This Week's Canadians In Action:
*Maureen Drake has advanced into the second round at the tier 1 event in Charleston. She defeated top 50 player Yoon-Jeong Cho of Korea 6-1, 6-1. Maureen is a lucky loser, having lost to Lindsay Lee-Waters in the final round of qualifying over the weekend. She next faces the winner of the Clarisa Fernandez and Marissa Irvin match.
*Sonya Jeyaseelan is continuing her recent tour doubles events. Having competed in Indian Wells and Miami recently (where she and Meilen Tu upset Kournikova/Dementieva in round 1), Sonya is in Charleston this week pairing with Joannette Kruger of South Africa, also coming back from a long layoff. They face Tu and Maria Vento-Kabchi.
*Marie-Eve Pelletier competed in Charleston this week aswell, but unfortunately was a first round qualifying casualty to Els Callens. Callens won the match in straight sets. Hopefully Marie-Eve will find good form for the remainder of the clay season, having nothing to defend for a while.
Yet to be confirmed, but based on committment lists, Vanessa Webb, Jana Nejedly, Melanie Marois, and Diana Srebrovic are expected to be in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico ITF 25k Challenger. The maindraw has not yet been posted, but hopefully they will all be there to put in good performances.
In junior news, Canadian Indoor Nationals have been underway the past 2 weeks. Sharon Fichman (Under 12 Orange Bowl Champ), claimed the Under 14 Indoor National title over Jillian O'Neill. Last week the Under 16 championships were held, with Chantal Beetham (last years Under 14 winner), coming out to upset the top seed Valerie Saillant.
This week feautres the last of the Indoor National categories, with the under 18 tournament featuring Stephanie Dubois, Monika Dancevic, Eunice David, Valerie Saillant, Chantal Beetham, Anna Blagodorova, Sharon Fichman, Melanie Gloria, Ekaterina Shulaeva, Valerie Tetreault, and Kimberley Patenaude amongst the names in contention.
Good luck to all the girls