The final stage of the Under 14 Rogers Outdoor Junior Nationals featuring the nation’s top U14 players came to a close on August 30.
On the girls’ side, the draw held as the first three seeds found their way into the top three. Scarlett Nicholson (1) easily qualified for the main draw but ran into a bit of trouble in the later rounds. To raise the winner’s trophy, she had to survive three three-set matches.
In the final, she was pitted against Josie Usereau (2) of Québec, who had played only one three-setter at the event. At the outcome of some fantastic tennis, Nicholson gained the upper hand and claimed the title (7-5, 4-6, 6-2).
In doubles, Usereau fought to avenge her loss in singles with partner Janic Durocher, but the pair was overpowered by favourites Iulia Cristina Bucea and Anastasia Kavounov of Ontario (7-5, 3-6, 10-7).
On the boys’ side, Stewart Bernard Aronson (1) of British Columbia defeated Stefan Simeunovic (5) of Ontario to take the top honours (6-3 et 6-4).
In the very first round of the championship draw, Simeunovic ousted Quebecer Haitam Aboufirassi (3).
Still, Aboufirassi didn’t go home emptyhanded: with Junghee You, he won the doubles event over first seeds Aronson and Aleksandar Mitric of Ontario.
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