Two of England’s finest young squash players will be vying for British Junior Open titles for the first time in 16 years.

Thirty-three-year-old James Willstrop was still a junior the last time the country was so well represented on the last day of the tournament.

And now Elise Lazarus and Sam Osborne-Wylde will both have shots at the titles after overcoming tough semi-final draws.

Osborne-Wylde [3/4] earned a final match against Ireland’s Denis Gilevskiy [17/32] in the Boys’ Under 13s draw, while Lazarus [5/8] set up a showdown with second seed Hana Motaz Ayoub [2] in the Girls’ Under 17s.

The last time two English players made it through to the final stage was back in 2001, when Willstrop and Jenny Duncalf both lost their Under-19 final matches. In 1999, Duncalf, Nick Matthew and Tom Richards all reached the last day, with Matthew the only victor in the Under 19s category.

After defeating Habbiba Saadallah [5/8] 11/8, 7/11, 11/5, 11/9, Lazarus, 16, of Woodford Green, Essex, said: “I’m just feeling so happy, I can’t believe it. I’ve never got this far, this will be my first final. I’m just going to go in and relax, play my game and believe in myself.”

Osborne-Wylde, 12, of Cofton Hackett, Gloucestershire, overcame Kareem El Torky (Egypt), the second favourite for the title, 11/8, 11/3, 9/11, 11/7 in 36 minutes. Gilevskiy needed just 16 minutes to defeat
England’s Jonah Bryant [5/8] 11/4, 11/4, 11/4.

Elsewhere, Sheffield’s Nick Wall [5/8], was defeated 11/6, 11/6, 11/4 by top seed Marwan Tarek (Egypt) in the Boy’s Under 17s draw. Tarek faces second seed Omar El Torky (Egypt) in Friday’s showcase.

Last year’s Under 13 winner Sam Todd [3/4], another Yorkshireman, of Pontefract, will also miss out having been comprehensively beaten in 22 minutes by the Boys’ Under 15s number one seed Yahia El Nawsany
(Egypt) 11/6, 11/5, 11/5. El Nawsany will now play Malaysia’s Duncan Lee [5/8] for the trophy.

The surprise of the tournament has come in the form of unseeded Abhay Singh (India) who has now defeated Egypt’s Belal Weal [3/4], England’s Kyle Finch [5/8] – where he came back from 2-0 down – and now 9/16 seed Adhitya Raghavan (India) 12/10, 11/8, 11/8 to reach the final of the Boys’ Under 19s. Fellow countryman Velavan Senthilkumar [5/8] is now all who stands between him and the prize.

The finals of the girls’ competitions in the Under 13s, 15s and 19s will be all-Egyptian affairs, with Hania El Hammamy [1] and Zenia Mickawy [5/8] facing off in the Under 19s, Nour Abouelmakrim [3/4] and Farida Ahmed [2] in the Under 15s and Salma El Tayeb [3/4] and Noureen Khalifa in the Under 13s.