Canada’s top seed advanced into the quarter-finals at the Richmond Country Club Futures in B.C. with a huge win on Thursday. Philip Bester, seeded No. 2, breezed past American Michael Genender 6-1, 6-0 to secure his spot in the next round of the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event. His trip to the round of eight will see him pitted against a very familiar face.
Bester will next face his partner on the tournament’s doubles side and fellow Canadian Peter Polansky. Seeded No. 5, Polansky recorded a 6-2, 6-0 win over Alexis Galarneau, also of Canada. The third-round victory set up the all-Canadian rendezvous, set to be the first match of the day in Richmond on Friday.
However Bester and Polansky must leave whatever happens in the singles quarter-finals on the court as they then go from opponents to teammates. The Canadians will join forces shortly after to compete in the doubles championship match. The top-seeded duo faces Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and American Tim Kopinski for the title.
Also in action on the singles side is Canadian Filip Peliwo. The No. 6-seeded 22-year-old gained his spot in the quarter-finals with a win over Canuck Henry Choi. Peliwo took the first set 6-3, and was leading 4-1 in the second before Choi was forced to retire due to injury. The next test for Peliwo is No. 4 seed Finn Tearney of New Zealand.
Other quarter-final action features No. 1 seed Jason Jung of Taipei against American Alexios Halebian. Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain faces Raymond Sarmiento of the United States.
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