Christopher Simnett: Quebec Players to Battle for Boys’ Title, Ontarians Vie for Girls’ Crown at U12 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***


The under-12 boys’ final at the Rogers Junior Indoor Nationals will pit two Quebec players, top-seed Alexis Galarneau and third-seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, against each other at the Tennis Academy in Calgary on Friday.

Galarneau booked his ticket to the championship match with a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over Jack Mingjie Lin of Ontario in one semifinal on Thursday while Auger-Aliassime defeated second-seeded Denis Shapalov of Ontario 7-5, 6-2 in the other.

The Flight 2 final will see Ontario’s Tyler O’Meara take on Quebec’s Nicaise Muamba on Friday. O’Meara, unseeded, defeated ninth-seed Gabriel Champoux of Quebec 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday while Muamba, seeded-seventh, toppled 11th seed Jack Davis of B.C. 6-1, 6-3.

In Flight 3, 12th seed Nazar Achour of Quebec defeated Alberta’s Danny Wu in the semifinals on Thursday to set up a final against 10th seed Michael Anthony Tummillo of Quebec. Tummillo defeated Ontario’s Loic Rahier 6-3, 6-0 on Thursday.

Flight 4 sees unseeded Matush Polakovic of Alberta battle unseeded Ontarian Daniel Fainblum in the final on Friday. Polakovic defeated Alberta’s Andres Barrero 6-32, 6-3 in Thursday’s semifinals while Fainblum blanked Newfoundland and Labrador’s Nicholas Bendzsa 6-0, 6-0.

Aleksandar Petrovic of Ontario won the Consolation Flight 1 title on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Quebec’s Dan Martin.

The Consolation Flight 2 final was a battle of Ontario as Kamen Damov prevailed 6-3, 6-2 over Simon Stoula. Isaac Davies of B.C. defeated Alberta’s Maximillian Szczypien 6-2, 6-2 to claim the Consolation Flight 3 title while Hielke Moore of New Brunswick dumped his province-mate Cedric Rupa 6-4, 6-3 to win the Consolation Flight 4 title.

The top two seeds bowed out of the girls’ draw on Thursday as top-seed Sofija Zecevic of Ontario fell 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 to Amy Wagowsky of Ontario in one semifinal while second-seed Natasha Irani of Ontario fell to fellow Ontarian and third-seed Vanessa Wong 6-4, 6-2. Wong and Wagowsky will play for the girls’ title on Friday, also at the Tennis Academy in Calgary.

A pair of unseeded Ontarians, Ines Milosevic and Brindtha Ramasamy, will vie for the Flight 2 title on Friday. Milosevic edged ninth-seed Anne-Sophie Hetu of Quebec 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in one semifinal on Thursday while Ramasamy beat unseeded Camille Godin of Quebec 6-0, 6-2 in the other.

Ashleigh Jacobs of Alberta, the 10th seed, will face 11th seed Emilie Corbett of Quebec in the Flight 3 final on Friday. Jacobs defeated unseeded Mia Edger-Lacoursiere of Quebec 6-2, 6-1 while Corbett defeated Simona Agapi of Ontario 6-4, 6-1 in Thursday’s semifinals.

Eighth-seeded Alberta Tereza Simonova advanced to the Flight 4 final with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Alberta’s Kiko Cunningham in the semifinals on Thursday. Simonova faces unseeded Jessie Gong of B.C. in the final after Gong defeated Alberta’s Maya Dukaric 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday.

Katherine Sebov of Ontario won the Consolation Flight 1 title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Darya Maltseva of Ontario on Thursday. Tamara Racine-Beauchamp of Quebec won the Consolation Flight 2 title with a 6-1, 6-0 romp over Ontario’s Anca Craciun. In Consolation Flight 3, Quebec’s Betina Stanescu defeated Quebec’s Noemie Lapointe 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-0 to win the title while Alberta’s Marina Culo won Consolation Flight 4.

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