Canucks This Week – week of Oct. 23, 2017 (Final results)

Andreescu and Zhao take the Saguenay Challenger doubles title.

WTA Tour Finals


Gabriela Dabrowski / Yifan Xu (CHN)
1st rd: lost to [2] Ekaterina Makarova / Elena Vesnina (RUS) 61 61


Swiss Indoors
Basel, Switzerland (ATP Tour 500)


Denis Shapovalov
1st rd: def Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 46 62 76 (3)
2nd rd: lost to [7] Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 46 61 62

[LL] Vasek Pospisil
1st rd: lost to [5] Jack Sock (USA) 36 76 (7) 75

Singles qualifying

[7] Vasek Pospisil
1st rd: def Kenny de Schepper (FRA) 76 (3) 64
Final rd: lost to [4] Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64

[WC] Félix Auger-Aliassime
1st rd: lost to [5] Julien Benneteau (FRA) 64 63

[WN) 62 26 7

Erste Open 500
Vienna, Austria (ATP Tour 500)


Daniel Nestor / John Isner (USA)
1st rd: lost to [1] Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) 76 (3) 64


Internationaux Féminins de la Vienne
Poitiers, France (ITF Pro Circuit $100K)


Françoise Abanda
1st rd: lost to [3] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 63 60


[WC] Françoise Abanda / Chloe Paquet (FRA)
1st rd: lost to Danka Kovinic (MNE) / Katarzyna Piter (POL) 63 76 (6)


Challenger Banque Nationale de Saguenay
Saguenay, Québec (ITF Pro Circuit $60K)


[2] Bianca Andreescu 
1st rd: lost to [Q] Shilin Xu (CHN) 75 06 76 (3)

[4] Carol Zhao
1st rd: def. [Q] Elena Bovina (RUS) 16 63 76 (3)
2nd rd: def. An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 64 62
QF: lost to Greta Arn (HUN) 60 61

[WC] Charlotte Robillard-Millette
1st rd: def. Chieh-Yu Hsu (TPE) 64 62
2nd rd: def Michaela Honkova (SVK) 63 75
QF: lost to [3] Bibianne Schoofs (NED) 36 76 (1) 62

[WC] Leylah Annie Fernandez
1st rd: def. [WC] Isabelle Boulais (CAN) 75 62
2nd rd: def Maria Mateas (USA) 61 64
QF: lost to[Q] Shilin Xu (CHN) 75 64

[WC] Isabelle Boulais
1st rd: lost to [WC] Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN) 75 62

[WC] Catherine Leduc
1st rd: lost to An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 63 62


Bianca Andreescu / Carol Zhao
1st rd: def [3] Michaela Honcova (SVK) / Bibianne Schoofs (NED) 76 (3) 64
QF: def. [WC] Anca Craciun / Petra Januskova (CAN) 64 64
SF: def Jessika Ponchet (FRA) / Kimberley Zimmerman (BEL) 62 75
F: def. Erin Routliffe (NZL) / Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA) WALKOVER

Erin Routliffe (NZL) / Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA)
1st rd: vs. Quinn Gleason (USA) / Chieh-Yu Tsu (TPE) 76 (1) 21 retd
QF: def Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) / Victoria Rodriguez (MEX) 76 (3) 36 [11-9]
SF: def [1] Emina Bektas (USA) / Alexa Guarachi (CHI) 26 63 [10-2]
F: lost to Bianca Andreescu / Carol Zhao (CAN) WALKOVER

Charlotte Robillard-Millette / Julia Elbaba (USA)
1st rd: vs. Safiya Carrington / Alana Smith (USA) 76 (4) 20 retd
QF: lost to [1] Emina Bektas (USA) / Alexa Guarachi (CHI) 61 60

[WC] Anca Craciun / Petra Januskova
1st rd: vs. Kennedy Shaffer / Yonit Yurofsky (USA) 62 26 [10-4]
QF: lost to Bianca Andreescu / Carol Zhao (CAN) 64 64

[WC] Leylah Annie Fernandez / Catherine Leduc
1st rd: lost to Jessika Ponchet (FRA) / Kimberley Zimmerman (BEL) 61 46 [10-4]


W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic
Macon, Georgia (ITF Pro Circuit $80K)

[4] Aleksandra Wozniak
1st rd: def. [WC] Elena Christofi (GRE) 64 61
2nd rd: lost to Sabrina Santamaria (USA) 76 (5) 63

W.L N) 62 26 762 26 7 

Open Brest Aréna Crédit Agricole
Brest, France (ATP Challenger $106€+H)


[2] Adil Shamasdin / Roman Jebavy (CZE)
1st rd: lost to Scott Clayton (GBR) / Divij Sharan (IND) 64 76 (4)


Hung Thinh Open
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (ATP Tour Challenger $50K+H)


[3] Peter Polansky
1st rd: def Alessandro Bega (ITA) 64 46 75
2nd rd: def Stéphane Robert (FRA) 75 67 (8) 64
QF: lost to [6] Akira Santillan (AUS) 63 36 64


[4] Peter Polansky / Akira Santillan (AUS)
1st rd: lost to Saketh Myneni / Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) 67 (4) 62 [10-8]

TexaPalmDani Singles qualif

Hammamet Open
Hammamet, Tunisia (ITF $15K Futures/Pro Circuit)

Men’s singles

[2] Steven Diez
1st rd: def Guy Den Heijer (NED) 63 62
2nd rd: lost to Ronald Slobodchikov (RUS) 46 75 63


Egypt Men’s Futures / Soho Square Egypt F30 Women’s Futures
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (ITF $15K Futures/Pro Circuit)

Men’s singles

[Q] Washi Gervais
1st rd: lost to Issam Haitham Taweel (EGY) 64 63

Men’s doubles

Washi Gervais / Antoine Leduc
1st rd: lost to [4] David Perez Sanz / Pablo Vivero Gonzalez (ESP) 62 60

Women’s singles

Maria Patrascu
1st rd: lost to [8] Elena Teodora Cadar (ROU) 46 63 62

Women’s doubles

Maria Patrascu / Alexandra Riley (USA)
1st rd: lost to Daniela Macarena Lopez (CHI) / Zi Yi Wang (CHN) WALKOVER

Men’s singles qualifying

[7] Washi Gervais
1st rd: Bye
2nd rd: def Diego Fernandez Flores (CHI) 63 64
Final rd: def [14] Antoine Leduc (CAN) 63 62

[14] Antoine Leduc
1st rd: Bye
2nd rd: def Manuel Montalvo Hidalgo (ESP) 63 26 75
Final rd: lost to [7] Washi Gervais (CAN) 63 62


Tennis Organisation Cup
Antalya, Turkey (ITF $15K Pro Circuit/Futures)


[Q] Pavel Krainik
1st rd: def [WC] Mert Naci Turker (TUR) 46 62 63
2nd rd: lost to [4-Q] Ivan Nedelko (RUS) 61 60

Singles qualifying

[4] Pavel Krainik
1st rd: def [WC] Umit Ege Cankus (TUR) 61 61
2nd rd: def Nikita Valentsev (RUS) 62 60
Final rd: def. [11] Alexander Merino (PER) 63 63


ITF Men’s Pro Circuit $15,000
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (ITF $15K Futures)


[Q] Kelsey Stevenson
1st rd: def. [5] Karunuday Singh (IND) 75 16 76 (7)
2nd rd: lost to [SE] Jurabek Karimov (UZB) 63 61


Kelsey Stevenson / Vinayak Sharma Kaza (IND)
1st rd: lost to Jurabek Karimov (UZB) / Aoran Wang (CHN) 63 76 (5)

Singles qualifying

[3] Kelsey Stevenson
1st rd: def Naufal Sidiq Kamaruzzaman (MAS) 62 62
2nd rd: def. Milan Krnjetin (SRB) 62 64
Final rd: def [14] Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND) 75 75

Francis Paré
1st rd: def. Kshitij Kamal (IND) 60 61
2nd rd: lost to [6] Dalwinder Singh (IND) 64 75

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Kiryat Gat, ISR F14
Kiryat Gat, Israel (ITF $15K Futures)


Alexander Day
1st rd: def Hugo Voljacques (FRA) 36 63 64
2nd rd: def. [7] Simon Carr (IRL) 63 64
QF: lost to [3] Matias Descotte (ARG) 61 64


Alexander Day / Thomas Colautti (GBR)
1st rd: def. Yannai Barkai / Shahar Elbaz (ISR) 64 61
QF: lost to [4] Nicolas Uryson (ARG) / Fran Zgombic (CRO) 57 63 [10-7]

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15 thoughts on “Canucks This Week – week of Oct. 23, 2017 (Final results)

  1. Can I just say that as a long-time fan (going back to the Expos days) I have always appreciated your honest and straight-forward analysis that is always backed by real facts and not just feelings. I suppose this comes across as “confrontational” to some but I think it is only because they read you superficially. I am certain that many of us depend on you for our tennis fix and I know you do not get anywhere near the appreciation you deserve. You are a great writer, never let the trolls get you down.

    • Thanks! I never do. There is nothing an anonymous person on the Internet can type that would ever hurt my feelings. It’s just annoying. The confrontational part comes when people throw their “expert opinions” at me, backed by very little, and if I disagree with them and tell them why they get super ticked off. And then I’M the bad guy. 🙂

      I know my strengths (and many weaknesses). And I don’t feel unappreciated.
      I think (and hope) people can tell the difference between the fans with laptops and those of us who actually go out and talk to people and learn things and try to break news, instead of transcribing press conferences and Tweeting.

      Next year’s gonna be great at I’m going to have some help and can hopefully focus more on the real inside, in-depth stories I’m dying to write.

  2. Sorry you have had to go through such a tough time with other posters. I am not one for much social media, & when I do participate, I try to be forthright & honest. I really respect your opinion, even if it is different from mine. I am just a tennis fan who reads articles & watches matches, but you are the real expert. That’s why I comment sometimes, trying to get your take on things, especially regarding Canadian players because I know that you have access to information that I do not. I certainly didn’t set out to “try to prove a point”. I just honestly want to hear your opinion. As for real conversations to be verbal, interactive & constantly evolving, I agree but,unfortunately that is not practical for your blog, so the next best thing is through the written word.

    • No worries.
      Don’t forget, when it comes to Pospisil, that he has chronic back issues that flare up at the worst times. He keeps working on different solutions to try to address it. Hopefully he’ll find the right one.
      Definitely a year to forget.

      • That was a tough match, but entertaining for the part I saw.

        I was so disappointed for Vasek. I sure hope he can find a solution to his back problems.

  3. Ok, fair enough. Was a difficult match, watching Vasek lose to Jack Sock. Didn’t seem that there was much shared history, and a perfunctory handshake. Golden Girl hopes for better days for Vasek, as does Open Court. Me too.

    • They’re both out there trying to win a tennis match. And it sure was a tough one. I wouldn’t be shocked if Sock retires in his next one.
      But their dubs partnership was a long time ago, in tennis terms. And they didn’t know each other that well before that almost random hookup at Wimbledon.
      It’s fun when you win, obviously, but that doesn’t necessarily make you besties if you don’t have that much in common.
      People make far too much of on-court handshakes, in my opinion. Not that we don’t all look for them at the end. 🙂

  4. Things are not looking good for Pospisil. He didn’t get out of qualifying in any of the Asia tournaments he played, & now couldn’t get out of qualifying in Basel. I’m just afraid he is going to end up playing the qualifying for the Australian Open & won’t get out of there, either. I saw him play in person in Guadalajara, Mexico in the spring, & he looked like he had put on a few pounds & it was affecting his movement. He was a step or two slow getting to the net, & didn’t move all that well generally. I thought it might be the heat because he does not play well in it. He did pull his ranking up by playing Challengers in Asia after Mexico, but now he is slipping again. IMHO, he is too talented to not be able to get out of qualifying into main draws.

          • Guess we are on different wavelengths. I was giving my thoughts in the hope that you would give me yours on Pospisil in the way that a conversation usually starts. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

          • My experience on the interwebz is that when people make such declarative statements, the response they want is, “I agree. Your analysis is spot-on”.
            If I don’t, and start explaining why a statement/opinion is inaccurate and back it up with intel and facts, it most often morphs into, “Oh, you think you know SO much more than anyone. You’re so full of yourself”.
            Or some variation thereof. And it takes too much bandwidth and time to get there!
            And so, slowly but surely, I’m learning. It’s a terrible medium for actual “conversation”. Which to me is interactive and constantly evolving. And verbal.
            Typed thoughts usually end up with one side picking three words out of an entire explanation and forking off somewhere where it should never have detoured in the first place – just to try to “win” a point, somehow.
            None of that applies to you personally, of course. It’s just how I’ve decided to go with it. Enough people have responded here that I’m “confrontational” – i.e. I disagree with someone’s opinion, and say so unequivocally and back it up with facts and knowledge.
            So I’ve had to go in another direction there.

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