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Monday, June 3, 2024

Six More Americans Advance to Roland Garros Juniors Second Round, No. 2 Seed Jones Falls to Qualifier; Friedman Sweeps Titles at J100 in Canada; Texas Tops Recruiting Class Rankings; Indiana Names Moore to Lead Women's Program, Adamovic to Houston

Eight of the 14 Americans who played in the first round of the Roland Garros Junior Championships the past two days have reached Tuesday's second round, with six joining Iva Jovic and Alex Razeghi, who won their first round matches Sunday.

Two of the girls picked up their first junior slam victory: No. 15 seed Katie Rolls and unseeded Kristina Penickova. Rolls, making her junior slam main draw debut, needed 13 match points in two epic games when serving for the match at 5-1 in the second set against Germany's Sonja Zhenikhova; at 5-1 she had five match points in a seven-deuce game and at 2-5, Zhenikhova saved seven match points in an eight-deuce game. Through it all, Rolls kept plugging away; serving for the match at 5-3, she went up 40-0, ending the building suspense on the first match point of that game. 

The 14-year-old Penickova played the US Open juniors last year as a wild card, losing in the first round; in her Roland Garros debut, she defeated Michigan rising freshman Emily Sartz-Lunde of Norway 7-6(4), 6-4. 

No. 4 seed Tyra Grant rebounded after a hot start from her opponent Julia Stusek of Germany to claim a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win. The ITF junior website spoke with her after her victory, and the article says she is no longer training at the USTA campus in Orlando, but is now at an academy in the south of France. She is still being closely followed by the USTA however, with Kathy Rinaldi and Martin Blackman both in attendance at her match today.

Thea Frodin, the fourth US girls playing today, lost to No. 7 seed Mingge Xu of Great Britain 6-4, 6-4.

Jack Kennedy was making his junior slam debut and despite a bad draw, the 15-year-old New Yorker acquitted himself well, pushing No. 2 seed and ATP No. 387 Joel Schwaerzler of Austria in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss. 

Cooper Woestendick got revenge in his first round match, beating Andreas Timini of Cyprus 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 after dropping a first round contest to Timini 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7) at the ITF J500 in Milan two weeks ago. 

No. 5 seed Kayla Bigun continued his excellent form in his opening match today, with the Milan J500 champion cruising to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Viktor Frydrych of Great Britain.

Jagger Leach, the fifth US boys playing a first round match today, lost to qualifier Daniele Rapagnetta of Italy 7-6(5), 6-1.

Milan girls champion Emerson Jones of Australia was the biggest first round upset victim in either draw, with the No. 2 seed losing to Russian qualifier Daria Shadchneva, ranked No. 84, 7-6(3), 6-4.

All 32 second round singles matches are on Tuesday's schedule, as well as the 13 remaining first round doubles matches. All seeded doubles teams in action Monday advanced to the second round.

Tuesday's second round singles matches featuring Americans:
Cooper Woestendick v Theo Papamalamis[16](FRA)
Kaylan Bigun[5] v Timeo Trufelli[WC](FRA)
Maxwell Exsted v Federico Cina[7](ITA)
Alexander Razeghi v Charlie Robertson[Q](GBR)

Iva Jovic[10] v Yelyzaveta Kotliar[Q](UKR)
Kristina Penickova v Iva Ivanova[11](BUL)
Kaitlyn Rolls[15] v Malak El Allami(MAR)
Tyra Grant[4] v Rositsa Dencheva(BUL)

On the ITF Junior Circuit last week, three American girls claimined singles titles. Leena Friedman, the Orange Bowl 16s champion, swept the titles at the ITF J100 in Calgary Canada, the fourth singles title and fourth doubles title on the ITF Junior Circuit for the 17-year-old. 

Friedman, the top seed, defeated unseeded Andrea Cabio of Canada 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in the singles final; partnering with Vessa Turley, who has now won four consecutive J100 doubles titles, the first three with Riley Crowder, the No. 2 seeds defeated unseeded Sydney Barnhart and Anita Tu 6-3, 6-0 in the final. 

Simon Caldwell, the No. 7 seed, made the boys singles final, falling to No. 8 seed Felix Roussel of Canada 7-5, 7-6(2); he and partner Zachary Cohen, seeded No. 1, took the doubles title, beating the No. 2 seeds from Canada Adam Faragcao and Miko Lapalme 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-4 in the final. 

Unseeded 15-year-old Isabelle DeLuccia won the J60 singles title in El Salvador without dropping a set, earning her first singles title on the ITF Junior Circuit. DeLuccia defeated top seed Nina Marcela Chavez Vicente of Guatemala 6-4, 6-1 in the final. 
Unseeded Sophia Budacsek and Alexandra Miroshnichenko won the doubles title, beating No. 2 seeds Maria Araoz-Gosn and Sophia Cedeno 6-3, 6-2 in the all-USA final.

At the J60 in Japan, 17-year-old Amina Salibayeva won the second ITF Junior Circuit singles title of her career, with the No. 4 seed defeating unseeded 14-year-old Yui Komada 6-4, 7-5 in the final. Salibayeva then lost in the doubles final to Komada and her partner Ran Wakana, with the Japanese pair beating top seeds Salibayeva and Jinshu Xia of China 6-7(5), 6-3, 17-15.

At the J100 in Sweden, Keaton Hance and Jacob Olar won the doubles title, with the unseeded pair beating the No. 4 and No. 1 seeds en route to the final, where they defeated unseeded Tim Malmqvist and Filip Soderqvist of Sweden 2-6, 6-4, 10-6. 

The Division I women's spring recruiting class rankings were released today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, with the University of Texas No. 1, just as they were in February. With the addition of Ashton Bowers and Carmen Andreea Herea, the Longhorns now have four recruits with a UTR of 10.50 or higher; there is no argument that they have the top recruiting class and that was unanimous among the 13 voters (of which I am one). After Texas, the top 10 are Central Florida, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Pepperdine, Columbia, Clemson, NC State, Michigan and South Carolina. The complete list and comments, including the six programs who were not in February's Top 25.

In other college news, the women's head coaching position at Indiana was filled today, with Gabby Moore named to replace Ramiro Azcui, who was let go last month. Moore comes to Indiana after two years at McNeese State, where she posted a 35-10 record. Prior to that she coached at Jackson State, where she led both the men's and women's programs.

The University of Houston announced the hiring of former Oklahoma State All-American Katarina Adamovic, who in her two years leading the Grand Canyon program, took them to the NCAA championships for the first time last year and again this season. Adamovic, who joined Alex Gruskin on the Cracked Racquets NCAA Team Championships coverage for the semifinals and finals, was the Most Outstanding player of the NCAA team championships in 2016, when the Cowgirls reached the final, falling to Stanford. 


Brent said...

Cooper Williams now in the portal as well? Any rumblings as to where he'll end up?