16-year-old Emily Appleton continued her staggering form at the ITF Juniors Grade 1 event in Sao Jose Dos Santos, Brazil yesterday with a straight sets victory which put her into the semi-finals of a Grade 1 event for the first time in her career.
Congrats @ejappleton14 7-5 6-4 quarter final winner over Miyamoto in ITF G1 in Brazil. Good going!
— ken weatherley (@kenweatherley) March 11, 2016
The Brit has been on an exceptional run of form, extending her recent record yesterday to 10 wins in her last 12, and going 14-3 in Grade 2 and above tournaments this year.
Yesterday’s opponent was Japanese sixth seed and junior #76 Ayumi Miyamoto. Appleton didn’t have it all her own way but was able to hold her nerve when it mattered, securing a deserved 7-5 6-4 victory to take her two wins away from glory.
To reach the final, the Brit must now get past Swedish 14th seed Mirjam Bjorklund, who is only ranked a few places ahead of the Brit in the junior rankings. This is Bjorklund’s first real foray into the latter stages of an event this year, having only previously reached as far as the quarter-final at the Grade 2 in Peru in the first week of February.