Thiem and Khromacheva take titles

Top seeds Dominic Thiem and Irina Khromacheva claimed the boys’ and girls’ singles titles at the XXV Yucatan Cup 2011 in Mexico after beating their second seeded opponents in the final.

Austria’s former French Open finalist Thiem inflicted a 6-2, 6-4 defeat on this year’s US Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, who had also played a role in Britain’s triumph at the Junior David Cup, to claim his second singles title of the season.

Khromacheva, meanwhile, chalked up her fourth title of 2011 after beating Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2. The Russian further cements her place at the top of the junior rankings despite not playing a junior event since the US Open but was prevented making it the perfect week when her opponents were handed a walkover in the doubles.

The Yucatan Cup is a Grade 1 hard court tournament and ranks only one below the junior Grand Slams and Grade A events. The Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships is also at Grade 1 and starts on Monday in Florida.

For a full list of this year’s Yucatan Cup winners and draws click here.

US Open Juniors 2011 – Girls’ Singles Round-Up

The last American to win the US Open girls’ singles title was Coco Vandeweghe in 2008 but with 20 homegrown competitors in this year’s event there was every chance it could be repeated.

Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati were two other US players to claim the prize at Flushing Meadows. Out to stop the trophy staying in the States were defending champion Daria Gavrilova and last year’s finalist Yulia Putintseva as well as Irina Khromacheva and Caroline Garcia, with the latter reaching the semi-finals of the last three majors.

Here’s how the tournament progressed:

Round 1: By far the biggest surprise in the first round belonged to American Grace Min as she defeated second seed Irina Khromacheva. The Russian world number one and Wimbledon junior finalist lost a first set tiebreak 7-5 before going out in straight sets. Min was not the only home player to enjoy an upset though as wildcards Krista Hardebeck, Taylor Townsend and Hayley Carter knocked out Natalija Kostic (8), Jesika Maleckova (15) and Montserrat Gonzalez (7) respectively. They joined another nine US players in the second round but they wouldn’t be facing Dutch ninth seed Indy De Vroome as she also fell.

Round 2: When the dust settled at the end of the second round only three seeds remained in the draw as American players took centre stage by knocking out the game’s top juniors. Defending champion Daria Gavrilova exited at the hands of Victoria Duval while Canada’s WTA top 350-ranked Eugenie Bouchard suffered a first set bagel before losing in three to Nicole Gibbs. It wasn’t all good news for the Americans though as 12th seed Madison Keys – who made it to the second round of the US Open main draw – couldn’t go any further in the juniors either, losing to Francoise Abanda and giving Canada some revenge. Sachia Vickery and Kyle S. McPhillips beat Anett Kontaveit (13) and Anna Schmiedlova (16) to ensure American interest had plenty of life despite Keys’ and 14th seed Jessica Pegula’s losses. Even top seed Caroline Garcia lost the first set 7-5 before seeing out the match in three as Victoria Bosio (11) and Annika Beck’s (10) exits completed the dour round for seeded players.

Round 3: Before a ball was hit there was a chance for six of the eight quarter-final places on offer being filled by American players. As it happened, this wasn’t to be but they did have four representatives. Victoria Duval and Krista Hardebeck both progressed with ease but Caroline Garcia (1) and Ashleigh Barty (3) also went through as comfortable winners over Sachia Vickery and Kyle S. McPhillips in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half, sixth seed Yulia Putintseva and unseeded Swede Ellen Allgurin thumped their opponents while Grace Min won in straights and Nicole Gibbs in three.

Quarter-finals: Top seed Caroline Garcia and third seed Ashleigh Barty made it a dream semi-final line-up as both won their last eight matches with relative ease. Wimbledon junior champion Barty inflicted a 6-0 scoreline on her American opponent Krista Hardebeck in the first set before taking the second 7-5 while Garcia won 6-3, 6-4 against Victoria Duval. While the neutral looked forward to that semi, the home crowd had their own match to marvel in as an all-American semi emerged. Qualifier Nicole Gibbs produced the best performance as she ousted Russian sixth seed Yulia Putintseva in three sets. Grace Min completed the last four line-up after winning in straight sets against Ellen Allgurin.

Semi-finals: Despite their billing as two potential classics the last four matches passed without too much excitement. The WTA’s top 150 player Caroline Garcia easily dispatched of Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty 6-3, 6-2 to go out of the junior slam scene with a chance of winning a final. Her opponent would be Grace Min who conquered Irina Khromacheva in the first round and enjoyed a decent draw to the final. In her semi she took on fellow American Nicole Gibbs and won 6-3, 6-3.

Final: With a home crowd backing Grace Min against the top seed and highly-rated Caroline Garcia it was an interesting final in store. Min had a decent record on hard courts after reaching the final of the Orange Bowl in the spring while Garcia nearly knocked out Maria Sharapova in her home tournament the French Open. Despite Garcia’s favourite tag the home crowd must have had an effect as Min took the match 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) thanks mostly to 10 double faults and a further 10 unforced errors from her French opponent. It was 17-year-old Min’s second Slam title after her victory in the Wimbledon doubles final but this victory on home soil and in the prestigious singles event will prove much more of a sweeter taste.

Francesco Ricci Bitti, Grace Min, Caroline Garcia, ?????, Katrina Adams

There was success for Irina Khromacheva in the girls’ doubles as the Russian and her Dutch partner Demi Schuurs overcame American duo Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5). The full drawsheets for the girls’ singles and girls’ doubles are available via the US Open website.

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 – Girls’ Singles Final

It was a weekend of historic victories in female tennis with Li Na becoming the first Asian Grand Slam winner and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur overcoming Monica Puig 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 in the French Open girls’ singles final.

Ons Jabeur (TUN)

The 16-year-old is the first girl from North Africa to win a junior Grand Slam title and has also matched the feat of fellow Tunisian Mustapha Belkhodja who was the boys’ champion back in 1956.

She came close to winning 12 months ago having made the final in 2010 but beat this year’s Australian Open finalist Puig to deny the Puerto Rican a maiden Grand Slam title.

Despite losing in straight sets it could have been very different for the fifth seed as a tiebreak first set turned out to be the pivotal moment of the match.

Both players had chances to claim the set in the 18-game tiebreak. Puig saved set points when 4-6 and 6-7 down and then had two set points herself which Jabeur turned around thanks to a couple of timely aces and a forehand winner.

The ninth seed then came into her element and produced an array of shots in a fine advertisement for specialist clay court tennis.

The drop shot had the most prevalent use and allowed her to cruise to victory, breaking Puig three times and not giving her a sniff of a break back.

Although disappointed now, 17-year-old Puig is enjoying a successful year having won two $25,000 ITF titles which have seen her WTA ranking rise to #314.

Jabeur’s junior ranking has risen to number four after this triumph and with a good record in grass and hard courts she’ll be aiming to increase her WTA position which is currently outside the top 500.

Jabeur joins previous girls’ singles winners such as Martina Hingis and Justine Henin whilst the girls’ doubles winners were Irina Khromacheva and Maryna Zanevska to join the likes Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who have enjoyed wins in that category in the past.

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.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Day 3

French tennis appears to be thriving in its home country with Marion Bartoli in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles and Tristan Lamasine progressing to the third round of the boys’ singles after beating second seed Hugo Dellien.

The 17-year-old Bolivian had performed well at Grade A clay tournaments this year including reaching the final of the Copa Gerdau and semi-finals of the Trofeo Bonfiglio but couldn’t defeat the home boy who lost in the first round last year.

And the good news continued for the French crowd as Laurent Lokoli’s defeated American Ben Wagland to guarantee a French representative in the quarter-finals with Lokoli playing fellow wildcard Lamasine in the third round.

Elsewhere 2011 Trofeo Bonfiglio winner and third seeded Slovakian Filip Horansky made it to the last 16 along with Oliver Golding (4), Joris De Loore (11) and Dominic Thiem (14).

Qualifier Miki Jankovic has already booked a place in the last eight after overcoming Yaraslau Shyla, who beat top seed Jiri Vesely on Day 1, and joins Mate Delic who pulled off a great win against fifth seed Roberto Carballes Baena.

Mate Delic (CRO)

The top four seeds all won in the girls’ singles but it wasn’t quite straightforward a conclusion as that sounds.

Caroline Garcia showed true grit as she battled from match point down to win a mighty third set 9-7 against Catalina Pella while fourth seeded Serbian Natalija Kostic was also taken to three sets before seeing off Yuliana Lizarazo.

Irina Khromacheva made it into the third round along with her Russian counterpart and top seed Daria Gavrilova who crushed 13th seed Maryna Zanevska 6-0, 6-2.

Joining Gavrilova is Tunisian Ons Jabeur (9) while back in the second round Danka Kovinic (6) won in straight sets but Daria Salnikova (13) lost to American Victoria Duval.

If all this second round/third round crossover is too much then a comprehensive look at the boys’ singles and girls’ singles draws is available via the Roland Garros website who also have the boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles breakdown.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Day 1

Jiri Vesely (CZE) With 18 of the world’s top 20 juniors in the boys’ draw it was a strong field but already that tally has fallen to 12 as the seeds dropped like flies on the opening day.

The biggest shock by far was the fall of top seed, world number one and Australian Open boys’ champion Jiri Vesely to Belarus’ Yaraslau Shyla.

Vesely claims clay is a good surface for him and he looked right when kicking his tournament off with a 6-4 scoreline in set one. But the Czech was pegged back in the second, losing it 6-1 before being seen off in the decider with a reverse score of the first.

Shyla had only played in one Grand Slam event before this one and the 18-year-old described the win as “perfect”.

Also being taken out was Austrian Patrick Ofner who a week ago had been in the final of another Grade A event, the Trofeo Bonfiglio. His performance in that tournament increased his ranking position 14 places and into the top 10 but he succumbed to one of the players he overtook in Andres Artunedo Martinavarr.

The Spaniard may fancy a decent run after his half of the draw was weakened by sixth and seventh seeds Tiago Fernandes and Mate Pavic’s exits. Fernandes, winner of last year’s Australian Open juniors, was forced to retire against Filip Peliwo whilst Pavic lost at the hands of Lukas Vrnak in straight sets.

Britain’s George Morgan (9) also fell along with Australian Luke Saville (15) but there were wins for Oliver Golding (4), Roberto Carballes Baena (5), Andrew Whittington (8), Joao Pedro Sorgi (10) Dominic Thiem (14) and Bruno Sant’anna (16).

The girls’ singles was relatively quiet in comparison. Russia have been doing well at this year’s French Open so far and that trend continued with first and second seeds Daria Gavrilova and Irina Khromacheva coming through with no trouble.

The only casualties of note were Argentina’s Victoria Bosio (16), the Ukraine’s Kateryn Kozlova (15) and Japan’s Miho Kowase (10), the latter being beaten by 16-year-old Sofiya Kovalets who’s an unseeded danger at 21st in the world.

All eyes will be on third seed Caroline Garcia today as she starts her campaign in the juniors after being two games away from beating Maria Sharapova in the second round of the women’s singles.

To see the results and scores in full then the Roland Garros website has all the details from the boys’ singles and girls’ singles.

52nd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2011 – Girls’ Singles Final

Irina Khromacheva (RUS) Irina Khromacheva won the girls’ singles title in Milan after beating her doubles partner Danka Kovinic 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

She joins previous winners such as Gabriela Sabatini, Anna Kournikova and Dominika Cibulkova in taking the crown whilst extending her unbeaten run to 26 matches.

It’s not quite to the same level as Novak Djokovic’s run but it’s brought Khromacheva victories in two Grade 1 junior tournaments and two $10,000 ITF events as well as this Grade A success (equivalent to a junior Slam).

Now her coach is already planning the 16-year-old’s future and has said the Russian will play mostly ITF tournaments next year to improve her WTA world ranking, which currently stands at 518.

Montenegro’s Kovinic can take heart from her display and tournament performance as a whole. After being 4-0 down at the start of the match she battled back to 4-4 before losing the first set of her 2011 Trofeo Bonfiglio campaign.

In the second, she had to deal with an injury to her arm but after failing to convert seven game points at *2-4 it left Khromacheva with a simple hold to win in front of 1,500 people.

This may not be the last we see of Kovinic though. At #16 on the junior circuit before the tournament, which will rise next week, she may notice that 2004 beaten finalist Victoria Azarenka is now ranked the WTA’s fourth best player.

It should be mentioned that Khromacheva was the only top five player in the junior rankings to feature at Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa but having only just turned 16 on May 12th, she’s the youngest and a hot prospect at that.

As with the boys’ singles, highlights of the girls’ final and surreal Rocky-style music can be found at La Gazzetta dello Sport website.

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