The best Canadian tennis athletes under the age of 16 are currently competing at Tennis Outaouais Performance in Gatineau, Quebec. The talented draw of 64 is now down to just 8 remaining competitors on both the girls and boys sides. The quarter-finals will commence on Friday with the following matches:
Liam Draxl vs. Gabriel Diallo
Ontarian Liam Draxl bested Rassam Yazdi in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the quarter-finals. The 2016 U-16 Indoor doubles champion will now face Gabriel Diallo of Quebec. Diallo defeated Isaac Ogilvy 6-4, 3-0 (ret.) to secure a quarter-final berth.
Samuel Paquette vs. Daniel Fainblum
Quebec’s Samuel Paquette bested Ontario’s Dan Pergel 6-3, 6-0 in the third round to secure his spot in the quarters. Paquette will now face Daniel Fainblum of Ontario who bested his third round opponent Justus Alexandre Agbo of Quebec 6-3, 6-1.
Sebastian Collard vs. Michael Pawlowicz
Collard of Quebec took on Tim Zelikovsky of Ontario in the third round and won the match 6-0, 6-1. He now faces another Ontarian in Michael Pawlowicz. Pawlowicz bested Neil Kandhai in a third round thriller, advancing to the quarter-final with a 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 victory.
Ethan Meanchos vs. Alex-Antoine Marquis
Ontario’s Meanchos upset U-14 indoor champion Joshua Lapadat in the second round before taking on the sole Newfoundlander in the tournament, Aiden Drover-Mattinen. It took three sets but Meanchos bested Drover-Mattinen 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. He will now face Alex-Antoine Marquis of Quebec. Marquis won the U-16 outdoor doubles title in 2016 and defeated Matis De Sousa Lecorre 6-1, 6-1 in the last round.
Rachel Krzyzak vs. Rachel Hanford
Ontario’s Rachel Krzyzak bested Quebecor Élisabeth Desmarais 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the quarter-final. She will face Rachel Hanford also of Ontario, Hanford took her third round match 6-0, 6-1 to clinch a quarter-final berth.
Jada Bui vs. Érica Di Battista
Two 2016 U-14 champions will battle in this quarter-final match as singles champion Jada Bui faces doubles champion Érica Di Battista. Bui bested Annabelle Xu in the previous round, Xu won both the U-12 indoor and outdoor titles in 2016. Di Battista defeated Mélodie Collard 1-6, 3-4(ret.) after Collard retired in the second set.
Alexandra Mikhailuk vs. Oleksandra Gorchanyuk
Ontario’s Mikhailuk defeated Reece Carter of Manitoba 6-1, 6-1 in the third round to advance. Her quarter-final opponent is fellow Ontarian Oleksandra Gorchanyuk. Gorchanyuk received a walkover as her third round opponent Monika Popovic was unable to compete.
Sarah-Maude Fortin vs. Corina Spasojevic
Sarah-Maude Fortin defeated the 2016 U-14 outdoor champion in straight sets as she bested Daria Tomashevskaya 6-4, 7-6(2) in the third round. Quebec’s Fortin now faces Corina Spasojevic of Ontario. Spasojevic bested her third round opponent Juliette Begin 6-4, 6-3.
As the work week winds down, the tennis ramps up in Gatineau! Just eight remain in each draw as the battle for the prestigious title of U-16 singles outdoor champion continues. For full results and draws visit the official tournament page.