It was a great day for Canadian tennis on Thursday at the Granby National Bank Challenger as seven players were in second round action.
Due to weather warnings in the Granby area, the ITF women’s matches were moved indoors to the Centre Récréatif Rock Forest in Sherbrooke. In an all-Canadian match-up featuring two of the country’s up and coming stars, Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) and Leylah Annie Fernandez (Laval, QC) found themselves battling for a quarter-final spot. Although she put up a valiant effort, the 15-year-old Fernandez was unable to keep pace with her more experience compatriot. Andreescu avenged her second round loss from last year with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) was hoping to join her fellow Canadian in the main draw, as she opposed Olivia Tjandramulia of Australia. The tournament’s eighth seed Sebov dominated her opponent from start to finish, winning her second round match by a score of 6-1, 6-2. She is looking to go one step further than she did last year, as she finished the finalist.
On the men’s side, all of the matches were played outdoors. Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) kicked things off, disposing of Zhe Li in just over an hour, securing his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win. The Canadian has a lot of points to defend this week, as he made the finals last year. Davis Cup Captain Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) followed his compatriot’s lead, quickly taking care of Lucas Miedler by a score of 6-4, 6-4.
Also in action was Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC) as he had the tough task of facing a heavy hitting American in Alexander Sarkissian. After a double fault costed him the first set, the Canadian found himself trailing in the second, but with the support of the crowd was ready for a comeback. Despite saving a number of matcj points, it wa ms not to be for Peliwo who fell 6-4, 6-3.
Rebecca Marino (Vancouver, BC) had booked her quarter-final spot on Wednesday, defeating the tournament’s seventh seed Maria Sanchez 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. A total of six Canadian players will be in action on Friday.
There was a major upset on Thursday, as Frenchman Ugo Humbert eliminated the top seed and compatriot Pierre-Hughes Herbert in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Despite his opponent’s higher ranking and notable titles, the 20-year-old did not seem intimidated and continued on his hot streak which saw him reach the final at the Gatineau Challenger last week.
The Granby National Bank Challenger is the second of two mixed draw tournaments held in Quebec during the month of July. The tournament was proceeded by the Gatineau National Bank Challenger.
*Feature photo: Sarah-Jäde Champagne