Maia Lumsden: Can the Brit push on from Shrewsbury?

Wildcard Maia Lumsden was eliminated from the W60 in Shrewsbury after going down to top seed Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-3.

The Scot held her own for much of the match, but the Belgian’s experience shone through in the decisive moments of each set. The defeat marked the end of Lumsden’s incredible run in Shrewsbury, after she won the $25k tournament in November.

With a string of impressive displays under her belt, Lumsden now travels to the Glasgow W25 next week, as she looks to build on her form from Shrewsbury.

It feels like it’s been a significant week for the Brit. After struggling in Asia earlier in the year, and losing in ITF qualifying events in Europe, Maia might have been feeling the pressure to perform as expectations start to grow in the talented youngster. And after clinching a couple of notable victories in Shrewsbury, now is the time for the Scot to push on, with a home tournament the perfect setting.

Last year, Lumsden reached the final of the same event, eventually losing out to Paula Badosa Gibert, so a little added pressure will be on the her shoulders. However, going one step further to clinch the title next week is definitely possible, especially given the impressive strides Lumsden has made.

It’s been a very significant 12 months for Maia, who really started to show her potential in 2018. After claiming her first $25k title last November, she has also found great success in University tennis, providing her vital experience in pressure situations.

Participation in these non-ranking tournaments shows a loyal side to Lumsden, who could easily have turned her back on the team event to focus on $25k or $60k tournaments. But it’s experience from this tennis that will help her continue to build on her career, with expectancy on getting a result for her team something she won’t necessarily have faced on a day-to-day basis on the ITF tour.

That is until now. Lumsden has proven she has the capability to beat significantly talented players. As her performances continue to improve, we could be seeing Maia reach new heights, taking after recent British success stories, such as Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter.

As women’s tennis in Britain is on a high following the recent Fed Cup action, Lumsden has a real chance to add her name to the growing list of exciting youngsters. A good run in Glasgow, followed by some wins outside of Britain on the ITF tour, could see a debut appearance in the top 300, which could result in a lucrative Wimbledon wildcard.

British tennis results round-up

At the New York Open, Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara lost out to Santiago Gonzalez and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in a three-set thriller. The British pair won the opening set, before going down 6-7 6-4 10-5 in the ATP 250 event.

Wildcard Richard Peniston’s dream run at the M25 Barnstaple continued after claiming a shock 7-5 6-1 victory over Lloyd Glasspool. Peniston will now face qualifier Danylo Kalenichenki (WR 630) who eliminated second seed Ryan Shane today. It’s a real opportunity for the Brit to reach the final of an ITF M25 tournament, with significant ranking points up for grabs.

Finally, Tara Moore’s run at the W25 Trnava was ended by Czech Denisa Allertova. Moore battled for well over two hours in a 7-6 4-6 6-3 loss. However, she quickly recovered in the doubles, where she has reached the semi-finals with Conny Perrin.

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