Wimbledon 2015: Katie Swan progresses to third round in juniors

By Rob StevensBBC Sport at Wimbledon
Swan has 'no fear' at Wimbledon
Wimbledon 2015
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Britain's Katie Swan progressed to the third round of the girls' singles at Wimbledon after a straight-sets win over Deria Nur Haliza of Indonesia.

The 16-year-old, who is seeded fifth, won six straight games to take the first set after losing the opener.

Swan broke midway through the second and, after Nur Haliza had saved two match points, clinched a 6-1 6-2 victory with a forehand winner.

The Bristol-born player will now face American Sophia Kenin in the last 16.

Kenin, the ninth seed at SW19, beat Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 7-5 6-4 in a match which was briefly halted by rain.

Swan unruffled in victory

Nur Haliza, number 63 in the junior world rankings, struggled with her serve during the first set but Swan missed an opportunity to break in the first game, sending a forehand service return wide.

However, Swan showed no nerves on a packed Court 19 and, having served 16 aces in her first-round victory over Seone Mendez, hit three more in her first service game.

Nur Haliza, 18, then double-faulted to hand Swan a break in the third game of the first set and Swan went 4-1 up with a second break as the Indonesian put a forehand wide.

After holding serve with a great passing shot down the line, Swan wrapped up the set with a third break of serve as her returning proved to be too strong for her opponent.

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

A brief shower at the end of the first set threatened to stop proceedings, but play continued and Swan, who lives in the Untied States, continued to serve powerfully in the second set, winning 92 percent of points on her first serve.

She broke in the sixth game of the second set following another deep return to go 4-2 ahead and then held to love to move within a game of victory.

Swan set up two match points on Nur Haliza's serve, but they were both saved as first she sent a backhand wide and then Nur Haliza hit a forehand winner.

However Swan, who reached the second round of Wimbledon qualifying last month, converted her third opportunity following a short rally to win in 53 minutes.

Katie Swan
Swan was runner-up at the Australian Open girls' singles earlier this year

"I served well, which definitely helped me finish games off pretty quickly," Swan told BBC Points West.

"I was much more consistent than her and overpowered her. Overall it was a good day and the support has been great."

Swan partnered Kenin, her round three opponent, in girls' doubles competitions at Indian Wells and Roland Garros earlier this year.

"It should be a good match," she added. "If I keep being positive and playing well I think I have a good chance of going far. I respect everyone but don't really fear anyone."

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