Giffnock junior Emily Gates enjoyed a fantastic week competing on the grass courts of the All England Club after winning through to the National Finals of the 2013 Road to Wimbledon.
Emily was one of 64 girls and 64 boys from around the UK who competed at Aorangi Park at SW19, right across from Court One at Wimbledon. All the competitors were split into groups of four. Emily, who has a rating of 7.1, was in a group containing Nell Miller (5.1) from Kent, Dana Kenneally-Forrester (6.2) from Lincolnshire, and Menna Edwards (8.1) from North Wales.
The top two players from each group went through to the main knockout draw, and the bottom two into the consolation draw. Emily won two matches, against Dana (6-1 2-6 10-5) and Menna (6-1 6-0) and lost to Nell (7-5 6-3). Because she won two out of three, she made the main draw which was a great achievement in a competition containing four of the top six 14 and under girl players in Britain.
In the last 32 she faced a formidable player, Meghan Hopton (5.1) of Yorkshire. She lost 6-2 6-1 in an entertaining game which was not as one-sided as the score suggests. The Road to Wimbledon experience included meeting Tim Henman, four-time Wimbledon men's singles semi-finalist and a Road to Wimbledon Ambassador. It rounded off a great summer for Emily, who also won the inaugural Scottish Junior Closed 14U title at Strathgryffe, and was runner-up in the 14Us at the South of Scotland Championships in Moffat and the Newlands Junior Open.