Gesta de Ane Mintegi: two victories in one day and fourth

The 17-year-old from Gipuzkoa beat the second favorite, the Filipino Eala, and shortly after, the British Bilchev. Daniel Rincón and Alejandro Manzanero, eliminated.


Ane Mintegi starred in the feat of the day in the junior tournament at Wimbledon on Thursday, winning two games in the same day, with less than two hours of separation and against very difficult opponents to get into the quarterfinals. The 17-year-old from Gipuzkoa, who has competed in Grand Slams since she was 15, beat the second seed, Alexandra Eala, from the Philippines, and Kylie Bilchev from the UK. Daniel Rincón and Alejandro Manzanero were eliminated from the men's draw, making her the only remaining representative of the Armadita in London.

In the first game, Mintegi, who plays with prescription glasses, is a great restor and has a powerful punch, he beat Eala with great merit, before which he raised an adverse score to win 3-6, 6-4 and 7 -5 at 2:11. After going ahead with a first break (3-1), his rival jumped on him and even served to win with 5-4, but Ane reacted, and with two other breaks he took the victory. Just a couple of hours later, she had to face Bilchev and she also won with a lot of effort and vice versa, because it was she who prevailed this time in the first set. On court 18 and with quite a crowd cheering for the local player, but also recognizing the breed of the Spanish, Mintegi obtained his classification for the quarterfinals in the fifth match point to close it 6-2, 4-6 and 6-3 in 2:03. After suffering more than four hours on the court, she will face the 17-year-old Belarusian Kristina Dmitruk, sixth seed on Friday.

Rincón and Manzanera were left halfway back in their second-round matches. The 18-year-old from Avila fell to American Ozan Colak (17) 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3 in 2:06. And the Valencian from Almoradí (18), against the French Max Westphal (18) by 6-3, 6-7 (5) and 7-6 (2) .

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