Todd Conquers In Sheffield

Sam Todd confirmed his status as the World's best Under 13 player when he won the most important championship in the world for players of that age, The British Junior Open in Sheffield, which attracted well over 400 players from many different countries. It is 14 years since an English boy won a British Junior Open and that was another Pontefract player, James Willstrop. Todd was never seriously in danger and he conceded only one game in his five matches, all against foreign opposition. In the first round he beat Joachim Chuah(Malaysia) 3-0 and followed that with another 3-0 win over Laouenan Losec, the French No.1. The quarter final saw him pitted against the first of two Egyptians, Ahmed Aly. Another 3-0 win saw Todd face Kareem el Torkey, the second of the Egyptians in the semi final, whom he brushed aside to reach the final. Malyasia's Muhammed Amirul Azhar went to Sheffield having won the Pontefract Under 13 Open and to reach the final he put out the second seeded Mostafa Muhammed (Egypt). Todd started well in the final with his blend of attack and defence and soon led 1-0. However he made errors in the second game and the Malysian levelled at 1-1. Todd was soon back on course and from then on he never looked in danger of defeat winning 3-1 to the delight of the packed Abbeydale crowd. This season he became the first player to win the British Under 13 Closed twice, won the US Under 13 Open from an entry of almost 100 and crowned those achievements with the most Important of all, the British Junior Open. Todd is folowing in the illustrious footsteps of Lee Beachill and James Willstrop, both of whom became World No. 1, but everything points to a successful professional career for the outstanding Ackworth schoolboy.