U18 Nationals Underway in Toronto

April 6, 2009

The top juniors in Canada are competing this week at the Under 18 Indoor Rogers Junior National Championships at Mayfair Parkway in Markham, Ontario.

In the boys’ singles draw, top seed Zachary White easily advanced to the Round of 16, after defeating Sebastien King of Quebec 6-0, 6-2. White will next face Manitoba’s Chad LaCap, who came out on top 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a tough encounter with Saskatchewan’s Jordan Christiansen. 

Ontario’s Victor Hoang has also earned himself a place in the top 16 where he will compete against fellow Ontarian Brandon MacDonald, while third-seeded Panav Jha of Montreal will play his third round match against Paul James of Alberta. Quebec’s Hugo Verdi-Fortin, who upset No.7 seed Edward Nguyen of Ottawa in the second round 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-2, rounds out the top half of the draw. His next opponent will be the winner of No.10 seed Dmitry Kozionov of Ontario and Gauhar Raina of BC.

In the bottom half of the draw, four Ontarians have booked a spot in the Round of 16 and will await their opponents. No.9 David Vieyra, No.4 Pavel Krainik, No.8 Soufiane Azargui and Vincent Chan all won straight set matches to advance.

No. 2 seed Nikolai Haessig of BC will play his first match against Ontario’s William Reznek after receiving a first-round bye. Other second round matches include Alberta’s Cory Shannon against Jean-Michel Blouin of Quebec, Alberta’s Marko Laschuk versus Gergely Sajdik of Ontario and No.6 seed Damien David of Quebec against BC’s Yvon Haessig.

The Round of 16 is also shaping up on the girls side where No.1 seed Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Quebec will play Kimberley-Ann Surin of Quebec. Bouchard cruised through her second round match against BC’s Ivana Grbelja, winning 6-0, 6-0, after a first round bye. No.8 seed Elisabeth Abanda of Montreal and Ontario’s Judy Li will also battle in the third round, after both girls crushed their respective opponents 6-0, 6-0. Lyudmyla Lisovska will face off with Roseline Dion of Quebec and Nikolette Budai awaits the winner of a tough second round match-up between Elianne Douglas-Miron and Emma Onila.

In the bottom half of the draw, Alberta’s Kristina Sanjevic and Ontario’s Lauren Chypyha have already advanced to the final 16 and await their opponents.