Kimberley Cauchi fourth in Polish Open

Thursday, May 26, 2011, 14:35

Rising squash star Kimberley Cauchi faced Denisa Rohunova from the Czech Republic in the first round of the under-13 Polish Junior Squash Open in Warsaw.

Rohunova, ranked number 14 in Europe, was a tough test for the Maltese youngster. Kim put in a good all-round performance but the experience of Rohunova showed in the end with the Maltese youngster losing in four close games 11-4 / 6-11 / 8-11 / 11-13.

The next two matches for Kim proved to be even tougher. Both Alina Bushma and Nadiya Usenko from the Ukraine were not ranked in Europe before this event, but the two girls marched through the tournament to set up an all Ukrainian girls final, with Usenko claiming her first Polish Junior Open title 11:6, 11:5, 10:12, 9:11, 11:7.

Kim performed well against Bushma and Usenko but lost to both girls 0-3.
The Ukrainian Squash Federation has put in a lot of hard work over the last years developing and supporting junior squash and the results are clearly showing.

Following the group format system Kim faced Denisa Rohunova from the Czech Republic once again for the third and fourth place play-off match. The Maltese youngster got off to a good start taking the first game 11-8 but once again the experience of Rohunova, ranked number 14 in Europe, started to show from the middle of the second game. Rohunova changed the pace of the game and altered her tactics slightly unsettling Cauchi who did not have the experience to respond. Rohunova took the match and so third place 8-11, 11-7, 11,5, 11-9

Paul Lake, responsible for Kim’s coaching and development, commented “Kim only started playing squash last year and has progressed through the Marsa Squash Section Junior Development Programme at an impressive rate, but to be able to compete with the rapidly improving juniors from other countries she will require many such events to gain more experience and valuable match practice against overseas players.”

Thanks go to the Marsa Sports Club and the Marsa Squash Section, without whose support Kim’s participation in Poland would not have been possible. Kim is a member of the Marsa Squash Section Junior Development Programme and is sponsored by Wilson.

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