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Christopher Simnett: Tabunshchyk Wins U18 Title but Loses in U14s

Written by: Christopher Simnett

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***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***

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Viktoriya Tabunshchuk won the girls’ U18 crown at the ACE Tennis Academy U18/U14 tournament in Burlington with a 5-0 round-robin record.

Tabunshchuk defeated second-place Anna Mironova 6-4, 6-1, edged third-place Megan Nobrega 6-3, 2-6, 10-8, defeated fourth-place Ariel Emerald 7-5, 6-2, beat fifth-place Natasha Stefanovic 6-3, 6-3 and thumped sixth-place Beatrice Rose Cigagna 6-0, 6-2.

Mironova finished with a 4-1 record, while Nobrega was at 3-2.

Second-seed Tiara Higuchi won the girls’ U14 title, defeating third-seed Savanna Ly in the final. Ly dumped top seed and U18 champion Viktoriya Tabunchchyk 7-5, 6-7(8), 10-8 in the semifinals. Higuchi had no such trouble with fourth-seed Sandra Enache in the other semi, winning 7-5, 6-0. Carlo Bardini, Sean Hajdu and Michael Liao each finished the round-robin with identical 3-1 records in the boys’ U18 division.

Bardini’s only loss was a 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 defeat to Liao while Hajdu’s only defeat was a 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 at the hands of Bardini. Liao fell 6-3, 6-2 to Hajdu.

Philip Julian Cigagna finished with one victory while Ryan Lowden went winless during the event.

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