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British wildcards win opening matches
Saturday, 25 June 2011
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Oliver Hudson
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Daneika Borthwick
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by Michael Burke

British wildcard Oliver Hudson made a good start in the boys' singles with a first round win over South Africa's Wayne Montgomery.

The two boys with completely different game styles, mostly due to differences in age and physical development, battled it out on Court 16 for three entertaining sets but it ended 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to the Briton.

Hudson, aged 17, got his nose in front early and managed to earn the only break of the first set, his intimidating physical presence dominating his smaller, younger opponent.

But that did not deter the South African, still only 15 years old but already a top 50 player on the junior circuit, who used his wonderful touch and determination to hit back with three breaks of serve. Hudson broke back twice but that was not enough to stop Montogemery levelling the match.

In the third set, there were five breaks between them once more but the decisive one went the way of the promising Briton, who represents the county of Middlesex. His superior power broke through the defences of the quick counter-attacking South African to wrap up a great win.

There was more wildcard success as the first British girl to progress to the second round was 18-year-old Daneika Borthwick from Cumbria, who went through to the second round after getting the better of Eri Hozumi of Japan 6-2, 6-2, also on Court 16.

Borthwick has become a regular on the British Tour at senior level in recent years having pushed her way into the national top 30, and her experience showed as she won an incredible 85% of the points on her first serve, dominating her match from start to finish and converting five out of six break points to deny the 16-year-old from Japan.