THREE CANADIANS ARE QUARTER-FINAL BOUND AT THE SUBARU SHERBROOKE FUTURES PRESENTED BY ÉNERGIE 106,1
Tennis Canada – Auger-Aliassime, Schnur, and Shapovalov reach the final eight
Sherbrooke, March 9, 2017 – Three of the four Canadians who reached the second round advanced to the quarter-finals on Thursday at the Subaru Sherbrooke Futures presented by Énergie 106,1. Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal), Brayden Schnur (Pickering, ON), and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) are into the final eight at the $25,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament being held until March 12 on the Christian Bourque indoor courts at the Centre récréatif de Rock Forest in Sherbrooke.
Auger-Aliassime played Thursday’s feature evening match against American Winston Lin and it didn’t take long for the 16-year-old Canadian to impose himself. Auger-Aliassime needed just 47 minutes to to earn a 6-2, 6-0 victory and book his place in the quarter-finals opposite the tournament’s top seed Edward Corrie of Great Britain. Currently ranked no. 244 in the world, Corrie was crowned champion of the Sherbrooke Futures in 2015 and also reached the final in 2014.
For his part, Shapovalov, last week’s winner in Gatineau, picked up his seventh straight triumph after coming from behind to defeat American Christian Harrison, the younger brother of Ryan Harrison 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1. Seeded second in the tournament, Shapovalov will face Laurent Lokoli of France in the final eight.
Meanwhile, Schnur went up against American qualifier Henrik Wiersholm. Wiersholm took the lead after comfortably winning the first set tiebreak. Schnur, ranked no. 396 in the world, fought back to secure a 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1 win to set a quarter-final meeting against fourth-seeded Grégoire Barrère of France. Barrère defeated Vancouver’s Philip Bester in the second round.
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