At the start of May, and after two more weeks of clay court training, Emily headed to the Grade 1 in Santa Croce, Italy – a lovely tournament which includes on its’ list of previous participants, Andy Murray, Jo Konta, Victoria Azarenka, and Ana Ivanovic to name just a few.
Emily was on fine form all week and quickly disposed of the 10th, 14th and 15th seeds without the loss of a set. This placed her in the final against the Spaniard, Eva Guerro Alvarez. However it was not to be on the day and despite playing well, Eva played a faultless match and took the title. However to come through a strong field and make the Final was impressive and showed that Emily’s game is progressing well on the ‘dirt’.
After a brief (36 hour) return to the UK to sit an AS exam, Emily then travelled to Milan to take part in the 57th Trofeo Bonfiglio at the prestigious Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacasso. Once again this Grade A event has an impressive list of former participants – Djokovic, Federer, Navratilova, Wozniacki… – and the standard of play was high. In the Singles it was not to be but in the Doubles, having teamed up with fellow Brit, Katie Swan, the two girls proved to be a force to be reckoned with and played some immense tennis against strong opposition. In the semi final they met the number 1 seeds from Russia and took an early lead by securing the first set 7-5. In the second they lost their momentum and the Russians levelled the match leaving it all to a third set tiebreak. The British Pair initially went 1-5 down but managed to fight back to level at 8 all. They saved one match point at 8-9 but after two wins by the Russians they had to concede the match 11-9 in the third. An impressive performance nevertheless for a first time pairing against two girls that are undisputedly one of the best pairs in the junior game at the current time.
From Italy, Emily returned to the UK for further AS exams but shortly heads to France for three days of training followed by her first Junior Grand Slam at Roland Garros in Paris. The Singles Main Draw starts on the 29th May and is followed by the Doubles, in which Katie and Emily will once again pair up and hopefully be given an opportunity for revenge against the Russian pair! The results from the two Italian tournaments mean that once again Emily will rise in the Junior World rankings and will go into the French Open ranked around 25.
We’re very proud to be supporting Emily and hope her June performances are as good as May!