Dutch Junior Open 2017 Day 1


Dutch Junior Open 2017 Day 1

A day of many upsets, but with almost all top seeds safely through to the next round. 

The first day of the Dutch Junior Open had some interesting matches already. It started at 10:00 in the morning and finished at 21:30 in the evening. It was a busy day at the Frans Otten Stadium which has twenty-one courts to be precise.

Most of the seeds went safely through, with a contrasting first round in the BU13. The number 1 seed from Holland Rowan Damming won easily 3-0, whilst the number 2 Philip Georgiev from Bulgaria lost 3-2 in a close match to Mason Menin from the United States.

The only upset in the GU13 draw came from Belgian’s Chloé Crabbé [13/16] who beat Lola Douillard [5/8] from France in four though games. Tomorrow they will play again in the quarter finals with Dutch interests as Elfi Markus [3/4] and Naomi Nohar [3/4] both won their first-round matches 3-0.

In the BU15 event the [3/4] seed from Germany, Luis Grübel lost 3-1 to Arthur Gauthier Minne from France. Simon Nagy [2] needed three games to beat Mohamed Kamal [33/55] from Canada, while the number 1 of the event, Neel Joshi, was through to the next round in three games against Bjarne Schaillee from Belgium.

There were some upsets in the GU15 draw as Ella Galova [9/12] from Slovakia lost to England’s Anje Bryant [17/24] and Lianka Radzyminski the Dutch [13/16] seed lost to Amanda Cowhey [17/24] from the US. The top seeds in the event, Chukwu Chinyere [1] and Serena Daniel [2] did not play today. They will both play their first match on day 2.

The BU17 seeds eased into the next rounds with both Oscar Beach [1] and Keane Appleton [2] from England winning convincingly 3-0. There were only three upsets with Pierre Vassia [33/64] beating Daniel Haggarty [17/24], Michael Greenwood [33/64] beating Manuel Paquemar [13/16], and Benjamin Sockett [33/64] beating Andre Igelbrink [25/32].

For both top seeds in the GU17 it was also a convincing win into the next round. The Dutch number one and top seed for this event Fleur Maas won 3-0, with other home interest Daniek Krukkert [5/8] also going safely through to the next round. There were some upsets, one coming from the Spanish [17/24] seed Linda Dominquez Canelon beating America’s Grace Seymour [9/12] 3-2, 13-11 in the fifth. While Rosie Kirsch [33/41] beat fellow Englishwoman Lilly Taylor-French [9/12] 3-0.

In the BU19 there were the most upsets of the day. England’s Toby Harding [33/58] beat both Aran Edwards [13/16] from Wales and Theo Pelonomi [17/24] from Botswana 3-0. The Canadian number 2 seed of the event, Michael Mehl needed 5 games to beat Paul BroadBerry. Thijs Roukens [3/4] kept home hopes alive by beating Justin Ghaeli [25/32] 12-10 in the fifth as fellow countrymen Frank Goossens [5/8] beat Wiatt Hinton [33/58] to reach the next round.

The GU19 only had their qualifying matches today, with lots of home interest as Gabi Fritsche [9/12] and Milenka Kiers [13/16] both won their matches. There were some upsets as France’s Johanna Pigeat [17/22] beat Nienke Veldkamp [13/16] and Eve Driver [17/22] beat Océane Michelot [9/12].

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