Christopher Simnett: Two Seeds Fall on Day 1 of Girls’ U16 Nationals

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***


Eighth-seed Gracia Mboko of Ontario and 10th seed Eveline Lepinay of Quebec both fell on the first day of the girls’ Under-16 nationals at the Club Tennis de I’lle des Soeurs in Verdun, QC on Monday.

Mboko dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Maria Patrascu of Ontario in the first-round while Lepinay was stopped 7-6(5), 6-2 by Alberta’s Mikaela Bennett. Earlier, Bennett defeated Mylene Petipas of PEI 6–0, 6-0 in the first-round.

Top-seed Evangeline Repic of Ontario easily defeated Alexandra Makashov of Ontario 6-1, 6-1 in the first-round while second-seed Erin Routliffe of Ontario double-bageled Rumana Rafiq of Nova Scotia in her first-round match.

Third-seed Aissa Muamba of Quebec defeated Quebec’s Claudine Maheu 6-1, 6-2 while fourth-seed Gloria Liang of Ontario defeated Quebec’s Alexandra Axenova 6-3, 6-3.

Fifth-seed Louise Kwong of Ontario beat Benedicte Martin of Quebec 6-1, 6-2 while sixth-seed Tracy Dong of B.C. defeated Quebec’s Laurence Guevremont 6-3, 6-2. Seventh-seed Jena Cheng of Edmonton defeated Eva Bachini of Quebec 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Earlier, Bachini defeated Calgary’s Ally Miller 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-3.

Ninth-seed Joulia Likhanskaia of Ontario defeated Ontario’s Emily Bradshaw 6-1, 6-3. Earlier, Bradshaw beat Lydia Rowe of Newfoundland and Labrador 6-0, 6-0.

Other first-day results saw Alberta’s Kelsi Oliphant defeat Quebec’s Marie-Alexandre Leduc 5-6, 6-3, 6-1. Oliphant fell 6-4, 6-2 to Ontario’s Maja Vujic in the second-round.

Hannah Atkinson of Ontario defeated Quebec’s Sandrine Beaule 6-1, 6-0 while Laura Macmullin of Ontario defeated Marianne Gareau of Quebec 6-3, 1-6, 6-0. Macmullin lost 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5 to Patricia Muamba of Quebec in the second-round.

Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Quebec won two matches on Monday, defeating Ivana Erdevicki of B.C. 6-0, 6-1 in the first-round and then taking out Lissa Pacheco-Brousseau of Quebeck 6-3, 6-3 in the second-round. Demi Henschel of Alberta beat B.C.’s Lindsay Hunter 6-0, 6-2 in the first-round while Chanel F. Bell of Quebec defeated Mackenzie Campbell of B.C. 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-3. Earlier, Campbell defeated Winnipeg’s Kylie Waschuk 7-5, 6-1.

Tuesday’s round of 16 matchups include second-seed Routliffe against Bell, Henschel vs. sixth-seed Dong, third-seed Aissa Muamba against Robillard-Millette, fifth-seed Kwong against Bennett, Patrascu against ninth-seed Likhanskaia, Patricia Muamba against fourth-seed Liang, seventh-seed Cheng vs. Atkinson and Vuljic against top-seed Repic.

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