Hong Kong's Jackie Tang reaches second round of Wimbledon junior doubles

Tang and Estonian partner with impressive win over French pair

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 July, 2016, 4:30pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 5:48am

Hong Kong's Anthony Jackie Tang recovered from a first round exit from the singles at Junior Wimbledon with an impressive doubles win on Tuesday evening.

Tang and his Estonian partner Mattias Siimar beat French pair Elliot Benchetrit and Geoffrey Blancaneaux - the junior singles French Open champion - 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.

They got off to the worst start possible, broken in the opening game, but fought back as the French team served for the set at 5-4, before taking an impressive tie-break 7/3. 

The second set went with serve until Tang and Siimar broke in the fifth, and they held serve for the remainder of the match despite a couple of epic deuce rallies.

"We went into the match believing that we could win," said Tang. "Considering that this was the first time we've played together, we communicated and played very well which allowed us to win many set plays.

"We did all the important things very well and managed to break them twice during the match. Even though the court was packed, I managed to only focus on my partner and opponents.

"I couldn't have made it this far without the professional preparation."

The pair now face the second seeds, Kenneth Raisma of Estonia and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. 

Tang, 17, qualified for the main draw in the boys' singles this year for the first time, but went out in three sets.

Mike Walker, the Hong Kong Tennis Association director of player development who is in SW19 with Tang, added: "It was a great win - they communicated very well, stayed focused on every point and served and returned well, which are the key factors to be successful on a grass court."