Canadian juniors taking over US Open as three players make final weekend
Tennis Canada – Bianca Andreescu and Felix Auger-Aliassime into singles semifinals; Auger-Aliassime and Benjamin Sigouin also to play for doubles championship
Toronto, September 9, 2016 – Two 16-year-old Canadians are one step closer to victory in New York after Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, Ont.) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal) both captured their quarter-final matches at the Junior US Open on Friday to reach the semifinals in their respective draws. With their wins, Canada is the only country to be represented by both a girl and boy in the final four.
No. 7 seed Andreescu is into her first Slam semifinal following a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over American Vanessa Ong. She will next take on another U.S. native, world No. 5 Kayla Day, against whom she is 2-1. This will be their first meeting this season.
Ranked world No. 11 in juniors, Andreescu also clinched her first pro title earlier this summer at the $25,000 Gatineau National Bank Challenger.
For his part, Auger-Aliassime dropped just three games en route to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph opposite Patrick Kypson of the United States. Auger-Aliassime, ranked world No. 9 and seeded No. 6 in New York, is through to his second Slam semifinal of the season, as he finished as runner-up at Roland Garros in June.
He will take on junior world No. 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece for a place in the final. Auger-Aliassime is currently 2-0 against the 18-year-old Tsitsipas, who competed just last week at the $25,000 pro tournament in Calgary and made the semifinals.
All-Canadian duo reach doubles final
Auger-Aliassime is also going for the repeat victory in the doubles draw. The 2015 Junior US Open doubles champion and 17-year-old partner Benjamin Sigouin (Vancouver) saved a match point en route to advancing into the final on Friday with a 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 triumph over Japan’s Toru Horie and Yuta Shimizu.
The No. 3-seeded duo are now one win from making it two straight years for a Canadian championship in New York. Last year, Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov became the first all-Canadian pair to win a junior Slam in 25 years.
In Saturday’s final, they will face Bolivian-Brazilian team Juan Carlos Manuel Aguilar and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves.
Both semifinals to be broadcast
Canadian tennis fans across the country will be able to cheer on Andreescu and Auger-Aliassime as TSN and RDS will broadcast their semifinal matches on Saturday.
Auger-Aliassime vs. Tsitsipas:
Live at 12 p.m. ET on TSN2 and RDS2.
Andreescu vs. Day:
Live on RDS2 at approximately 2 p.m. ET, following the conclusion of Auger-Aliassime’s match. TSN5 will air the match on tape delay at 3 p.m. ET.
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