Barty Clinches Wildcard

Ashleigh Barty will be in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time after the junior Wimbledon champion won the Australian Open wildcard play-offs. The 15-year-old from Queensland beat Casey Dellacqua, Arina Rodionova and Olivia Rogowska along the way.

Junior Davis Cup & Fed Cup 2011

In San Luis Potosi at the heart of Mexico the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas took place pitting the best 16 and under players of both genders against each other.

Big names such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Martin del Potro as well as other current pros Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic and the Radwanska sisters have all participated in the event previously.

Last year it was Japan for the boys and Russia for the girls who took glory. Twelve months on Great Britain and Australia were respective favourites and top seeds with Russia unable to qualify and retain their title.

A total of 32 teams from 23 countries attended with the 16 from each gender split into four groups for the round robin stage and the final position of each team deciding which play-off they would enter.

In the Davis Cup, Great Britain and Italy won all three of their matches to top their groups while France and South Africa progressed based on the number of rubbers won.

The results were more clinical in the Fed Cup as Australia, the Czech Republic, Italy and Canada all went through to the semi-finals with three wins from three.

With the semi-finals taking place on October 1st, the top two seeds in both events made it to the final the next day. Great Britain, coached by Greg Rusedski, secured their second final berth in three years with a 3-0 victory over France.

The British trio of Evan Hoyt, Luke Bambridge and the highest ranked player in the tournament Kyle Edmund had only lost one rubber en route to the final which they’d contest with Italy who had two undefeated players in their ranks. Gianluigi Quinzi and Stefano Napolitano helped their country to a 2-0 win over unseeded South Africa.

An Australian team featuring junior Wimbledon winner Ashleigh Barty and a Canadian team welcoming back their star name Francoise Abanda were taken into a decisive doubles rubber which they both overcame.

Despite the return of Abanda, she lost her team’s first rubber of the tournament conclusively to Italy’s Giulia Pairone but her teammates Carol Zhao and Erin Routliffe ensured they reached the final by taking the tight deciding rubber 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Barty and her partner Belinda Woolcock meanwhile defeated Czech pair Aneta Dvorakova and Barbora Krejcikova who had won a professional ITF doubles event earlier in the year.

On the last day all the final positions were decided in various levels of play-off matches ranging from 16th-12th to the main draw play-off.

Great Britain claimed their first ever Junior Davis Cup after winning the battle of the unbeaten players as Italy’s undefeated pair lost in singles rubbers to Hoyt and Edmund. France beat South Africa 2-0 to take third.

Despite her lack of matches, Canada chose Abanda and Zhao but they were dispatched in straight sets by Barty and Woolcock to give Australia their first Junior Fed Cup title since 2007. The Czech Republic beat Italy to claim third spot with no doubles rubbers contested in either event.

The results were continued boosts for the winning nation’s tennis as Great Britain recently had Oliver Golding claim the junior US Open crown while Australia’s Sam Stosur secured the women’s title at Flushing Meadows to coincide with Barty’s success.

For a full list of draws, players, scores and final standings click here.

Wimbledon Juniors 2011 – Girls’ Singles Round-Up

A strong field of Russians were present in the draw for the 2011 Wimbledon girls’ singles event including title-favourites Daria Gavrilova and Irina Khromacheva.

They were joined by Caroline Garcia who’s looking to build on the success she had at the French Open in both the main draw and the juniors.

Also out to impress were Indy De Vroome and Yulia Putintseva who were the finalists at the AEGON Junior International at Roehampton with De Vroome winning the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

Here’s a round-up of how the juniors progressed:

Round 1: Daria Gavrilova, the junior world number one and top seed, made a shocking first round exit as the Russian lost to Kateryna Kozlova. The Ukrainian won a first set tiebreak 7-2 before taking a straight sets victory 6-3 in the second. That wasn’t the only surprise either as French Open champion Ons Jabeur, who was a fourth seeded wildcard, crashed out against Japan’s Risa Ozaki. Victoria Bosio (8), Jovana Jaksic (9), Daria Salnikova (11) and Viktoria Malova (14) were the other seeded casulaties. Elsewhere the British trio of Francesca Stephenson, Daneika Borthwick and Ruth Seaborne made the second round.

Round 2: Former junior world number one and WTA top 300 player Alison Van Uytvanck was the biggest name to fall in the second round. Despite winning the first, the Belgian lost in three sets to American Krista Hardebeck. British wildcard Danieka Borthwick managed to take out her 15th seeded opponent Jesika Maleckova pretty comprehensively with a 6-2, 6-3 scoreline and remained the only Brit in the draw going into the last 16.

Round 3: There were no upsets to report in the third round but second seed Caroline Garcia came through a tough test against Estonian Anett Kontaveit. Her 13th seeded opponent forced the match into a third set after taking a second set tiebreak 7-5 before the French WTA top 200 player won 6-4. Other three-setters included seventh seed Yulia Putintseva’s win over Donna Vekic and 12th seed Ashleigh Barty’s victory over Madison Keys, whilst Montserrat Gonzalez (6), Irina Khromacheva (3) and Eugenie Bouchard (5) progressed to make it a strong last eight line-up.

Quarter-finals: Indy De Vroome almost secured a double bagel victory in her third round encounter with Risa Ozaki and although her quarter-final match was closer she still dished out a thrashing. Russian seventh seed Yulia Putintseva lost 6-3, 6-1 to the unseeded Dutchwoman who would go on to face Australian Ashleigh Barty after the 12th seed beat 16th seeded American Victoria Duval. In the heavyweight contests at the bottom half of the draw there was a conclusive 6-2, 6-2 win for Irina Khromacheva over Eugenie Bouchard but Caroline Garcia progressed after a mammoth clash with Montserrat Gonzalez. After winning the first set 6-1 it looked like going the same way as the other quarter-final matches before Gonzalez took a second set tiebreak. Then more drama unfolded in the final set as the two couldn’t be separated. Garcia eventually won it 8-6 to face Khromacheva in the semis.

Semi-finals: Ashleigh Barty found it rather easy going against her unseeded opponent as she progressed to her first Grand Slam final in only her third major appearance. She beat Indy De Vroome 6-4, 6-1. The other semi-final was less straightforward as two of junior tennis’ finest prospects went head-to-head. Russian Irina Khromacheva beat Caroline Garcia after a first set tussle which went to a tiebreak. Khromacheva won it 7-5 but was pegged back in the next set as Garcia leveled the scoreline. Khromacheva then found form to take the last set 6-1 and joined Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Anna Chakvetadze and Vera Douchevina as Russians who have made the final this century.

Final: Ashleigh Barty (12) vs. Irina Khromacheva (3). Australia completed an historic double with both the boys and girls singles champions coming from Down Under. In a tightly fought contest, Khromacheva had more than enough chances to alter the direction of the match but lost the first set 7-5 and squandered a 4-1 lead in the second before saving a match point at 5-4 down. Although the tiebreak was forced a disgruntled-looking Khromacheva couldn’t force a decider as Barty won it 7-3. The 15-year-old’s success meant it was the first time since 1981 that one country simultaneously won both junior singles events and as she became the first Aussie girls’ Wimbledon winner since Debbie Freeman in 1980.

For a full list of results a drawsheet is available via the official Wimbledon website where highlights of the final can also be found.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Day 2

The second day of the juniors had a more settled outlook than the opening exchanges as the first round matches were concluded and exits occurred elsewhere en route to the third.

No youngster carried more expectation than Caroline Garcia with the tennis world now keeping a keen eye on her progress to the WTA world number one spot, according to Andy Murray.

She handled it well. The French 17-year-old only stayed on court for just over an hour as she overcame her Russian opponent Victoria Kan 6-1, 6-4. Argentinian qualifier Catalina Pella will be her next adversary.

The notable absentee from the rest of the second round names is Ganna Poznikhirenko after the Ukrainian 12th seed lost to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.

The 15-year-old came through in an epic battle which saw two tiebreaks going 11-9 to Poznikhirenko and then 10-8 to Barty before she managed to win with a 6-3 scoreline in the third set.

In the second round matches it was another Frenchwoman who had the attention as Estelle Cascino beat eighth seed Montserrat Gonzalez in straight sets.

Her next opponent will be ninth seed Ons Jabeur while some interesting match-ups are already beginning to form in the third round.

Daria Gavrilova (1) will play Maryna Zanevska (14), Alison van Uytvanck (11) faces Yulia Putintseva (7) and Monica Puig (5) has a tricky tie against unseeded Ukrainian Sofiya Kovalets.

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The boys’ singles draw is looking wide open with just two seeds through to the third round and only seven left in the whole tournament.

Top seed Jiri Vesely’s exit couldn’t have been a more stunning start and seemed to have set a trend but there was little trouble for the second seed Hugo Dellien who came through his first round match 6-3, 6-2.

There wasn’t such joy for 13th seed Thiago Moura Monteiro though. In a deciding final set which lasted almost two hours, the Brazilian lost 14-12 to French wildcard Laurent Lokoli in his opening match.

It was a bad day in general for Brazil as their 10th seed Bruno Sant’anna lost in the second round to Miki Jankovic (no relation to Jelena).

But perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was Andrew Whittington’s defeat not just for the eighth seed crashing out but the manner in which it happened. It took just 49 minutes for Spain’s Oriol Roca Batalla to seal victory as he crushed his Aussie foe 6-1, 6-0.

Elsewhere there were wins for Viseley’s successor Yaraslau Shyla against the USA’s Shane Vinsant and fifth seed Roberto Carballes Baena also made it to the third round.

A full check of the Day 2 results, scores and match statistics for the boys’ singles and girls’ singles is available via the Roland Garros website.

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