Jack Sock is the 2010 US Open Junior Boys’ singles champion.
Sock, a native of Lincoln, Neb., used timely serving and a clutch third-set lob to defeat fellow American Denis Kudla, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The US Open is Sock’s first title on the ITF Junior Circuit, but he is no stranger to the winner’s circle. Competing almost exclusively at USTA National Junior Tournaments, the 6’1″ Sock is a 20-time gold ball winner. Most recently, he won the National Boys’ 18s hard-court title in Kalamazoo, Mich., earning a wild card into the US Open men’s singles main draw along the way. It ended with the loser in tears and the winner less than giddy about her performance in a match she called “really bad, actually.”
But Daria Gavrilova, who claimed the US Open girls’ title with 6-3, 6-2 win over Yulia Putintseva on Sunday, was beaming when she said that.
While her friend and practice partner suffered an outbreak of errors, Gavrilova stuck to the style that made her the world’s top junior. She used positional play based on high, looping ground strokes, mixed with sharp angles, frequent changes of pace and occasional essays to the net.
Gavrilova did it on little sleep, with her legs still tired from Saturday’s semifinal match.
The first all-Russian final since Lina Krasnoroutskaya beat Nadia Petrova in 1999 was an interesting matchup in theory. Both girls are seasoned in international tournament play, training together at the Moratouraglu Academy in France, and are presumably well-schooled in each other’s games. They also both have the conditioning for long rallies. Gavrilova risks little, while Putintseva, who owns a forehand big enough to shred the most carefully constructed game plan, puts everything into her ground strokes.