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Competitive field in full display at U18 outdoor junior national championships

Aug 16, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
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As the action heats up at the Under 18 Outdoor Rogers Junior National Championships, an impressive young group of Canada’s next top tennis talent are posting some cool results on the court. Monday featured a full day of competition at the annual outdoor tournament at Mississauga’s Ontario Racquet Club.

Layne Sleeth is making waves as the tournament’s No. 1 seed. She reached the quarter-finals for her second straight year. Sleeth continued her successful 2016 campaign with a win over British Columbia’s Jayden Nielsen 6-2, 6-1 to advance. Last year as a qualifier, the Markham, Ont. native made a remarkable run to the quarter-finals, before falling to the eventual champion, Bianca Andreescu.

Sleeth’s quarter-final date is set against Neetika Sud. Sud solved fifth-seeded opponent Emma Miceli of Ontario 1-6, 7-6(3) before Miceli retired. Sud and Sleeth will battle for a spot in the draw’s final four.

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Also gearing up for quarter-final action are Natasha Sengphrachanh and Isabelle Boulais. The two teens from Ontario face off on Tuesday after each breezing past their third-round opponents. Sengphrachanh brought down Sofia Kostirko of Ontario 6-2, 6-1. Boulais’ spot in the remaining eight came after a Monday afternoon 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ontario’s Ines Milosevic.

Alisia Stephanie Manolescu and Ariana Arsenault are set to square off in the quarters after both Ontario girls posted straight-set wins Monday morning. Manolescu powered past Viktoriya Tabunshysck 6-3, 6-0. Arseanault, the No. 3 seed, knocked out New Brunswick’s Niharika Karol 6-1, 6-1.

Rhea Verma of Ontario meets Quebec’s Leylah Annie Fernandez in the quarter-finals. Verma continued her run in the tournament with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Anne Sophie Courteau of Quebec. Fernandez also had a successful Monday with a 6-3, 6-4 upset over No. 2 seed Anca Craciun of Ontario.

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On the boys’ side, No. 9 seed Zac Faveri of Ontario was the first player to advance to the quarter-finals. Faveri pulled out all the stops en-route to a thrilling 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(8) victory opposite Taha Baadi of Quebec. Faveri next faces No. 3 seed Dan Martin of Quebec. Martin advanced thanks to a 6-2, 6-2 win over British Columbia’s Larry Zhao. It was Martin’s second win in as many days over a West Coast opponent. He eliminated B.C. boy Jack Davis on Sunday.

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Nicaise Muamba of Quebec defeated Ontario’s Nathan Wong on Monday. Muamba’s 6-3, 6-2 win over Wong gives the 15-year-old his second consecutive appearance in the tournament’s quarter-finals, having faced-off against Felix Auger-Aliassime in 2015.  Muamba hopes to keep the momentum in the next round versus Vincent Lefebvre of Quebec. Lefebvre eliminated Ontario’s Nick Lagaev 7-5, 0-6, 7-6(4) on Monday.

No. 3 seed Gabriel Champoux is also through to the quarters. The 17 year-old from Quebec advanced with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Ontario’s Brett Stinson. Champoux’s next opponent is No. 5 seed Ivan Mitric. The 17 year-old unhinged Alex-Antoine Marquis of Quebec 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 on Monday. Mitric and Champoux are set to meet on Tuesday.

Also looking to extend his success at the tournament is top seed Jack Mingjie Lin. The Markham, Ont. native faced Eli Ogilvy of Ontario for a spot to the quarter-finals. Mingjie Lin solved Ogilvy 6-1, 6-1 as his plan to build on last year’s run to the semifinals continues. However, standing in his way is Quebec teen Kamen Damov. Damov continued his run at the junior championships with a big win of his own. The 17 year-old upset fifth-seeded Malik Bhatnahar 7-5, 6-0 on Monday morning. Damov’s road to the final eight saw also him bring down New Brunswick’s Hielke Moore on Sunday.

For updated draws and results, please click here.

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