With four Boys and two Girls entering the Tennis Europe U14 Grade 1 Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris in Stockholm, Sweden this week, the only surviving Brit in the last 16 is Holly Fischer.
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Five of our Brits had gained entry into the main draw of the events, so only Nikolai Marin was required to qualifying for the main draw. The youngster was seeded eleventh in qualifying and came past Swede Viktor Ek Johansson 6-1 6-2 in the first round, before coming up against fifth seed Vladimir Cherkovets of Russia in the final qualifying round. The Brit battled hard but went down 6-3 7-5.
With one down, there were three boys remaining in the main draw: wildcard Max Basing was unable to make the most of his ‘free pass’, going down 6-1 6-1 to Slovenian Jakub Katuch. However, both Benjamin Heynold and Jack Pinnington Jones secured first round victories against unseeded Swedish youngsters to progress to the second round.
Both Brits had extremely tough draws in the second round: Heynold was up against third seed Alibek Kachmazov of Russia, and despite fighting hard all the way, the Russian was simply too strong, emerging victorious 6-3 7-6(3). Pinnington Jones came up against the Polish second seed, Dawid Taczala, and was dismissed comfortably, 6-2 6-0.
The two Hollys, Fischer and Staff, were flying the British flag in the Girls’ draw. Both youngsters secured identical 6-1 6-2 victories over their first round opponents before coming up against seeds, in rather similar stories to their male counterparts. The difference was the results: Holly Staff took Estonian fifth seed Carol Plaak all the way but was beaten 6-1 2-6 6-2, whereas Holly Fischer put in a superlative performance against Russian eleventh seed Ekaterina Vinnik, winning 6-1 6-1 to become the only Brit to make it through to the third round.
Fischer now faces another seed, Latvia’s Darja Semenistaja, for a place in the quarter-finals.