Christopher Simnett: U16 Doubles Finals Set at Rogers Jr. 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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While the combatants in the singles main draw took a day off at the Rogers Under-16 Junior Nationals at the Club de Tennis de I’lle des Soeurs in Verdun, QC on Thursday, doubles action was in high gear.

The top-seeded pair of Brayden Schnur and Robert Shulman advanced to Friday’s boys’ final with a 6-1, 3-6, 10-5 victory over sixth-seeds Iancu-Iustinian Ghinda of Quebec and Alejandro Tabilo of Ontario on Thursday. They will play the third-seeded Ontario pair of Martin Beran and Daniel Hoang in the final after Beran and Hoang defeated second-seeds Akhil Mehta of Alberta and MacKenzie Stearns of Quebec 6-4, 6-7, 10-7 in the Thursday’s semifinals.

In girls’s doubles, top-seeds Evangeline Repic and Erin Routliffe of Ontario defeated fourth-seeds Aissa and Patricia Muamba of Quebe 6-3, 6-0 in Thursday’s semis.

Repic and Routliffe will take on fifth-seeds Joulia Likhanskaia and Gracia Mboko of Ontario in Friday’s final. The Ontario pair defeated second-seeds Gloria Liang and Louise Kwong in Thursday’s other semifinal.

The singles semifinals also go Friday with top seed Brayden Schnur taking on unseeded Iancu-Iustinian Ghinda and fourth-seed Robert Shulman battling seventh-seed Alejandro Tabilo in boys’ action.

In the girls’ semis, top-seed Evangeline Repic takes on fourth-seed Gloria Liang in one while fifth-seed Louise Kwong will play second-seed Erin Routliffe in the other.

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