Collarini Reaches French Boys Final; Stephens Plays for Doubles Title; Assessing Junior Slam Winners Future Prospects; Longines Event Concludes
Andrea Collarini, the U.S.-born 18-year-old who grew up in Argentina and competed for that country until earlier this year, has reached the finals of the French Open boys championship. Collarini, who is now living and training at the USTA's Boca Raton complex, will meet Agustin Velotti of Argentina, a good friend who is also unseeded, in Sunday's boys singles final. They last played over a year ago, at a Grade 1 in Colombia, with Collarini winning via a retirement. The New York Times Straight Sets blog had a brief post on Collarini today. In the girls final, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia will meet Elina Svitolina of Ukraine; both players are unseeded. Jabeur and Svitolina played in the round of 16 last week in Belgium, with Jabeur taking a 5-7, 6-0, 6-4 decision.
Sloane Stephens and partner Timea Babos will play for the girls doubles title on Saturday. In the semifinals today, the pair rolled past Denmark's Mai Grage and China's Saisai Zheng 6-0, 6-1. The fifth seeds, Stephens and Babos will play the unseeded Spanish team of Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. The boys doubles final is an all-South American affair. Velotti and his partner Facundo Arguello, also of Argentina, will play No. 7 seeds Duilio Beretta of Peru and Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador.
For the ITF coverage of the junior championships, click here.
For complete draws, see rolandgarros.com.
In reading the Straight Sets coverage of juniors earlier in the week, there was an interesting comment posted by reader Lucy Ferr, who looked into the fate of junior slam winners. It will probably come as a surprise to very few of you that it's a very small percentage of junior slam winner who also collect a men's or women's slam title.
The 12-and-under exhibition event sponsored by Longines has concluded at Roland Garros with Spain’s Jaime Delgado and Russia's Aleksandra Pospelova winning the opportunity to play in a mixed doubles match on Saturday with Mary Pierce and Gustavo Kuerten. New York's Lauren Fishbein lost to Pospelova in the semifinals, but certainly made the most of her trip to Paris, which included meeting Serena Williams, who was practicing on a nearby court.
For photos and more from the event, click here.