Sutton youngster brings home the silverware from the Aegon British Junior National Tennis Championships
1:07pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
Sutton tennis starlet Lana Rush went out in the semi-finals of the Aegon British Junior National Championships last week.
However, undeterred, she came back to win the U18s doubles trophy with partner Emily Smith.
The 16-year-old lost a hard-fought match 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 against reigning champion Beth Askew in the singles at the Nottingham Tennis Centre but recovered to win the doubles against number one seeds Freya Christie and Alannah Griffin.
And having gone on a brilliant run to make the final four of the prestigious competition, which has seen the best players in her age group come to Nottingham, the youngster was proud in singles defeat.
Rush has had a fantastic year which included causing an upset in the first round of the Junior Championships at Wimbledon to win her match, but came unstuck against an impressive Askew in one of the most topsy-turvy games of the tournament.
But despite having plenty more years left to have another tilt at winning the Aegon British Junior National Championships, Rush insisted she had eyes on even bigger rewards.
“I would like to have another go at winning this but next year I might be playing the US Open instead,” said Rush.
“But I’m sure at some point I’ll have the chance to have a go.
“Obviously it was disappointing to miss out on the final but Beth was the reigning champion and she was just better than me in the game so it is congratulations to her really.
“I’ve had a good week and thoroughly enjoyed it. The doubles were really good fun and it is nice to come away with that trophy.”
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