Mmoh, Kozlov Reach Round of 16, Bellis Falls to Vondrousova at French Open Junior Championships; Georgia State Men, NC State Women Get New Coaches
After three days of competition, there are just two US players left in the French Open Junior Championships: Stefan Kozlov and Michael Mmoh. No. 6 seed Kozlov defeated Australian qualifier Akira Santillan 6-3, 6-3 to set up a third round meeting Wednesday with No. 10 seed Duck Hee Lee of Korea, while No. 11 seed Mmoh also took out an Australian, Omar Jasika, with considerably more difficulty, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Mmoh, now sporting a new hairstyle, will play No. 7 seed Jaume Munar Clar of Spain in Wednesday's third round.
Henrik Wiersholm fell in the second round today to No. 4 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and Alex Rybakov was beaten by No. 3 seed Karen Khachanov, also of Russia, 6-4, 6-3.
The big surprise was in the girls draw, where CiCi Bellis, the No. 2 seed, dropped her first set against 14-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-0 in 15 minutes and trailed 4-1 in the second set, before ultimately losing 6-0, 6-4 in one of two girls third round matches Tuesday. Usue Arconada, the only other American girl still alive, lost her second round match to top seed Ivana Jorovic of Serbia 7-6(4), 6-2.
Jorovic will play unseeded Fiona Ferro of France in the third round Wednesday, and Ferro is the subject of Sandy Harwitt's article on today's action at the ITF website. Harwitt also spoke to Stefan Kozlov about his win.
Kozlov and Rublev, the top seeds, have reached the quarterfinals in the boys doubles, while Rybakov(with Matias Zukas of Argentina) and Dennis Uspensky(with Bogdan Bobrov of Russia) are into the second round of doubles after wins today.
Tornado Alicia Black and Naiktha Bains, seeded No. 4, reached the quarterfinals with a win today. Bellis and Vondrousova, the No. 7 seeds, will play their second round match on Wednesday, as will Dasha Ivanova and Katrine Steffensen, who won their first round match today. After two walkovers today, including one by top seeds Francoise Abanda of Canada and Varvara Flink of Russia, the most seeds that could make the quarterfinals are two, Bains and Black, and if they win, Bellis and Vondrousova. The other six girls seeds have all exited.
Wednesday is the day everyone finally gets to the same round, with only four boys and six girls singles matches on the schedule, as well as eight second round doubles matches. After tomorrow, all draws will be to the quarterfinals.
For draws and schedule, see the Roland Garros website.
A few notes on some college coaching vacancies. First, I missed the announcement last month that Danielle McNamara was stepping down as the women's head coach at Yale after eight years. The complete release is here.
North Carolina State has filled its vacant women's head coaching position, tapping Division II Armstrong Atlantic's Simon Earnshaw to take over for Hans Olsen. Earnshaw coached both the men and women at Armstrong Atlantic, winning nine NCAA titles in his 15 years in Savannah, Ga. The complete announcement is available at the NC State athletic website.
The Georgia State men's program has been in turmoil since March, with both the head and assistant coach fired for NCAA violations and for violating school and athletic department policies. For more on that, see this article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The men's team is also one of two Division I tennis programs showing up on the NCAA's recent list of those athletic departments not meeting Academic Progress Rates (the other is Florida Atlantic). On May 30, the school's athletic director announced her resignation, although Cheryl Levick will stay at the school as an assistant to the president.
Levick, who will start her new job on July 1, announced today that Wake Forest men's assistant Brett Ross will become the Panthers' new head coach. Ross has been an assistant there under both Jeff Zinn and current head coach Tony Bresky. Women's head coach Robin Stephenson, who was working as interim head coach after the departure of Miha Lisac for West Virginia last fall, was given a one-year contract according to today's release.