The International Junior Tennis Open in Repentigny could not have asked for a better celebration of the tournament’s 30th anniversary than having three Canadians in the finals on Saturday at a Parc Larochelle.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) was the first to earn her place in the girls championship match thanks to a 6-1, 6-3 win over France’s Tessah Andrianjafitrimo in the semifinals. The 15-year-old dominated her opponent from start to finish, limiting her unforced errors and playing aggresively when returning serve. Andreescu, ranked no. 35 on the ITF junior rankings, will try and capture her first Grade 1 title, but she will have to beat her compatriot Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) to get it. The 16-year-old needed a third set tiebreak to beat Karman Kaur Thandi of India 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5) after three hours on court. Robillard-Millette, who finished her quarter-final match late last night, suffered physically but she battled hard to reach the final where the tournament’s second seed will attempt to win her third title of the season. Andreescu and Robillard-Millette met earlier this year at Beaulieu-sur-Mer and it was Robillard-Millette who came out on top in three sets.
On the boys side, Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) extended his win streak thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American Gianni Ross. The 15-year-old Canadian broke his opponent’s serve four times and needed just 65 minutes to advance. Auger-Aliassime will play for his second consecutive title after being crowned champion of another G1 event in College Park last week. He will face fifth-seeded Mate Valkusz of Hungary for the final.
The boys singles final will get underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be followed by the girls final. The last Canadian to win the Repentigny tournament was Brayden Schnur in 2013. Eugenie Bouchard and Françoise Abanda won the event back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.