Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Quarter-finals in sight for Winnipeg participants

Great Britain's Naomi Broady battled in a closely contested
three set match against Aki Yamasoto of Japan to advance
to the quarter-finals of the CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger.

Article courtesy of Tennis Canada

As Wednesday’s matches wrap up at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club, four players have secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger, a $25K ITF Pro Circuit event in Winnipeg.

Despite dropping the first set, No. 8 seed Naomi Broady of Great Britain was able to eliminate Aki Yamasoto of Japan 5-7, 7-5, 6-4. She will face either No. 3-seeded compatriot Samantha Murray or Japan’s Riko Sawayanagi in the next round.

In an all-Japanese contest, Misa Eguchi was defeated by Nao Hibino 6-2, 6-4, who will now prepare to take on the winner of Thursday’s second-round battle between Austrian Nicole Rottmann and No. 2 seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia.

Great Britain’s Jade Windley, who upset top-seeded Canadian Heidi El Tabakh in the first round, was ousted by Japanese competitor Akiko Omae 7-6(4), 6-4. Omae will next face either countrywoman, No. 4 seed Risa Ozaki, or Canadian Carol Zhao for a spot in the semifinals.

Finally, a lower back injury caused American Caitlin Whoriskey to withdraw prior to her second-round match, securing Japan’s Mirahu Imanishi a spot in the quarter-finals where she could potentially play the tournament’s top seed, Brit Johanna Konta.

To see which players will round out the quarter-final field in Thursday’s action, be sure to follow the live-scoring of all matches at www.tenniscanada.com. For more information on the CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger, please visit www.winnipegchallenger.com.