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Monday, June 3, 2013

Top Seed Kyrgios Upset in French Open Second Round, Townsend, Chirico Advance; Stanford Tops Women's Spring Recruiting Rankings

Australia's Nick Kyrgios, the reigning Australian Open boys champion and ITF world junior No. 1, was ushered out of the French Open juniors today by Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3.  With his ATP ranking of 262, which will go even higher after his first round win in the main draw over Radek Stepanek, Kyrgios would have been seeded No. 3 at the French even if he had no ITF junior ranking, but his success in both tours made him the No. 1 seed in Paris.

That didn't matter to the 17-year-old Russian, who served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and then failed to convert a match point in the second set tiebreaker, didn't let those missed opportunities bother him. He broke Kyrgios in the seventh game of the third set, then closed out the second round match by holding at love.

The match of the day was undoubtedly No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev's 2-6, 6-3, 13-11 win over qualifier Stefano Napolitano of Itay. The 16-year-old German, who won the Grade A Italian Open last month, served for the match at 8-7 in the third set and was broken, but he got another break at 11-11 and after a long game, finally ended the match. Unfortunately, the match statistics, which usually give the duration of the match, are incorrect and incomplete, so I don't how long the match was.

There was a mix of first and second round matches today in singles, with another boys seed falling in the second round. Frederico Silva of Portugal, who like Kyrgios has a professional title on his resume, fell to Korea's Young Seok Kim 7-5, 6-3.  In the first round, Astrid Bowl Grade 1 finalist Clement Geens of Belgium, the No. 10 seed, lost to Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-2, 6-1. Nishioka was a semifinalist at the US Open juniors last year.

Three-setters were common in boys action Monday, and Spencer Papa, the only US boy in action, lost his first round match in that manner, with  France's Quentin Halys beating Papa 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The girls draw didn't feature anything as dramatic as the Kyrgios loss or the Zverev - Napolitano marathon, but there were a few surprises.  No. 15 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who had reached at least the semifinals of the past four junior slams and last week won a $25,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Moscow, lost to Ilka Csorgi of Romania 6-4, 7-6(3) in the first round.

Louisa Chirico defeated No. 9 seed Camila Giangreco Campiz of Paraguay 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in the first round, while No. 12 seed Christina Makarova lost to Chiara Grimm of Switzerland 6-1, 6-3.  Jamie Loeb also played her first round match, saving two set points in the first set tiebreaker, then getting an early break in the second set and holding on for a 7-6(7), 6-3 win over Nina Stojanovic of Serbia. Taylor Townsend, the No. 11 seed, won her second round match over Jana Fett of Croatia today 6-4, 6-2, and for reasons I can't comprehend, is one of four girls playing a third round match on Tuesday.  Townsend will play unseeded Victoria Rodriguez of Mexico, while No. 2 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and unseeded Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil will meet in the other girls third round match. Haddad Maia defeated No. 13 seed Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a second round match today.

Top seed Ana Konjuh, who played a three-set final in a $25,000 tournament in Slovenia yesterday, showed no ill effects of that, beating Katie Boulter of Great Britain 6-2, 6-4 in her opening match this afternoon. Konjuh will play Loeb Tuesday, and Chirico will play unseeded Maria Marfutina of Russia.

Also on Tuesday's schedule are the two remaining US boys in singles.  Noah Rubin will play Nishioka and Stefan Kozlov gets No. 6 seed Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy, who defeated wild card Alexandre Favrot of France 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 today in the first round.

Quinzi spoke with Sandy Harwitt about his late arrival due to winning a Futures final in Morocco over the weekend in this article on the ITF Junior website.

Doubles began today, and the day didn't end any better than it started for Kyrgios, as he and partner Wayne Montgomery of South Africa, the No. 2 seeds, lost to Pedro Cachin of Argentina and Guillermo Nunez of Chile 7-5, 7-5. In fact, the only seeds left in the bottom half of the draw are No. 5 Christian Garin and Nicolas Jarry, with the No. 4 and No. 8 teams also losing in the first round.  Martin Redlicki and Rubin did advance to the second round.

Makarova and her partner Sandra Samir of Egypt came from behind to eliminate No. 4 seeds Darya Kasatkina and Veronika Kudermetova of Russia 4-6, 7-5, 10-3. Loeb and her partner Ayaka Okuno of Japan lost their first round match to top seeds Bencic and Antonia Lottner of Germany 7-5, 6-4.

For draws and results, see the Roland Garros website.

The Tennis Recruiting Network announced their list of the women's top recruiting classes for 2013, with Stanford taking first, North Carolina second and Northwestern third.  To see the complete list, click here.

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