US Open Juniors 2011 – Main Draw

The three junior Grand Slam winners are all present in the boys’ draw for the last major of the year including home favourite Bjorn Fratengelo.

The French Open winner is one of sixteen players representing the States in the 64-strong field as they look to match Jack Sock’s victory at last year’s event. Australian Open champion and world number one Jiri Vesely along with Wimbledon-winning Aussie Luke Saville will be out to stop that happening.

Seeing as she’s already a top 150 established player on the WTA Tour thanks partly to a second round appearance in the women’s draw at her home tournament Roland Garros, unsurprisingly, Caroline Garcia is ranked the number one seed in the girls’ draw.

She’s joined by this year’s Wimbledon finalist Irina Khromacheva and winner Ashleigh Barty while Daria Gavrilova is out to defend her title.

Madison Keys, who made the second round of the US Open women’s draw this week, and Jessica Pegula offer the best chances of an American taking the junior title for the girls.

For many it will be the last time they compete in a Grand Slam junior event so they will be out to impress. The draws in full are:

Boys’ Singles – 1st Round:
VESELY, Jiri (CZE) [1] vs. MANAFOV, Vladyslav (UKR)
GIRON, Marcos (USA) vs. COUACAUD, Enzo (FRA) (Q)
VINSANT, Shane (USA) vs. MILOJEVIC, Nikola (SRB)
NUNEZ, Marco Aurei (MEX) vs. SBOROWITZ, Matias (CHI) [15]
BROADY, Liam (GBR) [9] vs. NAPOLITANO, Stefano (ITA) (Q)
BRYMER, Gage (USA) (W) vs. DELIC, Mate (CRO)
LENZ, Julian (GER) vs. SHYLA, Yaraslau (BLR)
HALEBIAN, Alexios (USA) vs. MONTEIRO, Thiago (BRA) [5]
DELLIEN, Hugo (BOL) [4] vs. NOVIKOV, Dennis (USA) (W)
BOTZER, Bar Tzuf (ISR) (Q) vs. UCHIDA, Kaichi (JPN)
SCHNEIDER, Ronnie (USA) (W) vs. HOSSAM, Karim (EGY)
SILVA, Frederico Ferreira (POR) vs. PATROMBON, Jeson (PHI) [16]
WHITTINGTON, Andrew (AUS) [11] vs. PELIWO, Filip (CAN) (Q)
BERMAN, Sean (USA) vs. KIM, Jae Hwan (KOR) (Q)
DE LOORE, Joris (BEL) vs. EDMUND, Kyle (GBR)
KRUEGER, Mitchell (USA) vs. THIEM, Dominic (AUT) [7]
CORINTELI, Luca (USA) (W) vs. NISHIOKA, Yoshihito (JPN)
KRSTIN, Pedja (SRB) vs. OFNER, Patrick (AUT) [12]
GOLDING, Oliver (GBR) [13] vs. CLARK, Brett D. (USA) (W)
CHRIST, Constantin (GER) (Q) vs. WAGLAND, Ben (AUS)
SANT’ANNA, Bruno (BRA) vs. COPPEJANS, Kimmer (BEL)
UGARTE, Benjamin (CHI) vs. FRATANGELO, Bjorn (USA) [3]
PAVIC, Mate (CRO) [8] vs. ARAGONE, JC (USA) (W)
MONTGOMERY, Wayne (RSA) vs. KERN, Robin (GER)
HIDALGO, Diego (ECU) vs. FARREN, Connor (USA) (W)
CAGNINA, Julien (BEL) vs. MORGAN, George (GBR) [10]
SORGI, Joao Pedro (BRA) [14] vs. KWIATKOWSKI, Thai-Son (USA) (W)
NOVAK, Dennis (AUT) vs. RAM-HAREL, Or (ISR) (Q)
LAMA, Gonzalo (CHI) vs. REDLICKI, Michael (USA) (Q)
PAVLASEK, Adam (CZE) vs. SAVILLE, Luke (AUS) [2]

Girls’ Singles – 1st Round:
GARCIA, Caroline (FRA) [1] vs. LEE, So-Ra (KOR)
PORTER, Peggy (USA) (W) vs. HAAS, Barbara (AUT)
VICKERY, Sachia (USA) (W) vs. MEKOVEC, Iva (CRO)
KIICK, Alexandra (USA) vs. KONTAVEIT, Anett (EST) [13]
KEYS, Madison (USA) [12] vs. FANNING, Emily (NZL)
DUVAL, Victoria (USA) vs. SANCHEZ, Ana Sofia (MEX) (Q)
OKUNO, Ayaka (JPN) vs. GAVRILOVA, Daria (RUS) [5]
BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS) [3] vs. ZHAO, Carol (CAN)
DANILINA, Anna (KAZ) vs. ANDREWS, Gabrielle Faith (USA)
CADAR, Elena-Teodora (ROU) vs. MCPHILLIPS, Kyle (USA)
GONZALEZ, Domenica (ECU) vs. SCHMIEDLOVA, Anna Karolina (SVK) [16]
BECK, Annika (GER) [10] vs. FABIKOVA, Klara (CZE)
ELBABA, Julia (USA) (Q) vs. OZAKI, Risa (JPN)
SCHUURS, Demi (NED) vs. NAUTA, Stephanie (USA)
HARDEBECK, Krista (USA) (W) vs. KOSTIC, Natalija (SRB) [8]
PUTINTSEVA, Yulia (RUS) [6] vs. ZACARIAS, Marcela (MEX) (Q)
MALOVA, Viktoria (SVK) vs. CRAWFORD, Samantha (USA) (W)
VEKIC, Donna (CRO) vs. MAKAROVA, Christina (USA)
HIBINO, Nao (JPN) vs. BOSIO, Victoria (ARG) [11]
MALECKOVA, Jesika (CZE) [15] vs. TOWNSEND, Taylor (USA) (W)
JEUKENG, Anne-Liz (USA) (W) vs. CASARES, Marie Elise (ECU)
GIBBS, Nicole (USA) (Q) vs. KU FLORES, Patricia (PER)
DEHEZA, Maria Paula (BOL) vs. BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN) [4]
GONZALEZ, Montserrat (PAR) [7] vs. CARTER, Hayley (USA) (W)
KING, Hannah (USA) (W) vs. SASNOVICH, Aliaksandra (BLR)
ERAYDIN, Basak (TUR) (Q) vs. YEE, Kimberly (USA) (Q)
ALLGURIN, Ellen (SWE) vs. DE VROOME, Indy (NED) [9]
PEGULA, Jessica (USA) [14] vs. ROHANOVA, Petra (CZE)
NINOMIYA, Makoto (JPN) vs. JANG, Su Jeong (KOR) (Q)
PATIUK, Valeria (ISR) (Q) vs. POZNIKHIRENKO, Ganna (UKR)
MIN, Grace (USA) vs. KHROMACHEVA, Irina (RUS) [2]

To see how all the qualifying rounds panned out then the boys’ and girls’ singles results are available via the ITF Juniors website.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Boys’ Singles Final

America has hope. This is nothing to do with Barack Obama but the feeling of hope around their part-Italian, Swedish-named 17-year-old prospect has risen thanks to his win in the French Open boys’ singles final.

Bjorn Fratangelo

Bjorn Fratangelo, named after six-time Roland Garros champion Bjorn Borg, defeated Dominic Thiem of Austria in a hard-fought contest that went down to the wire eventually taking it 3-6, 6-3, 8-6.

He’s now being talked about in the same sentence as John McEnroe having become the first American to win the boys’ title at Roland Garros since the outlandish legend succeeded in 1977.

The match itself consisted of huge hitting and a great start for Thiem, who took the first set with only one break required.

Fratangelo bounced back with a reverse of the first set scoreline before going toe-to-toe with Thiem in the third. Despite being involved in lengthy games on the Austrian’s serve, Fratangelo couldn’t take his chances and eight aces bailed Thiem out.

The breakthrough eventually came with good timing. At 6-6, the American broke and held to love sealing a great match and tournament victory.

Fratangelo, who turns 18 next month, emerged from virtually nowhere to take the crown. Before the tournament he’d never won a Grand Slam match in his career and entered unseeded.

He overcame 11th seed Joris De Loore in the third round before knocking out Oliver Golding in the quarter-finals to continue his success against the world number four having beaten the Brit in the Trofeo Bonfiglio last month.

It’s given him an increase of 19 positions in the junior rankings to #2 and he now says he’ll be participating in Futures events to increase his ATP World Tour ranking which is well below the top 1000.

For the 14th seeded Thiem, he has been re-instated in the top 10 junior rankings while the 17-year-old sits in the top 1000 of the men’s tour.

And in another tight scrap Spanish duo Andres Artunedo Martinavarr and Roberto Carballes Baena won the boys’ doubles title on a tiebreak which they took 10-5.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Semi-finals

The final line-ups for the 2011 French Open juniors have been decided with the two favourites that looked destined to meet in the girls’ singles final both losing in three set semi-final encounters.

Irina Khromacheva (RUS)

Russian second seed Irina Khromacheva had an unbeaten record stretching back to March but couldn’t keep the run going on the Grand Slam stage as Monica Puig won 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.

The Puerto Rican has been in impressive form herself on the ITF circuit and the opening set reflected the players’ current confidence as the pair broke each other several times. Puig came out on top before Khromacheva blitzed the second set despite a first serve percentage of 40%.

The decider lasted more than an hour and the Russian’s continued poor service game allowed Puig two break conversions to seal victory.

Her opponent in the final is not the one the French crowd had hoped for. Their rising homegrown star Caroline Garcia had been a set and 4-1 up against Maria Sharapova last week but she’s struggled in the junior event.

The 17-year-old came back after losing the first set to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia but 12 double faults in the match and her failure to hold serve once in the third set led to her elimination at the semi-final stage with the final score reading 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

Both Puig and Jabeur have experience at junior Grand Slam finals. Fifth seed Puig lost the Australian Open final in January to junior world number one An-Sophie Mestach whilst ninth seed Jabeur reached the final at Roland Garros last year before losing to Elina Svitolina.

The two boys’ semi-finals also went to three sets but the bad news continued for French tennis as Tristan Lamasine bowed out.

Wildcard Lamasine had surpassed everyone’s expectations by making the last four in his home tournament having failed to make it past the first round last year.

It was a similar situation for his opponent too. American Bjorn Fratangelo had previously never won a Grand Slam match but recent good form on clay means he’s in with a chance of becoming the first US winner of the boys’ singles title at Roland Garros since John McEnroe in 1977.

Fratangelo was clinical with his break point opportunities taking three out of three to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 leaving Lamasine wondering what might have been had he taken his other seven break point chances.

Word is going round that Bjorn Borg is set to be in attendance for the boys’ singles match on Sunday (also the day of the girls’ singles final). Perhaps a good omen for the boy named after the Roland Garros legend.

If he’s to take the crown then he’ll have to stop 14th seed Dominic Thiem after the Austrian came back from losing the first set to beat Mate Delic 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

There was good news for Irina Khromacheva in the girls’ doubles as herself and her partner Maryna Zanevska reached the final. They’ll play Victoria Kan and Demi Schuurs whilst American pairing Mitchell Krueger and Shane Vinsant face Spanish duo Andres Artunedo Martinavarr and Roberto Carballes Baena in the boys’ doubles final.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Quarter-finals

Bjorn Fratangelo British fourth seed Oliver Golding crashed out of the French Open juniors after being beaten by Amercan Bjorn Fratangelo for the second time in two weeks.

In the clay of Milan during the Trofeo Bonfiglio, Golding had been smashed 6-2, 6-0 and in Paris the outcome was to the same degree going down 6-1, 6-1 in just 47 minutes.

Back then Golding vented his frustration on Twitter and this time was no different. The 18-year-old said: “I have to put my hands up and say ‘too good’. When I played him two weeks ago it was the best anyone has ever played against me, but I think he just played even better.”

Not only did Golding lose in singles but he’s out of Roland Garros completely after his run in the doubles also came to an end when himself and Jiri Vesely were beaten in their quarter-final match.

There was some good news for Golding later though when it was announced he had been given a wildcard for the grass court tournament in Queen’s next week. Another young American, Ryan Harrison, was also one of the four wildcards.

For Fratangelo, named after clay-court specialist Bjorn Borg, it’s been a fruitful couple of weeks on the red dirt having reached the quarter-finals of the Trofeo Bonfiglio and now his first Grand Slam semi-final.

The 17-year-old has a great chance of making the final too but seeing off home talent Tristan Lamasine could be a tough task. Lamasine beat German Robert Kern in straights but it was less than straightforward with the wildcard saving three set points in a second set tiebreak before winning it 8-6.

In the other half of the draw, Dominic Thiem became the only surviving seed in the boys’ singles. The 14th seed beat Spain’s Oriol Roca Batalla 6-3, 6-2 and will play Mate Delic who beat another wildcard quarter-finalist in the form of Miki Jankovic.

After five days which saw the the top five seeds progressing in the girls’ singles a shock was finally provided. Top seed Daria Gavrilova played came out worse in a three set encounter with Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

Jabeur now has the chance of making history as the first Tunisian to win a Grand Slam title. She came close last year, finishing as runner-up and will now have the tricky task of beating Caroline Garcia if she’s going to at least match that.

The number three seed came through her match with Yulia Putintseva comfortably and made a change from her tight struggles having almost gone out of the tournament in round two after being match point down.

Putintseva and Gavrilova had been two of three Russians in the last eight but only one made it to the semi-finals and she looks unstoppable.

Irina Khromacheva, Trofeo Bonfiglio winner two weeks ago and unbeaten since mid-March has yet to drop a set in the French Open juniors this year and dispatched of Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-1.

At #520 on the WTA rankings the recently turned 16-year-old is already looking like a future star and next to face that imperialistic form is Monica Puig.

The fifth seeded Puerto Rican’s potential classic with fourth seed Natalija Kostic didn’t pan out that way and she came though in comprehensive fashion finishing with a 6-1, 6-3 scoreline.

At #314 in the world rankings of the WTA tour, the semi-final between Puig and Khromacheva could be the showcase of women’s tennis’ next generation.

All the boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles news is also available via the Roland Garros 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.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Day 4

The quarter-final line-ups have been decided in both the boys’ and girls’ events and the competition is certainly hotting up.

Two big-name casualties fell in the third round of the boys’ draw. Australian fifth seed Andrew Whittington lost in three sets to Brazil’s Thiago Moura Monteiro with the third going all the way to a tiebreak which the eleventh seed won 7-3.

Even more shocking was Oliver Golding’s exit. American Bjorn Fratangelo had already knocked out sixteenth seed Mate Delic and dispatched of the British third seed in clinical fashion winning 6-2, 6-0.

His response on Twitter read: “Hmm … No words to describe that really.” So I guess we’ll move on.

Today Dominic Thiem (2) will face Joao Pedro Sorgi (8) in an intriguing match-up while the latter’s Brazilian compatriot Monteiro gets top seed Hugo Dellien as a reward for his win.

Wins for Mate Pavic (4), Filip Horansky (7) and Patrick Ofner completed the last eight.

Ukraine vs Honduras

The shocks continued for the girls in Milan. Iva Mekovec is making a mockery of her severely low ranking after beating Ukrainian ninth seed Sofiya Kovalets 6-4, 6-0.

Mekovec looks unstoppable right now and will be a huge threat to fourth seed Montserrat Gonzalez who had to win a last set tiebreak  7-2 to stop another Brazilian progressing in Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Another surprise loss was Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. The Slovakian tenth seed fell to Russian Elizaveta Kulichova who will now face Natalija Kostic (3) following her three sets win over Ilona Kremen (14).

The solitary Italian Stefanelli couldn’t her home crowd with local interest as Ganna Poznikhirenko (8) edged a first set tiebreak before seeing out the match.

Irina Khromacheva (1) won comfortably against Anett Kontaveit (15) to face the Ukrainian eighth seed. Elsewhere Danka Kovinic (6) prevailed over Jovana Jaksic (11) and Petra Rohanova defeated Marianna Zakarlyuk’s decent run.

Today’s full quarter-final line-ups are as follows:

Boys’ Singles

Hugo DELLIEN (BOL) (1) vs. Thiago Moura MONTEIRO (BRA) (11)

Mate PAVIC (CRO) (4) vs. Patrick OFNER (AUT)


Joao Pedro SORGI (BRA) (8) vs. Dominic THIEM (AUT) (2)

Girls’ Singles


Natalija KOSTIC (SRB) (3) vs. Elizaveta KULICHKOVA (RUS)

Iva MEKOVEC (CRO) vs. Montserrat GONZALEZ (PAR) (4)

Danka KOVINIC (MNE) (6) vs. Petra ROHANOVA (CZE)

For all the four racket lowdown, checkout the boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles semi-final line-ups and quarter-final scores.

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