14 August 2019
Edgbaston Priory Club’s Lewis Anderson picked up a bronze medal at the World Squash Federation (WSF) World Junior Squash Championships in Kuala Lumpur.
Appearing in his World Championship debut, the Solihull boy played squash of the highest order and stole the show with three successive upsets which saw him become the first unseeded player in 15 years to reach the semi-finals of the event.
The first of Lewis’s victories was the biggest – a win over 3/4 seed Czech Viktor Byrtus in five: 11-9, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6 followed by a straight-games win over Egyptian Karim Elbarbary 11-7 11-7, 11-5.
Anderson continued his winning run in the quarter-finals by seeing off India's 9/12 seed Veer Chotrani, the Asian Junior champion in four: 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 to set up a semi-final showdown with defending champion Mostafa Asal.
However, in the semi-finals, the top seed and world No. 29 proved too much for Anderson as Asal powered through to an 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 victory.
Anderson said: “It’s been an amazing experience for me here, getting to the semi-finals. Unfortunately Mostafa is a very good player, very strong and I just didn’t have enough in the tank after the three big wins.”
“My coach told me if I trained hard enough I could make the top four. He certainly believed in me.”
Edgbaston Priory Club offers a range of squash courses for juniors, including an EPiC Academy which nurtures young squash players to reach their potential.
Commenting on Anderson's performance, England Squash’s National Coach David Campion said:
"It was fantastic to see Lewis emerge onto the big stage with a run of wins against top class juniors.”
Anderson's performance capped off a successful week for the England squad which saw Sam Todd and Elise Lazarus reach the last eight and the England Women’s team win Bronze.
Paul Faulkner, chairman of Sport Birmingham and chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to Lewis, for winning a bronze medal at the World Junior Squash Championships.
“It is fantastic to witness talented young sports men and women competing on a global stage, representing not only the UK but also Birmingham and the West Midlands.”