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Wimbledon 2018: GB's Jack Draper beaten by Tseng Chun-hsin in boys' final

Tseng Chun-hsin

Wimbledon 2018 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July
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Britain’s Jack Draper lost to Taiwanese top seed Tseng Chun-hsin in a gripping boys’ singles final at Wimbledon.

Draper, hoping to become the first British boys’ champion since 1962, was beaten 6-1 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 by fellow 16-year-old Tseng.

Watched by a packed Court One, who were vocal in support for the young Briton, Draper gave himself hope by taking the second set but was let down by a huge 42 unforced errors.

Tseng sealed victory with an ace.

Previous winners of the boys’ title include 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, and while there are plenty of big names who never won a junior Slam, on this year’s form Tseng could be a player to watch in the future.

A winner at this year’s junior French Open and runner-up at January’s event at the Australian Open, Tseng had not dropped a set in his previous five rounds here.

After the first set it looked like it was going to be straightforward for him before Surrey-born Draper staged an impressive fightback to take the second set.

But Draper’s wayward shots, as well as flashes of temper – he had to swap racquets after smashing one into the grass – were costly against the calm Tseng.

The left-hander handed match point to the Taiwanese when he missed a straightforward volley at the net, lying on the grass in disbelief, before Tseng wrapped up the title with his ninth ace of the match.

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