WINNIPEG, July 12, 2019
The quarterfinals of the $54,160 Winnipeg National Bank Challenger, held at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club in Canada, are set.
On a day which saw several of the hard-court event’s favourites knocked out in Manitoba, third seed Brayden Schnur made it into the stage of the final eight with a 6-4, 6-7(0), 6-3 win over fellow Canadian Justin Boulais. The 24-year-old from Pickering, Ontario saved the only break point he faced, converting two of his own 15 chances to prevail after two hours and 13 minutes.
On Friday, Schnur will face US-American Maxime Cressey, who advanced thanks to a 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over No. 9 seed Darian King from Barbados. Cem Ilkel of Turkey, Daniel Nguyen from the United States and second seeded Frenchman Antonie Hoang also secured their places in the quarterfinals with victories. Peter Polansky from Canada was unable to replicate his compatriot’s result, though, losing 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to 15th seed Hiroki Moriya from Japan.
The day’s biggest upset came in the form of Australian Bernard Tomic‘s 1-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 loss to No. 13 seed Zhe Li of China. The tournament’s No. 1 fired 22 aces, broke his opponent’s serve three times and won eight points but eventually fell after just under two hours of play. Zhe Li will next take on No. 6 seed Norbert Gombos from Slovakia.