Re: Eastbourne Junior Event
Four British prospects acquitted themselves well in the round-robin stages of the junior event running alongside the International Women’s Open in Eastbourne.
Katharina Brown won two of her five group matches, with Jocelyn Rae, Laura Slater and Stefanie Cornish all claiming one victory apiece.
Brown produced a superb performance to beat Belgium’s Tammy Hendler 6-3, 6-2, and overcame her compatriot Rae 5-7, 6-2, 10-2.
She also came within a whisker of pulling off an upset against highly-rated American Gail Brodsky, narrowly going down 6-3, 2-6 10-8.
Big-serving Rae’s win came against Malena Gordo of Argentina 7-6 (5), 6-3, but she was the only player to give the tournament favourite, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, a scare.
Rae took the Dane to a second set tie-break before slipping to a 6-1 7-6(2) defeat. However, it was the only time in the group stages that Wozniacki conceded more than three games in a set.
Rae believes the tournament has been a valuable boost for the British girls as they look for future success on the WTA Tour.
She takes on her best friend Cornish in an all-British showdown to decide ninth and 10th spot on Friday, and said: “It is hard to play your best mate and I am not really looking forward to that. But the tournament has been a great experience and will help me a lot.”
In the second group Slater held her nerve to see off Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, thanks to some excellent returning and consistent groundstrokes.
However, Slater went down to fellow Brit Cornish 6-4, 6-4, in a group that was comfortably won by Madison Brengle of the United States.
Brengle and Wozniacki will square off in Friday’s final, while every player will compete one more time in a round of play-offs.
1st - Wozniacki vs Brengle
3rd - Hendler vs Kalashnikova
5th - Brodsky vs Begu
7th - Brown vs Bua
9th - Rae vs Cornish
11th - Gordo vs Slater