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Odlum Brown VanOpen – Top men’s seed Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania Advances to Semis

West Vancouver, BC – A summer to remember continued for Leylah Annie Fernandez on Friday at the Odlum Brown VanOpen as the Canadian teenager dispatched Nao Hibino of Japan 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the women’s singles semifinals at the $100,000 USD ITF World Tennis Tour tournament.

“It feels good, I’m excited for tomorrow. Today wasn’t an easy match but I feel like I played well and was able to fight through the difficulty. Hopefully I’m able to transition that to tomorrow because it won’t be an easy match either,” said Fernandez, who is the 2019 Junior French Open Champion, the first Canadian to ever hold the title.

It’s the third time in the last two months that the 16-year-old has made it to a semifinal at an ITF tournament in singles. In July, the Laval, Quebec product was a finalist at the $80K Granby Challenger and won the $25K Gatineau Challenger.

Fernandez expected the fight she got from Hibino, a player she knocked off in Granby last month. “I knew that no balls were going to be easy and that she wasn’t going to give me the match. No match is over until one wins two sets and six games so I was just trying to stay calm and fight through it.”

Fernandez faces Heather Watson in one of Saturday’s semifinals as she looks to become the first Canadian to make it to the Odlum Brown VanOpen women’s final since Sharon Fichman did six years ago. “Heather is a great player, she’s also a fighter and aggressive. It’s not going to be an easy match, so I’ll just have to prepare and hope that everything goes well.”

Watson made it to the semis with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Maddison Inglis of Australia. Joining her and Fernandez are 3rd seeded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo and Timea Babos of Hungary.

On the men’s side, top seed Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who’s ranked World No. 76, and 10th seed Jason Jung of Taiwan moved on, along with Go Soeda of Japan and France’s Maxime Janvier.

The action on Saturday, August 17 starts at 11 am, featuring the Men’s and Women’s Singles Semifinals and Men’s and Women’s Doubles Finals.

Odlum Brown VanOpen

An ATP Challenger Tour, ITF World Tennis Tour and Tennis Canada Event

Friday, August 16

Hollyburn Country Club

West Vancouver, BC

Purse: $208,320 USD

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Friday, August 16 – RESULTS

 

Men’s Singles Main Draw – Quarterfinals

Ricardas Berankis (1), Lithuania, def. Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3,

Jason Jung (10), Taiwan, def. Marc Polmans (16), Australia, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4,

Go Soeda, Japan, def. Enzo Couacaud, France, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4,

Maxime Janvier, France, def. (Q) Liam Broady, Great Britain, 7-5, 7-5.

 

Men’s Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals

(PR) Adil Shamasdin, Canada, and Treat Huey, Philippines, def. Roberto Maytin, Venezuela, and Jackson Withrow, 6-2, 6-2,

Robert Lindstedt, Sweden, and Jonny O’Mara (2), Great Britain, def. Jamie Cerretani, United States, and Jonathan Erlich (4), Israel, 7-5, 6-3.

 

Women’s Singles Main Draw – Quarterfinals

Sara Sorribes Tormo (3), Spain, def. (Q) Ena Shibahara, Japan, 6-1, 6-3,

Timea Babos, Hungary, def. Priscilla Hon, Australia, 6-2, 6-3,

Heather Watson (6), Great Britain, def. Maddison Inglis, Australia, 6-3, 6-2,

(WC) Leylah Annie Fernandez, Canada, def. Nao Hibino, Japan, 6-3, 6-4.

 

Women’s Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals

Nao Hibino, Japan, and Miyu Kato (2), Japan, def. Sharon Fichman, Canada, and Storm Sanders, Australia, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.

 

For more information, contact Odlum Brown VanOpen Media Manager Brian Wiebe at 604-916-8448 or media@vanopen.com.

 

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About the Odlum Brown VanOpen:

The Odlum Brown VanOpen is Western Canada’s largest and most celebrated tennis event. It offers a total of $208,320 USD in prize money and provides players the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on both the ATP and WTA Tours. It annually attracts 130 international and professional players from over 33 countries. Milos Raonic, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Johanna Konta, Kevin Anderson, Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil, Marion Bartoli, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova are among the top stars who began their careers at the Odlum Brown VanOpen.