Canada’s Brayden Schnur caused one of the tournament’s first upsets at the TO2015 Pan Am Games on Saturday at the Canadian Tennis Centre. In his second match of the event, Schnur defeated No. 7 seed Darian King of Barbados 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round.
“The game plan was to move King around today. He’s a runner and I came in today with the mindset of making him run the ball down, closing the net and not giving him time and space,” said Schnur.
“It felt really good to get the upset on home court. I knew it was going to be a tough match, he is a good player and I showed up today and played really well and am happy with the result.”
Schnur will face Eduardo Struvay of Colombia on Sunday. No. 13 seed Philip Bester was also successful in his opening match of the tournament after receiving a first-round bye. Bester defeated American Austin Gonzales in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
“I didn’t know what to expect today. It’s very special to play for Canada and there were obviously nerves, but I am very happy that I won. Deep inside I was confident I could find a way,” said Bester following his win. He will face No. 1 seed Facundo Bagnis of Argentina on Sunday.
In the first round of women’s singles, Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski defeated Gabriela Ce of Brazil in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 16 seed Peter Polansky fell in his first match of the tournament to Roberto E. Cid 6-2, 7-5. In the men’s doubles, Bester and Schnur couldn’t replicate their singles success, falling to Chileans Hans Podlipnik Castillo and Nicolas Jarry in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Play will continue on Sunday starting at 10 a.m with Canada’s Francoise Abanda opening day three 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.