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Sunday, June 4, 2006

Paszek Defeats Morita; Olaru Out in First Round in Girls French Open Juniors Action

Eleanor Preston is covering the juniors for the ITF, as she does at every Grand Slam, and her first piece on Sunday's opening day is here.

If you read my post yesterday, you'll know that I'm surprised that Cibulkova went down relatively easy to No. 1 Pavlyuchenkova, and that I'm not surprised that Tamira Paszek won, even though she drew the No. 6 seed Ayumi Morita. Preston doesn't mention that result, but I agree that Raluca Olaru's loss is probably the day's biggest shock, even though she was only the eighth seed. She had just won the Italian, and two ITF Women's events on clay earlier in May; certainly she seemed to be "on form" as the Brits say, coming into the French.

Both Kim Couts and Lauren Albanese lost their first round matches, leaving Julia Cohen, who didn't play today, as the only U.S. girl remaining in the singles draw.

Donald Young, Kellen Damico and Clint Bowles won their first round singles matches; Dennis Lajola lost his, while Jamie Hunt plays his first round early Monday.

For complete draws, see rolandgarros.com.


Anonymous said...

Do you think you could possibly select a less-complimentary picture of Ms. Paszek? This one looks like hell... did you do this on purpose- the only thing this reflects is winning a race from the Waffle House parking lot to the first table.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure it is the picture and not Ms. Paszek? Maybe she should wear some other clothes that would fit her.