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 www.alltennis.ca***
Petra Turek of Burnaby edged Vancouver’s Bronwyn Muirhead 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to claim top-honours in the women’s Over-35 division at the 34th Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club Masters Indoor Tennis Championships on Sunday.
Turek, the second-seed, cruised through her first two rounds, dropping just two games before running into the tough top-seeded Muirhead in the final.
Second-seed Kateryna Filyus of Richmond won the women’s Over-40 crown Sunday with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over fourth-seed Andrea McDonald of Vancouver in the final.
Susie Fought of West Vancouver, the top-seed, cruised to the women’s Over-45 title, dropping just three games in three matches. Fought defeated Rebecca Coval-Kalla of Vancouver 6-0, 6-0 in her first round match, dumped fourth-seed Julie Reynolds of Vancouver 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals and then defeated the second-seed, Richmond’s Carol Lau, 6-1, 6-1 in the final.
Colleen Ostlund won the women’s Over-50 title, defeating Angela Xu 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in the final. In the women’s Over-55 draw, third-seed Janet Landucci of Vancouver defeated unseeded Helen Hannaford of Vancouver 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the championship match.
Fourth-seed Paddy Mann of Victoria took top-honours in the Over-60 division. Mann took out second-seed Eileen Clark of Surrey 6-3, 7-6 in the semifinals and then edged top-seeded Jandi Fraser of Vancouver 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 in the final.