Wednesday, 24/1/2018 | 7:32 UTC+0

Ali Collins Survives to Semi-Finals of Grade 2 in France

15-year-old Ali Collins secured a three-set victory over French wildcard Mylene Halemai in the quarter-finals of the ITF Juniors Grade 2 event in Istres, France earlier today, while Georgina Axon fell in the quarters of a similar event in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Collins, who is training at the Sanchez Casal Academy in the United States, is unseeded in this week’s event but has put together a fine run, and is a win away from improving on her best junior tournament result to date – a Grade 2 semi-final in Argentina earlier this year.

Collins was up against French wildcard and 14-year-old Mylene Halemai, and her efforts were rewarded with a 6-1 1-6 7-5 victory. She’ll now face another non-seed but a player ranked over 100 places ahead of her, junior #91 Mira Antonitsch of Austria, for a place in the final.

Elsewhere, eighth seed Georgina Axon fulfilled her seeding but nothing more after a quarter-final defeat at the hands of second seed Ioana Minca of Romania at the ITF Juniors Grade 2 event in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Brit was never really in the match after the first set, and faded to a 6-4 6-1 defeat.

Meanwhile, at the ITF Juniors Grade 4 event in Cairo, Egypt, qualifier Eleanor Scarff’s excellent week ended after a 6-4 6-2 defeat to Egyptian wildcard Dalia Ahmed. 16-year-old Scarff will be ranked on the ITF Junior rankings for the first time this week following her pair of main draw victories.


25-year-old University of St Andrews graduate with a rather insane passion for British Tennis. Boston United fan (don't ask). Favourite tennis player: the Brummie bunch - Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool.


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