Solihull Arden’s Hassa Khalil put up an exceptional performance at the English Junior Championships in Hull at the weekend. The England junior international met Lancashire’s 5/8 seed Finlay Withington in the quater final, coming though in four games to set up a semi final against 3/4 seed Franklyn Smith of Sussex. Khalil again came through in 4 games and was up against top seed Oliver Geen of Essex for the title. The Warwickshire player took 1-0 and 2-1 leads only for Green to level things up at 2 games a piece, Green sneaking the fifth game 11-9 to claim victoty and the title.
Well done to Hassan who has a very bright career ahead of him.
Full tournament results and reports can be found here
Round 1 – Beat Usman Ali (Yorkshire) 11-3, 11-4, 11-2
Last 16 – Beat Laurence Cull (Lancashire) 11-9, 11-5, 11-1
Quarter Final – Beat Finlay Withington (Lancshire) 11-9, 11-5, 11-13, 11-7
Semi Final – Beat Farnklyn Smith (Sussex) 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9
Final – Lost to Oliver Green (Essex) 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 3-11, 9-11