With first-round singles action in the books at the Houghton Boston Tennis Classic in Saskatoon, several Canadians marched into the second round at the $25,000 Futures event at Riverside Tennis and Badminton Club on Wednesday.
Peter Polansky looked extremely comfortable in his opening-round match. The No. 2 seed powered past Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain 6-2, 7-5. Polansky captured titles at the two ITF Pro Circuit events leading up to Saskatoon, in Richmond and Kelowna and he’ll hope to bring that winning formula to Saskatoon as the Canadian circuit begins its prairie tour. Up next for the decorated Futures champ is American Andrew Korinek, who defeated Canadian Washi Gervais 6-1, 6-2 to set up Thursday’s meeting with Polansky.
Philip Bester also advanced into the second round. The tournament’s top seed flew by fellow Canuck Victor Krustev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday. Bester goes on to face Canadian Alexis Galarneau in the upcoming round. Galarneau topped Shane Nicholls 6-2, 6-2 the day before.
The success didn’t stop on the singles side for Polansky and Bester. The pair are the No. 1 seeds in doubles and punched their ticket to the semifinals after posting big results on Wednesday. Polansky and Bester beat Canadians Alexis Galarneau and Jack Mingjie Lin 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 in the quarter-final match. They continue their bid for another doubles title when they face American Dennis Uspensky and Aleksandar Vukic of Australia on Thursday.
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The other side of the doubles draw will feature an all-Canadian match-up. Joshua Peck and Victor Krustev topped their quarter-final opponents, Dane Essess and Mesa Mei 6-4, 6-3. They face Christian Lakoseljac and David Volfson in the semifinals. Lakoseljac and Volfson upset No. 2 seeds Tim Kopinski and Farris Fathi Gosea 6-4, 2-6, 10-4 to advance.
In other Canadian singles results, No. 7 seed Brayden Schnur ousted Canadian qualifier Eric Yee 6-2, 6-0. Schnur will face Justin Roberts of Bahamas in Thursday’s second-round action. No. 5 seed Sebastien Boltz of France defeated Canadian wild card Jack Mingjie Lin 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and current U18 national champion Christian Lakoseljac fell to No. 3 seed Blake Mott of Australia, 6-3, 6-3.
Wednesday’s winners join fellow Canadians Kevin Kylar and Joshua Peck who each won their respective first-round matches on Tuesday.
For the latest results and full draws, please visit the ITF Website.