Hoping to emulate their success from this year’s French Open, the next generation of Canadian tennis stars have continued to impress as Junior Wimbledon begins in London.
Denis Shapovalov, the No. 5 seed in the boys’ singles draw and a semifinalist at Roland Garros, looked strong during his opening match in London. The 17-year-old Canadian, who won the Wimbledon warm-up in Roehampton last week, brought down William Blumberg of the United States 6-3, 6-4 and recorded six aces against his American opponent. The win carries Shapovalov into the tournament’s second round, where he’ll meet 16-year-old Finn Bass of Great Britain.
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Canada’s Bianca Andreescu also advanced into the second round on Monday. Andreescu, the No. 6 seed in the girls’ singles draw, defeated Ludmilla Samsonova of Italy 6-3, 6-2. The 16-year old won five of six break points to secure her spot in the upcoming round. She meets Spain’s Paula Arias Manjon next.
Also through to the second round of the singles draws are fellow Canadian juniors Charlotte Robillard-Millette and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who won their matches a day earlier. Robillard-Millette won her opener over Norway’s Malene Helgo 6-2, 6-3. She next takes on Olga Danilovic of Serbia on Tuesday.
Junior French Open runner-up Auger-Aliassime defeated Alastair Gray 6-2, 6-3 in his first match on Sunday. The victory set up a second-round meeting with Spain’s Nicola Kuhn.