Arbuthnott progresses

HARPENDEN’S tennis star Emily Arbuthnott progressed to the second round today at the AEGON British Junior National Tennis Championships in Bournemouth.

The 13-year-old who is seeded sixth in the tournament beat Avon’s Laura Sainsbury 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the main draw in the U14’s at The West Hants Club.

One of the younger players in the tournament took the match comfortably in two sets. She said:

“It was a good match. It took me a while to get used to the courts as I was slipping quite a lot in the first set. I managed to get the hang of it in the second set and was much more comfortable with my game.

“I’m quite young in my year so tournaments like this are always a good experience as I will have an extra year which is useful.

“I know I need to keep focussed going forward and now I’m aware of the courts I can take that in to account earlier in the match.”

The AEGON British Junior National Championships is the national level junior tournament and has seen past champions including the current men’s and women’s British number 1, Andy Murray and Elena Baltacha.