Christopher Simnett: Top Seeds Advance at Rogers U18 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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Top-seeds Filip Peliwo and Francoise Abanda easily advanced on the first day of the Under-18 Rogers Jr. Nationals in Toronto on Monday.

B.C.’s Peliwa dispatched Eli Brown of Ontario 6-1, 6-1 in his boys’ first-round match at the Mayfair Parkway Racquet Club while Abanda, of Quebec, bested Ontario’s Alexandra Makashov 6-1, 6-0 in a girls’ second-round encounter. Earlier, Makashov dumped Emily Bradshaw of Ontario 6-3, 7-6(4) in the first-round.

Girls’ second seed Kimberley-Ann Surin of Quebec defeated Joan Cannon of Ontario 7-5, 6-1 on Monday. Cannon defeated Alexis Prokopuik 6-3, 6-0 in the first round.

Third-seed Catherine Leduc of Quebec defeated Ontario’s Victoria Dimuzio 6-2, 6-1 after Dimuzio dispatched Quebec’s Eveline Lemay 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. Girls’ fourth-seed Amy He of Ontario laid a double-bagel on Ontario’s Bianca Zuzu in a first-round encounter while fifth-seed and U16 runner-up in Montreal last week Evangeline Repic of Ontario defeated B.C.’s Vivian Tsui 6-0, 6-1 in another first-round match.

Sixth-seed and U16 champion Erin Routliffe of Ontario defeated Ontario’s Samantha Budai 6-3, 6-2 on Monday. Earlier, Budai edged Quebec’s Laurence Pelchat 6-7(1), 6-1, 7-6(7). Seventh-seed Nikolette Budai of Ontario edged Ontario’s Kristina Sanjevic 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4. Sanjevic defeated Nancy Baloescu of Ontario 6-1, 7-5 in the first round earlier in the day.

Eighth-seed Elianne Douglas-Miron was the first girls’ seed to fall, losing 7-6(1), 7-5 to Catherine Parenteau-St-Antoine. Earlier, Parenteau-St-Antoine defeated B.C.’s Saroop Dhatt 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.

Solomiya Zinko, seeded ninth in the girls’ division, defeated Alberta’s Demi Henschel 6-0, 6-0 on Monday while 10th seed Gloria Liang of Ontario defeated Ontario’s Angela Crowley 6-0, 6-1.

Other girls’ first-round matches saw Quebec’s Aissa Muamba defeated Alberta’s Mikaela Bennett 7-6(3), 6-1, Jena Cheng of Alberta get past Ontario’s Cheryl Kukkonen 6-1, 4-6, 6-0, Laura MacMullin of Ontario defeat Ontario’s Megan Blue 6-1, 6-1, Hannah Atkinson of Ontario defeated Quebec’s Kiefer Shaw 6-4, 6-1 and then fall 5-2 ret. to Iryna Kostirko of Ontario. Anastasia Burobina of Ontario defeated Anne Li Briand of Quebec 7-5, 6-1 and then edged Quebec’s Michelle Dandik 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Finally, Nada Marjanovic of Ontario defeated Maria Patrascu of Ontario 6-3, 6-1.

In boys’ action, fourth-seed Damien David of Quebec defeated Ontario’s Daniel Hoang 7-6(5), 6-4 while sixth-seed Jean-Michel Blouin of Quebec beat Aws Laaribi of Ontario 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Brayden Schnur, the seventh-seed and U16 champion from last week, defeated Alan Gardiner of Manitoba 6-0, 6-2. 10th seed Daniel Bednarczyk of Ontario defeated B.C.’s Todd Fought 6-1, 6-1.

Other boys’ opening day action included Rian Du Toit of B.C. defeating Ontario’s Felipe Diaz 6-1, 6-4 and then edging Quebec’s Laurent Galarneau 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. For his efforts, Du Toit gets a round-of-16 date with Peliwo on Tuesday.

Mackenzie Stearns of Quebec defeated Kyle Macdonald of Ontario 6-3, 6-1, Luke Manley of Alberta defeated Ontario’s Kevin Mok 6-0, 6-3. Earlier, Mok defeated Ontario’s Zachary Green 7-5, 6-4.

Jordan Sluchinski of Alberta defeated Nova Scotia’s Dennis Keaveney 6-1, 6-1, Filip Obucina of Ontario beat Manitoba’s Shane Nicholls 6-2, 6-2, Francis Bertrand of Quebec defeated Luke Saunders of Nova Scotia 6-4, 6-0, Osama Zoghlami of Quebec defeated Manitoba’s Will Mcpherson 6-0, 6-1 and Stas Pakhomov of B.C. defeated Ontario’s Matthew Cohn 6-2, 6-2

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