Southampton's Gabriella Taylor has advanced to the last 16 of Junior Wimbledon

Daily Echo: Gabi Taylor at Wimbledon Gabi Taylor at Wimbledon

Southampton teenager Gabriella Taylor made quick work of her latest opponent to progress to the last 16 at Wimbledon.

Britain's number six ranked junior dominated rival Tami Grende's serve to secure her progress to the girl's singles third round 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes.

Taylor arrived at Wimbledon in confident mood after pushing Tereza Smitkova, who reached the fourth round of the main draw, close during women's singles qualifying.

And against her own age group, the 16-year old has looked tough to beat, dropping just 14 games and no sets in her two matches so far.

"I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself," she said. "She has a big serve and I really had to hold my ground and battle.

"I'm feeling very confident now and I'm just loving playing on the grass and getting all the support I'm receiving from the crowds.

"I can't look too far ahead but in every match I'm learning from my mistakes and getting better as a player."

Taylor now faces Spain's Paula Badosa Gibert after the 16-year old knocked out the top seed, Serbia's Ivana Jorovic, 6-2, 7-5.

And another win would mean she eclipses the achievements of Andy Murray - the best he ever managed at Junior Wimbledon was reaching the third round ten years ago.

"I'm not nervous, she's clearly a good player and she's obviously in form, so it won't be easy," she added.

"I'm going to talk through some tactics with my coach now but everyone is beatable at this tournament and I'm not really bothered about what she's done. I'll watch some videos now and try to see if I can spot a few weaknesses.

"With the top seed out then I think I've got a great chance of making the finals."

As the Official Banking Partner of The Championships, HSBC is helping fans get closer to Wimbledon by giving them the chance to win a coaching clinic with Tim Henman. For further information, visit www.wimbledon.com/hsbc

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7:52am Thu 3 Jul 14

kevinchandler100@talktalk.net says...

Good luck Gabriella Taylor in the next round .
Good luck Gabriella Taylor in the next round . kevinchandler100@talktalk.net
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9:05am Thu 3 Jul 14

aldermoorboy says...

Believe
Believe aldermoorboy
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