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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Cornet, Ignatic Win French Open Junior Titles; Important Announcement for Email Subscribers

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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Austin said...

I don't feel like searching for the answer to who is #2, but with Donald Young shooting up to #288 in the rankings this week there is not one person other than him in the top350 even born in 1989 or younger. I don't know how far down I would have to go, but I was impressed with that, I didn't realize no one else his birth year or younger is within range of his ranking. We'll see if he continues to climb up the rankings.

Anonymous said...

He is probably the only '89 that has been out there for 3 years. It is not how long you are out there-it is how high you get. The list is quite long of players that made it to 200 or even 150 and didn't go any further. The jury is still out and will be for a couple of years!!!

Anonymous said...

How things change! Vlad Ignatic is the new French Junior Champion. A couple of years ago he played an ITF in this area and his behavior was unacceptable. All the bad things in junior tennis you can think of, they were there. I believe the tournament might have filed a complaint on him. He did things he didn't need to do because he was already and obviously is a fine player. I hope he has changed.