Brits Paul Jubb and Megan Davies emerged victorious in the finals of the ITF Juniors Grade 4 event in Doha, Qatar earlier today, with Davies picking up her second consecutive title and Jubb winning his first ever, having played just seven ITF events in his career.
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Jubb and Ewen Lumsden had sifted through the Boys’ draw, with originally seven Brits having been entered into the event. Both players are 16 years of age, but Lumsden has the advantage of being born a year later, in 2000, and as such has a full year extra of junior eligibility than Jubb further down the line.
However, Jubb has only recently begun to branch out from national competitions into European ITFs, and has done so with quite phenomenal success. In his four tournaments so far this year, he has won 17 matches and lost just 3, reaching one final, one quarter-final and now, picking up a title.
The match itself was well fought between the two teenagers, with Jubb battling through the first set before easing off the gas a little in the second, leaving us with a winner-takes-all decider. It was tight, too, but Jubb just pulled away when it mattered to clinch the title 6-3 1-6 6-4.
Meanwhile, in the Girls’ draw, top seed Megan Davies secured her second title in as many weeks with a comeback victory against New Zealand’s Valentina Ivanov. The Brit, who in winning the title extended her unbeaten streak to 10 matches, won 3-6 6-1 6-4 to wrap up a thoroughly impressive fortnight.
The results indicate a masterstroke by Davies and her team: the Brit started out 2016 in Grade 2 and 3 events in India, but with just one win from three, a drop down to Grade 4 has been highly beneficial. Davies is set to move inside the junior top 250 following this week’s title triumph.