Wimbledon-The Wimbledon juniors are underway with JMTA’s Jamie Loeb and Noah Rubin already having completed their first round matches. Loeb was able to advance, but Rubin was eliminated in the 1st round after drawing a tough opponent. Rubin hopes to continue his strong play in doubles however, as he and partner Clement Geens look to build on the momentum they gained from their semi-finals appearance at Roehampton. The tandem is matched up against Peter Ashley and Alexander Sendengeya of Great Britain in the opening round. Loeb is also set to participate in doubles with partner Ayaka Okuno of Japan and the two of them face Japanese partners Mami Adachi and Hikari Yamamoto in the 1st round. Learn more about Jamie and Noah’s opening rounds in singles from Zoo Tennis staff writer Colette Lewis below:
“Loeb defeated Victoriya Lushkova of Ukraine 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round, overcoming a rough stretch in the middle of the match where she lost five straight games. Leading 4-2 in the second set, Loeb failed in her two chances to take a 5-3 lead, and was broken at love in her following service game to lose the set. Lushkova held to open the third set, and Loeb saved a break point to make it 1-1, then broke in the following game. The 18-year-old from New York found herself in the same situation in the third set as she was in the second, with a 4-2 lead, but this time she held for 5-3 and then broke Lushkova at love to take the match. Loeb will play No. 10 seed Camila Giangreco Campis of Paraguay in the second round.
Noah Rubin lost a tough match to Luke Bambridge of Great Britain, falling 3-6, 6-4, 9-7. Rubin was down 3-1 in the third, got the break back for 3-3, but had more trouble than Bambridge holding serve down the stretch and was finally broken to give Bambridge an 8-7 lead. With Bambridge serving at 40-0 in the final game, Rubin saved two match points, but not the third, and Bambridge got the only win among the four British boys in action on Saturday.”
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