Grimley opens Croatian campaign with solid win

Christopher Grimley knows the challenges only get tougher from here after reaching the third round of the Valamar Junior Open.

The talented Scot is seeded third in the competition and received a bye into round two, where France’s Cyprien Samson awaited on the courts of Croatia.

And Grimley wasted little time showing his capabilities, prevailing in straight games to reach round three in just 27 minutes.

Yet with Spain’s Joan Monroy on the other side of the net next up, the 18-year-old knows he can’t take his foot off the gas if he wants to add to his Swedish Junior and Hellas Junior International titles from 2018 so far.

“I’m feeling good and off to a good start here in Croatia,” he said.

“I played well against the French player and hopefully I can continue to play well but against a Spanish boy tomorrow it should be more difficult.”

Before Grimley’s attentions turned to Monroy, it was Samson who laid the Valamar challenge for the teenager – one he aptly and confidently prevailed from.

In less than half an hour the victory was secured, with the first game a solid 21-10 scoreline in favour of the Scot.

His French opponent threatened to level up the match in the second game but in truth Grimley always looked in command, his form in the calendar year so far not slowing down.

And that was duly reflected with a 21-15 second game, with Grimley looking to make the most of his third-seed status as he eyes up a deep run in Dubrovnik.

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