Just four players remain in contention for singles titles at the U18 Rogers Indoor Junior National Championships following semifinal Friday, with Alejandro Tabilo and Denis Shapovalov set to face off for the boys’ trophy and Vanessa Wong and Maria Patrascu to play each other for the girls’ crown at Mayfair Parkway in Markham, Ont. All four finalists hail from Ontario.
Defending champion and top seed Tabilo earned his place in the final thanks to a 7-6(7), 6-0 victory over Quebecer Alexis Galarneau in the semifinals. No. 3-seeded Shapovalov was tested by No. 2 David Volfson of Ontario, last summer’s outdoor U18 runner-up, in a 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4 win.
Tabilo and Shapovalov, who paired up in doubles together this week and made the semifinals, will now play each other for the title. They are currently the top two Canadians on the ITF junior rankings, with 17-year-old Tabilo at world No. 29 and 15-year-old Shapovalov at No. 83. Tabilo will be looking for his 13th total national title, between all age groups in singles and doubles, while Shapovalov is aiming to capture his first.
In the girls’ draw, No. 1 seed Wong lost her first set of the tournament but was able to come through 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 over fellow Ontarian Natasha Irani to make the championship match. She will be challenged by No. 5 seed Patrascu, who advanced 6-3, 6-1 over Ontario’s Teona Velehorschi.
Sixteen-year-old Wong is currently the No. 5-ranked U18 girl in the country, while Patrascu, age 18, is No. 11. Patrascu has previously won a national singles and doubles title at the U14 age category, while Wong is looking to add a first U18 singles crown to the six previous Canadian titles she has claimed.
Doubles champions were crowned on Friday as well, with Galarneau and Nicaise Muamba of Quebec capturing the boys’ title 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 over Ontario-Alberta pair Victor Krustev and Joshua Peck, and Patrascu and Tina Kreinis of Ontario claiming the girls’ crown via a 6-2, 3-6, 10-3 triumph opposite Irani and Velehorschi.
The two singles finals will take place at Mayfair Parkway in Markham, Ont. on Saturday. Wong and Patrascu will face off first at 9:30 a.m. followed by Tabilo and Shapovalov at 12:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend.
For the complete draws and results from the U18 Rogers Indoor Junior National Championships, please click here.