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.

US Open Juniors 2011 – Boys’ Singles Round-Up

Last year saw an all-American final in the boys’ US Open juniors as Jack Sock prevailed to take glory in his home tournament.

This time there were 16 American players out to claim the title previously won by Andy Roddick, Stefan Edberg and Pat Cash.

Here’s how the tournament progressed:

Round 1: Home advantage certainly helped in the opening round of the boys’ singles as several upsets involving US players took place. Wildcard JC Aragone beat eighth seed Mate Pavic, Mitchell Krueger defeated seventh seed Dominic Thiem and Alexios Halebian saw off fifth seed Thiago Moura Monteiro to join fellow American Bjorn Fratangelo (3) in round two. The biggest shock of the round came at the bottom of the draw as Czech Adam Pavlasek won in straight sets against Wimbledon winner and second seed Luke Saville. Andrew Whittington (11), Patrick Ofner (12) and Jeson Patrombon (16) were the other casualties of note.

Round 2: In a much quieter round the only big names to fall were that of low-numbered seeds Matias Sborowitz and Joao Pedro Sorgi. The number of Americans was slashed from six to two though as only Bjorn Fratangelo and Alexios Halebian came through their matches. Luke Saville’s conqueror also recorded a stunning double bagel victory over Chilean Gonzalo Lama to reach the last 16.

Round 3: The biggest match of the third round was between third seed, French Open champion and home favourite Bjorn Fratangelo against 13th seeded Brit Oliver Golding. After winning the first set 7-5, Golding was forced into a decider after Fratangelo won the second 6-3. The final set produced the same scoreline but this time in the favour of Golding. However, America was to have its revenge over the British as Alexios Halebian overcame Wimbledon finalist and ninth seed Liam Broady in three sets. The success for the folk across the pond prevailed though as George Morgan and Kyle Edmund made it three Brits in the last eight. Fourth seed Hugo Dellien also fell to Egyptian Karim Hossam. Elsewhere, top seed Jiri Vesely continued his imperious form by reaching the quarter-finals having only lost 11 games in the tournament while Luke Saville’s successor Adam Pavlasek joined Filip Horansky (6) to make up the last eight line-up.

Quarter-finals: Australian Open champion and world number one Jiri Vesely took on the last surviving American in the draw Alexios Halebian and despite struggling to a 7-5 first set win, the Czech killed off the hopes of a home winner at this year’s US Open boys’ event. Brit Kyle Edmund won a comfortable match over fellow unseeded professional Karim Hossam to set up a semi-final with Vesely. His compatriots Oliver Golding and George Morgan won their quarter-final matches after losing the opening sets. Thirteenth seed Golding defeated his higher ranked opponent Filip Horansky (6) and tenth seed Morgan beat plucky competitor Adam Pavlasek to guarantee there would be at least one British player in the final.

Semi-finals: In the all-British clash between Oliver Golding and George Morgan, it was Golding who emerged victorious but it was a real contrast between the two sets he won. Golding raced to a 6-0 first set win and many would have thought the match was over with three match points at 5-4 in the second. Strangely, the set went into a tiebreak which Morgan lost 7-2 and meant Golding was the first Brit in the US Open final since Andy Murray in 2004. It wasn’t to be an all-British final though as Jiri Vesely crushed Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final without dropping a set in the whole tournament.

Final: Despite facing the number one seed, two rain delays and losing the first set, Oliver Golding managed to win his first junior title since 2009 by overcoming Jiri Vesely 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Golding struggled to hold serve in the opening exchanges and saved numerous break points at 2-2 and 4-4 before Vesely took his tenth opportunity to claim the first set. At 5-4, the Brit did have four set point chances but failed to convert any. But he made up for it in the next set though by breaking the Czech early on and holding to force a decider. In a match of very little unforced errors, the pair couldn’t be separated until the seventh game of the third set when Golding made a decisive break to become the first Brit since Andy Murray to win the US Open boys’ crown.


German pair Robin Kern and Julian Lenz won the boys’ doubles after beating Maxim Dubarenco and Vladyslav Manafov 7-5, 6-4. The full drawsheets for the boys’ singles and boys’ doubles are available via the US Open website.

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.

Home Sweet Home

Could Christina McHale be the new queen of American tennis? The in-form 19-year-old has backed up her win against world number one Caroline Wozniacki in Cincinnati with a straight sets victory over Marion Bartoli at the US Open.

If it’s not her then perhaps her fellow teens Coco Vandeweghe or Sloane Stephens could take the mantle from Serena Williams.

At the age of 31 and after pulling out of the US Open second round with illness there doesn’t seem many more opportunities for her sister Venus to help keep America’s head above water.

The pair are mostly looking towards the Olympic Games next year as their main challenge, as indicated by their scheduled Fed Cup participation, and so the younger players have got until then to step up.

So far they’re doing better than expected. Vandeweghe won a Grand Slam match for the first time in her career at the age of 19 while Stephens has already achieved a maiden victory at a major aged 18.

There was also good news for wildcard junior Madison Keys as the 16-year-old made it to the second round on debut before suffering defeat to Lucie Safarova despite winning the first set against the 27th seed.

Add that to Irina Falconi’s third round run, Vania King’s progress and Lauren Davis also coming through, the USA has hope again.

Be wary though. Melanie Oudin, a quarter-finalist at the US Open in 2009, crashed out of the first round this year to compound a miserable 2011 which has seen her ranking drop well outside the top 100.

At least this time around there is strength in numbers and with a top 20 containing a lot of players in their mid-20s there’s every chance at least one of these youngsters could crack it at the top.

Christina McHale

While several women progressed in the competition, for 19-year-old Ryan Harrison it proved too much of a task to overcome Marin Cilic as he showed signs of promise but ultimately lost out due to a wavering mentality.

Jack Sock has emerged as a promising new face though after beating former top 50 player Marc Gicquel and faces what could be a changing of the guard match with the declining Andy Roddick in the second round.

The 18-year-old Sock won the junior event in New York last year which earned him his wildcard to this year’s men’s singles and with Bjorn Fratengelo a junior winner at the French Open this year, there’s hope for the future in both categories.

Elsewhere things are looking up for British tennis too. Heather Watson may have been beaten by former champion Maria Sharapova but forced the Russian into a third set and tested her all the way.

It was Laura Robson who shone the most though. She made the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time without the help of a wildcard after coming through qualifying. She then won her first round match, leading her opponent before she retired, but succumbed to Anabel Medina Garrigues after making several unforced errors.

The run will give her a great boost in both ranking points and morale as her year had been disappointing at one stage, having dropped out of the top 200.

Other noteworthy results to report are Ernests Gulbis‘ straight sets win against Mikhail Youzhny, Bernard Tomic’s victory over Michael Yani and Grigor Dimitrov’s loss to Gael Monfils. Bojana Jovanovski and Rebecca Marino lost their opening matches in the women’s singles but Simona Halep defeated French Open champion Li Na in a shock result.

All results for the men’s singles and women’s singles so far can be found via the US Open website.

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