Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu and Denis Shapovalov captured the U18 Rogers Outdoor Junior National Championships titles on Wednesday, with Andreescu beating Vanessa Wong in the girls’ final and Shapovalov ousting Felix Auger-Aliassime for the boys’ trophy at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga, Ont.
Top-seeded Andreescu was a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 winner in a grueling match under the hot sun that lasted approximately three hours. Down 2-5 in the opening set to 16-year-old Wong – who was crowned U18 indoor champion earlier this year – Andreescu engineered an impressive comeback by reeling off the next five games to take the first set. In the second set, she was again down 2-5 but this time No. 2 seed Wong was able to close out her lead.
Andreescu then took quick control of the deciding set, going up 3-0 and holding on to take the match. The victory gives Andreescu her first junior national singles title and continues a successful summer which has seen the 15-year-old make the final of her first-ever pro tournament at the $25,000 Gatineau National Bank Challenger and earn a qualifying wild card into Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto.
The boys’ final didn’t contain as much up-and-down action, with No. 2 seed Shapovalov taking early advantages in both sets en route to claiming a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over No. 1 Auger-Aliassime, who earlier this year became the first player born in the 2000s to earn an ATP ranking and the youngest player to ever win an ATP Challenger match.
“I started very well, and he started a bit shaky – I could feel it that he was bit tight from the start,” Shapovalov said following the match. “I took the early break, and I was serving well the whole match, he only had a couple chances to break me but I served big there too. I was playing as well as I could play.”
With the win, 16-year-old Shapovalov has swept both the indoor and outdoor U18 national tournaments this year.
“It’s incredible, to win one maybe people think it could be a fluke but to win both of them back-to-back it’s pretty impressive I think. I’m very proud to be able to win it.”
“I also just want to thank my parents and my coach Adriano [Fuorivia]. I’m very thankful for my parents,” Shapovalov added.
Andreescu and Shapovalov also both claimed the doubles titles a day earlier, meaning they will go home with two trophies each. Andreescu and Isabelle Boulais won 6-0, 6-2 over Sofiya Babych and Layne Sleeth, while Shapovalov teamed with partner Alexis Galarneau to post a 6-3, 6-3 triumph against Jack Mingjie Lin and Joshua Peck.
The U18 Rogers Outdoor Junior National Championships ran from August 12-19 at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga, Ont. For the complete draws and results, please visit tc.tournamentsoftware.com.