Scots shine at British Junior Championships

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Photo - Jacob Fearnley by James Jordan Photography

Maia Lumsden and Jacob Fearnley led the way for the Scottish contingent at the Aegon British Junior National Championships held last week.

Glasgow's Maia Lumsden was in sensational form all week at the 16U event in Nottingham dropping only one set on route to her victory in the girls' singles. The no.2 seed produced a strong performance in the final against Emily Arbuthnott, the no.4 seed, to record a 6-3 6-3 victory.

Lumsden had shown the mentality of a champion the day before to win her semi-final against Jasmine Amber Asghar after being a set and 4-1 down and she appeared to take that momentum with her into the final.

She said: "I'm really happy to have won the title because I haven't even got to the semis since I was about ten. Although I did win that time as well so I'm very pleased."

The Scot had also successful teamed up with Gabriella Taylor, whom she defeated last December in the all-British final of the Junior Orange Bowl in Florida, to win the 16U girls' doubles final. Top seeds Lumsden and Taylor proved too strong for Emily Arbuthnott and Sophia Haine, the no.3 seeds, winning 7-5 6-2 to hand the Beaconhurst pupil an impressive double.

There was a similarly imposing 'double' taking place down the road in Bournemouth where Edinburgh's Jacob Fearnley won both the 12U boys' singles and doubles.

The Merchiston Castle School pupil, the no.9 seed, failed to drop a set on route to the title recording impressive 6-0 6-0, 6-0 6-2, 6-0 6-0, 6-4 6-1, 7-6 6-3 victories in the run-up to the final where he defeated Michael Owen, the no.4 seed, 6-1 6-0.

Fearnley and doubles partner Jack Draper comfortably won their doubles final 6-2 6-3 against Bradley Buckland and Harry Finney.

Other notable Scottish performances at the Championships included the unseeded pairing of Alexandra Hunter (Edinburgh) and Camille Verden-Anderson (Stirling) who reached the 14U girls' doubles final before losing out to the no.3 seeds, Jodie Burrage and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, 6-3 6-2.

Anastasia Mikheeva (Edinburgh) and Jed Alexander (Perth) reached the semi-finals of the 14U girls' singles / doubles and 12U boys' singles respectively whilst Reuben Henry (Edinburgh) and Ewan Moore (Kilmarnock) made the same stage of the 18U boys' doubles.

Reuben Henry (18U boys' singles), Ewan Moore (16U boys' singles) and Edinburgh's Ellie Burns (16U girls' singles) all won their respective consolation draws.

View the results from the 2013 Aegon British Junior National Championships

Photo - Jacob Fearnley by James Jordan Photography



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