Three of Canada’s top-ranked juniors have made the second round of the Junior US Open in New York, with Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, and Charlotte Robillard-Millette picking up opening victories on Monday.
Auger-Aliassime advanced past Chinese Taipei’s Tung-Lin Wu 6-2, 6-4. Fifteen-year-old Auger-Aliassime is coming off two straight appearances in ITF Grade 1 finals, winning College Park in Maryland two weeks ago and finishing as runner-up in Repentigny, Que. this past weekend. He is making his junior Slam debut.
In the next round, the current junior world No. 26 will face No. 5-seeded American Tommy Paul, who also competed in the men’s tournament at the US Open. The 18-year-old won three qualifying matches to make his first career Slam main draw and lost in the first round to Italian Andreas Seppi.
Shapovalov, Canada’s No. 2-ranked junior boy at world No. 53, clinched a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the first round over No. 12 seed Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam. He has now won three matches in a row at Flushing Meadows, as the 16-year-old earned his spot in the main draw via qualifying. Shapovalov, a runner-up to countryman Auger-Aliassime at College Park, will face American Ulises Blanch in round two.
In the girls’ draw, Canada went 1-1 with Bianca Andreescu falling in her opening match but Robillard-Millette pulling off a win.
No. 7-seeded Robillard-Millette defeated Australian Olivia Tjandramulia 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Russian Elena Rybakina in the second round. Robillard-Millette, age 16, was a quarter-finalist at the Junior Australian Open earlier this year.
Andreescu was ousted by Raveena Kingsley of the United States 6-1, 6-1. The 15-year-old was coming off a triumph over Robillard-Millette in an all-Canadian final at the Grade 1 tournament in Repentigny, Que. – the country’s biggest junior event. At world No. 22, she is the youngest player in the Top 50.
Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov, and Robillard-Millette will all play their second-round matches on Tuesday, with doubles play starting as well. All three young athletes, plus Alejandro Tabilo, Katherine Sebov, and Andreescu will be flying the Canadian flag in doubles.