Gold for Sophie in U16 Open

Bank Holiday weekend saw Leicestershire girls Sophie Watson and Carly Stevenson decide to have some fun in the sun at the seaside at the Bournemouth U14 & U16 Open events held on consecutive days over the weekend.

With the U14 event first on the Saturday, both girls played well with Carly losing to Sophia McCullough in the group after winning her first game. Top seed Sophie also lost to McCullough in a tough semi-final 15-13 15-14 to win the bronze medal.

Back on the Sunday with a new partner, Warwickshire’s Khushi Naik and seeded 3/4, Sophie faced another tough semi-final against U13 England pair McCullough & Chloe Dennis, this time coming out the winner with a 17-15 3rd end going to the Leics/Warwks girls. The final was a much more comfortable win for Sophie & Khushi, beating the Hampshire pair of Darlington & Chapman 15-8 15-11 to win gold in only their second outing as a pair together.

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