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Canadians kick off Wimbledon qualifying action

Jun 26, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

The men’s qualifying draw for Wimbledon began on Monday morning at the All England Club. Three Canadians were in action on Day 1: Peter Polansky, Steven Diez and Frank Dancevic.

Peter Polansky, the 15th seed, kicked off action against Argentinian Marco Trungelliti. The Canadian breezed through to the second round with a 6-2, 7-6(3) win. Polansky held a 60% first service percentage while winning 31/40 first service points (78%). He won 42% of his return points and was able to break Trungelliti three times.

Steven Diez also progressed to the second round after a strong serving performance saw him win 6-4, 6-4 over Frenchman Gleb Sakharov. Diez maintained a 75% first serve percentage and won 79% of those points as well as 8/14 on his second serve. Diez won 13/16 points (81%) when venturing up to the net. He did not face a break point and was able to break his opponent once in each set.

Frank Dancevic suffered a 6-2, 6-3 first round loss against local favourite Liam Broady. Despite serving at 73% for the match Dancevic was unable to defend his serve as well as Broady, who only served 54% on his first serve. Broady posted solid winning percentages on his first (70%) and second serve (61%) while also imposing himself as a dominant figure at the net going 8/10.

Also happening around the grounds – world no. 1 Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov enjoyed a warm-up hit together.

Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil and Eugenie Bouchard are into another main draw at the lone grass Major. Denis Shapovalov will make his Grand Slam debut as a wildcard.

Ladies Wimbledon qualifications begins tomorrow for Françoise Abanda and Bianca Andreescu. Abanda, the 23rd seed, will face Anna Kalinskaya of Russia while Andreescu plays 10th seed Kayla Day. Abanda is seeking her third Major appearance while Andreescu aims to make her debut.

Ready for grass season 👊🏼🌱🙋🏽

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