Ons Jabeur 12(TUN)
def Monica Puig 5(PUR) 6-3 / 6-3
def Min/Hardebeck (USA/USA) 7-6 / 7-5
Versatile Jabeur beats doubles partner
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Tunisian 12th seed Ons Jabeur's versatility proved too much for her doubles partner Monica Puig as she cruised through to the quarter-finals of the girls' singles, 6-3 6-3.
Fifth seed Puig seemed to be showing the wear from her last two three-set matches, arriving at Court 8 with a bandaged right thigh. The opening set was closer than the score suggested, with the 15-year-old Roland Garos finalist Jabeur edging her own service games with the stronger serve and greater versatility about the court. The Tunisian's powerful forehands down the line proved too much for Puig, who was also left lunging for the ball after a beautiful drop shot return from Jabeur.
The second set started out kinder for 16-year-old Puig, who was able to come back into the match by breaking Jabeur in the first game. However a dip in Puig's concentration allowed Jabeur to break back in the sixth as Puig double-faulted and hit the ball long. Jabeur took full advantage of the lucky break and was once again moving about the court with confidence, causing Puig problems with perfectly timed drops and volleys. By this point, the Puerto Rican's concentration seemed completely shot as Jabeur was able to break again in the eighth game and comfortably serve out the match.
Jabeur advances to the quarter-finals where she will play 15th seed Yulia Putintseva.
by Niall O'Sullivan