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Monday, June 4, 2018

McNally, Gauff and Korda Reach Roland Garros Juniors Third Round; UCLA Tops Women's 2018 Recruiting Class Rankings; Taylor Johnson, Henry Craig Win National Open Hard Court Titles

After an upbeat first day at the French Open Junior Championships, the Americans' fortunes took a turn for the worse on Monday, with only three of the nine matches featuring US players recorded in the win column.

No. 4 seed Alexa Noel, who won the ITF Grade 1 title in Belgium on Saturday had a tough draw in Iga Swiatek, who won a $25,000 tournament in Alabama this spring and reached the semifinals of an $80,000 Pro Circuit event a few weeks later. The first set was close, but Swiatek, who just turned 17, cruised in the second set for a 7-6(7), 6-1 victory.  Dalayna Hewitt also had a difficult first round, and she fell to top seed and Australian Open girls champion En Shuo Liang of Taiwan 6-3, 6-1.  The third American playing a first round match Monday was qualifier Tyler Zink, who lost to Gilbert Soares Klier Junior of Brazil 6-2, 6-4.

In second round matches, Americans went 3-3.  Katie Volynets, Andrew Fenty and Cannon Kingsley lost, while Sebastian Korda[2], Caty McNally and Coco Gauff won.  McNally had the most dramatic match, beating No. 14 seed Lulu Sun of Switzerland 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4).  Wild card Kingsley had No. 9 seed Nicolas Mejia of Colombia on the ropes, leading 4-2 in the third set, but Mejia won the final four games for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.

In total, eight of the 16 seeds in the boys draw are out after the first round, with only two girls seeds exiting in their opening matches.

Only 16 singles matches, eight boys and eight girls, are on Tuesday's schedule, which will complete the second round.  Tristan Boyer[11], Brandon Nakashima and Lea Ma are the Americans in action, with their opponents listed below.

The first round doubles results weren't great for Americans either. Korda and Emilio Nava went out to top seeds Sebastian Baez of Argentina and Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 and Natasha Subhash and Katie Volynets lost to No. 3 seed Yuki Naito and Naho Sato of Japan.

Caty McNally and Swiatek won their opening round doubles match today, as did Chloe Beck with her partner Taysia Pachkaleva of Russia. Beck and Pachkaleva beat Peyton Stearns and Hewitt 7-6(5), 6-3. Noel and her partner Ana Makatsaria of Georgia, the No. 7 seeds, won, as did Zink, with his partner Juan Cerundolo of Argentina. The remaining 16 first round doubles matches are scheduled for Tuesday.

Monday's singles results featuring Americans:

Nicolas Mejia (COL)[9] def. Cannon Kingsley[WC] 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

Gilbert Soares Klier Junior(BRA) def. Tyler Zink[Q] 6-2, 6-4*

Ray Ho(TPE) def. Andrew Fenty 6-2, 6-2

Sebastian Korda[2] def. Stefan Palosi(ROU) 6-1, 6-4

Iga Swiatek(POL) def. Alexa Noel[4] 7-6(7), 6-1*

En-Shuo Liang(TPE)[1] def. Dalayna Hewitt 6-3, 6-1*

Coco Gauff[16] def. Sada Nahimana(BDI) 6-3, 6-1

Yuki Naito(JPN)[10] def. Katie Volynets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Caty McNally def. Lulu Sun(SUI)[14] 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4)

*first round match

Tuesday's second round singles matches featuring Americans:

Lea Ma vs Elisabetta CocciarettoC(ITA)[9]

Tristan Boyer[11] vs Sergey Fomin (UZB)

Brandon Nakashima[SE] vs Rinky Hijikata (AUS)

In pro action today, Serena Williams was unable to take the court against Maria Sharapova due to an injury and John Isner[9] lost to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.  On Tuesday, Sloane Stephens[10] and Madison Keys[13], the last Americans remaining in the five pro draws, will play their quarterfinal matches. Stephens faces Daria Kasatkina of Russia, the No. 14 seed, while Keys meets unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. 

The Tennis Recruiting Network published their Women's Recruiting Class rankings for 2018, with UCLA finishing in the top spot, with blue chips Elysia Bolton and Taylor Johnson heading the incoming class. The rest of the top 10 in order are Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, LSU, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Florida International. For the full list, with UTRs for each recruit, see today's article.

Speaking of Johnson, she is back competing after a long layoff due to a shoulder injury.  The 17-year-old won the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships in San Diego yesterday, beating another Southern California junior, Julia Haynes, 6-4, 6-2 in the final.  Former Denver star Henry Craig won the men's title, beating Nicholas Reyes 6-1, 6-1.  The final day's results are below, and a recap of the singles finals, with quotes from Craig and Johnson, can be found here.

Men’s Singles Championship
Henry Craig (1), San Diego, def.  Nicholas Reyes (5), West Hollywood, Calif., 6-1, 6-1

Third Place
Oleksiy Arovin (9), Redmond, Wash., def. Jared Thompkins (17), San Diego, 6-0, 6-2

Men’s Doubles Championship
Damian Rodriguez, Princeton, N.J., and Ryan Seggerman (1), Coronado, def.  Ivan Smith and Xavier  Smith (5), Chula Vista, 6-4, 6-2

Women’s Singles Championship
Taylor Johnson (3), Redondo Beach, Calif., def.  Julia Haynes (5), San Diego, 6-4, 6-2

Third Place
Cali Jankowski (4), Carlsbad, def.  Ashley Chang, Thornhill, Ontario, 6-1, 6-4

Women’s Doubles Championship
Cali Jankowski, Carlsbad and Danielle Willson, Newport Beach, Calif., def.  Julia Deming, Fallbrook and Julia Haynes (4), San Diego, 6-4, 6-3

Mixed Open Doubles Championship
Emmanuel Mensah, Chula Vista and Hiromi Sasano (2), La Mesa, def. Sabastiani Leon, San Diego, and Curt Wheeler (1), Salem, Ore., 6-3, 6-2

For complete tournament results, go to: