After eight years, 2006 French Open junior champions Fichman and Pavlyuchenkova stage a reunion in Paris

PARIS – Look at these two adorable girls at right.

That's Canadian Sharon Fichman and partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after winning the 2006 French Open junior doubles title over a couple of hackers you might have heard of: Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki (Pavlyuchenkova lost the singles final to Radwanska).

Eight years later, they're together again for this French Open. And in the first round, they upset No. 9 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

Safe to say, they were kind of a powerhouse duo back in those days. Before Roland Garros, they won the Australian Open junior title over Alizé Cornet of France and Corinna Dentoni of Italy. Fichman didn't play junior Wimbledon that year; Pavlyuchenkova won it with countrywoman Alisa Kleybanova.

They reunited at the junior U.S. Open, getting to the final but losing to a Romanian pair

in straight sets (Pavlyuchenkova defeated Tamira Paszek of Austria to win the singles).

Amazingly, they haven't played together since. Then again, Pavlyuchenkova's rise to the top level of the women's game was considerably quicker than Fichman's has been; so they rarely even played the same tournaments.

Fichman and countrywoman Gabriela Dabrowski defeated Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova (whom they defeated in the first round here; the photo at the net in the slideshow below, with Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova hugging each other, is adorable), in the first round of the Rogers Cup last year in Montreal.

So why now? Well, it would be a nice story to tell that the two decided to have a reunion on the occasion of Fichman's long-awaited first French Open as a pro.

But the truth was somewhat more mundane than that.

"Very short story. We were talking about playing potentially at Indian Wells and Miami, but she got my message too late, and said yes, but someone else had asked me before I heard back from her," Fichman said. "I said, 'Oh, that's too bad. Do you have someone for the French Open?' She said no, let's play. And that's the story."

Unfortunately, Pavlyuchenkova injured her back in the singles Thursday, and was forced to retire down 0-3 in the third set against qualifier Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

They are scheduled to play Jelena Jankovic and Kleybanova Friday at 11 a.m. in the second round. Let's hope Pavlyuchenkova can recover and make the date. It's a short turnaround.

Here are some pics of their win over Hlavackova and Safarova.

(If you can't see the slideshow on your mobile device or iPad, click here)