I recently travelled to Seville to play in the Spanish Junior (U19) with players from all across Europe. Unfortunately my doubles player was injured and couldnt go and so I was then paired with a Portugese girl who couldnt speak much English..it was a new experience for me..we played quite well together but lost to a strong Spanish pair in the first round. In the mixed I was playing with my U19 partner Ryan McCarthy, we did well to win our first round and then unluckily came up against a top Dutch pair who I had previously lost to twice this season already, we played very well and fought back in both sets but couldnt beat them and lost 21-19, 21-17 after a very positive performance.
A few days later I was off again to Amsterdam, this time part of a larger England group, to play in the Dutch junior which is known as one of the top European U19 tournaments and Asian players from Malaysia and Hong Kong come over and play it. We were quite unlucky in the doubles draw having to play the German 3/4 seeds first round, me and Lauren did well and we felt we actually might have even played a bit better on another day but lost 21-14 21-16. In the mixed me and Ryan played an U17 Belgium pair in the first round and managed to come through in three sets after having a loss of concentration in the second. The next day we had to play the French 5/8 seeds, we knew this would be very tough as they are a well established and strong pair who have been on the circuit for years. We put up a very good performance and we felt we were actually unlucky not to take the second set, losing 21-14 21-19.
Next up for me is U17 nationals in Hatfield this weekend and the weekend after is the U19 nationals in my hometown of MK!