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Britain's Maia Lumsden upsets No.2 seed

Tornado Alicia Black during the Junior event
by William Denny
Tuesday 1 July 2014

Britain's Maia Lumsden caused the biggest upset in the Junior event on Day 8 as she eliminated No.2 seed Catherine Cartan Bellis 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4. Both played with attacking intent, striking 27 winners apiece while also conceding 89 unforced errors between them. The 16-year-old won four consecutive games in the third set, recovering from 4-2 behind to progress to the second round.

“It was a great feeling,” said Lumsden. “This is my second Wimbledon so I’m really pleased I could create an upset. It was quite hard knowing I had chances but I just said to myself that it’s Wimbledon I can’t get annoyed, I’m just so happy to be playing here. I tried to re-focus on my tactics and it worked.”

The unseeded Brit, appearing in her second junior appearance at SW19, will face Dalma Galfi in the next round after the Hungarian beat Jana Fett 7-5, 6-3.

“I think every match is pretty tough in the whole draw. I know Galfi well; I played doubles with her a few times at the start of the year so I know her game well.”

There were two victors among the nine other Britons in action as Isabelle Wallace convincingly beat Julia Grabher 6-1, 6-2 while Gabriella Taylor defeated Katherine Sebov 7-5, 6-1.

The No.1 seed Ivana Jorovic suffered a shock, straight-sets defeat to Paula Badosa Gibert. No.3 seed Tornado Alicia Black defeated Brit Anna Brogan 6-3, 6-4 while Kristina Schmiedlova dropped just three games in her win against Usue Maitane Arconada.

Among the boys’, No.1 seed Andrey Rublev was taken to the wire on Court 19, eventually winning 4-6, 6-3, 14-12 in a titanic tussle with Matteo Berrettini. A gruelling 87-minute deciding set saw 50 winners struck between the players.

“It is really good to win matches like this,” said Rublev. “It is a great experience to win a match like this for the future. I have to prepare for every match to show my good game. It doesn't matter who I am playing."

No.2 seed Hyeon Chung eased past  Andrea Pellegrino 6-1, 6-2 while there were wins for former US Open junior finalist Stefan Kozlov and Francis Tiafoe.


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