13 Oct 2012

North American players dominate in Montreal

Match Report

Philippe Bedard (CAN)

Players from Canada and USA make up the men’s singles semifinal line-up at the Tennis Canada International after the first two days of play at the ITF 2 Series event in Montreal, while the same four players will meet in the men’s doubles final.

Canada’s Jean-Francoise Sylvestre recorded the most notable victory in Thursday’s opening day of play. Sylvestre fought back against his compatriot Karko Golic, who is ranked almost 400 places higher in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour Ranking, to record a 06 63 64 victory and reach the quarterfinals.

However, Sylvestre could win just one game against his fellow Canadian Philippe Bedard in the last eight, with Bedard now set to play top seed Stephen Welch after the USA’s former world No. 1 held off Jean-Paul Melo 63 63.

In the bottom half of the men’s draw Eric Gilbert has come through an all-Canadia quarter after beating Gary Luker 61 62 and will now play American second seed Steve Baldwin, who eaed past Mexico’s Sergio Naduville 60 61.

Top seeds Welch and Baldwin and second seeds Bedard and Gilbert will go head-to-head in the men’s doubles final after both partnerships had few problems in their respective semifinals.

Meanwhile, Yuka Chokyu and Amanda Yan both remain unbeaten after recording one-sided victories in their first two of four round-robin matches in the women’s singles.