Amelie favourite to win championships

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.”