The lone Canadian in Wednesday’s action at the $60,000 Tevlin Challenger, Katherine Sebov, was unable to solve an experienced opponent on Day 3 of competition. Russia’s Elena Bovina defeated the young Canadian 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2 at Toronto’s Aviva Centre.
Sebov came just short of completing the comeback, controlling much of the play in the second set and prevailing in the tiebreak. However, Bovina outmatched Sebov in the deciding set to advance to the quarter-finals. The 34-year-old Russian captured her first professional title in 1998, one year before Sebov was born, and reached a career high of world No. 14 in 2005.
Up next, Bovina meet No. 2 seed Patty Schnyder.
Schnyder, who was also in action on Wednesday, defeated American wild card Ann Li 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to set up Friday’s meeting with Bovina. France’s Jessika Ponchet upset sixth-seeded Victoria Rodriguez of Mexico 6-2, 6-2 and Michaela Honcova of Slovakia advanced past American Ronit Yurovsky 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, Canada’s Anca Craciun and Yolande Leacock of Trinidad and Tobago advanced into the quarter-finals with a walkover win against No. 3 seeds Michaela Honcova of Slovakia and Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands.
Erin Routliffe and Alexa Guarachi Mathison beat Nika Kukharachuk and Leonie Kung 7-5, 6-2 in the draw’s first quarter-final.
Play resumes on Thursday, as two Canadians will look to reach the round of eight. No. 3 seed Bianca Andreescu takes on Belgium’s Kimberley Zimmermann and No. 5 seed Carol Zhao faces Belgian qualifier Tamaryn Hendler.
The $60,000 Tevlin Challenger, part of the ITF Pro Circuit, runs through November 5 at York University’s Aviva Centre in Toronto. Former champions include Canadians Eugenie Bouchard, Aleksandra Wozniak, and Gabriela Dabrowski, as well as 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany. For full draws, complete scores, and order of play, please click here.