Canadian Carol Zhao got off to a good start
at the CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger.

Article courtesy of Tennis Canada

The first round of the inaugural CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger has come to a close, with Canadian Carol Zhao picking up a victory in Tuesday action at the $25K ITF Pro Circuit event taking place at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club.

In the tournament’s first all-Canadian contest, Zhao took on Wendy Qi-Wen Zhang. After an exciting tiebreaker in the first set ended in Zhao’s favor, she took the momentum into the second set and was able to secure a 7-6(2), 6-4 win to send her into the next round.

Canada’s top-seeded player, Heidi El Tabakh, was upset by Englishwoman Jade Windley. Windley dominated the first set, and although No. 5 seed El Tabakh was able to step it up in the second, she was unable to prevail as she lost 6-0, 7-5.

After dropping the first set against No. 3 seed Samantha Murray of Great Britain, Canadian Elisabeth Fournier held three match points in the third set before Murray pushed the match into a deciding third-set tiebreaker. Falling behind 1-6 in the breaker, Fournier reeled off the next four points but could not complete the comeback as she fell 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5).

Marie-Alexandre Leduc was the third Canadian of the day who was eliminated at the hands of a Brit after dropping a 6-4, 7-5 decision to Naomi Broady. Fellow Canuck Gloria Liang took on Risa Ozaki of Japan, but fell to the No. 4-seeded player in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Ozaki’s compatriot, Riko Sawayanagi, also ousted Canadian Sonja Molar 6-4, 6-2.

One more Canadian was set to play Tuesday evening in Winnipeg, with qualifier Petra Januskova taking on No. 2 seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia.

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