Ismail 'Smiley' Khalil won the Under 11 national title last weekend despite only being ranked 7th in the country. He overcame the 3rd seed in the quarters, 2nd seed in the semis and the 1st seed, Dylan Kalar, in a tense final, where he recovered from match ball down in the 3rd game to win 11-9 in the decider!
Other members of the RyderSquash junior academy that were playing the event finished as follows:
Hassan Khalil - U17s - 3rd
Jack Awuye-North - U15s - 12th
James Averill - U13s - 6th
Ali Khalil - U11s - 10th
Solihull Arden Club won the Warwickshire Squash League on Monday night with another accomplished performance, this time overcoming a strong Kenilworth side. The win sees the Solihull team lift the trophy for the first time in the club's history having been unbeaten since before Christmas and with a match still to play.
Victories from Canadian import Ryan Picken at 3, England junior Hassan Khalil at 4 put Arden in pole position before the result was assured by club coach Chris Ryder defeating the Kenilworth coach Guy Pearson 3-0. It was then left to the touring professionals at first string to put in a masterclass in guts and determination with Kenilworth coming out on top 3 games to 2.
Club manager Robert Saffery said "This is fantastic news for the club; it's great to showcase the mix of elite junior talent being developed here alongside top club players plus the professionals who all train under the guidance of Chris [Ryder]"