U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
USTA Tennis Center - Flushing, New York
Qualifying: August 22-26, 2000
Main Draw: August 28-September 10, 2000
Junior: September 3-10, 2000
At The Open With Marcia Frost...
Wednesday, September 6th-Junior Singles, Day Four
At the Canadian Internationals last week, Marie-Eve Pelletier played her way into the finals before losing to Aniko Kapros. Today the No. 5 seed showed some of the talent that got her there to North Carolina's Cory Ann Avants. Avants was this year's winner at the Girls' 18 USTA National Claycourts. Though she is fast and has nice groundstrokes, she had difficulty with her serve and Pelletier took advantage. Avants forced her to deuce a few times, but it was mostly the Canadian who ruled the match at 6-3,6-1.
At the same time Pelletier and Avants were going on there were two upsets in the making. Robbie Ginepri, currently ranked No. 1 in the USTA Boys' 18s, upset second-seeded Todor Enev. Though both players traded shots in the first two sets, it was all Ginepri in the third as he took the match, 4-6,7-5,6-2. On a nearby court, Maria Jose Lopez and No. 15 seed Galina Voskobeva went at it for over two and a half hours with Lopez finally (after a dozen previous match points) taking it, 7-5,5-7,7-5.
Lauren Barnikow, who will be attending Stanford in the Fall, couldn't get past Tatiana Perebrynis of Ukraine, the No. 8 seed. Though the first set was closer than the 6-2 score reveals, the second belonged completely to Perebrynis at 6-1.
There were a few heartbreaker matches going on this evening. One was between Matthew Emery/Jesse Witten and Philippe Gubenco/Hamid Mirzadeh, who were seeded seventh. It was a display of incredible serves and volleys by both sides. Every point and every game was as close as can be, but Gubenco/Mirzadeh managed to do just slightly better, they pulled it out 7-6,6-4.
On the court next to Emery/Witten was Eric Nunez of Florida who had recently turned professional. That match was about as close as one could get, going to three tiebreak sets before Benjamin Balleret of France won. While a few courts over...
Josh Cohen and Sam Warburg took friendly competition to new heights. Both boys have been having an incredible Summer and neither wanted it to end tonight. Though they kept their tennis at top level, they didn't let it overrule them and even complimented each other on great shots and serves. It was a match-up so close I couldn't have picked a winner before or during. It was Cohen who did break through eventually, 6-4,3-6,7-6(2).
Here's a complete rundown of the U.S. Open Junior results for September 6th:
(second round)Andy Roddick (1) defeated Peter Jon Nomdo, 6-1,6-3; James Nelson defeated Alexander Schweizer, 2-6,7-6(7),6-2; Daniel Kollerer defeated Dimitri Vlasov (10), 7-5,1-6,6-3; Ivan Cerovic defeated Todd Reid, 6-4,6-7(4),6-4; Mario Ancic (4) defeated Phillipe Gubenco, 6-3,6-4; Dnaiel Munoz (14) defeated Brian Baker, 6-4,6-3; Cristian Villagran (11) defeated Philipp Petschner, 6-3,6-2; Josh Cohen defeated Sam Warburg, 6-4,3-6,7-6(2); Ivan Stelko defeated Stephen Mitchell, 6-3,6-3; Ytai Aboutzir (12) defeated Adam Kennedy, 6-3,6-1; Benjamin Balleret defeated Eric Nunez (13), 7-6(7),6-7(4),7-6(5); Joachim Johansson (3) defeated Darko Madjarovski, 4-6,6-3,6-4; Roko Karanusic defeated Yen Hsun Lu (7), 6-0,6-2; Simon Stadler (9) defeated Raven Klaasen, 7-5,6-2; Hiroki Kondo defeated Matthew Smith (15), 7-6(5),6-2; Robby Ginepri defeated Todor Enev (2), 4-6,7-5,6-2
(second round)Maria Emilia Salerni (1) defeated Virag Nemeth, 6-1,6-1; Maria Jose Lopez defeated Galina Voskoboeva (15), 7-5,5-7,7-5; Sofia Ardvidsson defeated Sue-Wei Hsieh, 7-5,6-2; Petra Cetkovska defeated Bethanie Mattek, 4-6,6-1,6-3; Jamea Jackson defeated Tanner Cochran, 6-4,7-5; Matea Mezak (13) defeated Scarlett Werner, 4-6,6-3,7-5; Galina Fokina defeated Alice Barnes, 6-3,7-6(3); Renata Voracova (6) defeated Candice Fuchs, 6-3,6-1; Marie Eve Pelletier (5) defeated Cory Ann Avants, 6-4,6-1; Edina Gallovits defeated Ema Janaskova, 6-2,6-1; Vera Zvonareva (14) defeated Melissa Dowse, 6-4,6-4; Tatiana Perebiynis (4) defeated Lauren Barnikow, 6-2,6-1; Annette Kolb defeated Samantha Stosur, 6-4,3-6,6-3; Ashley Harkleroad defeated Stephanie Cohen Aloro, 6-1,6-3; Megan Bradley defeated Christina Wheeler, 6-3,3-6,6-1; Aniko Kapros defeated Melinda Czink, 6-3,5-7,6-2
(second round)Childs/Nelson (1) defeated Bogomolov/Vlasov, 6-3,3-6,6-3; Gubenco/Mirzadeh (7) defeated Emery Witten, 7-6(4),6-4; Kennedy/Reid defeated Petschner/Stadler, 1-6,7-6(3),6-4; Klaasen/Nomdo defeated Hernandez/Segodo, 6-3,6-4; Kondo/Munoz defeated Suissa/Srugo (5), 7-6(5),6-2; Ram/Stokke defeated Lu/Wang (3), 7-5,6-3; Davis/Ginepri defeated Madjarovski/Valent (8), 6-2,6-3; Enev/Johansson (2) defeated Karanusic/Stelko, 6-3,6-1
(second round)Kanepi/Voskoboeva defeated Gaspar/Perebiynis (1), 6-3,7-5; Nemeth/Nemeth defeated Cush/Jackson, 6-4,6-3; Dulko/Salerni (4) defeated Torres/Valdes, 6-1,6-1; Bradley/Harkleroad defeated Dowse/Hewitt, 7-5,7-6(3); Iijima/Widjaja (6) defeated Marois/Pelletier, 7-5,6-2; Lopez/Voracova (3) defeated Cetkovska/Janaskova, 7-5,5-7,7-5; Beygelzimer/Fokina defeated Bernshtein/Zvonareva, 6-2,6-4; Kapros/Wheeler (2) defeated Keothavong/Magas, 4-67,6-3,6-0
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