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On this week’s episode of Match Point Canada, Ben and Mike welcome one of the fastest-rising Canadian players in the sport.
Toronto’s Katherine Sebov makes her first appearance on the podcast, discussing her breakout season with the two co-hosts and how she’s been able to take her tennis to a new level.
In 2023, The 24-year-old qualified for the main draw of Australian Open, won a main draw match at a WTA 1000 event, captured an ITF title in Toronto, and broke inside the Top 150 of the rankings.
“I’m definitely very happy about my results, how I’ve been progressing not just this season, but since last year,” says Sebov, who is now ranked No. 136.
The Toronto native has enjoyed notable wins this season over strong players like Linda Noskova, Lauren Davis, and Linda Fruhvirtova.
“If I’m capable of beating Top 50 players, it means I’m definitely showing a very good level.”
Sebov came through qualifying at the Charleston Open just last week with two victories and won her first-round match, something which she says is crucial at this stage in her career.
“That match experience is extremely valuable for me, to be exposed to the highest level of players – that’s the key to my development right now.”
Sebov now gets set to compete for Team Canada presented by Sobeys at the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers in Vancouver, an opportunity she’s embracing.
“To play for your country is always an honour and for me to be at the level that I’m at now, to do so is also an accomplishment for me,” acknowledged Sebov.
She will compete alongside Leylah Annie Fernandez, Rebecca Marino, and Gaby Dabrowski as Canada squares off against Belgium April 14th and 15th.
In the meantime, we’re officially in the thick of the clay season!
Ben and Mike break down what’s to come at the Monte-Carlo Masters as Novak Djokovic makes his return, while the event is without Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal.
We also look back at action from the Charleston Open where Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur captured her first title of the season, and Canadians Fernandez and Sebov were both competing.