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***
Unseeded Jake Salsburg defeated top-seed Nathan Rahier 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the boys’ under-16 title at the Niagara Academy of Tennis U16/U18 tournament on May 1.
Salsburg defeated Andres Olive 6-2, 6-3 in his first match and then shocked second-seed Kyle Korus 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals en route to the title.
In the girls’ under-18 event, second-seed Marina Moreno upset top-seed Milana Drca 6-2, 6-1 to capture the title. Moreno lost just five games in three matches. She blasted Anca Draghiciu 6-0, 6-0 in her first match and defeated Magdalena Kovinic 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals.
Drca needed three sets to get past Layne Van Buskirk in her first-round match, winning 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 but then defeated Olivia Peisachovitz 6-3, 6-1 in the semis.
Second-seed Renata Moldovan won the girls’ under-16 crown with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over unseeded Rebecca Herrington in the final.
Moldovan defeated Marja Milic 6-1, 6-3 in the first round and then got past Peisachovitz 7-5, 6-4 in the semis. Herrington took out top-seed Layne Van Buskirk 6-4, 6-1 in the other semi.