Squash player Whitney ready to face nemesis at British Junior Open

Promising squash player Whitney Isabelle Wilson is determined to turn the tables on arch rival Anahat Singh at the British Junior Open (BJO) in Birmingham on Jan 4 to 8. Whitney is seeded second while Anahat (India) is the top seed for the girls’ Under-15 category at BJO. The Sarawak-born lost to Anahat in all three of their encounters this year. The defeats came at the Asian Junior Under-15 Championships in Pattaya (in June), German Junior Open (in July) and Dutch Junior Open (in July). In 2019, Anahat, who was then joint third-fourth seed, had upset top-seeded Whitney in the girls Under-11 final at BJO. Whitney is expecting their rivalry to continue at BJO next month. “She has the psychological advantage over me going into BJO, I have lost to her four times since 2018,” said Whitney. “It is going to be tough to beat Anahat because she is in top form and has been performing well in matches and winning titles. “But I am geared up and am ready to defy the odds to win my first BJO title.” Whitney, who has been given a bye for the first round, is expecting the competition to be tough and stressed that she could afford to underestimate anyone. “I expect to face strong opponents from Egypt either in the quarters or in the semis. So, I have to stay focused and play consistently in all matches to reach the final,” said Whitney. Whitney has been in strong form recently and won a gold (mixed team) and a silver (individual) at the Southeast Asian Cup in Johor last month. She also reached the Under-19 final at the REDtone International Junior Open in Bukit Jalil earlier this month.

Courtesy from – New Straits Times