Squash Trio Concludes Play at WSF World Junior Championships
Incoming freshmen Khan, de Laurrari Coral and Foo Yuk Han represent Colonials on world stage
TAURANGA, New Zealand -- George Washington men's and women's squash incoming freshmen Salim Khan, Inaki de Laurrari Coral, and Zoe Foo Yuk Han enjoyed a run of success at the World Squash Federation (WSF) World Juniors Championships.
On the men's side, a total of 75 athletes from 23 countries took part in the individual competition. Representing the United States, Khan defeated Australia's William Curtis (6-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5) in the second round after a first-round bye. The Bellevue, Washington, native fell in the third round to Jordan's Mohammad Al Sarraj (11-7, 11-9, 12-10), but went on to defeat teammate Cole Becker in the 25-32 consolation bracket (11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7) to finish 25th.
Playing for his native Colombia, de Laurrari Coral battled through five games in the second round to overtake New Zealand's Quinn Udy (11-4, 7-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-6) before falling short to Egypt's Mostafa Asal (11-1, 11-4, 11-7) in round three. The incoming freshman went on to beat United States' Tiber Worth (11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 17-15) in the 21-24 consolation bracket, but was defeated 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 by Belgium's Sanjay Jeeva, taking 22nd place.
On the women's side, Zoe Foo Yuk Han represented Malaysia in a field that featured 73 athletes from 19 countries. The Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, native posted a 2-1 record in individual play, sweeping Charlotte Orcutt (11-5, 11-2, 11-8) from Canada in the third round before falling to teammate Sivasangari Subramaniam (11-5, 11-6, 11-9) in round four.
The team portion of the WSF World Juniors Championships commenced on July 25 with Foo Yuk Han playing in the No. 3 position on the ladder for Malaysia. After posting key victories over Germany and Canada, Foo Yuk Han helped lead her team into the finals against reigning champion Egypt, who took the title for the sixth consecutive year.
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