Kent’s Georgina Kennedy claimed an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Junior Championship in Namibia after an impressive win in the third round.
Playing at the Wanderers Sports Club in the country’s capital Windhoek, Gina (right) achieved the biggest result of her career.
A month after losing to Nele Gilis in the final of the Pioneer Cup in Germany, Gina earned her revenge in the third round in Windhoek in fine style, upsetting the European Junior Champion from Belgium 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 in 42 minutes to reach the last eight.
Kennedy, a 17-year-old from Bexley in Kent, will now face 3/4 seed Mariam Metwally for a place in the last four. Metwally, one of five Egyptians to make the quarter-finals, defeated USA’s Reeham Sedky 11-3, 11-5, 11-8.
The luck of the draw paired Kent’s James Evans and Amelia Henley with the top seeds in Namibia.
James fought hard against Diego Elias of Peru in the men’s event, and Amelia found herself up against the formidable Nour El Sherbini, who was runner-up to Laura Massaro earlier this year in the senior Women’s World Open Championship in Malaysia.
The 17-year-old Lily Taylor from Leicester will now meet Nour in the quarter-finals.
Pictured below: James Evans in action against Diego Elias and Amelia Kennedy gets in front against Nour El Sherbini.
Posted by Alan Thatcher on August 13, 2014