Katherine Sebov kneels on the court and turns and smiles.

Photo : Martin Sidorjak

Sobeys Stadium in Toronto is playing host to a $25,000 ITF women’s event this week and an impressive Canadian contingent will be competing in the tournament.

Leading the way is no. 2 seed Katherine Sebov who qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw at the Australian Open in January. The 24-year-old Toronto native also won the second ITF singles title of her career in December at another $25,000 event in Tauranga, New Zealand. She defeated American qualifier Sara Daavettila 6-0, 6-4 in the opening round.

Sebov will be joined by eight of her compatriots in the singles main draw including Vancouver’s Stacey Fung who was just crowned champion of the $25,000 women’s tournament in Santo Domingo on Sunday. It was the sixth ITF title of her career. She’ll face eighth-seeded Czech Gabriela Andrea Knuston in the opening round on Wednesday. Canadians Cadence Brace, Kayla Cross, Ellie Daniels, Catherine Gagnon, Orly Ogilvy, Martyna Ostrzygalo, and Anna-Raphaelle Serghi will also be competing.

Meanwhile, this week’s top seed in Toronto is world no. 128 Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia. The 24-year-old achieved a career-high ranking of no. 43 in March of 2019 and also reached the third round at Roland-Garros that same year. She has won 14 ITF singles titles in her career to go along with four WTA doubles trophies. Other familiar names that can be found in the Toronto draw are third-seeded Arianne Hartono of the Netherlands, Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway, and Hungary’s Fanny Stollar.

Main draw action gets underway on Tuesday at Sobeys Stadium. Admission is free to watch the matches all week until Sunday. Be sure to join us for some world-class tennis.