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Six Canadians to play in the WTA 250 main draw

Rebecca Marino
Rebecca Marino enjoyed a doubles win in the Granby tournament (Photo credit: Robbiesaurus/Wikimedia Commons)

Granby, Quebec — The main draw of the WTA 250 event held at the Granby Tennis Club kicked off on Sunday. The tournament’s seventh seed Daria Saville of Australia is among the five players moving onto the second round of the Granby National Bank Championships. Also qualifying for the main draw is Switzerland’s Lulu Sun and a trio of Canadians – Kayla Cross, Marina Stakusic, and Cadence Brace.

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On the men’s side, qualifying action for the ATP Challenger event began. The biggest upset of the day came on Court 8, as Canadian Dan Martin ousted the No. 2 seed Roy Smith of the United States in straight sets, 7-6(3), 6-3. Joining Martin in the final round of qualifying are Luke Saville (AUS), Osgar O’Hoisin (IRL), Aidan Mayo (USA), Julian Cash (GBR), Colin Markes (USA), Connor Farren (USA), Jonathan Eysseric (FRA), Alafia Ayeni (USA), and Canadians Taha Baadi, Kelsey Stevenson, and Justin Boulais.

Maria, Dart, Sebov, Frech, and Daria Saville punch their tickets to the round of 16

Wimbledon semi-finalist Tatjana Maria of Germany started off the day with a big win on Centre Court, beating Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in just over 90 minutes. Harriet Dart of Great Britain then claimed her own straight-set victory over Belgian Maryna Zanevska 6-4, 7-5, and Canadian Katherine Sebov fought back from a set down to win her first WTA Tour-level main-draw match 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 against Xinyu Wang of China.

During the night matches, Daria Saville, who reached the semi-finals of the 250-level event in Washington a few weeks back, was back to her winning ways, defeating Anna Karolína Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court. Beside them on Court 4 were Poland’s Magdalena Frech and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro – Frech winning that contest 7-6(3), 6-2.

In the opening round of doubles, third-seeds Anna Bondar (HUN) and Greet Minnen (BEL) ousted Sabrina Santamaria (USA) and Kimberley Zimmermann (BEL), while the duo of Rebecca Marino and Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS) upset the top-seeds Alicja Rosolska (POL) and Erin Routliffe (NZL) 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.

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Four Canadians prepare for their WTA main-draw debut

Kayla Cross, Cadence Brace, and Marina Stakusic all won a pair of qualifying matches to advance to the main draw. They join fellow teen Victoria Mboko, 15 years old, as tour-level debutants in Granby.

Cross and Brace made light work of their opponents today, winning 6-1, 6-3, and 6-3, 6-4 respectively. Stakusic, who was a set away from qualifying for the National Bank Open presented by Rogers earlier this month, was able to secure her first tour-level main-draw appearance, ousting Routliffe 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-1 in a two-hour and 21-minute bout.

In 2022, TVA Sports is the official French-language broadcaster of the National Bank Championships.

About Granby National Bank Championships

Presented from August 20 to 28, 2022, the Granby National Bank Championships join a select group of some thirty WTA 250 tournaments around the world, in cities such as Sydney, Lyon, Istanbul, Prague and Seoul. In addition to giving Canadian players a golden opportunity to compete on home soil and earn valuable ranking points, the tournament provides fans in and around Granby with the chance to see elite competitors in action.

Formerly known as National Bank Cup and presented for over 26 years in Québec City before moving to the United States, the WTA 250 competition returns to Canada, ahead of the US Open.

It will also be worth watching the Granby debut of top seed and world no. 10, Daria Kasatkina, who was granted a main draw wild card on Friday. Kasatkina, who just won the title in San Jose a few weeks ago, will face world no. 109 Greet Minnen of Belgium in the opening round. It will be the first meeting between the two players. Since making her professional debut, she has won five WTA titles and played in five other finals.

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