Top seed Nell Miller and second seed Aidan McHugh will face a French player apiece in the finals of the ITF Juniors Grade 4 event in Nottingham this week, after the expected all-British finals didn’t quite materialise.
In the Girls’ draw, we were guaranteed at least one British finalist after the four top-half quarter-finalists all ended up being Brits. Miller defeated wildcard Jodie Lawrence-Taylor 6-1 6-2 to set up a predicted semi-final against Ellie-Rose Griffiths, who defeated 14th seed Anna Loughlan 6-2 6-1. The encounter was a topsy-turvy one, with Miller being bagelled in the second set, but the top seed eventually booked her place in the final with a 6-3 0-6 6-1 victory.
In the bottom half, only Sonay Kartal was left still representing Great Britain, and she narrowly lost to French ninth seed Clara Burel 3-6 6-2 6-3. Miller’s final opponent will, however, be a different French girl, Giulia Morlet, born in 2002, who came past Burel thanks to a retirement early in the second set.
In the Boys’ draw, six British quarter-finalist turned into three British semi-finalists, but the pesky Frenchman Marceau Courtalon came through unseeded to the final after defeating top seed Jake Hersey 6-4 7-5 in the semis. Courtalon had initially come past title favourite Anton Matusevich 6-3 7-5 in the quarters.
In the second semi-final, seventh seed Adam Jones took on second seed Aidan McHugh, after McHugh had come past Alexander Carlos Parker in three sets in the quarter-final while Jones defeated Italian Francesco Liucci 6-3 6-0. McHugh made light work of the semi-final, beating Jones 6-1 6-1 to complete the line-up of two Britain-versus-France finals tomorrow morning.