Monday, October 5, 2020

Kenin Comes Back to Reach French Open Quarterfinals; Top Boys Seed Mayot Ousted in Second Round, Coleman Advances; ITA National Fall Championships Set for USTA National Campus

For the second time in her four French Open singles matches, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin was required to come back from a set down, and as in her second round match against Ana Bogdan, she won today's encounter with unseeded Fiona Ferro of Franch going away, claiming a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 vicotry and a place in Wednesday's quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Kenin had to overcome Ferro, who was on an eight-match winning streak after winning August's WTA event in Palermo, and the French crowd. Although only 1000 spectators were allowed to be on site, they made plenty of noise in Chatrier, which had the roof closed due to rain, but Kenin just used that as fuel as she raised her level in the final two sets.

Kenin will not know her opponent until tomorrow, because Danielle Collins and No. 30 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia were rained out of their fourth round match on Lenglen and will play on Chatrier, the only court with a roof, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

The second day of the French Junior Championships ended with a bang, when Hamad Medjedovic of Serbia took out top seed and Australian Open boys champion Harold Mayot of France 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a second round match that finished at 10:30 p.m. local time in Paris. The 17-year-old Medjedovic, whose size and serve are notable, did not have to deal with a partisan French crowd which would normally be a factor in such a match, with the late hour and the miserable weather contributing to the lonely feel of the match. Mayot was up a break early in the final set, but Medjedovic got it right back and when Mayot served at 3-4, Medjedovic got a second break and closed it out with no difficulty.

Monday's matches were a combination of first round and second round matches, and despite the weather, all junior singles matches on the schedule were completed, although all doubles matches were canceled. 

Ellie Coleman gave the US its sole win in singles, defeating Giulia Morlet of France 6-1, 7-5 in a first round match, to set up a second round meeting Tuesday with No. 9 seed Alexandra Vecic of Germany. Max McKennon and Dali Blanch lost their first round singles matches.

Several more seeds were eliminated from the girls draw today, with No. 5 Weronika Baszak of Poland, who reached the Australian Open final, falling to Daria Vidmanova of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and No. 6 seed Kamilla Bartone of Latvia losing to Oceane Babel of France 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a second round match. After one and a half rounds, just eight girls seeds remain, but the top four are all still alive.

In the boys draw, No. 3 seed Karlis Ozolins of Latvia joined Mayot on the sidelines, losing to Juan Bautista Torres of Argentina 6-4, 6-0 in a first round match. No. 6 seed Luciano Darderi of Italy lost to Arthur Fils, a French wild card 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round. Fils will play another French wild card, Sean Cuenin, guaranteeing at least one French wild card in the quarterfinals. 

Monday’s first round junior singles results of Americans:

Ellie Coleman d. Giulia Morlet(FRA) 61, 75

Martin Breysach[15](FRA) d. Maxwell McKennon 64, 62

Lilian Marmousez(FRA)d. Dali Blanch 64, 63 

Tuesday's second round junior singles featuring Americans:
Ellie Coleman v Alexandra Vecic(GER)[9]

In women's doubles, Nicole Melichar and Poland's Iga Swiatek advanced to the quarterfinals, beating No. 6 seeds Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4. Melichar and Swiatek had never played together before, but a few days before the start of the French Open they joined forces and have not dropped a set yet. They will face Asia Muhammad and Jessica Pegula in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

In men's doubles quarterfinals played today, Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram(Illinois) and Joe Salisbury(Memphis), seeded third, lost to US Open champions Bruno Soares of Brazil and Mate Pavic of Croatia, seeded seventh, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Soares and Pavic will play 2019 US Open champions and top seeds Robert Farah(USC) and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia, who saved two match points in their 6-7(10) 6-4 7-6(7) win over unseeded Frederik Nielsen of Denmark and Tim Puetz(Auburn) of Germany.

Tommy Paul and Nick Monroe(North Carolina) play their quarterfinal match against No. 9 seeds and 2020 US Open finalists Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Nikola Mektic of Croatia Tuesday. 

Tuesday's schedule is here.

The ITA National Fall Championships are on, not as in its usual format, but according to the ITA's website, with a  "different look as an open event for collegiate, junior, and professional players, though most entries will be prioritized for collegiate players." The tournament, which will be held from November 5-8 at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona Florida, is accepting entries (with no fee) from Wednesday, October 7, through Tuesday October 27th. There will be $20,000 in prize money, split equally between men and women, with the champions receiving $2000. The finals will air on ESPNU.

The selection criteria is a bit complicated, but ITA rankings and UTR will both be used. For more details, see this release, which also mentions a second "similar event" the following week. 


fan said...
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Dubs said...

@fan ... I'm as a big a double fan as they come, but think you have to cut them some slack due to the current environment. The fact that the ITA has figured out to have several events this fall is great. Something's kind of got to give and there's some added risk having 4 players on court at same time as opposed to 2.