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Monday, June 27, 2005

US Has Notable Success at Wimbledon Juniors First Round

US Has Notable Success at Wimbledon Juniors First Round--

The U.S. junior boys had a very disappointing Roehampton, the Wimbledon junior warm-up event, with only Jesse Levine winning more than one match. But perhaps it served its purpose as, after the first round of Jr. Wimbledon, nine US boys are among the 32 remaining. The Netherlands, with four, has the next most surviving in the boys draw. Remarkably, every quarter has at least one American and one has two, meaning there could be, improbably, nothing but US players left in the quarters. That won't happen, of course, but after the Orange Bowl, in which all semifinalists were American, it doesn't seem entirely far-fetched.

The U.S. girls started with much less quantity, as only six made it in, and half lost in the first round, but the seeds, Kirkland, Glatch and King survived. The Wimbledon website covered the Glatch - Kudryavtseva match (link here) which was really a tough draw for both as Kudryavtseva was an Orange Bowl finalist last December, but hasn't been playing juniors events much since, and hence was unseeded. There aren't many 24 game sets played in the Juniors--and kudos to both girls for seeing it through.