Thursday, 22/2/2018 | 4:43 UTC+0

Week 24 Jrs: Maria Budin Makes Grade 4 Semis in Denmark

Maria Budin was the most successful Brit in Junior action this week as several of our top juniors continue to gain wildcards to senior events and try their luck in the big league. Budin was entered alongside several other Brits at the ITF Juniors Grade 4 event in Odense, Denmark, and reached the semi-finals as the 10th before falling to Slovenian fifth seed Mika Zupancic.

Budin was the only Girl entered into the event but flew the British flag for the females very successfully, battling through a 64-strong draw to reach the last four before an eventual defeat. Two straightforward opening round victories preceded her two victories over higher-ranked players: a last-16 victory over Finn Oona Oprana 6-4 6-3 and a quarter-final triumph over 4th seed Hannah Viller Moller 6-4 2-6 6-4, a result which ended the Dane’s 7-match winning streak and also became Budin’s year-high rankings scalp.

The final was a step too far for the 15-year-old Brit, though, after Slovenian Zupancic ran away with the semi-final in the third set after two closely-fought opening sets, eventually winning 6-4 4-6 6-1 to send Budin home with 20 singles ranking points. 

In the Boys’ draw, third seed Ewen Lumsden carried the majority of British hopes, although 14-year-old Harry Wendelken did win his first round match but couldn’t win his second – and, as a result, any ranking points – after a straight sets defeat to 16th seed Amadatus Admiraal. Julian Robinson and Emile Hudd also fell in first round action, while Jonas Salem failed to make it out of the qualifying draw. Lumsden, however, reached the quarter-finals before coming up against Croatian Duje Ajdukovic, who has already beaten the likes of Will Davies and Jake Hersey this year and is rapidly rising up the ITF Junior rankings after a successful transition from the Tennis Europe tour. Lumsden was no match for the Croatian, who ended up winning the whole tournament, with the Scot going down 6-2 6-3 in relatively comfortable fashion.

Elsewhere, George Davis fell in the last 32 of the Grade 4 in Guatemala, Harry Butler reached the last-16 of the Grade 4 in Tunisia, and Aidan McHugh fell in the opening round of the Grade 1 in Berlin, having been draw against third seeded German Daniel Altmaier, who is unranked on the junior tour but already #681 on the ATP Tour. Finally, Kate Cunningham, who was seeded 6th in qualifying for the Grade 4 in Haverford, USA, failed to win a single game.


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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