Wimbledon 2015: Katie Swan reaches last eight in girls' singles

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Rain break helped me progress - Swan
Wimbledon 2015
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Britain's Katie Swan reached the quarter-finals of the girls' singles at Wimbledon following a rain-affected victory over American Sofia Kenin.

Swan was a break of serve down at 2-4 when the match was halted but recovered to take the first set on a tie-break.

The 16-year-old was then 3-0 up in the second, with two breaks of serve, when the match was stopped a second time.

Bristol-born Swan, who is seeded fifth, held her nerve on the resumption to win 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 and reach the last eight.

Swan will now face Viktoria Kuzmova in the quarter-finals after the Slovakian overcame Caroline Dolehide of the United States 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Anna Brogan was beaten in 6-4 6-4 in her third-round match by Russian Anastasia Potapova.

Swan rallies after rain delay

Swan faced unseeded opponents in the first two rounds at SW19 but Kenin, the 16-year-old ninth seed, proved a committed opponent and broke Swan in the very first game.

However, the British youngster raised her game after a 35-minute rain break, which came when she was 15-30 down on her own serve at 2-4.

Swan, who is now based in Wichita in the United States, held on the resumption and later saved a set point serving at 3-5 as Kenin sent a forehand return wide.

She subsequently won 10 points in a row, breaking Kenin's serve to love and going 6-5 ahead.

Kenin managed to take the set to a tiebreak, but two blistering winners helped Swan win the first five points and a deep forehand winner eventually sealed the set.

Who is Katie Swan?
Born:24 March, 1999
From:Bristol, England
Junior world ranking:5
Junior Grand Slams:Australian Open runner-up (2015)
Senior world ranking:872

Swan, who reached the second round of Wimbledon qualifying last month, was composed in the second set and was comfortably ahead when the rain came again, forcing another delay which lasted 40 minutes.

After holding to go 4-0 up when play restarted, Swan then served for the match at 5-2 and wrapped up the match with the help of a fortuitous net cord.

The teenager is the highest-ranked player left in the junior competition at Wimbledon and will be looking to go one better than the junior Australian Open earlier this year, where she finished runner-up.

"I think the rain delay helped me," Swan told BBC Points West.

"It was probably annoying for her as she had the momentum but when we came back on I was more fired up.

"I changed my tactics a bit, it worked well and I stayed on top for the rest of the match."

Katie Swan
Katie Swan is number five in the junior world rankings

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