Freya Christie bows out of US Open quarter-finals

US OPEN quarter-finalist -- Hucknall's Freya Christie
US OPEN quarter-finalist -- Hucknall's Freya Christie

The superb performance of Hucknall teenis teen Freya Christie at the US Open finally came to an end in the junior girls’ doubles quarter-finals.

Freya (16) and her doubles partner, 15-year-old Katie Swan, of Bristol, had produced a minor sensation in the previous round.

For they knocked out the number two seeds, 17-year-olds Anhelina Kalinina, of Ukraine, and Iryna Shymanovich, of Belarus, 7-6 6-4.

Kalinina and Shymanovich reached the junior girls’ doubles final at Wimbledon in 2013, while earlier this year, Kalinina was runner-up with a different partner at the Australian Open and Shymanovic was the singles silver medallist at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

Such a result gave Freya and Katie great hope against Vera Lapko, of Belarus, and Tereza Mihalikova, of Slovakia, in their last-eight tie, which was played on court six at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre at Flushing Meadows, New York.

And after losing the first set 6-4, they battled back magnificently well to take the second 6-3. However, their hopes of more glory were quashed when they lost the match tiebreak (played instead of a third set) 10-4.

It was still a tremendous effort by Freya and Katie, who had helped Britain beat the USA win the Maureen Connolly Trophy challenge match in Connecticut the previous week.

For Lapko and Mihalikova went on to reach the Flushing Meadows final by beating another Brit, Maia Lumsden, and her partner, Fanni Stollar, of Hungary, in the semis, 6-3 6-1.

They were narrowly defeated in that final, 5-7, 6-2 10-7 by Ipek Soylu, of Turkey, and Jill Belen Reichmann, of Switzerland.