Junior quartet qualifies for Road to Wimbledon International Finals


The pair of finalists from the boys' and girls' qualifying events – Tim Gauntlett, Coleman Wong, Kelly Leung, and Sheena Karrasch – will join 140 other qualifiers from the GB regionals, as well as those from India and China, at the Road to Wimbledon International Finals taking place from August 14-19 at the All England Club.

The juniors' performances impressed Tim Henman.

"I see a lot of talent, enthusiasm, and genuine passion among these 14U players in Hong Kong," he said.   "I believe playing more tournaments will drastically help improve their skills, both physically and mentally.  I wish all four of them the best of luck in the finals."

"It's always good to face new challenges, none more so than playing on grass at Wimbledon.  Matchplay experience is key to any player's development and this can only help our juniors improve their game," said HKTA President, Philip Mok.

"My favourite player is Serena Williams," said Kelly Leung.  "My dream is to become a pro tennis player just like her, so it makes me practice harder.  I feel good about my performance but I think I can still work on my footwork."

Video: Road to Wimbledon – Kelly's Pursuit

"I'm really excited for this opportunity to go to Wimbledon," said Tim Gauntlett. "I think it is going to be a very good experience. It will inspire me to work even harder."

"My daily routine is waking up at seven and I finish school at 3:15pm. Then I'll go to training from 5-8pm," he added.

Video: Road to Wimbledon – Tim's Pursuit

Thirty-two of Hong Kong's top juniors, divided into a 16-player field for both boys and girls, took part during this past week's qualifying.

Splitting the sixteen players into groups of four, the two table-toppers following round robin play progressed to the ensuing quarterfinals.

Seeded players took command of proceedings, as seven of the top 8 seeds in both the boys' and girls' round robins advanced to the last eight.

The key result, obviously, came down to the semis, since both finalists will gain a spot in the RTW International Finals at the All England Club come August.

On the girls' side, Kelly Leung and Sheena Karrasch, who played Nos. 1 and 2 singles for the WJT team this year, beat Kaye Au Yeung and Candy Wai in straight sets respectively to ease into the final.

Over in the boys' semifinals, Tim Gauntlett, the number one singles player on the WJT squad, advanced with a 6-1, 6-4, victory over Melchior Delloye.

However, a titanic battle between Johnny Lee and Coleman Wong then materialized, with the latter eventually triumphing, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3).

First started in 2002, Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world-famous grasscourts at SW19.

Since its expansion into Asia in 2014, regional qualification events now take place in India, China, and Hong Kong.

For more, visit www.roadtowimbledon.com.



Results
Road to Wimbledon 14U Challenge
Victoria Park, Hong Kong
April 24-29, 2017


Girls' Semifinals
(1)Kelly Leung d. (4)Kaye Au Yeung 6-0 6-0
(2)Sheena Karrasch d. (3)Candy Wai 6-2 6-2

Girls' Final
(2)Sheena Karrasch d. (1)Kelly Leung 6-4 6-1


Boys' Semifinals
(4)Coleman Wong d. (1)Johnny Lee 3-6 7-6(5) 7-6(3)
(3)Tim Gauntlett d. (2)Melchior Delloye 6-1 6-4

Boys' Final
(3)Tim Gauntlett d. (4)Coleman Wong 6-7(3) 6-1 [10-8]

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