Christopher Simnett: Zinko Sneaks into Girls’ U18 Quarters

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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Ninth-seed Solomiya Zinko is the only interloper in the final eight of the girls’ Under-18 Rogers Junior Nationals in Toronto.

Ontario’s Zinko defeated Quebec’s Catherine Parenteau-St-Antoine 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in the round of 16 on at the Mayfair Parkway Racquet ClubTuesday. Parenteau-St-Antoine took out eighth-seeded Ontarian Elianne Douglas-Miron in Monday’s first round. Zinko will play fourth-seed Amy He of Ontario in Wednesday’s quarter-finals after He defeated Ontario’s Iryna Kostirko 6-3, 6-0 in Tuesday’s round of 16.

At the top of the draw, top-seed Francoise Abanda of Quebec had no trouble with unseeded Ontarian  Nada Marjanovic, winning 6-4, 6-0 in the round of 16 on Tuesday. Abanda takes on fifth-seeded Ontarian Evangeline Repic in Wednesday’s quarters after Repic defeated unseeded Anastasia Burobina of Ontario 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday.

Second-seed Kimberley-Ann Surin of Quebec defeated Ontario’s Laura MacMullin 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday and plays Erin Routliffe, the sixth-seed from Ontario, in Wednesday’s quarters. Routliffe, the U16 champion from a week ago in Montreal, defeated Alberta champion Jena Cheng 6-3, 6-3 in Tuesday’s round of 16.

Third-seed Catherine Leduc of Quebec defeated Quebec’s Aissa Muamba 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday while seventh-seed Nikolette Budai beat 10th seed Gloria Liang 6-3, 6-4 in an all-Ontario round of 16 match. Budai and Leduc face each other in Wednesday’s quarter-finals.

In doubles, top-seeds Repic and Routliffe of Ontario, the U16 champions advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Ontario’s Nancy Baloescu and Victoria Dimuzio on Tuesday. Repic and Routliffe will play Quebec’s Michelle Dandik and Catherine Parenteau-St-Antoine, 6-2, 6-1 Tuesday winners of Ontario’s Megan Blue and Iryna Kostirko.

The second-seeded pair of Elianne Douglas-Miron of Ontario and Quebec’s Kimberley-Ann Surin defeated Francoise Abanda of Quebec and Saroop Dhatt of B.C. 6-1, 6-3 on Tuesday. Douglas-Miron and Surin will play Alberta’s Mikaela Bennett and Jena Cheng in Wednesday’s quarter-finals after Bennett and Cheng defeated B.C.’s Alexis Prokopuik and Vivian Tsui 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday.

Fourth-seeds Nada Marjanovic of Ontario and Aissa Muamba of Quebec defeated unseeded Emily Bradshaw and Laura MacMullin of Ontario 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday and will play fifth-seeds Joan Cannon and Amy He of Ontario on Wednesday. He and Cannon defeated Samantha and Nikolette Budai of Ontario 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Third-seeds Gloria Liang and Solomiya Zinko of Ontario will face Quebec’s Catherine Leduc and Laurence Pelchat in Wednesday’s final quarter-final. Liang and Zinko defeated Ontario’s Kristina Sanjevic and Anastasia Burobina 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday while Leduc and Pelchat got a walkover.

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