WREXHAM Tennis Academy rising star Lisa Whybourn will face the golden girl of British tennis at Wimbledon.
Whybourn, along with playing partner Sam Vickers, was set to face top-seeds Laura Robson and American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the junior girls doubles yesterday in a match scheduled to be played after the Chronicle went to press.
Robson hit the national headlines last year when she won the girls singles title at SW19 at just 14 years of age.
After being knocked out of the ladies singles and doubles this year, Robson is favourite to retain her junior crown.
Whybourn missed out on the chance to follow in Robson’s footsteps when she was beaten in the girls singles qualifiers on Thursday.
The 18-year-old British number 31, who was born in Cambridge but moved to North Wales to train at Wrexham, lost 4-6 6-2 6-4 to American Brooke Bolender at the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
“It was really tight the whole way through and I just missed a few opportunities in the third set,” said Whybourn, who has been handed a wild card entry into the junior girls doubles at Wimbledon.
“It was a physically exhausting match and it was pretty hot as well. The wind made it hard at times and made some of the shots swirl around quite a bit.
“I was a wild card into this tournament and she’s floating around the 100 mark so I wasn’t expecting to beat her but I tried my best.
“Even though I’m disappointed that I haven’t made it through to the singles of Junior Wimbledon, to play the doubles will be unbelievable.”