Rac­quets ace is tar­get­ing world top ten

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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

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