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Odlum Brown VanOpen – West Vancouver, BC – Canadian teenager Leylah Annie Fernandez is into the quarterfinals at the 2019 Odlum Brown VanOpen after her opponent Ashley Kratzer retired with an injury in their second-round match on Thursday at Hollyburn Country Club. The American qualifier called a medical timeout early in the second set and retired from the match with Fernandez up 4-0.

 

“I knew the beginning of the match would be very hard – I didn’t know she was injured – but I just tried to do my best to be aggressive and make her move and I did just that,” said Fernandez. “It’s bad luck that she’s injured, but I think I did well today and hopefully it will continue on tomorrow.”

 

The 16-year-old isn’t exactly experiencing your average teenage summer. The Laval, Quebec native won the junior girls’ French Open in June and the Gatineau Challenger in singles and doubles last month for her first pro championship titles. Fernandez also made it to the final at the Granby Challenger three weeks ago, upsetting World No. 135 Nao Hibino in the process. Hibino, from Japan, is her quarterfinal opponent here in Vancouver on Friday.

 

“It feels great, I’ve worked hard since the beginning of the year – and even beforehand – just to have the results and the extra bonus of going to the quarterfinals here is amazing,” added Fernandez.

 

Joining Fernandez and Hibino in the quarters are 3rd seed Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, 6th seed Heather Watson of Great Britain, Hungary’s Timea Babos, Australians Priscilla Hon and Maddison Inglis, and Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara.

 

On the men’s side, Toronto’s Brayden Schnur lost his third-round match on Thursday, falling 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Enzo Couacaud of France. Couacaud, who’s ranked World No. 169, faces Go Soeda of Japan in the quarterfinals. Soeda knocked off Thiego Monteiro when the Brazilian retired from the match down 2-1 in the third set.

 

Others advancing to the men’s quarterfinals include top seed Lithuanian Ricardis Berankis, 10th seed Jason Jung of Taiwan, 16th seed Aussie Marc Polmans, fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, France’s Maxime Janvier, and qualifier Liam Broady of Great Britain.

The action on Friday, August 16 starts at 11 am, featuring matches from Men’s and Women’s Singles Quarterfinals and Men’s and Women’s Doubles Semifinals.

Odlum Brown VanOpen

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

Wednesday, August 15

Hollyburn Country Club

West Vancouver, BC

Purse: $208,320 USD

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

Thursday, August 15 – RESULTS

 

Men’s Singles Main Draw – Third Round

Jason Jung (10), Taiwan, def. Evgeny Donskoy (7), Russia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4,

Go Soeda, Japan, def. Thiago Monteiro (5), Brazil, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 2-1 (Ret.),

Enzo Couacaud, France, def. Brayden Schnur (3), Canada, 7-6 (3), 6-4,

Marc Polmans (16), Australia, def. Tallon Griekspoor, Netherlands, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5,

Ricardas Berankis (1), Lithuania, def. (ITF) Lloyd Glasspool, Great Britain, 7-6 (4), 6-1,

(Q) Liam Broady, Great Britain, def. Malek Jaziri (4), Tunisia, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4,

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia, def. Dominik Koepfer (8), Germany, 6-4, 6-4,

Maxime Janvier, France, def. Hyeon Chung (12), Korea, 6-4, 6-2.

Men’s Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals

(PR) Adil Shamasdin, Canada, and Treat Huey, Philippines, def. Luke Bambridge, Great Britain, and Ben McLachlan (1), Japan, 5-7, 7-6 (13), 14-12,

Roberto Maytin, Venezuela, and Jackson Withrow, United States, def. (WC) Stewart Block, Canada, and Peter Polansky, Canada, 6-1, 6-4,

Jamie Cerretani, United States, and Jonathan Erlich (4), Israel, def. Robert Galloway, United States, and Nathaniel Lammons, United States, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7,

Robert Lindstedt, Sweden, and Jonny O’Mara (2), Great Britain, def. (WC) Alexis Galarneau, Canada, and Benjamin Sigouin, Canada, 6-4, 6-4.

Women’s Singles Main Draw – Second Round

Sara Sorribes Tormo (3), Spain, def. Veronica Cepede Royg, Paraguay, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3),

Priscilla Hon, Australia, def. Xiyu Wang, China, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (3),

(Q) Ena Shibahara, Japan, def. (Q) Hanna Chang, United States, 6-1, 6-3,

Maddison Inglis, Australia, def. (Q) Asia Muhammad, United States, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4,

Heather Watson (6), Great Britain, def. Kurumi Nara, Japan, 6-3, 6-1,

Timea Babos, Hungary, def. Harriet Dart, Great Britain, 7-5, 6-2,

Nao Hibino, Japan, def. Arina Rodionova, Australia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4,

(WC) Leylah Annie Fernandez, Canada, def. (Q) Ashley Kratzer, United States, 6-2, 4-0 (Ret.)

 

Women’s Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals

Sharon Fichman, Canada, and Storm Sanders, Australia, def. Harriet Dart, Great Britain, and Heather Watson, Great Britain, walkover,

Nao Hibino, Japan, and Miyu Kato (2), Japan, def. Nicole Gibbs, United States, and Asia Muhammad, United States, 4-6, 7-6 (0), 10-8.

 

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 Bro