Bester and Polansky lose in the second round
Granby, August 4, 2016 – Today, Canadians Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC), Philip Bester (Vancouver, BC) and Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) fought for spots in the quarterfinals of the Granby National Bank Challenger and the chance to join Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) and Françoise Abanda (Montréal, QC), who qualified on Wednesday.
Wozniak faced Jamie Loeb of the US, an opponent to whom she fell earlier this season in Arizona. Despite a slump in the second set, the Canadian avenged her previous loss with a three-set win (6-2, 0-6, 6-0).
“After flatly losing the second set, I refocused on my objectives and the strategy that had worked at the start of the match. I made better decisions and found my consistency,” said Wozniak. “This tournament has enabled me to play match after match and that helps me find my rhythm.”
The world no. 457 will be appearing in her first quarterfinal since February. She will go head-to-head against An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium on Friday at 4 p.m.
In the men’s event, Bester got off to an excellent start when he ousted second seed Quentin Halys but was unable to keep the momentum going. He was defeated in two sets (6-4, 7-5) by Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan, who ousted Frank Dancevic in the earlier round.
“My opponent served better than I did today and I had trouble finding my rhythm on the returns,” said Bester after the match. “Of course, I knew I had points to defend this week but I was trying not to think about that too much. In the end, I’m mostly disappointed that I couldn’t go further because it’s a tournament I like a lot with an amazing crowd.”
Bester was seeking to repeat his exploit from a year ago when he reached the final. He still has the chance to do so in the doubles event since he and partner Peter Polansky are in the semifinals. They have their sights set on their fourth Granby title.
Polansky fought a hard battle against Andrew Whittington of Australia and was defeated in three sets (6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4).
Tomorrow, the evening session featuring Abanda and Shapovalov gets under way at 6:30 p.m.