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***
The Ontario Under-18 boys’ provincial quarter-finals saw two upsets on Friday as top-seed Daniel Bednarczyk went down 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to fifth-seed Zain Manji and fourth-seed Filip Obucina fell 7-6(3), 6-3 to Aws Laaribi at the White Oaks Inn & Racquet Club in Niagara on the Lake.
The two quarters went as per the rankings as third-seed Joshua Malyon edged sixth-seed Kyle Macdonald 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 7-6(4) and second-seed Martin Beran defeated eighth-seed Ivan Markovic.
Saturday’s semifinals will see Beran face Laaribi while Malyon is pitted against Manji.
The top four seeds survived to the semis in the girls’ division. Top-seed Evangeline Repic defeated seventh-seed Joan Cannon 6-3, 6-2 while third-seed Nikolette Budai edged sixth-seed Gloria Liang 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Second-seed Amy He defeated eighth-seed Kristina Sanjevic 6-3 6-3 in another quarter-final while fourth-seed Erin Routliffe dumped fifth-seed Solomiya Zinko 6-3, 6-1.
Repic takes on Budai in one semifinal on Saturday while He and Routliffe will battle in the other.
In U14 action at the ACE Tennis Academy in Burlington, top-seed Dylan Bednarczyk defeated fifth-seed Stefan Marusic 6-1, 6-3 to set up a semifinal date with third-seed Raheel Manji. Manji defeated unseeded Christian Lakoseljac 6-2, 6-2 on Friday. Fourth-seed William Tutecky defeated unseeded Jet Bent-Lee 6-1, 6-1 on Friday while fifth-seed Nathan Rahier upset second-seed Jack Van Slyke 6-4, 6-2. Tutecky takes on Rahier in the other boys’ U14 semi on Saturday.
As in the U18 draw, the top-four seeds in the girls’ U14 division all made the semifinals. Top-seed Nikki Carnovale will take on Katarina Kopcalic while second-seed Nicole Baloescu faces third-seed Teona Velehorschi.
Carnovale defeated seventh-seed Tina Kreinis 6-2, 6-4 in one quarter-final on Friday while Kopcalic beat unseeded Vanessa Wong 7-6(1), 6-0, Baloescu beat eighth-seed Anjana Suresh 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 and Velehorschi defeated sixth-seed Victoria Dimuzio.
The semifinals in all divisions go Saturday while the finals are scheduled for Sunday.