Auger-Aliassime continues dream run
Three Canadians have advanced to the singles quarter-finals at the Granby National Bank Challenger with Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC), Philip Bester (Vancouver, BC), and Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) still in title contention.
After qualifying for his first Challenger main draw in Drummondville in March, 14-year-old Auger-Aliassime continues to impress and is now into first ATP Challenger quarter-final after defeating world no. 205 Darian King of Barbados 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday night. The match was delayed by rain at the start of the second set. Upon resumption of play, King jumped out to a 2-0 lead, before Auger-Aliassime found his first set form to close out the match in straight sets.
“I am happy with the way I played tonight. I followed the game plan that I established with my coaches,” said Auger-Aliassime “I had trouble getting going again after the rain delay, I was putting too much pressure on myself, but I was able to fight back.”
Auger-Aliassime will face Yoshihito Nishioka for a place in the quarter-finals.
After knocking out second-seeded Slovak Lukas Lacko in the first round, Bester continued his strong play with a 6-4, 6-3 win over world no. 258 Alex Bolt of Australia to reach the final eight. He will next face American Jean-Yves Aubone who lost to Auger-Aliassime in qualifying before getting into the main draw as a lucky loser.
On the women’s side, two Canadians had the chance to make the quarter-finals. Robillard-Millette defeated Amandine Hesse of France after a slow start 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(5). The 16-year-old has enjoyed success on the junior circuit this year and is now making her mark on the pro with a with over Hesse who reached the second round at Roland-Garros this spring. Robillard-Millette will next meet 2014 Granby finalist Stéphanie Foretz of France. For her part, Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON) lost in three sets to Aussie Jessica Moore.
Friday’s night session gets underway at 6 :30 pm and will feature Auger-Aliassime et Robillard-Millette.