Sunday, September 6, 2009

US Open Day 7: A Glimpse of the Future

Curtain Call
Player: Francesca Schiavone
Nation: Italy
Age: 29
Current Ranking: #28
Notable Conquest: Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), 8th seed
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Today's Match: loss to Na Li (China) in straight sets

Tough loss today but Schiavone deserves high praise for taking out Azarenka. Over the course of her career, she has had more success in doubles than in singles but this singles result is a big improvement on last year's second round finish.

The junior tournament began today. The Boys' Singles competition has been a part of the US Open since 1973. The Girls' Singles has been going since 1974. The junior tournament is for players under the age of 18. Players must have permission from a parent/guardian to participate. No prize money is involved. Success in the junior ranks is no guarantee of a great professional career but a few have done well on the senior tour. The last US Open Boys' Singles champion to later win the Men's Singles title was Andy Roddick who won the juniors in 2000 and the seniors in 2003. It's been longer for the women with Lindsay Davenport the last to do it. She won the junior title in 1992 and the senior title in 1998.

The top seed for the boys is Yuki Bhambri of India. The top seed for the girls WAS Kristina Mladenovic of France but she has already lost her first match. Don't feel too bad for her. She's only 16. She'll be back.

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