Saturday, October 3, 2020

Collins, Kenin Move into French Open Second Week; Five Americans Begin Play in Junior Championships Sunday; ITA Oracle Masters Entries Close Sunday

Two more Americans joined Sebastian Korda in the second week of the French Open, with Danielle Collins coming from behind to eliminate No. 11 seed and 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza and No. 4 seed Kenin ending the run of qualifier Irina Bara.

Kenin, who had been taken to three sets in her first two matches, didn't have the same trouble against the Romanian, winning 6-2, 6-0, but the match took an hour and 14 minutes, with seven games going to deuce, all of them won by Kenin. The last game was similar to the final game in her second round win over Ana Bogdan, with Kenin saving five break points and needing three match points to close it out. Kenin's opponent in the round of 16 Monday is unseeded Fiona Ferro of France.

Collins, who had won only one match at the French before this week, was down 3-0 in the third with Muguruza serving. Muguruza had two game points to take a 4-0 lead, but Collins dug in and converted her third break point to get one of the breaks back. Muguruza held for 4-2, and Collins again faced down a serious threat when the 26-year-old from Spain had two break points to serve for the match, but again Collins fought her way out of trouble and then broke Muguruza in the next game to pull even. Muguruza began to have serious issues with her serve, double faulting six times in the final set, and Collins took advantage, swinging freely, as Muguruza began to look increasing unsure about where her balls would end up. Collins held at love for a 5-4 lead, then closed it out with another break, her forehand too much for Murgurza on match point.  Collins, who is the only former collegian remaining in the men's and women's singles draws, has been working recently with former Top 10 ATP player Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who is with her in Paris.  

Collins faces No. 30 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the fourth round Sunday, after Jabeur defeated No. 8 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-3. 

Highlights of the Muguruza - Collins match are here

Saturday’s results of Americans:

Sofia Kenin[4] d. Irina Bara(ROU) 62, 60

Danielle Collins d. Garbine Muguruza(ESP)[11] 75, 26, 64

Sunday’s fourth round match featuring Americans:

Sebastian Korda[Q] v Rafael Nadal(ESP[2]

The Roland Garros Junior Championships, the first junior slam since the Australian Open, begin on Sunday, with 24 boys singles matches and 22 girls singles matches. Australian Open champions Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra and Harold Mayot of France are the top seeds.  Jimenez Kasintseva, just 15 years old, spoke with the ITF about her hopes for a second consecutive junior slam title in this article.

Eight Americans have made the trip: Ellie Coleman, Elvina Kalieva, Madison Sieg, Alexandra Yepifanova, Bruno Kuzuhara, Dali Blanch, Max McKennon and Alexander Bernard. Kuzuhara, Bernard, Kalieva, Sieg and Yepifanova play their opening round matches on Sunday. 

The two OPPO Wild Cards for international players were awarded to Ana Candiotto of Brazil and Dev Javia of India. 

The boys draw is here; the girls draw is here.

Sunday's order of play is here.

French Open junior seeds:


1. Harold Mayot(FRA)

2. Arthur Cazaux(FRA)

3. Karlis Ozlins(LAT)

4. Natan Rodrigues(BRA)

5. Hanwen Li(CHN)

6. Luciano Darderi(ITA)

7. Dominic Stricker(SUI)

8. Leandro Riedi(SUI)

9. Arthur Fery(GBR)

10. Nicolas David Ionel(ROU)

11. Kholowam Montsi(RSA)

12. Jeffrey Von Der Schulenburg(SUI)

13. Flavio Cobolli(ITA)

14. Gustavo Heide(BRA)

15. Martin Breysach(FRA)

16. Dalibor Svrcina(CZE)


1. Victoria Jiminez Kasintseva(AND)

2. Alexandra Eala(PHI)

3. Elisa Jacquemot(FRA)

4. Polina Kudermetova(RUS)

5. Weronica Baszak(POL)

6. Kamila Bartone(LAT)

7. Maria Bondarenko(RUS)

8. Oksana Selekhmeteva(RUS)

9. Alesandra Vecic(GER)

10. Kristina Dmitruk(BLR)

11. Linda Fruhvirtova(CZE)

12. Alexandra Yepifanov(USA)

13. Elvina Kalieva(USA)

14. Aliona Falei(BLR)

15. Matilda Mutavdzic(GBR)

16. Jana Kolodynska(BLR)

Sunday’s first round junior singles matches featuring Americans:

Bruno Kuzuhara v Mario Mansilla Diez(ESP)

Alexander Bernard v Alexander Hoogmartens(BEL)

Alexandra Yepifanova[12] v Linda Noskova(CZE) 

Elvina Kalieva[13] v Julie Belgraver(FRA) or (NED)? ITF & RG draws differ

Madison Sieg v Eva Lys(GER)

Entries for the ITA Oracle Masters, which begins on Friday October 9, close Sunday October 4 at 11:30 pm Pacific time. The tournament, held this year at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, will distribute $20,000 in prize money, split equally between men and women. Some of the top UTRs entered for the men are Raymond Sarmiento, Brandon Holt, Govind Nanda, Keegan Smith, Cannon Kingsley and Andrew Fenty. The top UTRs entered on the women's side so far are Sophie Whittle, Ashley Lahey, Jessica Failla, Angela Kulikov and Vivian Ovrootsky.