The finals will pit Govortsova against Brady and Arevalo versus Tiafoe
Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) was the lone Canadian remaining at the semifinal stage of the Granby National Bank Challenger and she was trying to follow in the footsteps of her compatriots Frank Dancevic and Vasek Pospisil, both former champions in Granby.
Wozniak went up against 21-year-old American Jennifer Brady, currently ranked no. 147 in the world. Playing in her first semifinal since 2012, Wozniak broke her opponent in the opening game and her lead held until 5-3 in the opening set when Brady won ten of the final eleven games of the match to post a 7-5, 6-1 victory. The American was particularly dominant with her serve and her forehand.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my opponent who played a very solid match. She had a big forehand that was hard to read,” Wozniak admitted. “I am still pleased with my week in Granby, I was able to play a lot of matches. It’s a long way back, but I am going to continue to work hard to keep improving over the next few weeks.”
In Sunday’s women’s final, Brady will face Olga Govortsova of Belarus, former world no. 35. Govortsova defeated Canadians Charlotte Robillard-Millette, Carol Zhao, and Françoise Abanda before getting the better of American Melanie Oudin 6-0, 7-6(2) in the semifinals. Since the start of the tournament, the Belarusian has lost just 13 games in four matches.
On the men’s side Marcelo Arevalo of Paraguay continued his impressive run with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 win over American Sekou Bangoura. The 25-year-old, ranked no. 216 in the world, upset top-seeded Frenchman Stephane Robert in the opening round. Arevalo advances to his second final of the season and will looking to capture his first title of 2016.
Arevalo will meet fast rising American Frances Tiafoe in the final. The fourth seed was a 6-3, 7-6(3) winner over Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday. The 18-year-old is into his fourth final of the year on ATP Challenger Circuit.