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Canadians may be eliminated from singles contention at the U.S. Open. Still, their success continues in doubles as both Gabriela Dabrowski and Leylah Annie Fernandez have advanced to the quarter-final stage.
In women’s doubles, Dabrowski and her partner, Giuliana Olmos of Mexico, defeated American Asia Muhammad and Ena Shibahara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8) in a tightly contested match that needed a third set tiebreak to decide it.
The fifth-seeded pair will now face the accomplished Czech pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova for a place in the semifinals.
This will be Dabrowski’s fifth appearance in a U.S. Open doubles quarter-final and she has reached the semifinals once before.
The 30-year-old Canadian could not secure a second victory on Sunday in Flushing Meadows after falling in mixed doubles with Aussie Max Purcell to her compatriot Fernandez and American Jack Sock 6-4, 7-6(4). Fernandez and Sock, who are teaming up for the first time, will meet the fourth-seeded Aussie duo of Storm Sanders and John Peers in the quarter-finals.
Canadian Juniors Victorious on Day One
A pair of Canadians advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open junior event on Sunday. Ninth-seeded Victoria Mboko opened with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Kaitlin Quevedo. So far this summer, the 16-year-old Mboko has reached the doubles final at junior Wimbledon and won her first ITF pro singles title in Winnipeg. Mia Kupres joined her compatriot in round two thanks to a 7-5, 6-3 victory over no. 15 seed Ksenia Zaytseva. Meanwhile, Annabelle Xu was unable to make it three Canadian wins as she fell 6-3, 6-0 to Alexandra Eala.
Kayla Cross and Jaden Weekes will begin their singles title bid on Monday.