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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sell, Bouchard Win Uruguay Bowl; Sarmiento Takes Doubles in Philippines; Tennis Parents Sybil Smith and Rob Krajicek

A quick update of the results this week on the ITF Junior Circuit. At the Uruguay Bowl, Karue Sell of Brazil and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada won the singles titles at the Grade 2 event on clay. Bouchard, who was out with an injury for three months after her win at the B1 in Tulsa has played sparingly since the first of the year, primarily because she lost in the first round of three major tournaments--the Loy Yang Grade 1, the Australian Juniors in January and the Grade A Copa Gerdau this month. The second seed, Bouchard got her first win of 2010 in the first round and beat top seed Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 in the final. Sell, who was a semifinalist at the 16s Dunlop Orange Bowl last year, was unseeded in Uruguay, but he breezed through the tournament without losing a set, defeating No. 4 seed Bruno Semenzato, also of Brazil, 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

At the Grade 1 Mitsubishi-Lancer International in the Philippines, Dane Webb fell in the semifinals to Australia's James Duckworth, but had a convincing win over No. 1 seed Mate Zsiga of Hungary in the third round. Raymond Sarmiento, who was the No. 2 seed, lost in the third round of singles, but teamed with Francis Casey Alcantara of the Philippines to take the doubles title. The pair had a match tiebreaker win over Webb and Mitchell Krueger in the quarterfinals. The Manila Bulletin had this story about the championship match.

For complete results of the tournaments, see the ITF junior website.

Charlie Bricker, writing for World Tennis Magazine, wrote this feature earlier this week about Sloane Stephens and her mother, Sybil Smith, and the contract the two have that helps them through the inevitable rough spots of being a tennis child and tennis parent. Smith talks about her background in competitive swimming, and how she has modeled her approach after her mother's.

This brings me to The Tennis Mom, which is a relatively new blog that I hope all tennis parents are reading regularly. Not only is Nicole a talented writer, but she is a what I am not--a tennis parent. I'm sure you will get a chuckle out of the first installment of her list of tennis parent types, as I'm certain you've all met or seen The Snob and The Wheeler Dealer at tournaments. And please make sure you read her profile of Rob Krajicek, the father of Texas A&M junior Austin, who has some very sensible advice based on his son's junior development experience.

And for more on the health and fitness aspects of junior tennis, don't forget Mary Jo Campbell's blog, MJ TennisFit.