Three out of five Brits progressed to the quarter-finals at the ITF Junior G3 event in Chandigarh, India yesterday, with top seed Finn Bass, qualifier Louis Newman and fourth seed Jodie Anna Burrage all marching onwards with straight sets victories.
Top seed in the Boys Finn Bass had a tough match against Korean Seon Yong Han, but came through relatively unscathed after a 7-6(4) 6-4 victory. In the quarter-finals, Bass (UTR 12.73) will face unseeded Serb Aleksa Lazarevic (UTR 12.96) in what will be his toughest match so far. The 17-year-old came through qualifying to make a couple of senior main draws in his native Serbia in 2015, and despite not gaining a full ATP ranking yet, he will be a threat.
Louis Newman’s fine run continued as the British qualifier easily defeated Siphosothando Montsi of South Africa 6-0 6-2, despite the South African being ranked above him. Newman (UTR 12.5) will now face fifth seed Vorachon Rakpuangchon (UTR 12.48) from Thailand in what will be a very tight clash. The winner faces the winner of the Bass-Lazarevic clash, and both Brits will be gunning for an all-British semi-final.
In the Girls’ draw, Jodie Burrage also came through her match with relative ease, defeating Indian qualifier Jennifer Luikham 6-4 6-0. The British fourth seed (UTR 10.84) now faces Indian eighth seed Nidhi Surapaneni (UTR 9.81) in another easy match (on paper) for the Brit. Elsewhere, there were defeats for Eden Richardson against Indian third seed Zeel Desai, who continued her 14 match winning streak with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory, and Megan Davies, who lost to Serbian qualifier Jana Bojovic 7-5 7-6(1).