Monday, October 2, 2023

Two Latin Americans lose in Roland Garros youth final

Russian Alina Korneeva and Croatian Dino Prismic were crowned Roland Garros youth champions after defeating Peru’s Luciana Perez Alarcon and Bolivian Juan Carlos Prado Angelo in their respective finals.

Both Korneeva and Prismik were seeded third and both lost only one set during the clay-court tournament.

17-year-old Prismic beat Prado Angelo 6-1, 6-4 in the men’s final, 15-year-old Korneeva beat Perez Alarcon 7-6(4), 6-3 to seal another win at the Australian Open.

Prismić became the second Croatian in history to be crowned Roland Garros junior champion, after Marin Cilic in 2005, and the fourth Croatian with a Grand Slam junior title, joining Borna Coric and Mili Poljic.

Prado Angelo, 18, seeded eighth, was trying to become the first Bolivian with a junior Grand Slam title. She was unable to convert on both of her breaks and dropped serve on three occasions.

Korneeva became the first junior to win two Grand Slam titles in a season since 2013, when Ana Konjug and Belinda Bencic won two tournaments each. In addition, she is the first woman since Magdalena Maleeva in 1990 to win the first two majors of the season.

Korniva had three aces and broke the Peruvian’s serve six times. Perez Alarcon committed nine double faults and converted four of his nine break chances.

Perez Alarcon Youth was the first Peruvian to reach the final. His compatriot Jaime Yzaga won the Roland Garros junior title in 1985 and Louis Horna lost the final of the French Open in 1997.

Both finals were played on the Simon-Mathieu courts.

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