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Tuesday Juniors: Swan Survives at Grade A in Italy

Katie Swan was the only Brit to secure a victory on Tuesday, as the British Junior #1 won her first round match at the ITF Juniors Grade A event in Milan, Italy, while Jay Clarke and Emily Appleton both fell. Elsewhere, Gemma Heath exited early at the Grade 4 event in Hungary.

Swan’s victory means only her and Ryan Storrie, who won yesterday, remain in the elite junior event, after Ewan Moore and Alastair Gray failed to come through qualifying, and Alexis Canter lost in the first round yesterday.

Swan had to do it the hard way, though, dropping the first set 6-1 against Belorussian qualifier Nika Shytkouskaya, but managed to make amends in sets two and three, picking up a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory and advancing her to the second round, where she will face Italian Tatiana Pieri, the junior #48. Swan, ranked #12 and seeded fourth, should feel confident of going pretty far in the tournament this week.

Elsewhere, Emily Appleton fell 6-2 6-4 to Caty McNally of the United States, while 11th seed Jay Clarke will be disappointed to have lost to American qualifier Olukayode Ayeni, who defeated Ewan Moore en route to qualification. The British junior #1 lost in two tight sets, 7-6(3) 7-5 to suffer an early exit from the competition.

In the only other match with British interest today, second seed Gemma Heath was another Brit to suffer an earlier-than-expected exit, losing 7-6(4) 6-4 to Slovakian Katarina Kuzmova at the Grade 4 event in Budapest, Hungary. Jack Draper is still yet to play his first round match in the Boys’ draw.

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