To flesh out our coverage of Tennis Europe events at U16, U14 and U12 level, we’re producing a new fortnightly feature each Monday, which summarises the young Brits in action across Europe at Category 1, 2 & 3 events.
Another bumper, three-week edition for you this week.
Just one Brit in action at U16 level in our first week of three to catch up on: Aleksandra Rychlewska also represents Poland, but is British in some circles, but was unfortunately beaten in the first round of the Category 3 event in Radom, Poland.
Not a hugely successful week for our U14s this week: the closest to glory was MJ Changwereza who made a good run to the quarter-finals of the Category 1 event in Romania as the 13th seed, beating 4th seed Damielle Dimitrova of Bulgaria on the way. Victoria Subev was also due to be involved but pulled out before her first round match. At the Category 2 event in Italy, sixth seed Toby Samuel was favoured to go deep but lost in the second round, while compatriot Luka Petrovic fell in the opening round. Similarly, in the Cat. 2 event in Hungary, Daniel Webb was seeded 13th and fulfilled his seeding to reach the last 16, before falling to the second seed. Finally, at the Category 3 event in Iceland, David Latter won one match before falling in three sets to fifth seed Tiago Torres of Portugal.
3rd tennis Europe final in row ends w/ 6-7 6-7 defeat for Louis. Great consistency & experience gained in Slovenia pic.twitter.com/P1m9eHj73V
— West Hants Tennis (@WestHantsHPC) May 29, 2016
There were two Category 3 U12 events with rather impressive British success this week: first off, in Lithuania, qualifier Matilda Mutavdzic went all the way to the final and won the trophy, not dropping a set throughout the entire tournament. The Brit is currently 24-6 win-loss so far in 2016 – a very decent record for the 2004-born youngster. There was more British interest in Slovenia, though, with four Brits reaching the quarter-finals or better in total: Louis Davey reached the final of the Boys’ singles before losing in two tight tiebreaks in the final, while Samuel Reeve reached the quarters, narrowly missing out on an all-British showdown with Davey in the semis. Jake Evans won one match, while Miguel Elizondo and Dilhan Wasantha lost in the first round. In the Girls’ draw, Alexandra McDonald reached the semis while Leah Gonzales Edwards made the quarters.
Cracking week for Harry Wendelken in Poland at the Category 2 U16 event in Zabrze: The Brit took out the top seed en route to the final, where he was eventually beaten by Polish fourth seed Pawel Godek. Aleksandra Rychlewska was again present but made no progress. Amarni Banks was set to be seeded 15th at the Category 1 event in Italy, but pull out before her first match.
The best result of the week came at the Category 2 event in Italy, where Kylie Bilchev claimed the title without dropping a set as the second seed. Three Category 3 events saw British interest as well, and in Iceland, there was even an all-Brit final, with top seed Peter Alam defeating second seed Sam Bossem in straight sets in the final. Giacomo Revelli and Josh Reynolds both won a match each to reach the last 16. In the Girls’ draw in Iceland, Jorja Reynolds and Charlotte Howard both made the quarters. In Hungary, qualifier Joel Pierlioni won one match, as did Sophia Underwood – also a qualifier – in the Girls’ draw, while Darya Osadova fell in the opening round, also having qualified. Finally, in Macedonia, Samuil Vrabtchev entered as an alternate but failed to win a match, while 13th seed Daisy Chapman reached the last 16 before being beaten by the third seed.
All the U12 events with British interest this week were Category 3s: Matilda Mutavdzic continued her excellent form by picking up her second successive title in the Baltics after another title victory without dropping a set in Estonia. In Romania, Sarah Tatu reached the semi-finals in the Girls’ draw while Radu Andrei Manolescu won one match to reach the last 16. In Spain, qualifier William Jansen will be delighted with his run to the semi-finals at the Sanchez Casal, while Andrea Pineda won a single match to reach the second round and wildcard Evangelia Pieri fell in the first. Finally, in the Czech Republic, Romana Bari won two games to reach the last 16.
Another big week in Iceland, this time at U16 Cat. 3 level: Sam Bossem reached the final before losing to the German third seed, while fourth seed Monica Raviraj and Charlotte Russell reached the semis and quarters respectively. There was, however, a Category 1 event at U16 level this week, with Holly Fischer reaching the quarter-finals unseeded before losing to Czech 12th seed Denisa Hindova. In the Cat. 3 event in the Czech Republic, Tolga Basriev fell in the opening round.
Not huge success nor action across the U14 events this week: the best result was the semi-final appearance for Rachel Cranley in Denmark. The Brit beat the top seed in a classic three-set thriller before eventually falling to a local youngster in the semis. Elsewhere, in Macedonia, Sophia Underwood won two matches to make the last 16 of the Cat. 3, while Daisy Chapman and Darya Osadova won just the one. In Portugal, only Maddie McLoughlan won a match before losing to the top seed: Emily Gordon, Maia Mountain, Nikolai Marin, Louis Bowden and Henry Bowden all lost in the first round. Finally, in Ukraine, at a Category 2 event, Henry Jones was drawn against the top seed in round one and lost 7-5 6-0.
Just the one Brit in U12 action this week: qualifier Nicholas Philibert won one main draw match before defeat in the last-32.