A first batch of second round matches were played on Wednesday at Parc de l’Île, site of the third edition of the $100,000 Gatineau National Bank Challenger.
The first match of the day saw Isabelle Boulais (Mississauga, ON), who defeated her compatriot Charlotte Robillard-Millette in the opening round, fall 6-2, 6-2 to 21-year-old Czech Barbora Stefkova.
“Even though I didn’t win, it was a great experience for me,” said Boulais. “I still have a lot to learn and I understand that I have to work on my mental strength and fight for every point. I didn’t think I would get this far in this tournament and I’ll definitely be back next year.”
Later in the day, Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) took to Centre Court for his second round match against Aussie qualifier Greg Jones. The veteran Canadian came through with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
“I am happy to be here and to see that I can still compete at this level against these younger players,” said Dancevic. “Despite my age, I feel great and I still have a lot of years left on the circuit. It’s always fun to play at home, it’s where I play my best.”
Dancevic will face fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the quarter-finals on Friday after the 17-year-old defeated Tristan Lamasine of France 7-6(4), 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Following Shapovalov was reigning Gatineau finalist, 16-year-old Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Toronto, ON) who made quick work of American Tori Kinard 6-2, 6-1 after having to overcome a set and a break deficit in her previous match.
The early elimination of four of the top 8 men’s seeds has paved the way for several all-Canadian matchups including Thursday’s scheduled encounter between Philip Bester (Vancouver, BC) and Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC). Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON) will also be in action in both singles and doubles.
View draws and order of play here.