There is just once match remaining in the $25,000 Saskatoon Futures tournament. Action wrapped up from the Riverside Badminton & Tennis club on Saturday leaving two players left standing, Vancouver’s Filip Peliwo and American Marcos Giron.
For the second straight ITF tournament, Peliwo has advanced to both the singles and doubles finals. The Vancouver, BC native and American partner Ronnie Schneider won the doubles title in Kelowna. However, the pair fell to familiar foes in Saskatoon as the American duo of Alex Sarkissian and Alexios Halebian claimed the doubles title in a 6-3, 7-6(0) victory.
Peliwo was able to exact some revenge on his American counterpart as he triumphed over Sarkissian in singles play. The rivals had previously clashed in the Kelowna Futures tournament final last week; Sarkissian took the match in straight sets, winning the title. Perhaps motivated by finishing second, Peliwo had a strong showing and defeated the No. 1 seed Sarkissian. Despite dropping the first set 7-6(4), the No. 4 seeded Peliwo rallied back and won the next two sets 6-4, 6-4.
His opponent in the final is No. 3 seeded American Marcos Giron. In the semifinal, Giron defeated compatriot and No. 5 seed Raymond Sarimento 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-5. Prior to that he bested Pickering, Ontario native Raheel Manji in the quarter-final 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. Despite the loss, Manji reached a milestone with his first career ITF singles quarter-final berth.
The final match between Peliwo and Giron will commence at 1pm EST at the Riverside Badminton & Tennis club. The Canadian Peliwo, will have home court advantage as he looks to win his sixth ITF singles title of 2017. For full results and draws please visit the ITF website.