Rising squash star Tamika Saxby reaches for a backhand during her win over Nouran El Torky at the British Junior Open.
Rising squash star Tamika Saxby reaches for a backhand during her win over Nouran El Torky at the British Junior Open. SQUASH AUSTRALIA

Saxby springs major upset

LOCAL squash player Tamika Saxby is enjoying a golden stint on the court.

Fresh from her victory in the Scottish Junior Open last week, the 17-year-old is through to the semi-finals of the British Junior Open being played in Sheffield, England.

Saxby caused the biggest upset of the tournament when she downed highly regarded Egyptian Nouran El Torky 11-8 3-11 11-8 6-11 11-7 in their under-19 clash on Monday.

“That’s one of my best wins for sure,” said Saxby who is now ranked in the world’s top 100 players.

“I’d targeted the top eight this year so I’m pretty happy so far.

“I’d played Nouran before so I knew what to expect ... you just have to have confidence in yourself to deal with her game.”

That win set up a quarter-final clash with Frenchwoman Cyrielle Peltier with Saxby prevailing 11-5 9-11 12-10 11-7.

Saxby was due to take on American No.1 seed Amanda Sohby in the semi-finals last night.

Saxby was confident of her chances against the American and hoped her fantastic run of positive results would continue.



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