As the ITF Young Seniors Individual World Championships draw to a close in South Africa, one Canadian’s suitcase will be a little heavier thanks to the addition of some new hardware.
Montreal’s Taras Beyko will be competing for a medal, after dominating in his semifinal match on Thursday against Jarrod Broadbent of Australia in the men’s over-45 singles draw. Beyko upset the No. 2 seed 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the championship round.
The feat is highlighted by the fact that Beyko turned 49 this year, and competed against mostly younger players in the draw this week. Beyko will move on to the over-50 age group next year.
But on Friday, he competes for the gold medal against the tournament’s top seed. Marcus Hilpert, of the Netherlands, emerged from his semifinal match with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Timur Shadiev of Great Britain to set up Friday’s final versus Beyko.
The ITF Young Seniors World Individual Championships runs from March 25-April 1 in Cape Town, South Africa. For full scores and updated draws, please visit the official tournament page and be sure to check back here for a full recap following the conclusion of the tournament.