23 Jul Sam Barry advances to the last 16 of U18 European Championships
Sam Barry has been in impressive form at the Tennis Europe European Championships U18 event in Villach, Austria so far this week having progressed into the last sixteen of this Grade 1 event. Playing in the lower half of the 128 draw, the 17 year-old Limerick native has already beaten two top 100 Junior ITF players to progress to Round Four. Sam overcame Latvia’s top Junior Arturs Kazijevs in straight sets 7-5,6-2 in Round Two, but more impressively saw off the challenge of the draw’s no.11 seed Stanislav Poplavskyy. Poplavskyy is currently Ukraine’s top Junior and ranked at 35 on the ITF Junior circuit, and was the strong favourite to progress into the last 16. Sam had other ideas and raced into the lead with a solid 6-4 win in the first set, Poplavskyy was quick to tie up the match, wrapping up the second set 3-6. In a tight final set all that separated the players was a tiebreak with the final set tied at six games apiece. But Sam kept his nerve against the Ukrainian to come out on top, winning the match 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5). Sam will now meet the No.6 seed in the last 16 today – playing Federico Gaio of Italy.
Ireland’s other competitors at the U18 event were unable to make it further than the second round. John Morrissey was beaten in Round 2 by Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia/Herzegovina 4-6,6-2. Emily Madill, Ireland’s only representative in the U18 draw, went out in the first round when she was given the toughest draw possible. The Belfast girl had the unenviable task of facing Europe top Junior and current world No.2 Kristina Mladenovic of France. Emily was unable to get the upper hand over the former world no.1 and went out in straight sets 1-6,0-6.
Elsewhere, at the U14 European Championships in the Czech Republic, Sinead Lohan made it to the second round of the Girls Singles before going out to Italy’s Alice Matteucci 6-7(3), 0-6. In the Boys section of the U14s Robert Dudley was unlucky not to progres beyond the first round of the main draw after winning the opening set and having match-point in the second. But Robert’s opponent, Norway’s Denijal Karamehic, eventually won in three sets 4-6,7-6(10),6-3. Despite this set-back Robert has progressed through to the 3rd round of the events consolation draw.
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