Ontario Tennis

Ontario Tennis 2017/2018 | Summer 2017

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ONTARIO GIRLS SHINE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ONTARIO GIRLS SHOW THE KIND OF FORM THAT BODES WELL FOR THE FUTURE OF CANADIAN WOMEN'S TENNIS. WHETHER IN FEDERATION CUP PLAY, AT GRAND SLAM JUNIOR EVENTS, OR IN ITF TOURNAMENTS, ONTARIO GIRLS ARE SHOWING THEY HAVE THE SKILL AND THE WILL TO WIN! BIANCA ANDREESCU In the Spring of 2016 Ontario Tennis magazine featured an interview with Bianca. At that time she was ranked the #3 girl in the world. She went to the Australian Open seeded #1 in singles and doubles and reached the third round in both before being forced to retire due to injury. Bianca was sidelined for six months with an injury that would put her leg in a cast and see her at practice seated in a wheelchair. When she returned to competitive play she won the Gatineau ITF 25k singles and doubles and then went on to the US Open where she reached the girls' singles semi-fi nal and the girls' doubles quarter fi nals. At the ITF 50k event in Saguenay she reached both the women's singles and doubles fi nals. In 2017 Bianca's play has continued on an upward trajectory. In January, at the Australian Open she reached the semi-fi nals in singles and partnered with Carson Branstine to win the girls' doubles. In February she won her second ITF pro title at Rancho Santa Fe and at the Federation Cup America zone group 1 event in Mexico, Bianca won 4 singles matches and 2 doubles matches in round robin play against Venezuela, Bolivia and Paraguay and in the play- off against Chile. She continued her winning ways in April taking the singles title at the ITF 25k in Santa Margherita di Pula in Sardinia, Itlay and then had a win in the Federation cup tie against Kazakhstan beating world no 51 Shvedova. Bianca had another strong showing in junior Grand Slam play at the French Open, reaching the quarters in singles and winning the doubles, again partnered by Carson Branstine. CARSON BRANSTINE Carson was born and raised in California but has dual U.S. Canadian citizenship having strong ties to Ontario through her Ontario born mother. Carson started training in Canada in 2016 and elected to represent Canada effective in March of 2017. In her fi rst event competing for Canada she took the singles and doubles titles at the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, California. We hope that signifi es that representing Canada is a lucky charm for her. As mentioned above Carson partnered Bianca Andreescu for two junior Grand Slam doubles titles this year at the Australian and French Opens. KATHERINE SEBOV Katherine Sebov was born in Toronto in 1999. Despite making the 3rd round in the Australian Open girls' singles, Katherine elected to focus on her professional career in 2016 and she had some excellent results, reaching two singles semifinals in Turkey at consecutive ITF events and qualifying for two 50k ITF events in Saguenay and Toronto. She was selected to represent Canada in Federation Cup America zone 1 play in February winning 2 singles and one doubles in round robin play and a singles in the play-off against Chile, giving her an overall 4-0 record. She has reached the semi-fi nals in three ITF events already this year (Orlando, Midland & Rancho Santa Fe) LAYNE SLEETH Layne Sleeth of Markham, born in 2001, is a little younger than the other three girls we have featured here, but she is showing great promise. She is the reigning under 18 Canadian outdoor national champion and she has won her fi rst junior international singles title in 2017 at the grade 2 ITF event in Cap d'Ail, France which helped her reach her career high world junior ranking of 88. FEATURE ONTENNIS.ca | SUMMER 2017 17 JAG Tennis Canada Tennis Canada Tennis Canada VISIT ONTENNIS.ca FOR MORE STORIES

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