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Three Canadians reach the semifinals at the Gatineau National Bank Challenger

Aug 13, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Rain made conditions tricky for the remaining players in title contention on quarter-final Friday at the $100,000 Gatineau National Bank Challenger.

The dodgy weather didn’t bother 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu (Toronto, ON) who moved one away from reaching the final in Gatineau for a second straight year after comfortably defeating American Lauren Albanese 6-1, 6-3.

In the men’s draw, Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) came out on top in an all-Canadian matchup against Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC) to join Andreescu in the semifinals. Polansky won 80 percent of his first serve points and broke Peliwo on three occasions en route to a 6-2, 6-3 win.

In a battle of different Canadian tennis generations, 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) defeated Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON), one of his idols growing up, 6-1, 7-5 to make it three Canadians in the semifinals.

In doubles, Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) and Andreescu saw their quarter-final match be delayed until Saturday because of the rain. They won the first set against Brit Katie Dunne and Czech Babora Stefkova and were trailing 2-5 in the second set before play was suspended for the day.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Polansky will face Matija Pecotic of Croatia while Shapovalov will meet fifth-seeded Frenchman Vincent Millot. In the women’s semifinals, Andreescu will go up against Italy’s Cristiana Ferrando.

 View draws and order of play here.

Photo: Roger Lauzon