MAIA Lumsden hopes to pick up where she left off when she returns to the tennis court in Loughborough today. There was standing room only at Scotstoun when the 20-year-old went down in three sets 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 to her Spanish opponent Paula Badosa in the final of the $25,000 GB Pro Series or Scottish Championships on Sunday and the World No 524 hopes to build on that storming run in the next event on the Futures Tour. Having initially been reluctant to use on of her just three annual LTA wild cards in the event after an administrative slip-up, Lumsden is determined to strike while the iron is hot and hopes to carry that form into this week.

“It was as a tough match in the final,” said Lumsden, “I was disappointed not to get the win but it was a great week overall and I would have taken that performance at the start of it. You are only entitled to three wild cards a year but I have decided to take one into Loughborough so I can hopefully keep the momentum going.”

Lumsden, who will be joined in the Loughborough order of play today by Australian Open boys’ semi-finalist Aidan McHugh – the 17-year-old Glaswegian takes on Harri Heliovarra of Finland – is a talented junior player who has previously had a stint training at the IMG academy in Florida but she is benefiting from a stable coaching set-up at the University of Stirling where her lead coach is Joe Gill. Already with two Futures titles under her belt from 2017, she hopes to continue rising through the rankings to prove that she is worthy of a wild card into the Wimbledon main draw for the first time. “As a $25,000 event, Glasgow had a lot more rankings points up for grabs but I would probably need to get near the World top 200 to be considered for a Wimbledon wild card,” she said.

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