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GB's Golding & Robson into Wimbledon junior semi-finals

Golding powers into semi-finals

Britain's Oliver Golding battled back against Renzo Olivo of Argentina to reach the Wimbledon boys' semi-finals.

Rising star Golding lost the first set to the ninth seed but dug deep to claim a 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory on Court 12.

The 16-year-old Londoner slid to his knees and roared with delight after hitting the winning forehand.

In the girls' quarter-finals, 2008 champion Laura Robson reached the final four with a 7-5 6-1 win over fellow Briton Tara Moore.

Golding, who beat world number one Jason Kubler in the last 16, is aiming to become the first British Wimbledon boys' champion of the Open era.

But the former child actor looked to be in trouble in the first set when he called the trainer to have his right arm re-bandaged.

Britain's Golding hopes for Junior success

And when Olivo broke Golding in the first game of the second set, it seemed his extended run in the tournament was about to come to an end.

But Golding fought back to break immediately with a series of ferocious forehands, and the home favourite broke Olivo again in the 10th game of the set to take the match into a tight decider.

Golding saved three break points at 2-2 before seizing his single opportunity on the Olivo serve at 5-4, whipping a forehand winner past his opponent to the delight of the large Court 12 crowd.

Golding admitted nerves had affected his game before he went for broke when staring defeat in the face early in the second set.

"I was a little bit nervous, playing just a bit too passive and not aggressive enough," he said. "It was a wake-up call to be broken in the second set.

"I just had a go at it - I hit a massive forehand at 30-40 to hold and that was the turning point.


"Sometimes I start matches a little bit slow, it does take me a while to get into it. Sometimes I just need to shout something out or hit a ball well to get me going."

Success for Golding will be a welcome boost for English tennis, which failed to supply an entrant to the men's singles this year for the first time.

But the youngster, who plays Australia's Benjamin Mitchell in the semi-finals, is relaxed about the attention that would come his way if his run continues.

"I'm not really thinking about it," he added. "I'm just thinking about the next match. Maybe after the tournament finishes, it will hit me."

In the boys doubles second round, British pairing Lewis Burton and George Morgan came from behind to beat top seeds Duilio Beretta of Peru and Ecuador's Roberto Quiroz 4-6 7-5 11-9.

Britain's Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson also enjoyed a comeback win as they overcame United States third seeds Denis Kudla and Raymond Sarmiento 4-6 6-2 6-2.

But another GB duo, Tom Allen and Jack Carpenter, were beaten 6-1 6-2 by fourth seeds Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia and Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan.

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28 Jun 10 |  Tennis
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