Photo: Audrey BoyleVanessa Wong (CAN)
On the second day of the North/Central America & Caribbean Final Qualifying event in Montreal there was joy for the host nation in the World Junior Tennis competition.
Thanks to an excellent performance by Canada's Vanessa Wong in singles and doubles, where she was partnered by Katherine Sebov, the Canadian girls' team defeated the USA in the deciding doubles.
Sebov, who lost her singles on Friday, spoke the player’s oath at the Opening Ceremony on behalf of all participating players. Canada and USA are favourites to qualify for the finals now before the final day, where they will face Mexico and Guatemala respectively.
In the 14 & under boys, Canada and USA sealed qualification in Friday’s ties. Canada defeated Mexico 3-0 and USA overcame Guatemala with the same score. Tomorrow's match between Canada and USA will determine who will be the strongest team from the region going to Prostejov in August.
The 16 & under girls' event, where only the winner of the group will secure qualification for San Luis Potosi, will be determined by the deciding tie between Canada and USA on Saturday.
Whilst Canada lost a set in the doubles on Friday against Mexico in the Junior Fed Cup, the US girls are yet to lose one in the competition and seem to be favourites on paper as they convincingly defeated Cuba.
In the Junior Davis Cup, the USA consolidated their leader position in the group by defeating Mexico. They will face Dominican Republic in their one remaining encounter. Canada’s win over the Dominican Republic puts the hosts into second position in the group.
They will be facing Mexico tomorrow, but without the help of a miraculous victory of the Dominican Republic against the USA, a win would not be enough for the Canadians to qualify.
For a complete breakdown of all the results click here.