The best in junior Canadian tennis are competing at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga from August 14th – 20th 2017. Past U-18 event champions include Canadian tennis pros Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil, Gabriela Dabrowski and many more. In recent years, Next Gen standouts like Denis Shapovalov, Bianca Andreescu and Carol Zhao have also been crowned U-18 champions. The next Canadian tennis star could be among the extremely talented draw at the 2017 U-18 Outdoor Rogers Junior Nationals!
*Pictured above: Layne Sleeth. Taken by: Peter Liu
After a week of packed tennis action, the best in Canadian tennis have dwindled down to just four competitors. The semifinals of the 2017 U-18 Rogers Junior Nationals will be underway this weekend with the best young tennis players vying for the championship. Here is how the semifinals will shape up:
After quarter-final action on Friday just four boys remain in competition for a spot in the finals on Sunday. Here are the remaining matches:
Victor Krustev vs. Jack Davis
Krustev and Davis are very familiar with one another as they have been competing as partners in the doubles draw. Krustev won the Indoor U-18 doubles title last year and is hoping to add singles champion to his resume. The Ontario native defeated Alberta’s Cleeve Harper 6-3, 6-4 to secure his spot in the semifinals. Jack Davis from British Columbia needed three sets to get by Alex-Antoine Marquis, he bested the Quebec native 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Nick Lagaev vs. Nazar Achour
Ontario’s Achour bested his quarter-final opponent Peter Kuszynski despite not winning a game in the second set. He took the match 6-2, 0-6, 6-4. Also from Ontario, Lagaev needed three sets to get by Niels Van Noord, he advanced to the semis with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 victory.
The girls had a day off in between their quarter-finals and semifinal matches. The four remaining players will play matches on Saturday with the winners advancing to the finals on Sunday.
Layne Sleeth vs Rhea Varma
Varma has a tough task against a player who has won this event before. Sleeth is the 2016 U-18 Outdoor champion and will look to repeat her performance against Varma. Both competitors hail from Ontario but only one will advance to the final. Sleeth bested Ariana Areseneault 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 to secure a semifinal berth. Meanwhile, Varma defeated Anca Craciun 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
Alexandra Vagramov vs. Isabelle Boulais
Vagramov defeated 2016 U-16 Outdoor singles champion, Natasha Sengphrachanh, to secure her spot in the semis. She bested Sengphracahnh in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Vagramov of BC will now have to get by another past champion as she faces Ontario’s Isabelle Boulais. Boulais won the 2016 U-18 doubles title with partner Ines Milosevic. She clinched a semifinal berth by defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-4, 7-5.
It is sure to be an exciting and competitive semifinal Saturday as the remaining athletes battle for a spot in the finals. The future of Canadian tennis is bright with these incredible young talents! Best of luck to all the competitors this weekend!