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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Six American Juniors Advance to Second Round at French Open; Krug, Jakovljevic Win ITF Grade 5 Titles; Arconada Wins Another Cancun $15K

Six of the 14 American juniors in action today at the start of the French Open advanced to the second round, with two qualifiers picking up their first junior slam wins in the process.

Seventeen-year-old qualifier Charlotte Chavatipon defeated No. 12 seed Sada Nahimana of Burundi 6-3, 6-0, a particularly impressive win given that Nahimana had reached the final of the Grade A in Milan two weeks ago. Sixteen-year-old qualifier Dali Blanch also had a routine win, if a player's first slam victory can ever be called that, beating Gustaf Strom of Sweden 6-0, 6-1.

Toby Kodat eliminated No. 13 seed Carlos Alcaraz Garfia of Spain, a 16-year-old who has had success on the pro circuit and has an ATP ranking of 502. Kodat, also 16, beat Alcaraz 6-4, 6-4 in their first meeting today.

Brandon Nakashima, the No. 3 seed, defeated Kevin Chahoud of Sweden 6-1, 6-2 in his first junior match of the year after a semester at the University of Virginia. No. 6 seed Emilio Nava also sailed through his first round match, beating Youcef Rihane of Algeria 6-2, 6-3.

Cannon Kinglsey lost to No. 5 seed Thiago Tirante of Argentina 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2. Tirante is featured in the ITF Junior Circuit website's article on today's matches, as is Will Grant, who lost his first round match to French wild card Nicolas Tepmahc 6-2, 6-1.

Eliot Spizzirri lost a tough encounter with No. 2 seed Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic 7-6(5), 7-6(6) and Tyler Zink fell to Flavio Cobolli of Italy 7-6(6), 6-2.

No. 8 seed Emma Navarro advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Adrienn Nagy of Hungary, but No. 14 seed Elli Mandlik, who won a $15K tournament in Italy a couple of weeks ago, lost to Romana Cisovska of Slovakia 6-2, 6-3. Lea Ma retired trailing No. 16 seed Helene Pellicano of Malta 6-3, 3-1; Savannah Broadus lost to No. 15 seed Sohyun Park of Korea 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 and Abigail Forbes was beaten by No. 7 seed Natsumi Kawaguchi of Japan 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Only seven seeds lost in today's first round, all seeded in double digits, with No. 11 seed Liam Draxl of Canada the highest one. Top boys seed Lorenzo Musetti of Italy defeated French wild card Timo Legout 7-5, 6-0 in his return to junior competition for the first time since winning the Australian Open in January. Girls No. 2 seed Diane Parry of France defeated Daria Frayman of Russia 6-2, 6-2.  Top seed Leylah Fernandez of Canada is on Monday's schedule.

Monday will feature the remaining 16 first round matches and 16 second round matches.

Americans playing their first matches are Martin Damm[10], Zane Khan, Govind Nanda, Hurricane Tyra Black[6], Alexa Noel[4], Chloe Beck[Q] and Robin Montgomery.  All six of the Americans who won today will play their second round matches Monday.

The doubles first round begins on Monday, with Kawaguchi and Parry the top girls seeds. Kawaguchi has won all the Grade A doubles titles so far this year, although she has not played with Parry in those three previous championship runs.  Mandlik and Noel are the No. 3 seeds, with Black and Ma seeded No. 5.  The top seeds in the boys draw are frequent partners Musetti and Giulio Zeppieri of Italy. Kingsley and Nava are the No. 2 seeds, with Nanda seeded No. 7 with Draxl and Khan seeded No. 4 with Bu Yunchaokete of China.

No. 7 seed Sloane Stephens advanced to the women's quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 19 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain, the 2016 French Open champion.  Sonya Kenin, Madison Keys[14] and Amanda Anisimova will play their fourth round matches on Monday.

Sixteen-year-old Jake Krug swept the titles this week at the ITF Grade 5 tournament in El Salvador, his first two titles on the Junior Circuit. Seeded No. 5, the grandson of Dick Vitale won his last three matches in three sets, taking the championship match over No. 6 seed William Ribero Duarte of Colombia 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3. Krug and Jameson Corsillo won the doubles title, with the top seeds beating No. 2 seeds Ribero Duarte and Nicolas Cortes Campos of Colombia 7-6(5), 7-5 in the final. Krug's younger sister Ava fell just short of the girls singles title, falling in the final to Julia Garcia of Mexico.

At the Grade 5 in Calgary Canada, 16-year-old Dominik Jakovljevic won his first ITF Junior Circuit title in an all-US final. No. 5 seed Jakovljevic defeated No. 4 seed Alexander Petrov 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the championship match.

And at this week's ITF World Tennis Tour $15,000 event in Cancun, former Texas A&M star Jordi Arconada won his second such title in the past two months. The No. 4 seed, the 22-year-old Arconada beat No. 2 seed Alejandro Gomez(Kentucky) of Colombia 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals and unseeded Brandon Walkin of Australia 7-5, 6-4 in the final.  Walkin and Australian partner Matthew Romios, the No. 4 seeds, beat No. 3 seeds Alexios Halebian and Paul Oosterbaan 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 to claim the doubles title.

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