The Calgary National Bank Challenger has its finalists following another round of thrilling tennis on Saturday. The tournament, which offers $81,240 in total prize money, is being played on the hard courts of the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre in Calgary.
Maxime Cressy of the United States booked his place in Sunday’s championship match with victory over seventh-seeded Liam Broady of Great Britain. It means the American will contest a second Challenger final on Canadian soil in the space of a week after he claimed the Drummondville Challenger title just last Sunday. Cressy (No. 10) defeated Broady, the highest seeded player remaining in the tournament, by a score of 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5).
He will now face off against a familiar foe in Arthur Rinderknech of France in tomorrow’s final. Coincidentally, Rinderknech was the losing finalist in Drummondville. The eighth seed overcame Kacper Zuk of Poland in the day’s second singles match in Calgary. Rinderknech, who beat compatriot Geoffrey Blancaneaux in the previous round, defeated Zuk 6-3, 7-6(3).
In the remaining doubles semi-final, Canadian Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC) and partner Harry Bourchier of Australia sealed their passage through to Sunday’s championship match with a 6-4, 6-7(5), [10-5] victory over Broady and Scott Clayton of Great Britain. They will now face third seeds Nathan Pasha and Max Schnur of the United States in the doubles final.
(Feature photo: Kyle Clapham)