Euro U19 Champs 2024

It’s another Amelie Haworth / Jonah Bryant double in Bucharest as the both take the titles in five game thrillers …

European U19 Champs 2024 : Tue 26-Mar, Day Four, FINALS

[2] Amelie Haworth (Eng) 3-2 [1] Lauren Baltayan (Fra)   8-11, 8-11, 11-3, 17-15, 11-7 (52m)

[1] Jonah Bryant (Eng) 3-2 [3/4] Melvil Scianimanico (Fra)  11-7, 11-13, 8-11, 13-11, 11-4 (74m)

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Haworth and Bryant deliver English Double

We had an action-packed set of finals in Bucharest, as England’s best clashed with their French counterparts.

The girls’ final saw a spectacular upset and comeback, with second seed Amelie Haworth coming back from two games down against top seed Lauren Baltayan, surviving six match balls as she took the fourth 17-15 before taking the decider 11-7 to go one better than her runners-up spot last year.

In the boys’ final, top seed and defending champion  Jonah Bryant was coming in as favourite without having dropped a game, with France’s 3/4 seed Melvil Scianimanico of France having his mind set to produce a surprise, as he won their previous encounter.

“I’m speechless. I’m so happy to have won this; I’ve wanted this for so long, since I lost in the final last year. “I just want to thank everyone for coming, and my family back home and friends for watching. Ian  and Tim too.

“I never wanted to give up, I just kept pushing and pushing. I’ve been able to come back from that sort of position before and just thought I could do it again. Lauren is a fantastic player and is two years younger than me, which is crazy! I wish her the best, I’m just so happy to have won!”

After Jonah taking the first, Melvil fought back to take the next two games, only for Jonah to take it to a fifth. In the final set, Jonah proved to be more focused and fresh, managing to win and this to become the only English athlete to win back to back the title of European Junior Champion.

“That was a very tough match. I think in the first three games I was too defensive and too passive. My coaches said, ‘you need to start attacking him or you’re going to go down’ and I just tried to be more aggressive,

“When the ball died off, I took advantage massively, making the rallies shorter and keeping the ball cold. “It was definitely up there as one of the toughest finals I’ve played. He’s one of the best movers I’ve ever played; the balls he picks up are ridiculous. But, impressive as it is, it is tiring for him and I had to believe in the process and keep working him as the court opens up.”

The team event gets under way on Thursday with Haworth and Bryant – who won the British and English Junior Championships together in recent months – leading England’s bid to retain the title they’ve held since 2010.

European U19 Champs 2024 : Mon 25-Mar, Day Three, Semi-finals

[1] Jonah Bryant (Eng) 3-0 [3/4] Yusuf Sheikh (Eng)   11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (25m)
[3/4] Melvil Scianimanico (Fra) 3-1 [7/8] Abdallah Eissa (Eng) 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5 (42m)

[1] Lauren Baltayan (Fra) 3-0 [9/12] Karolina Sramkova (Cze)  11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (26m)
[2] Amelie Haworth (Eng) 3-0 [3/4] Maya Weishar (Ger)  11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (21m)

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Day Three : Semi-Finals

We have a classic finals series: England v France

The semi-finals went smoothly for the top seeds, all winning in three games, except for the duel between France’s Melvil Scianimanico [3/4] and England’s Abdallah Eissa [7/8] which was decided in four. The match produced some scintillating points, both players putting to good use their agility, but in the end Melvil’s impressive defence and strong level of fitness allowed him a place in the finals.

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In his post match interview, Melvil admitted it was a tough match, also needing to adapt to the glass court, as he had a more limited number of games on this surface in this championship, but that he kept to his tactic the entire time coupled with him feeling physically good, and now feeling ready for his battle with Jonah.

Speaking with England’s Emilie Haworth [2] after her strong performance, Amelie told us the way she played tonight has given her a lot of confidence and she was excited for the finals as it will be one of her last junior tournaments and she wants to end it on a high.

As for the favorite in the boys track, Jonah Bryant [1] has the chance of becoming the first Englishman to win two European Junior titles. He admitted he wasn’t feeling expectations or pressure, as he just wants to go out there, play his best squash and enjoy himself in his last junior’s individuals match.

Check out all the post interviews on the European Squash Federation live stream.

Day four will see the finals, starting at 4PM local time, with a classic duel between England and France, featuring commentary from former world #3, Simon Rosner.

European U19 Champs 2024 : Sun 24-Mar, Day Two, Quarter-finals

[1] Lauren Baltayan (Fra) 3-0 [7/8] Ellie Breach (Wal)  11-5, 11-2, 11-2
[9/12] Karolina Sramkova (Cze) 3-0 [13/16] Ona Blasco (Esp)  11-6, 11-5, 11-9
[3/4] Maya Weishar (Ger) 3-0 [5/6] Chloé Crabbé (Bel)  12-10, 11-8, 11-9
[2] Amelie Haworth (Eng) 3-0 [9/12] Meha Shah (Eng)  11-5, 11-2, 11-9

[1] Jonah Bryant (Eng) 3-0 [7/8] Martin Stepan (Cze)  11-4, 11-9, 11-1
[3/4] Yusuf Sheikh (Eng) 3-1 [5/6] Antonin Romieu (Fra)  13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8
[3/4] Melvil Scianimanico (Fra) 3-0 [9/12] Amir Khaled-Jousselin (Fra)  11-8, 11-4, 11-5
[7/8] Abdallah Eissa (Eng) 3-1 [2] David Bernet (Sui) 11-3, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7

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Day Two : Sramkova and Eissa gatecrash the semis in Bucharest

A full day of action today in Bucharest, as we progressed through to the semi-finals of the European Individual Championship. Although the top seeds had a comfortable run through to the semi-finals, we’ve already seen some spectacular upsets in both categories.

In the boys, after a grueling 22-20 game the previous day, Amir Khaled-Jousselin [9/12] managed to defeat Guido Lindner [5/6] of Netherlands, in three games, in the morning session, only to be stopped in his run by his compatriate Melvil Scianimanico [3/4] in the quarters.

But the big news came in the the quarter finals with Abdallah Eissa [7/8] of England managing to upset the second seed – David Bernet of Switzerland in four games. He will go on to the semis to face of the Frenchman.

In the girls event, we’ve seen two upsets, with Ona Blasco [13/16] of Spain overcoming Sofiia Zrazhevska [3/4] of Poland in the morning session, only to be stopped by another challenger – Karolina Sramkova [9/12] of the Czech Republic public, who defeated Renske Huntelaar [5/6] of Netherlands in the previous round to reach the semi-finals.

Do check out our post match interviews with today’s winners on the official stream on the European Squash Federation YouTube page.

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Day ONE :  Individuals Under way in Bucharest

The European Squash Championship is underway: the top European Under 19 athletes are battling for the top spot of the newest Olympic sport in Bucharest!

On Saturday the European Federation and the Romanian Squash Federation kicked off the European Junior Championship, individual and teams, in Bucharest. For nine days, until March 31, squash lovers have the opportunity to see the next-gen European squash elite in action at the AeroSquash Băneasa center.

More than 120 players from 23 countries will take part an absolute record in the history of the European championships.

The first day went smoothly for the top seeds, with the higher ranked players advancing through to the next round, albeit we had some close and spectacular matches in the boys track, with Amor Khaled-Jousselin and Dmytro Scherbakov playing a 21 – 19 second setter in the bottom half of the boys draw.

Two rounds on Sunday will see the semi-finalists decided.

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Day One Photo Selection