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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***
The semifinals are set at the Under-14 Rogers Jr. Nationals at West Vancouver’s Hollyburn Country Club.
In the boys’ championship flight, top-seed Alejandro Tabilo defeated Donarski of Quebeck 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the semis, where he will play Ontario’s Raheel Manji, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Ontario’s Christian Lakoseljac.
The other championship flight semi will feature second-seed Dylan Bednarczyk of Ontario against Alberta’s Harrison Scott. Bednarczyk defeated B.C.’s Kyryll Kryvchun 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in one quarter-final on Thursday while Scott edged Ontario’s Nathan Rahier 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the other.
Charles Cyrenne of Quebec will take on Ontario’s William Tutecky in one semifinal of the second championship flight while Ontario’s Victor Krustev will battle Quebec’s Samuel Douville in the other.
Cyrenne defeated Quebec’s Alexis Galarneau 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarter-finals on Thursday while Tutecky also needed three sets to dump Quebec’s Alexander Donski 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2. Krustev thumped Ontario’s Lazar Joksimovic 6-0, 6-1 while Douville defeated Benjamin Sigouin 6-4, 6-2.
In Flight 3, Brett Stinson of Ontario defeated Alex Lemay-Pouliot of Quebec on Thursday to set up a Friday semifinal against B.C.’s Felix Fan. Fan defeated Larry Zhao of B.C. 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday. Arthur Dion of Quebec defeated Ron Heifets of Quebec 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 on Thursday and plays Ontario’s Adrian Mag in the semifinals Friday. Mag defeated Ontario’s Marc Isaia 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.
Max Korkh of B.C. plays Newfoundland and Labrador’s Matthew Bendzsa in one Flight 4 semifinal while Quebec’s Mathieu Brisson takes on B.C.’s Jack Davis in the other.
Korkh defeated Alberta’s Nolan Chan 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-finals on Thursday while Bendzsa upended B.C.’s Isaac Davies 6-4, 6-2, Davis defeated Alberta’s Jamal Hinds 6-4, 6-2 and Brisson took out B.C.’s Neel Phaterpekar 6-1, 6-1.
In Flight 5, Ayush Gupta of Alberta defeated fellow Albertan Zack Perala 6-1, 6-4 while Alberta’s Jackson Koke edged PEI’s Mark Wiebe 6-1, 7-6(4). Darcy Taylor of Newfoundland and Labrador defeated Saskatchewan’s Alexander Waslen 6-0, 7-5 and Ontario’s Jet Bent-Lee beat Alberta’s Josh Peck 6-1, 6-2.
In girls’ action, top-seed Charlotte Petrick of Ontario defeated Vanessa Wong 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the championship flight semifinals. Petrick will play Ontario’s Katarina Kopcalic, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Quebec’s Marie-Alexandre Leduc on Thursday.
Second-seed Nikki Carnovale of Ontario defeated B.C.’s Stacey Fung 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday and faces Quebec’s Eva Bachini in Friday’s semis. Bachini defeated Quebec’s Patricia Muamba 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Thursday.
In Flight 2, Andrea Gu of B.C. advanced to the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Zoe Edger-Lacoursiere of Quebec. Gu will take on Katherine Sebov of Ontario in Friday’s semis after Sebov dispatched Khadija Dumas Da-Silva of B.C. 6-0, 6-1 on Thursday.
Grace Xu of Ontario and Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Quebec will battle in Friday’s other semi. Xu defeated B.C.’s Rosie Johanson 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday while Robillard-Millette dumped Quebec’s Jasmine Godin 6-1, 6-0.
Marianne Gareau of Quebec defeated Ashley Zhu of B.C. 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Flight 3 semifinals, where she will play Alberta’s Claire Koke, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Nina Erdevicki of B.C. on Thursday. The other semi will feature Alberta’s Maja Dragovic against Ontario’s Tina Kreinis. Dragovic defeated B.C.’s Carley Hunter 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday while Kreinis beat B.C.’s Kyla Jarrar 6-1, 6-0.
In Flight 4, Layne Van Buskirk of Ontario defeated Alberta’s Lara Stakic 6-1, 6-0 on Thursday and plays another Albertan, Kelsea Gorzo in Friday’s semis. Gorzo defeated Saskatchewan’s Marian Assran 6-0, 6-1 on Thursday.
Kirsten Prelle, a 10-year-old from Alberta, defeated B.C.’s Monica Greene6-2, 6-4 on Thursday to set up a semifinal date with B.C.’s Brooklyn Legault. Legault won by walkover on Thursday over an injured Benedicte Martin of Quebec.
Finally, Flight 5 sees Anne-Sophie Corteau of Quebec take on Cynthia Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador in one semifinal while a pair of B.C. players, Alexandra Walker, daughter of former U16 and U18 boys’ national champion Fabio Walker, and Cassie Chung will battle in the other.
The doubles semifinals are also set with top-seeds Alejandro Tabilo and Raheel Manji of Ontario taking on third-seeds Harrison Scott of Alberta and Benjamin Sigouin of B.C. and second-seeds Dylan Bednarczyk of Ontario and Charles Cyrenne of Quebec battling fifth-seeds Christian Lakoseljac and Nathan Rahier of Ontario in the boys’ semis.
On the girls’ side, top-seeds Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Marianne Gareau of Quebec will take on Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Quebec and Katherine Sebov of Ontario in one semifinal while second-seeds Nikki Carnovale and Charlotte Petrick of Ontario will face third-seeds Katarina Kopcalic of Ontario and Patricia Muamba of Quebec in the other.