Mestach, Sant'anna Win Titles at Casablanca Cup; Last Chance to Vote in Baseline Awards; Honor Roll Change for 2011
The two top seeds reached the finals of the Grade A Casablanca Cup in Mexico today, but only An-Sophie Mestach left with the winner's trophy. The 16-year-old Belgian defeated No. 2 seed Caroline Garcia of France 7-6(5), 6-2 to earn her first Grade A singles title, and she and partner Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands also won the doubles crown. Mestach and Schuurs have now won six major (Grade 1 and above) junior doubles titles in the past year. Prior to teaming with Schuurs, Mestach played often with compatriot Sofie Oyen, now a freshman at Florida, who teamed with Allie Will to take the USTA/ITA Women's Indoor in November.
Boys top seed Oliver Golding of Great Britain was upset by unseeded Bruno Sant'anna 7-6(2), 6-0. The 17-year-old Brazilian came into the tournament ranked 130 in the world to Golding's 15, and lost in the first round at the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl, but he now has his second ITF singles title, after winning a Grade 5 on clay in October.
The winners of the boys doubles was also a surprise, as William Kwok and Michael Rinaldi of the U.S. took the title. Playing together for the first time, the pair beat top seeds Golding and Julien Cagnina of Belgium in the semifinals 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6, then took out the unseeded Chilean team of Matias Sborowitz and Benjamin Ugarte 6-3, 6-2 in the finals.
For complete results, see the ITF Junior website. The tournament's website has articles about the matches, which can be translated into English by clicking on the Union Jack flag. There is also an extensive photo gallery on the site. The story puts the attendance for the boys final at 1500, certainly one of the largest crowds any junior is likely to play in front of, save perhaps Kalamazoo and Wimbledon.
A final reminder to vote in the On The Baseline 2010 awards, by clicking on the logo at left. Monday is the last day of voting, and zootennis has been nominated for best tennis blog, but there are many other categories you may want to weigh in on.
A small change, and I hope an improvement, to the site for 2011 will be the addition of girls in the "Honor Roll." Because I live in Kalamazoo, I initially focused on boys junior tennis, but it's been several years since I've expanded to include girls equally. Somehow I never moved away from listing just the boys' accomplishments, but decided I would this year. The honor roll will continue to recognize 18-and-under Americans who win a Grade 1 or above ITF Junior event (singles or doubles), an ITF Professional Circuit title (singles or doubles), and ITA/NCAA title, a USTA National championship (singles only), or another major international junior event (such as Les Petits As).