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Juniors playing professional senior tennis 2018


Very exciting for Fran, a second ITF tournament win. Not a massive surprise given Victoria (JCH 12) has lost her last 7 ITF singles finals at 23 although congratulations to Fran for beating an opponent with a lot of experience at this level, but with a strong junior track record (JCH 12, 9/1/12 so she still had 9 months as a junior) one would have hoped to have progressed beyond entry levels futures.

F: JONES, Francesca (GBR) 664 def BOSIO, Victoria (ARG) 7 597 4-6 6-4 6-2



-- Edited by Oakland2002 on Sunday 22nd of April 2018 04:30:56 AM



-- Edited by Oakland2002 on Monday 23rd of April 2018 05:06:56 AM

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WEEK 16

Gemma and Alessandra starting well this week in Antalya

Q1: HEATH, Gemma (GBR) UNR def MORANDAIS, Anne-Sophie (GUD) UNR 6-4 5-7 6-3

Q1: RUGGIERI, Alessandra (GBR) UNR def ORESHKINA, Maria (RUS) UNR 6-1 2-6 7-6(5)



The Pitak sisters hit the road or should I say Carpet at 25K level in Portugal, Katarynza starting with a win, Aleksandra a bye


Q1: PITAK, Aleksandra (GBR) 15 1212 v Bye

Q2: PITAK, Aleksandra (GBR) 15 1212 v LATYCHEVA, Sonya (CAN) UNR

In Argentina they move on to Villa dell Dique last weeks champion Fran Jones is 9th on the acceptance list (Brito (349) is again the no 1 seed) and will be, all being well into the main draw.


Aidan still in Jerba, Tunisia gets a first round bye and then an British 2nd Rnd Qualifying match

QR2: (q4) Aidan McHugh WR 1244 vs Imran Aswat UNR

And in Florida

QR1: Matthew Kandath USA UNR (CH = 1273 in June 2016) vs Zvonko Bencedic (16) UNR





-- Edited by Oakland2002 on Sunday 22nd of April 2018 08:16:02 AM

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Pitak the elder is no longer a junior. She's 19.

And Zvonko played last week too (I don't know why SC put 'who?'), although he lost his QR1 match. (However, he won a couple of matches in January)

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Thank you for the correction. Apologies to Katarzyna. I have not been concentrating hard enough for the last 5 yrs, I have to confess a major hole in my knowledge I always thought they were twins, bit like singing the wrong words to a song, once it's in there it's hard to get out.

Zvonko appears to be US based with a junior rank of =1245. He has played 5 junior ITF events all but 1 in the southern United States (Atlanta/South Carolina) the exception being in a Trinidad and yes he made his futures debut last week and did quite well in Palm Coast, Florida last week winning two rounds of qualifying. I will adjust retrospectively accordingly



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Aidan going well in Jerba

QR2: (q4) Aidan McHugh WR 1244 defeated Imran Aswat UNR by 4 & 3

FQR: (q4) Aidan McHugh WR 1244 vs (q13) Adam Jones WR 1588

Gemma and Alessandra also going strong in the first round in Antalya but meeting tougher opposition in the second.

Q1: HEATH, Gemma (GBR) UNR def MORANDAIS, Anne-Sophie (GUD) UNR 6-4 5-7 6-3

Q1: RUGGIERI, Alessandra (GBR) UNR def ORESHKINA, Maria (RUS) UNR 6-1 2-6 7-6(5)


Q2: HEATH, Gemma (GBR) UNR lost to OVCHARENKO, Ekaterina (RUS) UNR 7-6(5) 2-6 0-2 Ret.

Q2: RUGGIERI, Alessandra (GBR) UNR lost to NAZAROVA, Gyulnara (UKR) 7 1212 3-6 4-6

And it's raining in Portugal.




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No action yet for Fran in Argentina at Villa del Vique she is seeded 8 and has a qualifier in the R32. If the matches go to seeding she would have the same QF opponent as last week, the Brazilian Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alva's who she beat 3-6 6-0 6-4.

It will be very interesting to see how Fran goes this week now she has an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of many of the better girls in the draw. She came through the number 8,4 and 7 seed last week. Fan is the youngest of the seeds here one of the Brazilian girls is 18 the rest are 21 or older, the number 1 seed; Brito of Chile, the oldest at 26. To me given this is a 15k that would suggest they don't adapt to and beat younger players in transition once they have played them.



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Aidan moves past Adam in three sets in Jerba.

FQR: (q4) Aidan McHugh WR 1245 defeated (q13) Adam Jones WR 1583 by 4-6 6-2 6-4

The 21 year old Colombian Daniel Mora awaits in the next round, he has a handful of first round futures wins over the last twelve months.

L32: (Q) Aidan McHugh WR 1245 vs (WC) Daniel Mora (COL) WR 1538 (CH = 992 in June 2016)

In Argentina Fran draws 18 year old Chloe Hamlin (JCH 242) in R1.

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In Argentina Fran dispatches Chloe in R1 and meets Kamilla a fellow 17 year old in R2, Kamilla JCH 314, has played 14 futures this year make it out of qualifying 3 times out of 10 attempts with 3 DE into the main draw, this is only the second time she has made the second round.

R1: JONES, Francesca (GBR) 8 661 def HAMLIN, Chloe (USA) Q UNR 6-2 6-0

R2: JONES, Francesca (GBR) 8 661 v KOKELADZE, Kamilla (RUS) WC UNR 17yo JCH=316

Aidan ranked no 17 by age in senior tennis at the moment in the cohort of players not yet 18 is first on court 4 in Jerba. Fran needs to get her ranking down below 586 to feature, she still has close to another 5 months in this cohort where 7 girls will drop out as they turn 18 before Fran indeed of the top 10, 3 drop out in May, another in June.


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If Fran breaks into the top 500, she will get entry into the junior GS.

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Thats good to know, thanks Paulisi.

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Good news in Tunisia

L32: (Q) Aidan McHugh WR 1245 defeated (WC) Daniel Mora (COL) WR 1538 by 4 & 0

Hugo Schott is next up a 21 year old Frenchman resident in Tunsia for most of 2018, this is his third week on the bounce in Tunsia after a couple of weeks playing back in France

L16: (Q) Hugo Schott (FRA) WR 1202 (CH = 1059 in October 2015) vs (Q) Aidan McHugh WR 1245

Similarly in Argentina Fran continues her impressive run next up is a rerun of last weeks QF up against a Brazilian about to turn 22 who has played a lot of futures at perhaps found her level? Fran came back very strongly last week after loosing the first set, obviously a win is the absolute priority but from a wider developmental and tactical perspective this weeks performance has been benchmarked so to speak.

R2: JONES, Francesca (GBR) 8 661 def KOKELADZE, Kamilla (RUS) WC UNR 6-3 6-1

QF: JONES, Francesca (GBR) 8 661 v ALVES, Carolina Meligeni Rodgigues (BRA) 4 539 CH=425 16/10/17


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Aidan is last junior standing this week, winning in two in Jerba

L16: (Q) Aidan McHugh WR 1245 defeated (Q) Hugo Schott (FRA) WR 1202 by 6-2 7-6(5)

QF: (Q) Aidan McHugh WR 1245 vs (8) Bernardo Saraiva (POR) WR 735

Unfortunately a reversal of last weeks result but arguably a better performance with Fran dominating the set she won and coming close in both those she lost, losing out in a tie break in the third to the no 4 seed.

QF: JONES, Francesca (GBR) 8 661 lost to ALVES, Carolina Meligeni Rodgigues (BRA) 4 539 5-7 6-2 6-7(3)

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Aidan continues his march onwards in Jerba.

QF: (Q) Aidan McHugh WR 1245 defeated (8) Bernardo Saraiva (POR) WR 735 6-0 7-5

A big step up for Aidan in his first semi-final

SF: (1) Yannick Mertens (BEL) WR 339 (CH = 179 in August 2015 - he's now 30) vs (Q) Aidan McHugh WR 1245



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Is Yannick related to Elise Mertens?

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Here's every match played by a GB woman this year when the GB player was under 19 on the date of the match:
I've put it inside the spoiler so as not to overload your thread with big pictures, and can happily just delete it altogether if it's just getting in the way.

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