SQUASH: Shock loss for youngster Main

LDSC youngster Natalie Main
LDSC youngster Natalie Main

Luton and Dunstable Squash Club’s young starlet Natalie Main travelled to the National U11 Championships with high hopes after being seeded number two.

However, after a weekend in of upsets in Sheffield it was a case of what might have been as she finished in fifth place.

Main had a bye through the first round and expected a tricky second round match when she faced Yorkshire’s Anna Clayton.

Main set her stall out early with some great aggression and length hitting to win 3-0 and set up a quarter-final tie against Yorkshire’s Charlie McCrone.

Main started well and took an early lead in the first, but seemed to lose focus and went down 11-9, the second going the same way too.

The LDSC youngster then stepped up the aggression and blasted McCrone away to win the third game 11-6, but didn’t start the fourth with the same attacking intent.

Despite saving three match balls, she couldn’t stave off a fourth, losing 11-9 as McCrone completed off a big upset.

The next day Main got off to a sluggish start as if mentally struggling to recover against fellow Regional squad member Leah Brooke.

However, Main regrouped and refocused to run out a comfortable 3-1 winner, taking her to the 5th/6th play-off match where she faced Warwickshire’s Sophia Lee.

Main had a titanic battle with Lee in the recent Coventry Open, but this time she blasted her off court to finish fifth.

Afterwards, she said: “I was very disappointed to lose my quarter-final but was determined to finish as high as I could to make up for the loss.”