Christopher Simnett: Top Girls’ Seeds Roll on at U12 Nationals

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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Girls Under-12 top seed Katherine Sebov of Ontario continued to roll on day two of round-robin action at the U12 nationals at Calgary’s Tennis Academy on Tuesday. Sebov demolished Betina Stanescu of Ontario 6-0, 6-0 in Flight 1 action.

Second-seed Natasha Irani of Ontario defeated Quebec’s Noemie Lapointe 6-1, 6-0 to keep her Flight 2 round-robin record intact.

In boys’ action on Tuesday, Alberta’s Ryan Loke defeated Alexis Galarneau 6-2, 6-1 while Kamen Damov also defeated Galarneau 6-1, 6-2 in Flight 1.

In Flight 2, Simon Stoula defeated Denis Shapalov 6-0, 6-3, Isaac Davies defeated Hielke Moore 6-0, 6-0, Shapalov defeated Moore 6-0, 6-0 and Stoula defeated Davies 6-1, 6-1.

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