Auger-Aliassime and Robillard-Millette bow out
Philip Bester (Vancouver, BC) advanced to the singles semifinals and the doubles final at the Granby National Bank Challenger on Friday.
In singles, the Canadian defeated American lucky loser Jean-Yves Aubone, who lost to Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) in qualifying, 7-5, 6-4 to reach the final four. Bester will next face fourth-seeded Yoshihito Nishioka. Nishioka ended the remarkable run of 14-year-old Auger-Aliassime on Friday night thanks to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory. Despite the loss, Auger-Aliassime acquitted himself well against the no. 143 ranked player in the world, coming from 1-4 and double break down to capture the first set. He held his own in the rallies throughout despite signs of fatigue and a possible hip injury. Auger-Aliassime is the first player born in the 2000s to have an ATP ranking.
On the women’s side, 16-year-old Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) also saw her impressive run in Granby end in the quarter-finals after a 6-4, 6-3 loss to third-seeded Stéphanie Foretz of France. This marks the second time Robillard-Millette has reached the quarter-finals of an ITF Challenger event. She will now compete in qualifying at the Gatineau National Bank Challenger this weekend.
Three Canadians will play for doubles titles on Saturday. The Canadian duo of Bester and Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) will face Enzo Couacaud and Luke Saville in the men’s final while the women’s championship will feature two-time NCAA doubles champion Erin Routliffe (Caledon, ON) and her partner Laura Robson of Great Britain. They will play Aussies Jessica Moore and Storm Sanders.