British Junior #1 Katie Swan fell in the second round of the Grade A event in Milan, Italy on Wednesday afternoon, joining Ryan Storrie in the exit pile, leaving just the one Brit left in junior action this week: Jack Draper, who is through to the Grade 4 quarter-finals in Budapest.
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Until last week, Swan hadn’t played on the junior circuit since the Junior Masters in China last month, having focused predominantly on improving her senior ranking. The youngster has found the step back into junior action a little tougher than many anticipated, with two wins and two losses at Italian Grade 1 and Grade A events, with both losses coming to far-lower ranked opposition.
Swan will be particularly disappointed with Wednesday’s defeat against 14-year-old American Natasha Subhash – a bright prospect, granted, ranked inside the top 75 at such a tender age – but Swan’s 6-3 7-6(4) defeat will hit home even harder after the American was soundly beaten 6-1 6-0 in the following round.
Elsewhere in Italy, Ryan Storrie came up against second seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the junior #7 and senior #436 who beat Jay Clarke en route to a $10k title last week, and soundly lost 6-0 6-4.
It is well worth mentioning that Swan, together with Emily Appleton, have reached the semi-finals in the doubles.
The results in Italy mean just Jack Draper is left standing in terms of British Juniors this week. Draper came past Robin Erik Parts of Estonia 4-6 6-1 6-4 in the second round of the Grade 4 in Budapest, Hungary, and the ninth-seeded Brit navigated a potential banana-skin last-16 clash with Hungarian wildcard Fabian Marozsan 6-4 7-5 to reach the quarters. There, he plays Sangeet Sridhar of the United States, who is seeded second.