June 13, 2024

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Open Court at the Eddie Herr – Canadian girls make moves

BRADENTON, Fla. – There’s not much to talk about on the boys’ side, in terms of the future of Canadian tennis.

But on the girls’ side, there at least is a little volume, as evidenced by the draws at last week’s Eddie Herr International Championships.

The tournament, held at the IMG Academy and sort of a double-header on Har-Tru with this week’s Orange Bowl, has categories from 12-and-under all the way up to 18-and-under.

And on the girls’ side, there were a number of players who made runs, notably in doubles.

No. 2 seed Diana Schnaider of Russia took down two Canadians along the way at the Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla. last week

Mboko the only seed

The youngest of them is Victoria Mboko, a player who had been training at the IMG Academy – until the pandemic hit and the place basically shut down. At that point, she returned to Canada.

So she certainly felt at home.

Mboko, the youngest of the girl squad (as far as we can determine, with the ITF information on dates of birth etc. being pretty sketchy), was the only seeded player in the singles, at No. 15.

She made her seeding, reaching the third round and running up against No. 2 seed Diana Schnaider of Russia, a lefty.

It was a good battle, with Mboko down 1-4 in the third set before she rallied (with some help from Schnaider) to tie it at 5-5. Schnaider broke Mboko when she was serving to stay in the match at 5-6, and that was it.

Here are a few highlights.

Canadian Eddie Herr Singles Results

Girls’ 18 singles

Mia Kupres
1st rd: def. [8] Clervie Lgounoue (USA) 51 retd
2nd rd: def. Tatjana Nikolenko (KAZ) 61 63
3rd rd: def. Kristyna Tomajkova (CZE) 63 61
QF: lost to [2] Diana Shnaider (RUS) 61 61

[15] Victoria Mboko
1st rd: def. Amelie Van Impe (BEL) 63 63
2nd rd: def. Alejandra Cruz (MEX) 61 61
3rd rd: lost to [2] Diana Shnaider (RUS) 61 36 75

Reece Carter
1st rd: def. Qavia Lopez (USA) 63 61
2nd rd: lost to [6] Solana Sierra (ARG) 16 76 (5) 63

Dasha Plekhanova
1st rd: def. Nevena Carton (USA) 75 75
2nd rd: lost to [11] Laura Hetaranta (FIN) 40 retd

Kayla Cross
1st rd: lost to [14] Alexis Blokhina (USA) 26 64 75

Annabelle Xu
1st rd: lost to [7] Mirra Andreeva (RUS) 63 62

Boys’ 18 Singles

Jaden Weekes
1st rd: lost to [WC] Sebastian Gorzny (USA) 62 62

Good doubles run for Mboko-Cross

In doubles, the team of Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko reached the semifinals, narrowly losing to the sister team of Brenda and Linda Fruhvirtova.

Here is some action from the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Canadian Eddie Herr Doubles Results

Girls’ 18 Doubles

[8] Kayla Cross / Victoria Mboko
1st rd: def. Ranah Stojber (GBR) / Kristyna Tomajkova (CZE) 76 (3) 75
2nd rd: def Krystal Blanch / Madeleine Jessup (USA) 63 63
QF: def. [3] Kristina Dmitruk (UKR) / Laura Hietaranta (FIN) 64 67 (4) [10-6]
SF: lost to [2] Brenda Fruhvirtova / Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) 63 57 [10-8]

[5] Annabelle Xu / Mirra Andreeva (RUS)
1st rd: def. Eva Elbaz / Maelie Monfils (FRA) 63 61
2nd rd: def Emma Charney / Tatum Evans (USA) 61 26 [10-3]
QF: lost to [4] Lucija Ciric Bagaric (CRO) / Johanne Christine Svendsen (DEN) 16 75 [10-8]

Dasha Plekhanova / Alejandra Cruz (MEX)
1st rd: lost to [4] Lucija Ciric Bagaric (CRO) / Johanne Christine Svendsen (DEN) 64 46 [13-11]

Mia Kupres / Tijana Sretenovic (SRB)
1st rd: lost to [7] Céline Naef (SUI) / Amelie Van Impe (BEL) 61 63

Reece Carter / Rozalia Gruszczynska (POL)
1st rd: lost to Alexis Blokhina / Katja Wiersholm (USA) 61 61

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