The $25,000 Saskatoon Futures tournament is now into the final rounds, as action wrapped up at the Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club on Thursday.
Vancouver, B.C. native Filip Peliwo continued his strong play by defeating fellow Canadian Harrison Scott 7-6(4), 6-3. Scott did well to push the No. 4 seed Peliwo to a tiebreak in the first set but ultimately could not keep up with his compatriot. Peliwo will now face No. 6 seed American Alexios Halebian in the quarter-finals.
Indiana Hoosiers player Raheel Manji will play in his first career ITF singles quarter-final. The 20-year-old from Pickering, Ontario upset No. 7 seed Uruguayan Marcel Felder 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Manji will now face No. 3 seeded American Marcos Giron.
Peliwo’s American doubles partner Ronnie Schneider faced Canadian Jack Davis in his Round of 16 match. Schneider started out strong winning the first set 6-0 and didn’t look back, taking the second set 6-2 and winning the match. Schneider will now face compatriot No. 5 seed Raymond Sarimento in the quarter-final.
Peliwo and Schneider won the Kelowna futures doubles title and now have a chance for a repeat in Saskatoon. They defeated Canadian duo Joshua Peck and Alexander Day in the quarter-finals 6-4, 6-4. In the semifinal, it took three sets to defeat Ireland’s Julien Bradley and partner Josh Hagar of the United States winning 3-6, 7-5, 10-4. Peliwo and Schneider will now meet No. 2 seed American duo Alex Sarkissian and Alexios Halebian in the final.
Sarkissian and Peliwo are familiar with each other as they recently battled in the Kelowna futures singles final with Sarkissian taking the title and the match 6-2, 6-4. The Glendale, California native and No. 1 seed Sarkissian has continued his winning ways as he handily defeated Antigua’s Jody Maginley 6-1, 7-6(4). He will now face fellow American and No. 8 seed Nathan Pasha in the quarter-final.
With eight players remaining in singles competition and the doubles final taking place on Friday night, the intensity is ramping up in Saskatoon! For full results and draws please visit the ITF website.