Racquets ace is targeting world top ten
WENDOVER squash starlet Katie Maliff has bigger dreams in view after capturing the under-15 Scottish Junior Open title, writes Jon Batham. Edinburgh, which she won straight games 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.
Victory vindicated Maliff’s recent decisions to ditch other sporting loves such as football and rugby and devote her energies to the racquet sport in which she one day hopes to be part of the world’s elite.
“I used to do a lot of other sports in including football and rugby but as my mum is a squash coach, I started to go to squash and loved it,” said the rising star.
“I gave up my other sports and have really enjoyed it. Squash has always been my favourite.
“I want to try and reach the top 10 in the world one day but know I’ll need to keep training really hard to get there.”
Maliff’s win in the Scottish capital was something of a second time lucky story after she lost out agonisingly to Egypt’s Menna Tallah Hedia in the U13 final at the same tournament 12 months earlier.
Despite a tense opening to the fi- nal this time, Maliff was always in charge and felt she deserved her crown.
“Orla played really well and I think it was quite close in the first game,” she added. “We had great rallies but I think overall I deserved to win. It was a really good tournament and a fun weekend.”
The Bucks teenager brought the prize back south of the border after proving too strong for the home favourite Orla Young in the final in