In my opinion Liu is not at her best right now. I think Aiava will win quite easy.
Liu needed today three sets against Boltinskaya, who was born in 2000 too, and Natalia is a good player but she was defeated by most of european top players of her age, like kulikova, Makarova, Collins , Arias Manjón or younger players like Potapova, and in some cases (Collins, Arias Manjón or Potapova) it were clear defeats
Only one French girl to the 2nd round, that's quite disappointing...
But expected, the decline of France in U12 competitions is clear in the last years. Wargnier is really the only one with good results, and unfortunately for her, she is in the toughest part of the draw
Aiava pulled out the victory in a deciding tiebreak. Yastremska actually served for the match against Zhuk, would have been a massive upset. Mikheeva v Gasanova lasted 3 hours 33 minutes, 1 minute shorter than Fed-Tsonga. Must have been injury timeouts? Moonball rallies?
(1)Andreea Amalia Rosca (ROU) d. Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) 63 64
Anastasia Mikheeva (GBR) d. (15)Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) 67(4) 75 63
(12)Ines Ibbou (ALG) v Lucie Wargnier (FRA)
(8)Evgeniya Levashova (RUS) v Vanessa Wong (CAN)
Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Haruna Arakawa (JPN) 76(7) 62
(14)Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. (Q)Shelly Krolitzky (ISR) 62 61
(10)Ekaterina Antropova (RUS) v (wc)Sophia Mejerovits (GER)
(6)Michaela Gordon (USA) d. Polina Golubovskaya (RUS) 61 64
(5)Anna Ureke (RUS) d. Georgina Axon (GBR) 60 75
Katherine Sebov (CAN) d. (11)Alessia Welti (SUI) 64 61
(16)Eva Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) d. Ekaterina Kazionova (RUS) 61 75
(3)CiCi Bellis (USA) d. Tatiana Makarova (RUS) 63 61
(7)Destanee Aiava (AUS) d. Claire Liu (USA) 26 60 76(5)
(9)Valeriya Yushchenko (RUS) d. Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) 61 61
Tatiana Pieri (ITA) d. Nastja Rettich (GER) 63 63
(2)Sofya Zhuk (RUS) d. Dayana Yastremska (UKR) 46 75 63