Grace Min advanced through qualifying at the French Open for the second consecutive year.
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By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
After qualifying for three of the four Grand Slam tournaments last year, Grace Min continued her winning ways by advancing through to the main draw of the French Open for the second consecutive year.
Facing off against qualifying top seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, Min used her steady baseline play to wear down her opponent, storming through the final eight games of the match to prevail, 6-4, 6-0. Min has been in cruise control so far at Roland Garros, dropping just 11 games in her three qualifying matches. She'll play up-and-comer Garbine Muguruza of Spain in first-round action on Sunday.
Min, the 2011 US Open junior champion, is currently ranked No. 132 after posting stellar results this clay-court season, winning the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Ala., and the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Innisbrook, Fla. She also qualified for and won her opening-round match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.
The only other American to compete on Saturday was Allie Kiick, who narrowly lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, 7-5, 7-5.
Min joins 13 other American women in the main draw of the French Open this year: No. 1 seed Serena Williams, No. 15 seed Sloane Stephens, No. 29 seed Venus Williams, Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Christina McHale, Varvara Lepchenko, Lauren Davis, Vania King, Shelby Rogers, Anna Tatishvili, CoCo Vandeweghe and Taylor Townsend. Both Williams sisters, Davis and Lepchenko will join Min in playing their first-round matches on Sunday.
On the men’s side, eight American men have made it into the main draw of the French Open this year: No. 10 seed John Isner, Bradley Klahn, Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Michael Russell, Jack Sock, Donald Young and Robby Ginepri. Both Isner and Querrey will play their first-round matches on Sunday.