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Monday, June 1, 2009

Second Day of French Open Juniors


Guy McCrea again sent me a few photos of U.S. juniors in action today at Roland Garros, although he was not able to get out to see as much as he did yesterday. His interest in Laura Robson kept him at that match, of course, and the top seed escaped Bollettieri-trained Karina Pimkina of Russia after dropping the first set. After losing to Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open Juniors, Robson played in an ITF Women's event in Italy, losing in the first round, so the surface is obviously not a favorite of hers. Greg Garber of espn.com again kept his eyes on the juniors today, and had this piece about Robson's comeback victory (again in sidebar to the right). The No. 2 seed, Ana Bogdan of Romania, was not as fortunate as Robson, falling in three sets to Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands. The ITF Junior website has this story about the day's many upsets.

Harry Fowler won his first junior slam singles match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over French wild card Romain Arneodo, but with No. 7 seed Denis Kudla's 6-4, 6-0 loss to Guilherme Clezar of Brazil, who also beat him in Belgium last week, along with Bernard Tomic's 7-5, 6-3 win over Alex Domijan today, only Fowler and Tennys Sandgren remain among the eight U.S. boys who began the tournament.

Stephens and Christina McHale have both reached the third round with wins today, and for some unknown reason, Stephens plays again on Tuesday, a very unusual junior slam schedule. Stephens wasn't on the court long, less than an hour, in her 6-2, 6-1 dismissal of Belgium's An-Sophie Mestach, and McHale downed French wild card Solene Ficheux comfortably, 6-3, 6-1. Beatrice Capra will play her second round match on Tuesday. Today, she and Lauren Embree, the No. 7 seeds, won their first round match in doubles, as did Kudla and his partner Evan King, the fifth seeds. Sandgren and his partner Julien Uriguen of Guatemala, seeded third, lost in the opening round of doubles.

For complete draws, see the Roland Garros website.