Lauryn John-Baptiste is through to the last 16 of the ITF Juniors Grade 2 event in Piestany, Slovakia this week after the sixteenth seed won her first game in the second round earlier today. Fellow Brit Jeremy Gschwendtner fell in the second round, while elsewhere in Guadeloupe, Aaron Hepburn lost in the Grade 5 first round.
John-Baptiste is seeded sixteenth in this week’s event and thus enjoyed a bye through the first round of the 64-strong draw. Her first match came against Slovenia Kristina Novak, whom she brushed aside 6-1 6-2 with relative ease to set up a match against top seed Monika Kilnarova of the Czech Republic in the last 16.
Unseeded Gschwendtner continues to seemingly play in a plethora of events across the junior spectrum, having played at Grade 1, 2, 4 and 5 level so far this year, with no real success in either. Gschwendtner defeat Siim Troost of Estonia in the first round yesterday but was unable to pick up ranking points fater a 6-2 6-3 defeat to Belorussian 8th seed Mikalai Haliak.
In Guadeloupe, Aaron Hepburn failed to get past the first round, going down 6-2 6-2 to Santiago Hinojosa of Mexico.