BJC Champions crowned in Birmingham
The fourth and final day of the AJ Bell British Junior Championships in Birmingham saw the champions crowned and the final placings decided as matches concluded at Edgbaston Priory and the University of Birmingham.
After playing their semi-finals in the morning, the U11 finals saw top remaining seeds Phoebe Griffiths and Tristan Sutton claim the titles. Griffiths beat second seed Esther Chak in three well-contested games, while Sutton beat Joshua Fillmore – who had overcome the top seed in a five game thriller – in four games.
Both U13 finals saw the second seeds triumph over the top seeds. Harriet Broadbridge took a close first game against Mariam Eissa, who was then forced to retire with an ankle injury. Jake Johnston won a fierce exchange with George Griffiths in four.
The G15 final was between two 5/8 seeds who created big upsets in the semis, and it was Reka Semecsei who won three close games to claim her second BJC title. B15 top seed Archie Turnbull had match ball for a three-nil win, but although Dylan Roberts took the third he couldn’t stop Turnbull in the fourth as he became the first Welsh winner in 21 years.
The EPC crowd was willing on hoe favourite Meha Shah in the G17 final, but although she took the first game, top seed Amelie Haworth proved too strong as she took the next three games to claim her second BJC title. Yusuf Sheikh suffered an ankle injury early in the first game of the B17 final, and although he struggled on, was forced to retire at two games down to second seed Abd-Allah Eissa
Torrie Malik appeared to be cruising to another BJC title as she went two up in the G19 final., but Saran Nghiem fought back from 6-9 in the third to extend the contest before Malik closed it out in the fourth to complete the set of BJC titles, one at each of the four age groups. Sam Todd was hot favourite for the B19 title, but found himself a game down and gameball down in the second against Finnlay Withington. Sam scrambled the second and was in charge in the third and fourth as he retained his BJC U19 title – his sixth and last.