Written by: Christopher Simnett
***Chris grew up playing tennis in B.C. and was ranked as high as No. 2 provincially in the U12 and U16 divisions. He played in two junior national championships in the 80s. Now 39 years old, he is the “community champion” for the Tennis Canada Building Tennis Communities strategy in Airdrie, AB, where he lives with his wife and eight-year-old son. Chris spent 15 years as a journalist writing about sports for newspapers in B.C. and Alberta. He now works in public relations in Calgary. To learn more about Chris and his blog, please visit www.alltennis.ca***
All eight seeds advanced to the quarter-finals at both the girls’ and boys’ Under-18 Ontario provincial championships in Niagara on the Lake on St. Patrick’s Day.
Boys’ top-seed Daniel Bednarczyk toppled Harrison Lands 6-2, 6-0 and will play fifth-seed Zain Manji in Friday’s quarters. Manji demolished Felipe Diaz 6-0, 6-0 in his second-round match.
The other top-half quarter will see third-seed Joshua Malyon take on sixth-seed Kyle Macdonald. Malyon defeated Andres Garcia-Rojas 6-0, 7-6(3) in the second-round on Thursday while Macdonald edged Daniel Hoang 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
On the bottom half of the draw, second-seed Martin Beran defeated Christopher Corbo 6-4, 6-1 and will play eighth-seed Ivan Markovic in Friday’s quarter-finals. Markovic defeated Christian Krustev 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday. Fourth-seed Filip Obucina defeated Kit Green Sanderson 6-1, 6-2 in the second-round on Thursday and will face seventh-seed Aws Laaribi, a 6-0, 6-0 second-round winner over David Constantinescu on Friday.
In girls’ action, top-seed Evangeline Repic defeated Alexandra Makashov in the second round and faces seventh-seed Joan Cannon in Friday’s quarter-finals. Cannon defeated U16 champion Charlotte Petrick 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday.
Third-seed Nikolette Budai faces sixth-seed Gloria Liang in the other top-half quarter. Budai defeated Megan Blue 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 while Liang edged Samantha Budai 4-6, 6-1, 7-4 on Thursday.
In the bottom-half, second-seed Amy He defeated Anastasia Burobina 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday and faces eighth-seed Kristina Sanjevic, a 6-2, 7-6(6) second-round winner over Hannah Atkinson. Fourth-seed Erin Routliffe faces Solomiya Zinko on Friday. Routliffe defeated Laura Macmullin 6-3, 6-2 while Zinko squeaked by Gracia Mboko 1-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Action in both boys’ and girls’ divisions continues until Sunday at the White Oaks Inn & Racquet Club in Niagara on the Lake.