Eden’s project halted by number one seed Katy
ILFORD S Eden Silva lost in the quarter-finals of the AEGON British Junior National Tennis Championships in Bournemouth to number one seed, Katy Dunne, 6-2 6-2. The 13-year-old had been in commanding form, recording straight-sets victory in both rounds on
ILFORD'S Eden Silva lost in the quarter-finals of the AEGON British Junior National Tennis Championships in Bournemouth to number one seed, Katy Dunne, 6-2 6-2.
The 13-year-old had been in commanding form, recording straight-sets victory in both rounds one and two, but she was unable to cause an upset by tumbling to the top seed in the 14-and-under age category.
The AEGON British Junior National Championships is the highest domestic accolade available to Britain's most promising young players, and past champions included the current men's and women's British number ones, Andy Murray and Anne Keothavong.
"She was a good player and I did the best I could. I'm a year younger than a lot of the players here so I know I will come back stronger next year," said Silva.
"I've been consistent and enjoyed myself a lot this week. I love playing at the nationals.
"Last year I made the final of the 12s-and-under and then lost in the first round of the 14s, so I'm really pleased to have progressed this far this year.
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"I've learnt that tennis is a simple game and I don't need to go for a winner every time, I just need to keep the ball in play.
"Playing at the nationals is brilliant because you are playing against the top British girls and you have a lot of fun.
"It's great seeing how our women are doing, like Anne (Keothavong) and Laura (Robson) and it really sets a benchmark for younger players like myself. It's good for us to have people to look up to."
More than 400 of the best boys and girls in the country will compete across qualifying and main draws for the National Championships, which has been running for 101 years, at both the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton and West Hants Tennis Club.