Bianca Andreescu (Toronto, ON) and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) booked their places in the quarter-finals of the $50,000 Saguenay National Bank Challenger on Thursday to join their compatriot Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) in the final eight.
Andresscu led 6-2, 4-1 against American Lauren Albanese before suddenly finding herself down 1-4 in the third and decisive set. The 16-year-old overcame that deficit to post a 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4 victory to setup a quarter-final encounter on Friday against Harriet Dart of Great Britain. Andreescu and Robillard-Millette have also advanced to the semifinals in doubles.
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Thursday evening’s all-Canadian matchup between Wozniak and Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC) needed three sets to determine a winner. In the end, it was the 29-year-old veteran who came away with a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 triumph in just over an hour.
“It’s never easy to play against a friend. It’s harder to manage your emotions in these kind of circumstances,” Wozniak said after the match. “It would have been more exciting if this match was the final.”
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Wozniak will meet top-seeded American Catherine Bellis in the quarter-finals, whom she lost to earlier this year at a tournament in Rancho Santa Fe.
“I want to be more consistent from the start this time and of course hope for a better result,” Wozniak added.
Meanwhile, Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) came up short in her second round match. She fell 4-6, 7-6(4),7-6(5) to American Sachia Vickery after holding a 6-4, 5-2 lead.
Quarter-final matches will get underway at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Saguenay indoor tennis club.
For updates draws and results, visit: http://saguenay.challengerbanquenationale.com/
Feature photo by: Yves Henrichon