Peter Polansky (Toronto, ON) was crowned doubles champion, while Brayden Schnur (Pickering, ON) and Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) are through to the singles finals of their respective events in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.
The men are competing on the courts of the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club at the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger which offers $54,160 in total prize money. The women’s ITF tournament, which offers $25,000 in total prize money, is being played at the Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club in Saskatoon.
In the doubles final in Winnipeg, Canadians Adil Shamasdin (Toronto, ON) and Polanksy went head to head alongside their respective doubles partners, Hunter Reese of the United States and Darian King of Barbados. Polansky and King (No. 4) came out on top, upsetting their top-seeded opponents in a 7-6(8), 6-3 victory.
Schnur (No. 3) entered the singles semi-finals as the tournament’s highest remaining seed and swept aside Daniel Nguyen of the United States 6-2, 7-5 to reach the final. There, he will face Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos (No. 6) in a bid to win his first challenger title. For his part, Gombos defeated Japan’s Hiroki Moriya (No. 15) 6-4, 6-2 in their semi-final tie.
Meanwhile, in Saskatoon, the top two seeds were successful in their singles semi-final ties. Sebov (No .1) continued her fine form with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over Mexico’s Marcela Zacarias. In the final, the Canadian will face Australia’s Maddison Inglis (No. 2), who defeated Japan’s Haruka Kaji (No. 8) 3-6, 7-6(7) 6-2.
In doubles action, Zacarias and partner Hsu Chieh-yu of Taiwan (No. 2) caused an upset as they beat Kaji and Momoko Kobori (No. 1) of Japan 6-3, 6-2 to claim the title.
(Feature photo: David Mahussier)