Squash: Teen ace Ashley Davies back on track

Ashley Davies wins German Junior Open
Ashley Davies wins German Junior Open

Chesterfield junior squash player Ashley Davies has picked up where he left off on the European circuit - after almost 12 months out through injury.

The former British U17 champion and European Number One, now 18, produced some of his best form to scoop the German Junior Open.

The number two seed disposed of the best Italy, Holland and Wales had to offer in straight games to set up an all English final against close friend and roommate Taminder Gata-Aura, who he beat over five games.

He said: “Tami and I have been playing each other since we were 11, so we both know each other’s game pretty well. I knew I would get my toughest test of the tournament in the final and we have a very similar win-to-loss ratio against each other.

“It was fantastic to win against someone who is just about to leave the age group, especially one who is playing some of the best squash I have seen him play.”

Davies took on his England colleague in a thrilling 72-minute contest to mark an end to a difficult year.

He sustained an injury playing in the The Tecnifibre English Junior Championships in March 2012 shortly after signing a professional playing contact with PSL team Benz Bavarian Duffield.

The early part of this year has seen him build up to competition level with league matches for both Brampton Manor and club Abbeydale.

Davies reached the quarter finals of the Men’s National Championships qualifying before taking sixth spot at the French Junior Open. He followed this up with a fourth-placed finish in the English Juniors in Guildford.

He added: “I’ve once again showed people what I can do, and my target for this year is to get my European No.1 ranking back, which will be difficult from No 58!

“I want to thank all the people in my team who have worked with me, helped me, advised me, and stood by me over the last 12 months.”