HAY JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPS ROUND-UP.
As previously reported Kimberley Hay was selected in the England team for the WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS in Hong Kong in early August, she has recently returned and she again did very well.
The event started with an individual event and Hay unseeded , had to play a local Karla chong in the first round and came through in a comfortable 3-0 (9/4, 10/8, 9/5). The next opponent was Kimberley Bessell 17/32 seed from Australia, after goin 2-0 up she was pegged back and won through 10/9 in the 5th to reach the last 32. Kim was expected to then meet a 9/16 from USA but she lost out to french girl Faustine Gilles in the previous round. Kim then beat Gilles 3-1 (9/5, 8/10, 9/3, 9/0) and reached an unexpected last 16 .Egyptian Heba-al-Torky the 5/8 seed was next up for Kim and she proved to be too strong with Kim losing 6/9, 3/9, 8/10 .
Kim’s performance in the individual event led her to be selected as England’s number 3 for the team event. Kim helped England qualify top from their pool playing in 3 of the 4 games against Canada, Zimbabwe and Germany winning all her ties ( winning the decider vs Canada 9/7 in 5th). Malaysia were the opponents in the quarter-finals, Kim (losing 3/2) and England (losing 2-1) lost out and failed to reach the semis. Play-offs then followed and England ended in 5th place with Kim playing a big part. ( picture above of England team)