Tuesday, 20/2/2018 | 5:09 UTC+0

Week 23 Jrs: Max Stewart Makes Grade 2 Semis in Poland

In a very quiet week of junior action across the board, only four Brits found themselves in action, sith three taking part in the ITF Junior Grade 2 event in Bytom, Poland.

Two of them, Jeremy Gschwendtner and Camille Verden Anderson, made it to the final round of qualifying before finding themselves on the wrong end of defeats: Gschwendtner fell 6-1 2-6 7-5 to 2nd seed Gustavs Lukstins of Latvia despite a pretty decent effort, while third seed Verden Anderson lost 6-2 6-1 to seventh seed Vanesa Nikolovova, a player ranked almost 250 places below her in the ITF Junior rankings.

The only player left, therefore, in the event was Max Stewart, who was seeded eighth. The Brit did well, winning 6-3 6-1 against Yanki Erel of Turkey in the first round before a similar straight sets win, 6-2 6-4, against Ilgiz Valiev, in the second. The quarter-final match against Serbian qualifier Marko Mladinovic was hugely tense, with the Serb enjoying a 9-match winning streak after winning a Grade 4 event in Montenegro back in May. However, Stewart was (just) able to stem the rising tide of the Serb thanks to a final set tiebreaker, winning 3-6 6-3 7-6(3) to comeback from a set down for the first time this year.

The run would end in the semis against unseeded Russian Nikolay Vylegzhanin, who battled through a first set tiebreaker before surging through to win 7-6(5) 6-0. 

The only other Brit involved at any level this week was George Davis, who was taking part in the Grade 4 event in El Salvador. The main draw was a 64-draw, so Davis needed two wins to secure any sort of ranking points. Unfortunately, Davis only secured the one, a 6-4 6-0 win in the first round against Japanese qualifier Shintaro Mochizuki, before falling in a tight encounter against the 7th seed Rafael Bejar Levy of Israel 6-4 3-6 6-3.


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.


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