Brayden Schnur is the lone Canadian standing in men’s singles at the TO2015 Pan Am Games. On Centre Court at the Canadian Tennis Centre on Sunday, Schnur defeated Eduardo Struvay of Colombia in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(7) to advance to the quarter-finals.
“I don’t feel the best about being the only Canadian left because I wish the other guys had won,” Schnur said. “But it feels pretty good. It’s definitely a special feeling so I know now the crowd should be fully behind me. It’s exciting and I am ready to go.” He will face American Dennis Novikov on Centre Court on Monday.
Fellow Canadian Philip Bester took the first set off of No. 1 seed Facundo Bagnis of Argentina but fell in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 4-6.
In her opening match of the tournament, Carol Zhao used the home court advantage to come back after dropping the first set. She defeated Maria Irigoyen of Argentina in three sets 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
“After the first set I realized that I needed to change some things because obviously I didn’t play very well. I needed to press more, be aggressive and really take control of the point,” said Zhao. She will face Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay on Monday.
Canada’s Francoise Abanda faced a difficult match after being sidelined with an injury for two months. In her opening match of the tournament, Abanda was also successful, defeating Ana Sofia Sanchez of Mexico 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. Abanda will face No. 2 seed Monica Puig of Puerto Rico on Monday on Centre Court. Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski will face American Louisa Chirico following Abanda.
Play will continue on Monday starting at 11 a.m with Schnur opening day four on Centre Court. The tennis event of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will conclude on July 16 at the Canadian Tennis Centre. The complete draws and results will be available here and regular updates will be posted on tenniscanada.com all week.