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Young guns commence battle amid downpours

Andrey Rublev with a forehand stroke
by William Denny
Monday 30 June 2014

Of the matches completed, the No.1 seeds in the boys’ and girls’ Championships progressed safely into the second round while a number of others endured mixed starts to their campaigns.

There were no fewer than 49 junior matches scheduled for action on Manic Monday but only 11 prevailed as the lawns of SW19 once again fell victim to the relentless British downpour. 

On Court 7, Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic, 17, battled through a three-set encounter with Kaitlyn McCarthy to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. After dominating the first set the American went level, but the top seed wasn’t to be denied the win as she closed out the final set.

“In the first set I came positive and I wanted to fight for every ball and it was really good,” said Jorovic. “But, second set with new balls it was a little bit different and you know, something happened and I lost the set. In the third set I tried to play my game like in the first set and it was a very good set.”

The 2014 French Open junior finalist said she will take a different mindset into the All England Club, where she is making her first appearance on grass. “For Roland Garros my goal was to win the tournament but I lost in the final. This time at Wimbledon, it is my first time here, my first time on grass so I will take it match by match and we will see what happens.”

Elsewhere in the girl’s singles, No.5 seed Jil Belen Teichman will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Swiss Belinda Bencic after she defeated Fanny Stollar 6-2, 7-5 while Canada’s Francoise Abanda progressed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Jaqueline Adina Cristian.

In the boy’s singles, top seed Andrey Rublev made light work of his American opponent in the opening set on Court 19, firing 11 winners in just 18 minutes. Yet, Henrik Wiersholm fought back strongly in the second, punishing sloppy errors with accurate forehand passes to level the match. But Rublev, the 2014 French Open junior champion, battled through a tense deciding set to win the match 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Among the other seeds, Daniil Medvedev was forced to retire in the third set; Jumpei Yamasaki was dumped out 1-6, 2-6 at the hands of Tim Van Rijthoven while No.12 seed Kamil Majchrzak won in straight-sets 6-3, 6-4.

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