Giron, Fratangelo & Duval Reach Third Round at French Juniors; Goodwin, Lim Take D-III Titles; USC, Florida Finish No. 1
It's a travel day for me, and although I have an NCAA notebook post planned, with brief pieces of information and my observations from the 12 days that didn't fit into my daily recaps, it will be after I've gotten some sleep and can think clearly.
At the French Open juniors, three US players have reached the round of 16 in singles--Marcos Giron, Bjorn Fratangelo and Vicky Duval. The top seven girls seeds have advanced to the third round, including No. 5 Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, but the boys draw has already lost top seed and Australian Open boys champion Jiri Vesely and second seed Hugo Dellien of Bolivia. There two French wild cards remaining, one of whom, Laurent Lokoli, is the reigning Orange Bowl 16s champion. Two qualifiers are also still in contention Miki Jankovic of Serbia, who has reached the quarterfinals, and Oriol Roca Batalla of Spain. Neither Giron nor Fratangelo faced a seed in the first two rounds, but will on Wednesday. Giron meets No. 4 seed Oliver Golding of Great Britain in a battle of two brillant forehands, while Fratangelo plays No. 11 seed Joris De Loore of Belgium, who reached the semifinals of both the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl last year.
Duval will also play a seed on Wednesday when she takes on No. 4 Natalija Kostic of Serbia. Duvalis playing doubles with Australian Ashleigh Barty, and they won their opening match. Two US boys doubles teams are still alive, with Mitchell Krueger and Shane Vinsant into the quarterfinals, where they'll face top seeds Golding and Vesely. Fratangelo and Alexios Halebian also won their first round match.
The schedule and draws can be found at rolandgarros.com. The ITF junior website also is posting daily articles from Paris. Belgium's An-Sophie Mestach, who is actually No. 1 in the world (Russian Daria Gavrilova finished 2010 as world junior champion), was injured in the Grade 1 in Belgium last week and withdrew.
While Division I was in Northern California, the NCAA Division III individual championships were going on in Southern California, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer. CMS claimed a national title, with sophomore Kristin Lim defeating Kendra Higgins of the University of Chicago 6-1, 6-3 for the women's singles. Emory was assured a national champion when teammates Michael Goodwin and Dillon Pottish met in the final. It was Goodwin who took the title, joining his older brother Michael, who won the championship while at Emory in 2009. Goodwin, the fourth seed, beat Pottish, the top seed, 6-2, 7-6(3).
The final team rankings are out, and unsurprisingly, National Champions Florida and USC are at the top, marking the end of a controversial four months. Or is it? Grant Chen, Director of Tennis Operations at UCLA, tweeted today that the top 2 women's programs, which are Florida and Stanford of course, are not participating in next week's ITA kickoff weekend draft for the 2012 Indoor Team Championships. Stanford and Florida have frequently skipped the event, so it's difficult to say whether this is the result of this year's ranking mess or unrelated.
For the complete and final team rankings, see the ITA website.