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Posted: 13.07.14



Leicestershire teenager Lily Taylor narrowly failed to win the Dutch Junior Open girls’ under-19 title today as she lost in four games to French top seed Marie Stephan in Amsterdam.

The 5/8 seed from Thurnby had shocked second seed Emilia Soini (Finland) 3/0 in the quarter-finals and Belgian 3/4 seed Tinne Gilis 3/2 in the semi-finals.

However, Stephan proved too strong for the 17-year-old world no.94, the French 18-year-old rallying from losing the first game to run out an 7-11,11-9,11-9,11-5 winner.

Taylor had been one of two English semi-finalists, Georgina Kennedy, the 9/16 seed from Kent, being the other.

She lost in straight games to Stephan, having beaten Swiss 5/8 seed Nadia Pfister 3/0 in round two and Canadian 3/4 seed Alyssa Mehta 3/2 in the quarter-finals.

Stephan also ended the giant-killing run of Surrey’s Alison Thomson, who knocked out Finnish 9/16 seed Emilia Korhonen in the first round and Welsh 5/8 seed Jennifer Haley in the second.

Kennedy finished third after beating Gilis 11-8, 9-11, 11-8,4-11,11-6 in the play-off.

There were two titles for English players in the lower age groups, though, Hampshire’s Jared Carter winning the boys’ under-13 event and Yorkshire’s Elliot Ridge the boys’ U15.

Meanwhile, Surrey’s Charlie Lee and Kent’s Amelia Henley finished runners-up in their respective under-17 tournaments.