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Monday, June 10, 2024

Bigun Moves to No. 1 in ITF Junior Rankings; ITF Junior Circuit Titles for Murray, Traynor and Mata; Chinlund and Delgado Claim ITF M15 Doubles Title; Update on Junior Tennis Documentary; NCAA Singles Finals Videos

Kaylan Bigun not only won the Roland Garros boys singles title Saturday, but when the latest ITF Junior Circuit rankings were released today, the 18-year-old Californian had risen to the top spot, from the No. 6 position he occupied after winning the ITF J500 in Milan.

Bigun bumped previous No. 1, Australian Open champion Rei Sakamoto of Japan down to No. 3, with Austria's Joel Schwaerzler, who had been No. 1 for most of the year, remaining at No. 2 after reaching the semifinals in singles and winning the doubles. 

The outstanding Roland Garros results from Tyra Grant, Iva Jovic and Kristina Penickova put all three in the Top 10. Grant stayed at No. 5 with her singles semifinal and doubles final, while Jovic, with a quarterfinal in singles and the doubles final, moved to a career-high of 7. Kristina Penickova, a semifinalist in singles, moved to her career-high of 10 from 25 a week earlier.

Australian Open champion Renata Jamrichova of Slovakia retained the top spot in the girls rankings, with a quarterfinal in singles and the doubles title. Singles and doubles champion Tereza Valentova of the Czech Republic is up to a career-high of No. 4.

In addition to Bigun's Roland Garros title, there were three other Americans who collected singles titles on the ITF Junior Circuit last week.

Sixteen-year-old Ligaya Murray won the J100 in Guatemala, with the No. 3 seed defeating No. 4 seed Valentina Vargas of Ecuador 6-3, 6-4 in the final. It's Murray's second and biggest ITF singles title.  Unseeded Maria Araoz-Gosn and Isabelle DeLuccia won the doubles title, beating No. 3 seeds Marianne Angel of Mexico and Carlota Balseiro of Guatemala 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Zavier Augustin reached the boys singles and doubles final, losing to top seed Cesar Cruz of El Salvador 6-3, 7-6(4) in the singles final.

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Traynor was unseeded at the J60 in Canada, but dropped only one set all week, while beating the top two seeds in the semifinals and finals. Traynor defeated No. 1 seed Anna Tabunshchyk of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in the championship match.

Thirteen-year-old Te'anna Mata, playing in her first ITF Junior Circuit tournament, won the title at the J30 in Congo, which had only 11 participants in the singles draw. Mata didn't lose a set in her three wins, beating No. 2 seed Ann Hsu of Taiwan 7-5, 6-1 in the final.

At the J30 in Uganda, 17-year-old Neha Krishnan won her sixth doubles title of the year, all in Africa, and her second with Saina Jayesh Vaidya of Singapore. The top seeds defeated Saumya Chatterjee of India and Chiu Kwan Nina Wang of Hong Kong 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

Last night at the ITF men's World Tennis Tour $15K in the Dominican Republic, 2023 Easter Bowl champion Cassius Chinlund won his first Pro Circuit doubles title, partnering with Wake Forest rising freshman Andrew Delgado. Left-handers Chinlund, 17, and Delgado, 19, defeated Lorenzo Claverie of Italy and Lucca Pignaton of Brazil 3-6, 7-6(4), 11-9 in the final. It's also the first Pro Circuit doubles title for Delgado, who won the Orange Bowl doubles championship in December with Matthew Forbes.

Ariana Pursoo being filmed for documentary in 2022
The documentary that was the subject of much speculation during its filming at the 2022 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl appears to be near a debut on Amazon Prime, although nothing official has been announced. Here's the information the Hollywood Reporter recently provided; I wasn't aware until reading this article that Sloane Stephens was involved as an executive producer.

With Roland Garros occupying my time for the past two weeks I'm just now getting everything organized from the NCAAs, and I just finished processing the videos from the singles finals, which appear below. 


Colin said...

I'm glad to hear Sloane Stephens is a producer on that documentary show. I'd worried about the risks of junior players being under such a spotlight, but Stephens seems like a person who'd go into such a project with empathy and protectiveness toward the kids involved.