TEENAGER Lewis Anderson became the first unseeded player in 15 years to reach the semi-finals of the WSF World Junior Championships.
The Solihull resident, making his debut at the championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, came into the tournament with little expectations but managed to take out three seeded players.
Viktor Byrtus of the Czech Republic, ranked joint third in the world, was the first to fall at the hands of the 18-year-old left-hander, going down 11-9, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6.
Lewis then defeated Egyptian Karim Elbarbary in straight games 11-7, 11-7, 11-5, before seeing off India’s Veer Chotrani, the Asian Junior champion, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 to reach the last four.
But coming up against defending champion Mostafa Asal, from Egypt, proved a step too far, as Anderson lost 11-5, 11-5, 11-2.
Asal went on to win the title, defeating fellow Egyptian Moustafa El Sirty.
Anderson said: “It’s been an amazing experience for me here, getting to the semi-finals.
“Unfortunately Mostafa is a very good player, very strong and I just didn’t have enough in the tank after the three big wins.
“My coach told me if I trained hard enough I could make the top four. He certainly believed in me.”