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Friday, October 2, 2009

Anderson, Peliwo Win Montreal ITF; Other Canadian Tennis, Pro Circuit News


Two unseeded players, 16-year-old Robin Anderson and 15-year-old Filip Peliwo, won the ITF Grade 3 singles titles in Montreal today.

Anderson, from Matawan, NJ, beat fellow American Leyla Erkan 6-1, 6-2 to collect her second ITF singles title, both in Canada. Anderson also reached the semifinals of the New Jersey International Hard Courts in August. Canadian Peliwo rolled past Mitchell Krueger of Texas 6-2, 6-0, a result that I found surprising given that the last time I had seen the two boys play, in the round of 16 in Eddie Herr 14s last year, Peliwo had won 7-5 in the third set. According to this story from Tennis Canada's website, Peliwo has just begun training at the National Tennis Centre. Americans Katie Goepel and Jessica Wacnik won the girls doubles title. For complete draws, see the ITF Junior website.

Stephanie Myles of the Montreal Gazette posted a synopsis of the recent results of young Canadians Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil and Philip Bester on her blog Open Court.

The Junior Davis and Fed Cup action today was confined to teams in the bottom half of their round robin groups; I think I had said the the U.S. would be playing Mexico today, but it's Saturday. For the results of today's play, see the ITF junior website. For Hunter Harrington's blog at usta.com, click here.

On the Pro Circuit, Ryan Harrison advanced to the semifinals of the $10,000 Men's Futures in Laguna Niguel, defeating No. 4 seed and UCLA Bruin Haythem Abid 6-3, 6-1. Harrison will play top seed Lester Cook again on Saturday. He defeated Cook in two tiebreakers in the second round of the Costa Mesa Futures last week. The doubles final will feature three 17-year-olds, with Harrison and partner Michael Venus, the former LSU star, playing Denis Kudla and Raymond Sarmiento.

For complete draws, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.