It’s down to the final two in both the boys’ and girls’ draws at the U18 Indoor Rogers Junior National Championships in Markham, Ont. following the semifinals on Thursday.
Vanessa Wong from Toronto will be going for her second straight U18 indoor national crown. Last year’s champion earned her place in the final once again via a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Natasha Sengphrachanh. Wong, age 17, will be playing for her eighth overall national title – she has won each age category (U12, U14, U16, and U18) at least once in singles and/or doubles.
Her opponent will be 14-year-old Sasha Vagramov from British Columbia, whose improvement has seen her move from finishing third in the U14 outdoor tournament last summer to making the U18 final this spring. Vagramov, a member of Tennis Canada’s national junior training program in Vancouver, advanced thanks to a 7-6(3), 6-3 triumph against Ines Milosevic.
The boys’ final will pit the unseeded 16-year-old Gabriel Champoux of Quebec versus No. 5 Christian Lakoseljac of Ontario. Champoux, who earlier upset No. 1 seed Victor Krustev in the quarter-finals, continued his strong play by ousting No. 9 Clarke Wilson 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
For his part, 17-year-old Lakoseljac got through a long, hard battle against No. 2 seed Nicaise Muamba, last week’s U16 champion. The final score was 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6(5) in Lakoseljac’s favour.
Friday’s finals will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at Mayfair Parkway in Markham, Ont. with Wong versus Vagramov followed by Champoux against Lakoseljac. For the complete draws and results, please visit tc.tournamentsoftware.com.