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Week 18 Juniors: As It Happens Commentary

In a new form of report, we’re attempting to make our coverage of the junior circuit a little livelier and more interactive by bringing you things as-they-happen throughout the week. Keep this page bookmarked for all the junior goings-on in Week 18, 9th-16th May.


Green indicates player is still in contention. Red indicates the player lost in the round shown.

Grade 1:
Italy Final: [8] Emily Appleton
Italy R16: [1] Katie Swan
Italy R32: Ewan Moore

Grade 3:
Morocco R16: Adam Jones

Grade 4:
Turkey R32: [Q] Eleanor Scarff, [LL] Alexandra Yeardley

Grade 5:
Namibia R16: [LL] Erika Batista Dodridge

Namibia R32: Zyaan Ahmed

That’s all for this week’s Junior coverage. Stay tuned for all our coverage from Week 19!

Saturday 14th May, 4pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
So, not to be in the end of Emily Appleton in this week’s Grade 1 final in Italy. The Brit, seeded sixth, battled through several tough matches to reach the final against 16th seed Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain, but eventually ran out of steam and fell to a 6-1 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Spaniard. The pair are ranked very similarly on the WTA Tour, and so many were perhaps expecting a closer match, but we now look forward to Appleton and Swan both competing at the Grade A event next week.

Friday 13th May, 1pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but clearly not for Emily Appleton who had stormed through to the final of the Grade 1 in Italy with week with a huge 6-2 6-1 victory over Polish 14-year-old Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals today. The Brit had already previously lost to Swiatek in the last 16 of a Grade 1 event in France last month, but revenge was taken with aplomb by the junior #45. In the final, Appleton has a really great chance: she faces 16th seed Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain, who is ranked 916th in the WTA Rankings – just three places ahead of the Brit. It could be some final tomorrow!

Thursday 12th May, 4pm

Grade 3, Casablanca, Morocco
A perhaps disappointing defeat for Adam Jones in the last 16 of the Grade 3 in Casablanca today, then, after the Brit went down 6-3 6-2 to Dane Sebastian Grundtvig, whom Jones had beaten in a Grade 4 event back in March. The Dane, ranked around 70 places below the Brit, had clearly learnt his lesson from their previous encounter, improving to drop just five games in a straight sets win. This leaves just Emily Appleton in contention this week.

Thursday 12th May, 1pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy

Emily Appleton marches on. The sixth seeded 16-year-old continues her excellent form with yet another semi-final appearance at Grade 1 level after a victory today against Romanian 14th seed Ioana Minca. The Brit won 6-4 7-5 to win her 23rd match of the year, and will now face arguably an even brighter prospect, 14-year-old Pole Iga Swiatek. The Polish teenager beat Appleton last month at a Grade 1 in France in the last 16; Appleton will be itching to set the record straight.

Wednesday 11th May, 10pm

Grade 3, Casablanca, Morocco

Finally, Adam Jones has kicked into action this week – and how! Perhaps not a player that many junior fans have on their radar, the 18-year-old, ranked #385 in the junior rankings, has taken quite a scalp today, beating second seed and junior #148 Richard Thongoana of South Africa in a battling 6-2 2-6 6-3 match. It’s the highest ranked player Jones has beaten all year, and this event is also the highest level of event he has played this year. Next up for the Brit is Dane Sebastian Grundtvig, whom Jones beat en route to the Grade 4 semis in Sweden back in March.

Wednesday 11th May, 8pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
A bit of a shock here: top seed and British Junior #1 Katie Swan has been beaten in the second round of the Grade 1 event in Italy in three sets. The Brit was up against American 13th seed Taylor Johnson, ranked #57 in the junior rankings and, unlike Swan, yet to be ranked on the senior tour, but the Brit fell to a 6-3 1-6 6-3 defeat despite being one of the favourites to win this week’s competition.

Wednesday 11th May, 11am

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
Great news coming in from Italy: sixth seed Emily Appleton has secured another victory to put her into the quarter-finals. The in-form Brit has won 21 games this year and lost just eight, and today’s victory over 10th seed Mirjam Bjorklund makes it 22 wins. Appleton won 6-4 6-2 and will now face Romanian 14th seed Ioana Minca in the quarter-finals. Katie Swan’s second round match still to come.

Tuesday 10th May, 7.15pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
Better late than never, Katie Swan‘s result comes in from today, and the Brit, who is seeded first at the competition this week, made slightly harder work of her first round victory than perhaps would have initially been anticipated. Swan, ranked #13 in the junior rankings (but, of course, inside the top 500 in the seniors too), beat Canadian Vanessa Wong, ranked #138, 6-1 4-6 6-4 to secure her place in the last 16. Next up for the Brit is 13th seed Taylor Johnson of the United States. Johnson is 15 but already #57 in the junior rankings, so Swan will be aware of the threat the bright young star will pose.

Tuesday 10th May, 6.45pm

Grade 4, Istanbul, Turkey
Bad news from Turkey I’m afraid, but not unexpected: both Eleanor Scarff and Alexandra Yeardley have fallen in the second round of the Grade 4 in Istanbul after straight sets defeats. Yeardley, a lucky loser, was always going to find it hard today against 15th seeded Ukrainian Yaroslava Gadiatska, and went down 6-1 6-0. Meanwhile, qualifier Scarff came very close against 14th seeded Russian Ekaterina Ovcharenko, losing two tight sets 6-4 7-6(5). Neither player picks up any points for their efforts this week.

Tuesday 10th May, 5pm

Grade 5, Windhoek, Namibia
After an encouraging start for both players in Namibia, Erika Batista Dodridge and Zyaan Ahmed both lost today in straight sets to far superior opposition. Dodridge, a lucky loser, took on Dutch top seed Merel Hoedt and fell 6-0 6-0, while Ahmed was also up against the top seed in the Boys’ event, losing 6-2 6-2 to Bertus Kruger of South Africa. Unfortunate draws for both players, but Dodridge will be pleased with her first singles rankings points at ITF Junior level.

Tuesday 10th May, 2pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
Some good news from Italy after Moore’s defeat earlier this afternoon – Emily Appleton has won her opening match, defeating Italian wildcard Martina Biagianti 6-4 6-1 in a rather routine performance. The Brit, who is seeded sixth at the event, will now come up against a familiar face: Swede Mirjam Bjorklund, the 10th seed. The pair have met twice this year at Grade 1 events, with the results being split down the middle. Appleton will be itching to edge back ahead of the Swede after losing their last encounter in Spain last month.

Tuesday 10th May, 12pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
Not a great start to the day in Italy as Ewan Moore falls to a very close three set defeat at the hands of 10th seed Sam Riffice of the United States. Moore is ranked just over 40 places behind the junior #45 and put up an exceptionally good fight, going down 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(2). Moore’s record in 2016 isn’t hugely impressive, with ten games won and ten lost at junior, but the Brit is most certainly challenging himself, playing only Grade 2 and Grade 1 events in his final year of eligibility.

Monday 9th May, 8pm

Grade 4, Istanbul, Turkey
Not a bad recovery from our Girls out in Istanbul. A reminder that Eleanor Scarff successfully qualified for the main draw but Alexandra Yeardley was lucky enough to sneak in as a lucky loser; now, the pair have picked up first round victories to earn their rightful place in the last 32. Scarff defeated Turk Birdem Oz 6-1 6-0 to condemn the local to her 13th successive defeat, while Yeardley got past another Turkish player, Zeynep Oyku Sarli, winning 6-1 6-4. Both players will face seeded opposition next, with Scarff taking on 14th seed Ekaterina Ovcharenko of Russia, while Yeardley takes on Ukrainian 15th seed Yaroslava Gadiatska.

Monday 9th May, 5pm

Grade 5, Windhoek, Namibia
A great little story emerging this week for Erika Batista Dodridge: the 13-year-old has only gone and won her first ITF Juniors main draw match this afternoon with a 6-0 6-0 whitewash of Namibian wildcard Taimi Nashiku. The Brit has tried her hand at ITFs to no real avail so far, switching things up between the Tennis Europe and ITF circuit, but the lucky loser scored herself a very handy draw, and is in the last 16 thanks to a double bagel today.

Monday 9th May, 3pm

Grade 1, Santa Croce Sull, Italy
With top seed Katie Swan and eighth seed Emily Appleton enjoying byes through to the second round of the Girls draw in Italy, only Ewan Moore was in action on the first day of the main draw in Italy. Moore wasn’t handed an easy match-up, with the British junior #86 taking on Puerto Rican #119 Sebastian Arcila, but Moore did the business in two tight sets, winning 6-4 7-5. The Brit now faces 10th seed Sam Riffice of the United States for a place in the last 16. Meanwhile, the two Girls have found out their second round opponents: Swan takes on Canadian Vanessa Wong, while Appleton plays Italian wildcard Martina Biagianti.

Monday 9th May, 1pm

Grade 5, Windhoek, Namibia
With a slightly larger draw than the Girls, the Boys in Namibia have had to endure a slightly earlier start to proceedings, with a round extra to play. That means Zyaan Ahmed is the first main draw victor in junior events this week after a comeback victory over Indian qualifier Kevin Patel, 4-6 7-5 6-0. Despite the win, Ahmed still needs another in order to pick up ranking points; not until a last-32 victory do Grade 5 events start handing out points. Next up for Ahmed, unfortunately, is top seed and junior #230 Bertus Kruger of South Africa. We can but hope…

Sunday 8th May, 7pm

Main Draws
Some very interesting draws out this evening across the board. Most notably, there are TWO lucky loser slots for our two losing Brits, meaning everyone is still intact following the weekend of qualifying. Starting from the bottom, Erika Batista Dodridge was lucky enough to get one of the losing qualifier slots, and has been handed an almost guaranteed first round victory on a plate. She will play 14-year-old Namibian wildcard Taimi Nashiku who appears to have no pedigree at all. Meanwhile, fellow Brit Zyaan Ahmed plays unranked Indian qualifier Kevin Patel. At the Grade 4 in Turkey, Eleanor Scarff, as a bonafide qualifier, has drawn a Turkish player currently enduring a 12-match losing streak, while Alexandra Yeardley has also grasped a lucky loser slot: she’s up against another Turk, Zeynep Oyku Sarli. Meanwhile, at the Grade 3 in Casablanca, Morocco, Adam Jones‘ first round match is a tough one: second seed Richard Thongoana of South Africa, the junior #148. Finally, at the top level in Italy, both Katie Swan and Emily Appleton have byes thanks to their seedings, so only Ewan Moore requires a victory to reach round two; he’ll play Puerto Rican Sebastian Arcila.

Sunday 8th May, 3pm

Grade 4, Istanbul, Turkey
Good and bad news in Turkey for our girls: 16-year-old second seed Eleanor Scarff did the business well against Turk Sevval Ozseker, winning 6-0 6-1 to secure her place in the main draw. However, it was a step too far for Alexandra Yeardley, whose Ukrainian opponent gave her a tennis lesson, knocking out the Brit 6-1 6-0.

Sunday 8th May, 12pm

Grade 5, Windhoek, Namibia
Not good news unfortunately for Erika Batista Dodridge, who allows another chance for a main draw berth to get away after a fairly comprehensive 6-2 6-1 defeat to Dane Millie Elsborg in the only qualifying round. There are, however, plenty of lucky loser spots available, so there’s always hope…

Sunday 8th May, 10am

Grade 4, Istanbul, Turkey
So far, so good for Alexandra Yeardley in Turkey, as the 16-year-old gets past Ela Deniz Alpgiray 6-0 6-2. The Brit now faces Ukrainian Viktoriya Petrenko for a place in the main draw. Meanwhile, Eleanor Scarff, after her bye, needs just the one win over Turk Sevval Ozseker to reach the main draw.

Saturday 7th May, 10pm

Qualifying Draws
Welcome to the first ever as-it-happens feed for Brits in Junior tennis action! We’ll be covering all the draws and results as they happen, so stay tuned. For now, let’s kick things off with news of some qualifying draws: at the Grade 4 in Turkey, Eleanor Scarff is seeded second and needs just one win to reach the main draw, thanks to a bye. Alexandra Yeardley needs two, and her first will be against Ela Deniz Alpgiray, one of numerous Turks in qualifying. Meanwhile, at the Grade 5 in Namibia, Erika Batista Dodridge is seeded third and needs just the one win to make the main draw.


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.


  1. Linda Watkins
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    tough opponent for Appleton in the semis

  2. Linda Watkins
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    wow, what a convincing win for Appleton!


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