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Junior draw heats up after second round

Tornado Alicia Black during the Junior event
by William Denny
Wednesday 2 July 2014

With the loss of seeds in both the boys's and girls' draws, the third rounds of the junior championships are shaping up to provide some exciting clashes. 

Three British hopefuls remain in the girls' singles draw as Gabriella Taylor and Maia Lumsden progressed safely into the third round while Katie Boulter prevailed in a late finish on Day 8.

Taylor, appearing in her first junior Grand Slam tournament this year, swept aside Tami Grende in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 on Court 4 .

“I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself that I’m now in the third round but it was really hard out there because she has a really good serve and she aced me a couple of times,” said Taylor. “It took me a while to get my rhythm but I managed to do it.”

Despite hitting fewer aces and winners throughout the match, the 16-year-old was tactically secure to set up a third-round tie with Paula Badosa Gibert; the conqueror of No.1 seed Ivana Jorovic.

“It doesn’t make me nervous, obviously she is a really good player and I’m going to have a very tough match,” she added. “I am feeling really confident with myself at the moment. I’m loving the grass and the crowd and the support. I’m just going to go out one match at a time and bring out my game on the tennis court and just do my best."

Fellow Briton Maia Lumsden enjoyed a 7-5, 6-3 win over her former doubles partner Dalma Galfi on Court 16, backing up her sensational defeat of No.2 seed Catherine Cartan Bellis in the first round. Despite an early setback, Lumsden settled well before slamming eight winners to Galfi’s two.

“It was a tough match, especially in the first set,” said Lumsden. “I had chances but yeah, I’m glad I won in the end. I just try to win each game when I’m behind because things can turn very quickly so I was just trying to fight for every game.”

Isabelle Wallace succumbed in a heart-breaking three-set defeat to American Michaela Gordon on Court 19 in two hours and 39 minutes. Wallace rubbished an opening set defeat with some composed baseline strokes to force a decider. But, the Brit was unable to progress to the final 16, falling to a 2-6, 7-5, 6-8 defeat.

No.3 seed Tornado Alicia Black (pictured) eased past Rebecca Sramkova 6-2, 6-4 on Court 9. The powerful Slovakian struck 27 winners but conceded 40 unforced errors in an erratic display meaning Black will now face Britain’s Katie Boulter in the third round.

Other seeds to progress included Kristina Schmeidlova, Ioana Loredana Rosca and Francoise Abanda.

In the boys draw, Australian Open junior quarter-finalist and No.2 seed Hyeon Chung dropped just two games as he brushed aside Simon Friis Soendergaard 6-1, 6-1 on Court 5. The Korean made only two unforced errors in a near-perfect display against his Danish counterpart.

Elsewhere, No.6 seed Stefan Kozlov progressed with minimal fuss in a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Pedro Martinez Portero while Naoki Nakagawa, Michael Mmoh and Francis Tiafoe also booked their place in the last-16. The biggest shock came on Court 8 as No.4 seed Jaume Munar lost in three sets to Francisco Bahamonde.

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