Ewen Lumsden and Paul Jubb play today in the final of the ITF Juniors Grade 4 event in Doha, Qatar, after both players came through their semi-final clashes yesterday. Top seed Megan Davies is also in the Girls’ final.
— Martin Weston (@martindweston) April 2, 2016
With three British boys in the semi-finals, we were always going to be guaranteed at least one British finalist, but Paul Jubb was able to make it two and stop Swiss Aaaron Schmid’s dominance over Brits this week with a tight 7-6(2) 7-5 victory. Schmid, who had already beaten Karim Najia and Joe Tyler en route to the semis, was eventually ground down by in-form Jubb, who is really excelling in his first outings in ITF Junior competition outside of the UK.
Jubb will face Lumsden after the Scot defeated fellow Brit Damian Rodriguez 6-2 7-5. The result continues an excellent resurgence from Lumsden, who until this week had only won two matches in two tournaments at ITF Grade 4 level. With both players big prospects for the future, the final should be a very intriguing clash.
In the Girls’ draw, top seed Megan Davies has the chance to win a second title in two weeks after easing past fourth-seeded Russian Maria Manilova 6-4 6-2, extending her winning streak to 9 matches. In the final, she’ll face unseeded Kiwi Valentina Ivanov, who defeated fellow Brit Esther Adeshina in the quarter-finals.