Canucks This Week – Week of March 2, 2020 (final results)

There are no ATP Tour men’s events this week, because it’s a Davis Cup week.
Canada has already qualified for the November finals

Abierto GNP Seguros
Monterrey, Mexico (WTA Int’l/ATP Challenger)

Women’s singles

[SE] Leylah Annie Fernandez
1st rd: def [Q] Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 76 (5) 62
2nd rd: def. [5/WC] Sloane Stephens (USA) 67 (4) 63 63
QF: lost to [1] Elina Svitolina (UKR) 64 75

Men’s singles

[12] Brayden Schnur
1st rd: Bye
2nd rd: lost to Kevin King (USA) 64 67 (4) 75

[10] Steven Diez
1st rd: Bye
2nd rd: lost to John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 61 60

[14] Peter Polansky
1st rd: Bye
2nd rd: def Evan King (USA) 62 63
3rd rd: lost to [1] Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 61 62

Women’s doubles

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) / Sharon Fichman 
1st rd: def Arantxa Rus (NED) / Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 75 64
QF: def. [2] Desirae Krawczyk (USA) / Giuliana Olmos (MEX) 64 64
SF: def Marie Bouzkova / Renata Voracova (CZE) 64 06 [13-11]
F: def Miyu Kato (JPN) / Yafan Wang (CHN) 46 63 [10-7]

Men’s doubles

Peter Polansky / Brayden Schnur
1st rd: lost to [4] Orlando Luz / Rafael Matos (BRA) 67 (3) 75 [12-10]

Steven Diez / Lorenzo Giustino (ITA)
1st rd: lost to Andrew Harris / Jason Kubler (AUS) 75 63

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Oracle Pro Series
Las Vegas, NV (ITF $25K)

Singles

Katherine Sebov
1st rd: def [WC] Audrey Boch-Collins (USA) 63 61
2nd rd: def. [4] Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) 26 64 61
QF: def [5] Jovana Jovic (SRB) 46 64 63
SF: lost to [JE] Robin Montgomery (USA) 75 36 61

[Q] Françoise Abanda
1st rd: def Xu Shilin (CHN) 75 62
2nd rd: lost to Diane Parry (FRA) 64 26 62

Singles qualifying

[1] Françoise Abanda
1st rd: vs. Alexa Noel (USA) 67 (4) 61 [10-5]
Final rd: def [11] Maegan Manasse (USA) 76 (4) 63

Catherine Leduc
1st rd: lost to [11] Maegan Manasse (USA) 61 63

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W15 Monastir
Monastir, Tunisia (ITF $15K)  

Singles

[Q] Charlotte Robillard-Millette
1st rd: def [Q] Valentina Gaqqini (ITA) 64 46 63
2nd rd: lost to [7] Andreea Prisacariu (ROU) 60 30 retd

Singles qualifying

Charlotte Robillard-Millette
1st rd: def Brigitte Manceau (FRA) 63 61
Final rd: def. [2] Nicole Gadient (SUI) 61 26 [10-5]

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Mildura Tennis International
Mildura, AUS (ITF $25K)  

Singles 

Erin Routliffe (NZL)
1st rd: lost to [6] Ivana Popovic (AUS) 62 61

Doubles

[1] Erin Routliffe (NZL) / Arina Rodionova (AUS)
1st rd: def Joanna Garland (TPE) / Leonie Kung (SUI) 64 76 (4)
QF: def Monique Barry / Sara Tomic (AUS) 63 61
SF: def. [4] Michika Ozeki / Ramu Ueda (JPN) 61 64
F: lost to [2] Tereza Mikalikova (SVK) / Abbie Myers (AUS) 63 62

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Soho Square
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (ITF $15K)  

Singles

Kelsey Stevenson
1st rd: def Simon Anthony Ivanov (BUL) 64 64
2nd rd: def. [4] David Pichler (AUT) 62 63
QF: def. [Q] Diego Fernandez Flores (CHI) 62 36 60
SF: lost to Jaroslav Pospisil (CZE) 62 62

Doubles

Kelsey Stevenson / Raheel Manji
1st rd: def Issei Okamura / Seita Watanabe (JPN) 75 64
QF: def [3] Alexander Igoshin / Evgenii Tiurnev (RUS) WALKOVER
SF: lost to Oleg Khotkov / Volodymyr Uzhylovskyi (UKR) 76 (5) 63

Singles qualifying

[11] Iancu Iustinian Ghinda 
1st rd: Bye
2nd rd: def Aliaksandr Sasnouski (BLR) 76 (4) 61
Final rd: lost to [3] Seita Watanabe (JPN) 60 62

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Lyttos Beach ITF World Tour
Heraklion, Greece (ITF $15K)  

Singles qualifying

Keira Blackbeard
1st rd: lost to Michaela Niedermeier (GER) 60 62

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Faro Portugal 2
Faro, Portugal (ITF $15K)  

Singles qualifying

Riaan du Toit
1st rd: lost to [2] Wojciech Marek (POL) 63 64

Michel-Alexandre Fortin
1st rd: lost to Len Schouten (DEN) 64 62

 

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12 thoughts on “Canucks This Week – Week of March 2, 2020 (final results)

  1. thank you goldengirl… another voice of reason in the dark irrational night… Speaking of irrationality, this is insane cancelling the tournament…. The Oracle tournament went off without a hitch. There is ONE case of the virus there somewhere. Has the world gone crazy?? Is the health department going to write a cheque to all the players losing money over this?? Most are on-site and built up huge expenses getting there. They are independent contractors that pay their own bills and rely on Q or 1st round prize money to make ends meet. Do they expect Larry to just cover everyones bills??? And where the hell are they going to find a 2 week gap in the calendar to get this tournament done??

    • Stringer, I initially felt the same way as you about Indian Wells being cancelled over one or two cases of Covid19 (apparently there had been one previous confirmed case in the area). Then, I started thinking that maybe the organizers know more than they are telling, & were asked by health officials not to say anything in order not to incite panic. I may be way off base, but thought that was the most reasonable explanation.
      I live about an hour outside Guadalajara, Mexico where a Women’s 125K is scheduled for next week. So far, there have only been three confirmed cases in Mexico, & none in the state of Jalisco where Guadalajara is, so I am optimistic that the tournament will go on as scheduled. I know it doesn’t have the stature of Indian Wells, but at least, tennis could be played next week.

  2. PLEASE stop the ball bouncing MADNESS. Next time you see Leylah could you please mention it to her. Had the chance to see her entire match against Elina…. and seriously it cuts down on the fun and makes watching her pure torture. One sequence: she grabs the balls behind the baseline and bounces 11 times, then 18 more at the baseline, then 4 more… we are up to 33. Fault…. 20 plus 4 more… we are up to 57. Net cord, second serve, 20 plus 4 more. We are up to 81 bounces. And that is just one point! How many man-years of spectator time is she going to waste through her career??? What is with this weird compulsion to use every last second of the shot clock to bounce balls?? That is not the idea behind the shot clock, it is to keep the game moving. If there was no clock, would she bounce it 100 times per point??

    • I agree with you, Stringer. I find all her ball-bouncing extremely irritating. Other than that, I really enjoy watching her play.

    • ‘Stringer’ indicates that you string racquets, and therefore are rather familiar with tennis.
      You should therefore understand that you don’t mess with a player’s habits, or idiosyncrasies, etc. Especially not when the player is doing very well.
      Leylah is a breath of fresh air. I’ve been playing and following tennis for 40 years, and I have never seen that degree of focus, drive, and determination in any other player. Leylah is intense. Part of the intensity is the ball bouncing. It helps her keep her rhythm in each service game. In other words, it’s needed – at least at this point. And it’s working. Maybe she’ll abandon it at some point – and maybe not. In the end, it’s up to her, not you or I. Neither Leylah nor any other player is there to please or satisfy fans. They do what feels right and what works. And if it ain’t broke, they don’t ‘fix’ it.

      • There are plenty of players out there who have that focus, drive and determination.I mean, most of the champions do. Even if they show it in different ways. That’s what it takes.

        • “There are plenty of players out there who have that focus, drive and determination.”

          I disagree – it is not common at all. Leylah is cut from a different cloth. I’ve watched lots of players through the years at many different levels of junior and pro tennis… and the only other player I’ve seen that level of genuine focus and determination in is Nadal. And maybe Patty Fendick, going back many years.
          I’ve seen plenty of phony ‘intensity’ – as if some players believe that if they act intense, the real intensity will find itself within them by magic… but real intensity and focus and determination is extremely rare.
          Leylah simply possesses something very unique; something which cannot be taught. I know that her dad recognizes it. And she just absolutely loves to hit a tennis ball, as well.

          Her focus and determination will override any disadvantage she may have because of her comparatively small physical stature. It already has.

          • We’ll have to agree to disagree on that.
            What you might observe superficially on the outside isn’t necessarily indicative of what’s on the inside. Not everyone shows it (and yes, lots of people “fake it to make it”). That doesn’t mean it’s not there for a lot of people. You simply don’t get to this level without a whole bunch of it.
            The percentage of those who have it might be smaller if you took, say, the top 1000 as a sample group. But if you get to the top 50? Top 20? Most of them have it, to varying degrees obviously. Often those with the relative lesser skills have more of it, to even the playing field a little. That’s how they got there. Sometimes those who are more naturally gifted have less of it, because they haven’t needed it to get to a certain level. But when they start aspiring to the very, very top level, that’s when the (relative) lack of it starts to show up.

            You think Roger Federer doesn’t have all the focus, drive and determination you could ask for – just because he doesn’t lay it all out on the tennis court during matches? Of course he does. In spades. Just because he’s not as “demonstrative” about it on court as Nadal is doesn’t mean he doesn’t have every bit as much. That’s one example.

            Fernandez’s focus and determination have taken her a long way so far.
            But top 100, top 50, top 20 are exponentially more difficult steps to take.
            It’s going to be fascinating to see how far she can get with the set of tools she has.

            (And yes, Patty Fendick was a rock star 🙂 )

  3. This is ridiculous… Is Andreescu going to be on a plane from Barcelona tomorrow and play Indian Wells or not????? It is always the same old vague double-talk from Bruneau. I am 66 years old and play twice a week at my local club in Barrie, I often have a niggle or 3 but I show up. Doesn’t Bianca know or care that there are thousands of Canadians that desperately want to know the nature of her injury and if she is going to be getting on that plane?????

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