening sessions, and there were playoff matches throughout the day as final placings are battled out for.

Upsets all round as the finalists are decided in Birmingham

The top seeds won through to both U19 finals with Sam Todd, Finnlay Withington and Torrie Malik taking their semis in straight games while Saran Nghiem was taken to five by recent US Junior Open champion Asia Harris.

There were all sorts of upsets in the U17 semis – top seed Jonah Bryant was forced to withdraw with a positive Covid test, leaving Yusuf Sheik to face second seed Abd-Allah Eissa, who won in straight games, in the final. While top seed Amelia Haworth eased through her matches to make the final, she faces unexpected opposition after EPC’s own Meha Shah recorded successive upsets taking out Scottish and Welsh opponents Robyn McAlpine and Aly Kelleher to reach her first BJC final.

The biggest upsets came in the Girls’ U15 semis where the top two seeds were both beaten in five games. Top seed Charlie McCrone saved match balls in the third against Reka Semecsei before falling in the fifth, while Elizabeth Dicker overcame Emily Coulcher-Porter in a thriller. Top seeds Archie Turnbull and Dylan Roberts will contest the Boys’ final.

No such drama in the U13 events where top seeds Mariam Eissa, Harriet Broadbridge, George Griffiths and Jake Johnston will contest the finals.

The U11 semis are first up on Sunday, followed by the finals from 11.00 to 16.00 – all at EPC – and playoff matches at both venues.

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