France didn't have much success in this year's Open, but they did come away with a junior champion when Alize Cornet, the No. 2 seed, defeated unseeded Mariana Duque-Marino of Columbia 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 today in the girls' final. Vlad Ignatic of Belarus, the No. 12 seed, topped No. 5 seed Greg Jones of Australia 6-3, 6-4, to give that country its third French Open champion this year. (Ksenia Milevskaya and Andrei Karatchenia were part of the winning doubles teams). As Eleanor Preston mentions in her story at iftjuniors.com, Ignatic will now take over the top spot in the ITF junior rankings. It's the second straight Junior Slam that has had a host country winner, with Brydan Klein's victory at the Australian. I would say that Naomi Cavaday is the best bet to continue that streak at Wimbledon.
Mark Winters spoke with Kellen Damico at the French and filed this article for the Denver Post. Another mention of Damico playing at Wimbledon with Eysseric, so the evidence is building, although Wimbledon still has nothing to suggest Damico will be in singles posted on their website. Eysseric's final blog entry gives his opinion of the "no-ad," using an adjective I heartily endorse. Interestingly, Eysseric selects a different point than Damico when analyzing what went wrong in the doubles final at 4-4 in the first set.
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