Amelie Haworth, of Godshill, is poised for success at the squash English Junior Championships (EJC) in London this weekend, having been selected as the top seed in the girls U-19 category.
The competition takes place from today until Monday in five London venues.
The 18-year-old, now already becoming established on the senior stage, is ranked 148 in the world. Victory in London would be her fourth EJC title as she prepares to become a full professional.
Amelie, speaking to the Professional Squash Association, spoke about the jump between junior and senior competitions. She said: “The Challenger Tour feels a lot different to playing junior events. It’s a big step up; it is always players that I have looked up to in the past and now I am playing them.
“Sometimes I don’t deal with that very well, but the more tournaments I play, the more I have slightly adapted to it and produced some decent results. I think the rallies go on a lot longer and you have to be stronger and fitter. You have to be faster because they play at such a higher pace.”