Jake into national junior tennis quarter-final

Jake Hersey
Jake Hersey

ONE of Rugby’s junior tennis stars Jake Hersey produced a stunning comeback to progress into the third round of the 12U AEGON British Junior National Championships after defeating Cameron Kerr 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 at the West Hants Club in Bournemouth.

The AEGON British Junior National Championships is the most prestigious domestic junior competition and the pinnacle of the summer calendar for many of Britain’s best junior players.

Speaking after his victory the 12-year-old who trains in Solihull said: “It wasn’t going well at a set and 5-2 down but then I got my game back.

“I knew I had to keep it in and he started to miss.

“There was a bit of pressure on me as it was a tough draw and he’s a friend.”

Fifth seed Jake faced Cameron Bowie, 9, from Edinburgh in the third round on Tuesday, winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Jake, who trains at The Priory Club said: “I am really pleased that I came from a set down.

“I stuck to the same game plan as in the first set but I executed my plan much better and my opponent missed slightly more than he did in the first set.

“I am really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Although Jake went a set down there was always an element of control from the fifth seed as he masterfully came back in the second set stronger and with good movement and some crafty passing shots.

The third set was much of the same with some dominating shots from Jake and some great touch at the net.

Jake was due to face Joshua Lazenby from Yorkshire in the quarter-finals yesterday (Wednesday)

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