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Friday, June 30, 2006

Wimbledon Junior Championships Begin with Blogs



The ITF has convinced Australian Stephen Donald and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to do daily blogs from Wimbledon--their first entries are here. Neither are Dmitry Tursunov, but then, who is? In addition to the blogs, the ITF has a
preview up today too. Junior play begins on Saturday.

The junior draws are posted, and again, just as in the French Jrs., the boys' seeds go right down the ITF rankings, while the girls' seeds are all jumbled up due to WTA rankings. This time Chan and Kleybanova get elevated to nos. 2 & 3 due to their WTA Top 200 rankings. Rybarikova is placed at no. 6 due to her 223 ranking, while Erakovic and Rodina get seeds 14 and 15 based on their Top 300 WTA positions.

There are six U.S. boys and six U.S. girls contending for Wimbledon singles titles. Donald Young (3) and Julia Cohen (8) are the only Americans seeded.

By the way, last year's Wimbledon girls' champion Agnieszka Radwanska has reached the round of 16 in the main event this year, where she will face Kim Clijsters. Wimbledon.org has the details of Radwanska's win here.

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