Christopher Simnett: Seventh-seed Shocker at 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***


Seventh-seeded Alejandro Tabilo of Ontario shocked second-seed Martin Beran, also of Ontario,  6-1, 6-0 in the quarter-finals of the boys’ Under-16 nationals at the Club de Tennis de Illes des Soeurs in Verdun, QC on Wednesday.

Tabilo will take on fourth-seed Robert Shulman of Ontario in Thursday’s semifinals after Shulman dispatched fifth-seed Filip Obucina of Ontario 6-4, 6-2 in another quarter-final on Wednesday.

Top-seed Brayden Schnur of Ontario defeated eighth-seed MacKenzie Stearns 6-1, 6-4 and will take on unseeded Iancu-Iustinian Ghinda of Quebec in Thursday’s other semifinal. Ghinda defeated unseeded Jesse Flores of Ontario 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday.

In girls’ action, top-seed Evangeline Repic of Ontario advanced to the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over unseeded Hannah Akinson in Wednesday’s quarters. Repic will play Ontario’s Gloria Liang in Thursday’s semis. Liang defeated fellow Ontarian Joulia Likhanskaia 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The other girls’ semifinal on Thursday will pit fifth-seed Louise Kwong of Ontario against second-seeded Ontarian Erin Routliffe. Routliffe defeated sixth-seed Tracy Dong of B.C. 6-1, 6-3 while Kwong defeated third-seed Aissa Muamba of Quebec 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

In boys’ doubles, the top-seeded pair of Brayden Schnur and Robert Schulman of Ontario advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Quebec’s Olivier Gingras and Justin Ghavami. Schnur and Shulman will face the sixth-seeded pair of Iancu-Iustinian Ghinda of Quebec and Alejandro Tabilo of Ontario in Thursday’s semis. Ghinda and Tabilo dumped the Quebec team of Alexis Gervais and Antoine Mailloux 6-3, 6-4 in Wednesday’s quarter-finals. The bottom-half semi will featured second-seeds Akhil Mehta of Alberta and MacKenzie Stearns of Quebec against third-seeded Ontarians Martin Beran and Daniel Hoang. Mehta and Stearns defeated Alberta’s Vuk Radovic and Harrison Scott 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday while Beran and Hoang edged Ontarians Penfield Binet and Filip Obucina 6-4, 7-6(3).

In girls’ doubles, the top-seeded pair of Evangeline Repic and Erin Routliffe defeated Tracy Dong of B.C. and Alexandra Makashov of Ontario 6-4, 6-4 in Wednesday’s quarter-finals and will play fourth-seeds Aissa and Patricia Muamba of Quebec in Thursday’s semis. The Muamba’s defeated the Quebec pair of Marianne Gareau and Marie-Alexandre Leduc 6-2, 3-1, ret. on Wednesday.

Fifth-seeds Joulia Likhanskaia and Gracia Mboko of Ontario advanced to the final with a victory over second-seeds Gloria Liang and Louise Kwong of Ontario in the semifinals. In the quarters, Likhanskaia and Mboko defeated third-seeds Hannah Atkinson and Maria Patrascu of Ontario 6-2, 6-4 while Liang and Kwong dumped Quebec’s Sandrine Beaule and Chanel Bell 6-2, 6-0.

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