Sharon Fichman (Toronto) and Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) are into the final four of the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger and Futures presented by Manshield Construction thanks to quarter-final victories at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club on Friday.
Peliwo ousted the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event’s No. 1 seed, Bulgarian Dimitar Kutrovsky, by a score of 7-6(4), 6-4. No. 8 seed Peliwo will take on No. 7-seeded South African Fritz Wolmarans for a place in the final.
The bottom half of the draw will see No. 2 seed Gonzalo Escobar of Ecuador face the unseeded American Alex Rybakov in the semifinals.
In the women’s tournament, offering $25,000 prize money, Canada went 1-1 in the quarter-finals. Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, Que.), competing in her first event in almost a year due to shoulder surgery, had her run stopped by Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek 7-5, 6-1.
Fichman was able to post a triumph. She upset No. 7-seeded Brit Emily Webley-Smith 6-2, 6-3. She also is on the comeback trail following injury, as Winnipeg is just her third tournament since May. In the semifinals, she will challenge Wozniak’s vanquisher, Krajicek.
No. 1 seed Jovana Jaksic is still in contention for the title as well, with the Serbian set to take on No. 5 seed Kristie Ahn of the United States in the semis.
In doubles, Fichman and Jaksic have proven to be a formidable team, with the No. 1 duo into the championship match. Their opponents in Saturday’s final will be Americans Ahn and Lorraine Guillermo, who upset the No. 2-seeded pair on Friday.
The Winnipeg National Bank Challenger and Futures will run from August 24 to 30 at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club. Click here for complete draws and results for the women’s events, and here for draws and results from the men’s event.