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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