Denis Shapovalov will be the lone Canadian representative in the Junior US Open third round, as he picked up a victory in Flushing Meadows on Tuesday while compatriots Felix Auger-Aliassime and Charlotte Robillard-Millette fell to defeat.
Sixteen-year-old Shapovalov clinched a straightforward 6-2, 6-2 triumph over American Ulises Blanch in the second round. With the win, Shapovalov matches his best junior performance, which he accomplished at Junior Wimbledon in July.
He will next take on another U.S. player in Alex Rybakov for a place in the quarter-finals.
It was a battle for 15-year-old Auger-Aliassime against No. 5 seed Tommy Paul of the United States. In the end, he wasn’t able to pull off the upset over his 18-year-old opponent, falling 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a very close, exciting match. It was just the second junior Slam match for Auger-Aliassime, who is Canada’s highest-ranked junior boy at world No. 26, while Paul recently made the US Open men’s main draw.
Robillard-Millette also was unable to reach the third round, as an abdominal injury forced her retire down 6-2, 1-0 to Russian Elena Rybakina. Robillard-Millette was runner-up at the big ITF Grade 1 tournament in Repentigny, Que. on the weekend and is currently the top-ranked junior player in Canada at world No. 6.
Robillard-Millette then withdrew from the doubles tournament. She and British partner Katie Swan were the No. 1 seeds in the girls’ draw. Also giving their opponents a walkover was the all-Canadian pair of Bianca Andreescu and Katherine Sebov.
Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov are also teammates in doubles, and later in the day they bested Argentines Franco Capalbo and Geronimo Espin Busleiman 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-7 in a very hard-fought duel. In the next round, they will take on another Canadian in Alejandro Tabilo. He and his partner Felipe Cunha-Silva of Portugal upset the No. 2-seeded American team of Paul and William Blumberg 6-7(5), 6-1, 10-6.