It’s been a thrilling three days of action for the Canadian juniors at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Sardinia, Italy. The team’s latest accomplishment comes as a 2-1 win over last year’s champs, the United States on Wednesday.
Tomas Bourassa (Delta, B.C.) opened up the day’s action against Canada’s neighbours to the south. Bourassa solved American Nathan Melynk 6-0, 6-3 to give Canada the young lead.
However, USA managed to even up the score when Conner Stroud defeated Anmore, B.C.’s Thomas Venos 6-1, 6-2.
In the deciding doubles rubber, Venos and Bourassa teamed up to take on Stroud and Melynk. The two British Columbian natives solved their American counterparts 6-0, 6-2 to win 2-1.
The win sees the already semifinal-bound team finish atop Pool B, taking the first place spot from the defending World Team Cup junior champions.
“Fantastic effort today by our two boys to cement first place in our pool today,” said junior coach Steve Manley. “Now, the real work begins in our semifinal, as we take on some tough opposition in either Russia or Brazil on Saturday.”
Canada must wait for the results of Pool A before learning whether their semifinal opponents will be the Russians or Brazilians.
The Canadian quad team, also in World Team Cup action in Italy, fell 2-1 to Japan in Wednesday’s round-robin action.
Shota Kawano defeated Gary Luker of Stoney Creek, Ont. 7-5, 6-4 in the opening singles rubber. Robert Shaw of North Bay, Ont. tied things up for Canada with his 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Mitsuteru Moroishi. Japan proved too strong in the deciding doubles rubber, as Kawano and Moroishi teamed up to narrowly beat Shaw and Surrey, B.C.’s Sarah Hunter.
“Today was a difficult tie to lose. After splitting singles Rob [Shaw] and I had a chance to beat a team that has always given us a tough go,” reflected Hunter of Wednesday’s action.
“It’s a disappointing loss because we were very much in this match. My serving, my usual strong point, was very inconsistent at some costly times, however, my overall play was much better than yesterday.”
Hunter and the rest of the Canadian quad team will have the chance to rebound on Thursday, when they take on South Korea in more round-robin action.
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