05 Dec 2017

Drummy wins Orange Bowl first round

News Article

By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Corinne DubreuilGeorgia Drummy (IRL)

There aren’t many 17-year-olds who find themselves the hope of an entire nation, but that’s the role that Ireland’s Georgia Drummy fills when it comes to tennis.

The 80th-ranked junior in the world, Drummy is one of two teens (along with 18-year-old Simon Carr) Ireland is banking on to put their country on the tennis map. This week she’s at the Grade A Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship trying to further her role as future tennis star.

Drummy started her Orange Bowl quest in fine style. She only gave up one game in a 61 60 win over American wildcard recipient Imani Graham on Monday on the clay courts at the Plantation, Fla. venue.

For some, the responsibility of having an entire nation scrutinizing her every step on a tennis court might be daunting. But the life of an international junior player makes for mature and confident teenagers.

Drummy’s experiences have ranged from being caught in a sand storm to being within close range of a shooting in Tunisia. But her parents - dad is a school vice principal - continue to let their daughter pursue her dream.

The left-handed Drummy’s best result of the 2017 season was winning the Grade 2 Argentina Cup in October. She also reached the doubles final that week.

Heading into the Orange Bowl she posted a third round result at the Grade 1 Eddie Herr International across the state on the West coast of Florida.

To date, Drummy’s only played at one Grand Slam event - the 2016 Australian Open - where she qualified and fell in the first round.

Second seed Alexa Noel of USA, who won the last Grade A title at the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano trophy over top-seeded Whitney Osuigwe of USA, started her Orange Bowl campaign with a 63 75 win over Stefania Rogozinska Dzik of Poland.

There were three seeded girls’ upset on the first day of play at the Orange Bowl. American wildcard recipient Abigail Forbes, ranked 303rd, took down fourth seed Yuki Naito of Japan 61 16 75, 68th-ranked Oona Orpana of Finland rebounded to defeat 10th-seeded Hailey Baptiste 67 (8) 60 60, and American Vanessa Ong, ranked 142, defeated 12th seed Ania Hertel of Poland 63 63,

In boys’ first round action, 70th-ranked Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic made waves in upsetting 16th-seeded Filip Cristian Jianu of Romania 64 62.

The 16-year-old Forejtek played second singles on this year’s winning Czech Junior Davis Cup team that defeated the USA 2-0 in the final. Forejtek never lost a set in singles throughout the week at the Junior Davis Cup held at the Hungarian National Tennis Centre. The last time the Czech’s won the Junior Davis Cup title was in 1997 when they competed as Czechoslovakia.

Forejtek’s countryman, ninth seed Tomas Machac, was on the losing side of his first round match, falling to Govind Nanda of USA 63 60.

Second seed Uiung Park of Korea also advanced, defeating wildcard recipient Ronan Jachuck of USA 62 63.