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Harpenden ace Emily Arbuthnott finishes runner-up at British Junior National Championships
11:58am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
Harpenden talent Emily Arbuthnott finished runner-up at the Aegon British Junior National Championships.
The 15-year-old lost a hard-fought final 6-3 6-3 against Maia Lumsden at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Arbuthnott admitted she was “in shock” after beating Gabriella Taylor, who is over 200 places above her in the world junior rankings, in the semi-final but she wasn’t able to repeat the trick over Lumsden in the final.
The teenager went two steps further than last year when she was knocked out in the quarter-finals but Arbuthnott insists she is determined to finally capture the championship.
“I really want to come back next year and win the title,” she said. “But it is going to be tough because Maia and Gabby are always going to be in my age group so I will have to keep improving.
“But it has been a really good week and I have done better than I thought I would so I can’t be that upset about it.”
Arbuthnott added: “I have had a good year and have won some big tournaments but the nationals are just that extra bit special so I really want to be in the mix when it comes around again.
“I could possibly move up to the Under-18s next year but I think I will stick with Under-16s because that is my age group and I want another chance.”
Tournament director Richard Joyner said: “A massive congratulations goes to Emily for making it to the final of the Aegon British Junior National Championships.
“She played outstanding tennis all week and showed the talent and the mentality to beat some of the very best British junior players on route to the final which was a major achievement in itself.
“While I am sure she is disappointed not to have won, hopefully she will take the confidence gained away from here and continue her development as a tennis player.”
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