Kreuger & Vinsant Fall in French Doubles Final; Michigan High School Tennis; Easter Bowl TV Show Air Dates
I understand it's raining in Paris right now, so the Roland Garros boys final between Bjorn Fratangelo of the US and Dominic Thiem of Austria, scheduled for 11 a.m. in Paris, 5 a.m. Eastern Sunday, may not go as scheduled. Fratangelo spoke with usta.com after the semifinals on Friday, but before he knew who he was going to play, in this video.
Mitchell Krueger and Shane Vinsant, winners of both the ISC-Carson Grade 1 and the Easter Bowl this spring, transitioned nicely to the red clay, reaching the doubles final of the Grade A Italian Open, and following that up with a run to the finals at Roland Garros. Today they were up 7-5, 3-0 (two service breaks) on the No. 4 seeded team of Roberto Carballes Baena and Andres Artunedo Martinavarr of Spain, but lost five straight games to find themselves down a break. The Spanish team couldn't serve out the set and it went to a tiebreaker, which they won, 7-6(5). In the match tiebreaker that decided the championship, the Americans trailed from the third point and couldn't catch up, with the momentum staying with the Spaniards through their 10-5 victory. This AP article has a few comments from the Americans, as well as the results of the Longines 12-and-under competition.
Krueger and Vinsant were also featured in this video at usta.com.
Second seeds Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine won the girls doubles with 6-4, 7-5 victory over unseeded Victoria Kan of Russia and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands. For more on both doubles, see the ITF junior website.
I spent a few hours at the Michigan High School Girls Tennis Division III championships this afternoon at Kalamazoo College, and enjoyed watching the No. 1 singles final between Molly Wickman of East Grand Rapids, a senior and the No. 1 seed, and Alexandria Najarian of Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, a freshman and the No. 2 seed. Najarian played very aggressively, approached the net often, and hit more overheads than I think I've ever seen in girl hit in one match. She definitely took the match away from Wickman, who defends well but doesn't have the same pop on her shots. I asked her where she got her unusual game style.
"I've always been like that," Najarian said. "When I was little, I didn't really care what happened, I just tried to hit the ball as hard as I could. And then it kind of developed into an all-around game."
Najarian, who won the match 6-3, 6-1, credited Wickman with making her hit more shots than she usually needed to when trying to finish a point.
"She's a great player, she scrapes back so many balls. Some points I thought were done and I had to end it with what would be three or four winners against other players. It was exciting."
Najarian, who clinched the state championship for her team over archrival Detroit Country Day, says she plans to play high school tennis again next year, even though Michigan limits the number of USTA events a player can compete in while remaining eligible for high school tennis.
"It's nothing like any other tennis tournament. It's like family, they're like my sisters now," Najarian said of her teammates. "I love this, it's so great."
The Easter Bowl independently produces an hour-long television show for syndication and the first airings for the 2011 show are scheduled for Sunday, with additional airings throughout the month.
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