16-year-old Ewen Lumsden and 15-year-old Francesca Jones both won their first ever ITF $10k main draw matches in events in Turkey and Tunisia respectively today, with Lumsden’s victory securing him a place on the ATP Rankings for the first time in his fledgling tennis career.
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Francesca Jones needed just one victory in qualifying, as it turned out, to reach the main draw, and the young 15-year-old, who is 13-8 win-loss this year on the junior circuit, including picking up a Grade 2 title in Austria just a couple of weeks ago, was drawn against world #1090 Michele Alexandra Zmau of Romanian in her first ever ITF main draw match.
The Brit extended her winning streak in all competitions to 7 matches with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over the Romanian, in which the Brit took five breaks of serve from six looks in a thoroughly efficient performance. However, due to how the WTA Ranking system works, Jones will need another two counters or 10 points overall to actually be ranked on the senior world rankings. At the tender age of 15, however, there’s a long way to go for this particular youngster.
Elsewhere in Tunisia, Dan Dowson recovered from dropping the second set against Nicolo Turchetti of Italy to claim his place in the second round with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 victory.
It was an excellent day all around for the Lumsden siblings in Turkey, with both Ewen and Maia picking up first round victories – the only Brits, actually, to secure wins on Ottoman soil today. Maia eased through her first round match against Kiwi qualifier Joanna Carswell 6-3 6-2, but the story of the day, indeed, the week so far, is Ewen Lumsden entering the ATP Rankings for the very first time, thanks to a 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory over fellow British qualifier Imran Aswat. The Brit secured ten breaks of serve throughout a topsy-turvy match, holding his nerve when it mattered to claim 8 out of 10 close games, and will be ranked in two weeks’ time on the ATP Rankings. Good job!
“On the same day as Ewen Lumsden becomes the youngest current British guy to have a ranking point, Fran becomes the youngest British girl to have a ranking point, taking over from Ali Collins.” – indiana, British Tennis Forums
Meanwhile, Jazzamay Drew lost her first round match in Turkey, going down in three sets 3-6 7-5 6-2 to Indian 5th seed Dhruthi Tatachar Vunugopal after failing to convert five games from game point positions.
Elsewhere in the world, Toby Martin broke his horrendous run of form, snapping a 4-match losing streak to collect a 6-2 6-2 victory over Argentinian wildcard Leandro Portman in the first round in Croatia. The Brit is still just 3-10 win-loss this year, and now faces second seeded Italian Riccardo Bellotti for a place in the quarter-finals. Farris Gosea, in Mexico, qualified safely for the main draw with a 6-1 6-4 final round victory against top seeded American Andrew Carter.
And finally, Amanda Carreras’ excellent form came to an end in the first round of the $25k in Italy. She went down 6-3 6-1 to top seed Ana Bogdan of Romania.
R2: Toby Martin (Croatia $10k); Dan Dowson, Francesca Jones (Tunisia $10k); Maia Lumsden, [Q] Ewen Lumsden (Turkey $10k)
R1: Katy Dunne (Japan $50k);  Freya Christie, Harriet Dart (Korea $25k); [q9] Farris Gosea (Mexico $10k); Scott Clayton, Jonny O’Mara (Portugal $10k); Francesca Stephenson, Jazzamay Drew, [Q] Imran Aswat (Turkey $10k); [SE] Amanda Carreras (Italy $25k)
FQR: [q11] Luke Oakley (Croatia $10k); [q7] George Davies (Israel $10k); Matthew Chadwick (Turkey $10k); [q5] Dylan Gee (Algeria $10k), Lisa Phillips (Turkey $10k)
QR2: Martin Baker, [q5] Jovana Knezevic (Croatia $10k); Marcus Walters (Portugal $10k); Max Stewart (Spain $10k); James Allemby (Tunisia $10k)
QR1: Rhett Purcell (China $25k); Daniel Gunn (Bulgaria $10k); Zak Khan (Spain $10k); [q1] Mirabelle Njoze (Tunisia $10k)