Orange Bowl 2011 – Finals

Photo source: Michael Baz / USTA.com

Top seed Dominic Thiem cruised to his third consecutive junior title having only lost one game in the Orange Bowl final to fellow countryman Patrick Ofner.

The Austrian headed into the clay court tournament at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Florida on the back of Yucatan Cup and Eddie Herr crowns and has now gone 18 matches unbeaten.

Coincidentally, Thiem produced the same 6-1, 6-0 scoreline when he defeated Ofner in last Sunday’s Eddie Herr final. It could have been even more embarrassing for the seventh seed as he found himself 5-0 behind early on in the match.

He salvaged some pride by getting on the scoreboard but Thiem’s dominance continued and, after a small rain delay, the world number eight won every game from then on.

Thiem joins illustrious names such as Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl who have lifted the under-18’s title in the past.

It wasn’t quite the perfect day for Thiem though. Himself and Germany’s Robin Kern were beaten 6-4, 6-3 by British pair Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert in the boys’ doubles final.

Photo source: Michael Baz / USTA.com

Anett Kontaveit inflicted revenge on Yulia Putintseva following her quarter-final defeat at the Eddie Herr International last week by dominating the Orange Bowl final and emerging a 6-2, 6-2 winner.

It’s the 15-year-old’s second junior title of the year after her success at the ITF/LTAT Junior Championships in March and her first at Grade A level.

The Estonian overcame a lengthy delay to proceedings at 1-1 in the second set to see out the match against the Russian favourite, who had been enjoying a healthy unbeaten run herself.

Second seed Putintseva had looked to be getting back in it when she took an extended bathroom break at the start of the second set.

She re-emerged to break her fifth seeded opponent to love but her revival didn’t last and she showed her normal aggravation towards the result by smashing her racquet at the end.

Elsewhere, the USA missed out on the chance of a home champion in 2011 when the all-American duo of Jennifer Brady and Kendal Woodard lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to Russian Victoria Kan and Ukrainian Ganna Poznikhirenko in the girls’ doubles final.

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Orange Bowl 2011 – Semi-finals

Austrian pair Dominic Thiem and Patrick Ofner will square up for the second Sunday in a row with Yulia Putintseva and Anett Kontaveit contesting the other final at the 2011 Orange Bowl.

Top seed Thiem comprehensively beat Ofner at the Eddie Herr International last weekend and has since extended his unbeaten run to 17 matches having conquered 12th seed Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in the Orange Bowl semi-finals.

Seventh seed Ofner had a much trickier encounter with Canada’s Filip Peliwo. The 18-year-old lost the first set 6-3 before levelling things with a 6-4 second set score against his unseeded opponent.

Peliwo had chances to win the match when he served at 5-4 in the decider but was broken and a tiebreak ensued. Ofner led 4-1 and 5-3 before being pegged back to 5-5 but won the next two games to reach his fifth final of the year.

It will be the fourth meeting between the Austrian duo in their young careers. All of their matches have been on clay and they are currently tied with two wins apiece.

Roland Garros 2011 - Dominic Thiem

Putintseva will also return to her second consecutive Sunday final as the reigning Eddie Herr champion takes on her quarter-final opponent from last week.

The second seeded Russian was involved in a typically aural performance to knock out the last remaining American Sachia Vickery. She took the first set 7-5 and then came back from 5-1 down in the second to win by the same scoreline.

Vickery had set point when serving at 5-3 but couldn’t keep her cool as the overzealous shouts from Putintseva led to increasing frustration. The wildcard had a penalty point go against her for racquet abuse and no handshakes were exchanged between the pair at the end.

Hoping to inflict revenge on Putintseva will be Estonia’s Kontaveit who came through her semi-final against top seed Eugenie Bouchard following the Canadian’s third set retirement. The fifth seed blamed tiredness for her first set bagel but made a good recovery before the match came to an early end at 0-6, 6-4, 4-2.

There was good news elsewhere for Canada as Erin Routliffe took the under-16’s title after beating Britain’s Katie Boulter 6-4, 6-3. Hyeon Chung of Korea won the boys’ under-16’s crown with his 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Colombian Diego Pedraza.

Orange Bowl 2011 – Quarter-finals

Only one American player remains in the 2011 Orange Bowl as the run of the Podzus twins came to an abrupt end at the quarter-final stage.

Sachia Vickery is the last home player in the tournament after she overcame 14-year-old Russian Varvara Flink in a match that went right down to the wire.

Wildcard Vickery lost the first set 6-2 but levelled things with a 6-3 win in the second. Both players failed to take a stranglehold on the match and went into a tiebreak third set which Vickery claimed 7-4.

Her compatriot Samantha Crawford had the opportunity of guaranteeing a US player in the final but she couldn’t stop second seed Yulia Putintseva despite another three set encounter.

The Russian had yet to drop a set and looked to be keeping that record intact when she edged the first set 7-5. Crawford hit back though and forced a decider with a 6-4 second set scoreline. However, Putintseva’s quality prevailed and she took the match 6-3 in the third.

The intriguing tie between Dutch third seed Indy De Vroome and Estonian fifth seed Anett Kontaveit also went the distance. Kontaveit went ahead with a 7-3 tiebreak first set before the world number nine showed her worth and won 6-2 in the second.

Her opponent had reached the French Open and last week’s Eddie Herr quarter-finals and thrived on the clay once again beating De Vroome 6-3 in the third to reach her first junior semi-final since July.

Top seed Eugenie Bouchard’s passage into the last four was more elementary than the other quarter-final matches. She dispatched of seventh seeded Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 and the Canadian now stands alone as the only player not to have dropped a set thus far.

Indy de Vroome (NED)

There was less excitement in the boys’ draw as all the matches were concluded in straight sets but there was still shock provided by the exit of sixth seeded Belgian Julien Cagnina. Filip Peliwo, who’s been in good form leading up to the tournament, made it a Canadian in each semi-final draw with his 6-1, 6-4 victory.

He’ll play Austrian Patrick Ofner after the seventh seed ended the dreams of Janis Podzus who took out Wimbledon finalist Liam Broady in the third round. Ofner had no mercy for his lowly-ranked opponent and crushed him 6-2, 6-0.

The Latvian’s twin sibling Martins proved that brothers do things in synch by leaving the competition too. He made a fight of it in the second set against 12th seed Yoshihito Nishioka but the Japanese ultimately won 6-1, 7-5.

He’ll contest his semi-final bout with top seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who never looked troubled in his 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Belgium’s 10th seed Kimmer Coppejans.

All the scores and results for the boys’ and girls’ singles as well as the boys’ and girls’ doubles are available as drawsheets via the USTA website.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Day 4

If you thought the women’s singles were full of shocks at the French Open then take a look at the boys’ event which just keeps on giving.

Despite starting with 18 of the world’s top 20 four days ago there are only two left. Three of the top 10 boys juniors were knocked out on Day 4 including this year’s Trofeo Bonfiglio winner Filip Horansky.

The Slovakian third seed lost to Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 and Thiem is now the second highest seed left in the tournament as number 14.

Joao Pedro Sorgi (10) joined Tiago Fernandes (6), Thiago Moura Monteiro (13) and Bruno Sant’anna (16) through the exit doors in a disappointing tournament for Brazil as all of their seeded players were dumped out before the quarter-final stage.

Sorgi was trounced 6-1, 6-1 by Spaniard Oriol Roca Batalla who will now face Thiem for a semi-final berth.

There was mixed fortunes for America as Bjorn Fratangelo beat Belgian Joris De Loore in two tiebreak sets but Oliver Golding of Great Britain also defeated Marcos Giron in the only three set match of the day.

As fourth seed, Golding can now be considered favourite to win the French Open juniors but will now play Fratangelo in a re-match of the Trofeo Bonfiglio quarter-final in Milan where the American destroyed the world number four 6-2, 6-0.

Also through was Germany’s Robert Kern and Tristan Lamasine won the all-French affair between himself and Laurent Lokoli to join Day 3 third round winners Miki Jankovic and Mate Delic.

Oliver Golding (GBR)

The quarter-final line-up in the girls’ singles is laced with quality with the top five seeds all in the frame for a semi-final place.

It was close to being the top six seeds but Anett Kontaveit’s win over Danka Kovinic meant the Estonian became the only unseeded player in the last eight.

The 15-year-old will now play second seed Irina Khromacheva (2), who is on a run of 29 matches without defeat stretching back to mid-March and lasting through junior and ITF events.

An intriguing tie is Monica Puig (5) vs. Natalija Kostic (4) after both came through in three sets while Yulia Putintseva (7) against Caroline Garcia (3) is also set to be a high-quality match.

The quarter-final line-ups in full are:

Boys’ Singles

Miki Jankovic (SRB) vs. Mate Delic (CRO)

Dominic Thiem (AUT) [14] vs. Oriol Roca Batalla (ESP)

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs. Oliver Golding (GBR) [4]

Robin Kern (GER) vs. Tristan Lamasine (FRA)

Girls’ Singles

Daria Gavrilova (RUS) [1] vs. Ons Jabeur (TUN) [9]

Caroline Garcia (FRA) [3] vs. Yulia Putintseva (RUS) [7]

Monica Puig (PUR) [5] vs. Natalija Kostic (SRB) [4]

Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs.  Irina Khromacheva (RUS) [2]

Oliver Golding has also reached the quarter-finals of the boys’ doubles alongside Jiri Vesely and all the boys’ and girls’ doubles line-ups are available via the Roland Garros website.

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