After a rainy Tuesday delayed quarter-final action at the U18 Rogers Outdoor Junior National Championships, the conditions were perfect for a day of tennis at Mississauga’s Ontario Racquet Club on Wednesday. Leading the way was Markham, Ontario’s Jack Mingjie Lin, who advanced to his second consecutive semifinal at the tournament.
The 17-year-old No. 1 seed punched his ticket to the final four with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Kamen Damov. Mingjie Lin’s straight-sets victory sets up a semifinal match-up with fifth-seeded Ivan Mitric of Ontario. Mitric upset No. 3 seed and U18 indoor runner-up Gabriel Champoux 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday.
On the other side of the draw, No. 2 seed Nicaise Muamba of Quebec defeated Vincent Lefebvre, also of Quebec, 7-6(4) 6-1 to advance to the semifinals. Muamba faces No. 3 seed Dan Martin. The Quebec teen defeated Ontario’s Zac Faveri 6-4, 7-6(4) on Wednesday.
On the girls’ side, the tournament’s top seed Layne Sleeth also secured a spot in the semifinals. The Ontario teen advanced after posting a 6-0, 6-2 win over Neetika Sud. Sleeth squares up next with No. 9 seed Isabelle Boulais of Ontario.
Alisia Stephanie Manolescu and Rhea Verma face off in the draw’s other all-Ontario semifinal. Manolescu rebounded after dropping the first set against third-seeded Ariana Arsenault to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Verma defeated Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-3, 6-4 to cement her spot in Thursday’s semifinals.
In doubles, the top-seeded team of Isabelle Boulais and Ines Milosevic won their quarter-final match over Alexandra Mikhailuk and Neetika Sud 6-1, 7-5 to advance on Wednesday. They meet Alisia Stephanie Manolescu and Layne Sleeth in the semifinals. Manolescu and Sleeth powered past Anca Craciun and Viktoriya Tabunshysck 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 seeds Ariana Arsenault and Ashleigh Jacobs square off against Savanna Ly and Rhea Verma in the other semifinal. Aresenault and Jacobs topped Anne Sophie Courteau and Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday, while Verma and Ly defeated Mia Edger-Lacoursiere and Minnie Kim 6-2, 6-4.
The boys’ No. 1 doubles team of Jack Mingjie Lin and Nicaise Muamba meet Jack Davis and Eli Ogilvy, the fifth seeds, in the semifinals. Mingjie Lin and Muamba advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Eddie Wu and Larry Zhao. Davis and Ogilvy triumphed over Liam Draxl and Jonathan Sorbo 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 to earn their place in the semis.
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