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Canadians advance to final round of US Open qualifying

Aug 24, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Day 3 of US Open qualifying was packed with Canadians eyeing the final round.

No. 2 seed Denis Shapovalov continued his fine summer form with a win over Portugal’s Gastao Elias.

After cruising through the opening set, 6-3 in 29 minutes, Shapovalov fell behind a break in the second set and trailed 5-2. It was a confident showing from the 18-year-old Richmond Hill native to get back on even terms at 5-5. Shapovalov would break Elias again and serve out the set 7-5 to book his spot in the final round of qualifying.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime, seeking his first Major main draw, faced no. 4 seed Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR).

Servers dominated in this encounter. Auger-Aliassime earned himself the only two break points in the first set at 5-4 but was unable to capitalize on the chances. In the tiebreak, the Canadian surrendered two early mini breaks. He would recover from a 5-1 deficit. Both men earned a handful of set points, but it was Stakhovsky who grabbed the opener 7-6(8).

The 17-year-old saw his qualifying hopes end in a 7-6(8), 6-4 defeat.

Peter Polansky, the 20th seed in the men’s qualifying draw, came back from a set down in his second round match against Blaz Rola (SLO). After dropping the first set 6-3, Polansky stormed back to take the second 6-4 with a late break of serve. Polansky would break Rola again early in the deciding set and booked his spot in the final round with a three set comeback win, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Françoise Abanda, the no. 12 seed in the women’s draw and last Canadian woman left in qualifying, played Antonia Lottner (GER) in her second round match.

After a handful of early breaks in the opening set Abanda was able to establish a stronghold on the match and would serve out a set lead at 6-4. The pair would trade breaks again in the second set before Abanda captured the straight sets win, 6-2 in the second.

Frank Dancevic was the last to take to court on Thursday. In a battle of tennis veterans, Dancevic (32-years-old) and Stephane Robert of France (37-years-old) battled for a final round qualifying spot.

A double break earned the Canadian the opening set 6-3. Dancevic needed to battle from behind in the second set, recovering from a break deficit to get into a tiebreak. After falling behind 1-6 he would even the breaker at 6-6 but Robert got another mini break to seal the second set 7-6(6). The Canadian would have an emphatic third set comeback from a break down, saving match points en route, to take the third set 7-5.