June 18, 2024

Open Court


You want a handshake – here’s a handshake-plus!

PARIS – The percentage of drive-by handshakes in the junior girls’ ranks is exponentially higher than it is with the grownups.

But two juniors upped the ante on the sayonara salute on Sunday.

Canadian Charlotte Robillard-Millette, the No. 6 seed, played Monika Kilnarova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the girls’ singles – A Roland Garros debut for both, under challenging conditions with rain delays and wet courts.

The Canadian, older by seven months and ranked 33 spots higher, prevailed in three sets.

The handshake was as warm as they come. And then – this.

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The two paired up for doubles a month ago at a junior tournament in Spain, losing in the first round.

Kilnarova, ranked No. 38 in the ITF juniors, was a semi-finalist at the Orange Bowl last December in Florida. She won two matches to get into the main draw here.

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