International achiever hitting fantastic form

GIFTED athlete Peter Taylor is having the year of his life.

The 18-year-old produced some of the best squash of his career at two of the biggest junior tournaments in the world last month.

Taylor finished fifth at the Milo Junior All-Star championships and was runner-up at the Penang Junior tournament in Malaysia.

"I have to say that my form at the moment is pretty good," the North Booval-based sportsman said.

"I am having a pretty good year so far. Hopefully I keep playing well."

Taylor, who plays fixtures in the Ipswich and Brisbane competitions, achieved his goal of making the quarter finals at the Milo Junior All-Star tournament.

"I was pretty happy with the way I was playing throughout and I was confident of doing well," he said.

"I just sort of wish I could of got a better draw because I think I would of been able to make the semi-finals. But it was a very tough tournament and for me to play as well as I did is a great outcome."

Taylor met the number one seed Farzan Rasheed, from Pakistan, in the quarter finals.

"I went in with a lot of determination and gave it my all. I actually couldn't have played much better considering I lost."

Despite being out of the main draw, Taylor focussed his attention on the playoffs which decided the final placings of the top eight competitors.

"I found myself up against a fellow Aussie in Nathan Kam to play off for fifth. I didn't exactly play my best squash but it was good enough to get a win," he said.

"The tournament was a great experience. I just did not get the best draw unfortunately."

The Ipswich-born sportsman played the game of his life to make his way into the final of the Penang Junior tournament where he met his Milo All-Star quarter finals opponent Fazran Rasheed.

"I produced some of my best squash in the final and I think I finished in the best possible position I could of. Runner-up is a good achievement," the determined player said.

The former Bremer State High School student continued on his winning way at last week's Queensland championships.

Known as PT to his friends, the up-and-coming competitor was named Queensland's 19 years state champion an achievement which places Taylor as the second highest junior ranked player in Queensland and the third highest junior in Australia.

"My form just seems to be on the right track at the moment," Taylor said.

The squash star of the future is focussing his attention on the upcoming Australian Closed championships next week.

"I haven't seen a draw as yet but it will be tough as it is an open tournament in which anyone in Australia can play," he said.

"I even think Stuart Boswell who is ranked 12 in the world is playing.

"I am actually looking forward to playing against older people as it is my last year in juniors."



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