Top seeds advance on day two of the Dunlop English Junior Championships
Elizabeth Botcherby reports
Boys Under 19 defending champion Max Forster secured a spot in tomorrow’s semi-final as nine of the ten top seeds progressed on the second day of action at the Dunlop English Junior Championships (EJC) in Hull.
Top seed Forster (Nbria) overcame a spirited challenge from [9/16] Noah Meredith (Sussex): 11-5, 10-12, 11-3, 11-5 to set up a semi-final showdown against [3/4] Jack Mitterer (Kent) who defeated [5/8] Perry Malik (Sussex) in straight games: 12-10, 11-7, 11-7.
In the bottom half of the draw, four-time EJC champion [5/8] Jared Carter (Hants) upset Leicestershire’s [3/4] Simon Herbert to reach the last four where he will face second seed Ben Smith (Lincs) who dispatched [5/8] Ben Sockett (Yorks) in straight games.
Meanwhile in the GU19, British U23 champion  Katie Malliff (Bucks) cruised into the semi-finals after defeating [5/8] Sofia Averio-Pita in three: 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 and will now face Worcestershire’s [3/4] Kiera Marshall for a spot in the final. Second seed Margot Prow (Middx) will meet two-time EJC champion [3/4] Lydia Robinson (Yorks).
The biggest upset of the day came in the BU17 where [17/32] Ben Beachill (Yorks) toppled number one seed Franklyn Smith (Sussex) to reach the quarter-finals. Smith finished fourth last year but couldn’t outlast the Yorkshireman who triumphed in five tightly contested games: 11-8, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8.
Elsewhere, BU17 second seed Hassan Khalil (Warks), 3/4 seeds Oliver Green (Essex) and Muhammad Azhan Khan (Staffs) came through unscathed to secure places in the last eight.
It was plain-sailing in the GU17 as all top eight seeds advanced to the quarter-finals. Defending champion  Saran Nghiem (Lancs) remains on course to meet  Torrie Malik (Sussex) on Sunday in what could be a repeat of last year’s Dunlop British Junior Championships final after both players cruised to straight game victories.
BU15 defending champion Jonah Bryant (Sussex) didn’t drop a point in his round 3 match against Palmer Deville and sets up a quarter-final clash with [9/16] Jack Awuye-North as he strives for his fifth EJC title.
Meanwhile  Yusuf Sheikh set up a last eight encounter with [9/16] Cory Harding whilst 3/4 seeds Abd-Allah Eissa (Warks) and Alexander Broadbridge (Hants) remain on track for semi-final appearances after progressing in straight games.
In the GU15, seven of the top eight seeds secured quarter-final berths including Hampshire top seed Amelie Haworth, who is seeking to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish, along with second seed Francesca Hall (Yorks).
An all-Kent final is on the cards in the BU13 after top seed Dylan Roberts and  Jude Gibbons booked their spots in the last eight. Roberts plays surprise quarter-finalist [17/32] Fred Vaughan-Hawkins for a semi-final berth whilst [3/4] seeds Ronnie Hickling (Surrey) and James Lee (Warks) also progressed.
Current British National GU13 champion  Tala Abaza remains on course for the GU13 final after dropping just one point in her last-16 encounter. All eight top seeds reached the quarter-finals including defending champion  Charlie McCrone (Lancs).
Finally, in the BU11 and GU11s, the top four seeds secured places in tomorrow’s quarter-finals with  George Griffiths (Hants) and  Fearne Copley (Yorks) on track for the titles.