Filipino netter Alberto Lim Jr. scored the day’s biggest upset by stunning world No. 3 Ulises Blanch of US, 6-3, 6-1, to reach the third round of the prestigious 2016 French Open juniors singles being held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris.
Armed with powerful forehand and superb court coverage, the 15-year-old Lim needed less than an hour to oust the 18-year-old American.
Lim, the reigning Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open men’s singles champion, displayed 22-of-33 on first serve compared to his rival’s 24-of-58. Blanch actually had five aces but failed to capitalize on it as he got seven double faults.
Lim sealed a showdown with qualifier Marvin Moeller of Germany, who also shocked 13th seed Wu Yibing Wu of China in their second-round match, 6-4, 6-4.
The Lim-Moeller match was scheduled on Thursday evening.
In doubles, Lim and Turkish partner Ergi Kirkin succumbed to the Spanish tandem of Eduard Guell Nartrina and Nicola Kuhn in the opening round, 2-6, 6-7 (4).
In the seniors division, Filipino-American Treat Huey and Slovenian Andreja Klepac were booted out in the mixed doubles event.
Huey and Klepac suffered a 5-7, 6-7 (3) loss to fifth seeds Bruno Soares of Brazil and Elena Vesnina of Russia to settle for the 8,500 Euros consolation purse.
Huey and Max Mirnyi of Belarus, earlier lost to French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 4-6, 4-6, in the third round of the men’s doubles.