The Underground Tennis website has posted an interview and game style analysis with top Canadian junior Sharon Fichman, who won two junior Grand Slam Doubles titles this year with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia--the Australian and the French. They were finalists at the U.S. Open in New York, when Pavlyuchenkova was going for the Grand Slam (having won Wimbledon with Alisa Kleybanova). Fichman is now ranked 8th by the ITF, and has two more years of junior competition eligibility if she wants to use it. UGT also posted an article about another top Canadian, whom I'll be seeing in Columbus at the ITA Indoor--Melanie Gloria. The Fresno State sophomore was runnerup in the ITA All-American earlier this month in California. So if Fichman is looking to Gloria as a role model, she may still be considering college herself, although Gloria never reached the heights Fichman has in the juniors.
For those of you following the Futures event in Baton Rouge, there has been a noticeable breakdown on results reporting on usta.com, but the local paper had an update Saturday. The Augusta women's event had a washout on Friday, so both quarterfinals and semifinals were scheduled for Saturday.
Saturday, October 28, 2006