Sunday, May 30, 2010

Roland Garros Day 8: Middle Sunday

Curtain Call

Player: Chanelle Scheepers
Nation: South Africa
Age: 26
Current Ranking: 131
Tour Page
Today's Result: loss to Elena Dementieva (5th, Russia) in straight sets

This is by far the best result the veteran Scheepers, yet another qualifier, has ever had at a Slam. In 2009, she made main draw appearances in both Melbourne and Paris but didn't get past the first round. Reaching the fourth round will earn her plenty of points. It's too late to get direct entry to Wimbledon but the boost may be enough to allow her to skip the qualifying rounds for the US Open.

The junior tournaments begin today. The top seed for the boys is Daniel Berta of Sweden - and he lost his first round match. For the women, it's Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, who won her first round match. The last woman to win both the junior and senior titles was none other than Justine Henin who won the juniors in 1997 and the seniors for the first time in 2003. It's been longer for the men with Ivan Lendl the last to accomplish both: boys' title in 1978, first men's title in 1984.

I didn't watch much live action today. Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of hiking season in Vermont and we hit the Long Trail, details to come soon.

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