Andreescu is forced to withdraw with injury
Repentigny, September 2, 2016 – At the semifinal stage of the 31st edition of the National Bank International Junior Tennis Open, two Canadians, Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) and Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON), remained in title contention.
After playing Thursday’s evening session match, Auger-Aliassime returned to the court Friday afternoon for this semifinal encounter against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The 16-year-old Canadian fell in three sets 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3 after a long battle. Auger-Aliassime went up against a big server, but still had his chances to break and he came within two points of winning the match in straight sets. Last year, the junior world no. 8 was a finalist in Repentigny. Davidovich Fokina will face Italy’s Liam Caruana, who upset top-seeded American Ulises Blanch in the semifinals, for the title on Saturday.
On the girls’ side, after being crowned champion last year, Andreescu was forced to halt her title defense due to injury. The tournament’s top seed withdrew from her semifinal match against Iga Swiatek of Poland because of an abductor injury that had been bothering her for a few days. She hopes to be ready for the junior U.S. Open in a few days. Swiatek will meet second-seeded Serbian Olga Danilovic in the final.
The girls’ singles final gets underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be followed by the boys’ championship match.