5 Canadians selected for 2018 Wimbledon singles main draw

The 2018 Wimbledon will see five Canadians fighting it out in the singles draws. The selected players include Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Peter Polansky and Denis Shapovalov.

Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) became the 26th seed for the tournament. The unique seeding process makes its selection based on the ATP ranking of the player and his achievements on the grass court. The 19-year-old Shapovalov is ranked at number 23 and was able to reach the semi-finals at Masters 1000 for the second time in Madrid. He is also the champion of the 2016 Junior Wimbledon and could compete against the Andy Murray, the two time Wimbledon winner in the second round.

Who can make it big?

Now, there are a number of other contenders except Shapovalov who could make a difference in the Wimbledon. We will take a look at a few of them below.

Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) is the 13th seed and currently ranked at world number 32. He had reached the final in 2016 Wimbledon and won against the legendary Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Raonic is a promising addition to this year’s Wimbledon has reached the finals at Mercedes Cup held recently in Stuttgart. He will be competing against the boy’s single finalist of 2011 Junior Wimbledon, Liam Broady who has got a Wild Card entry at the tournament.

Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC) is currently world number 93 and has made a great improvement to his ranking since the beginning of the year. He has also shown great skills at the All England Club by winning the 2014 doubles title and reaching the 2015 quarter-finals. Pospisil will play his first round against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan who is ranked at number 90. He can potentially face Rafael Nadal in the next round if he is able to get past Kukushkin.

 

The 24-year-old Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) qualified in her three matches and reached the main draw for the year. She is currently ranked at number 191 and has performed quite well at the Wimbledon. She made her way into the Grand Slam final for the first time in 2014 playing on the grass court. She will face Gabriella Taylor, the British Wild Card entry in her first round and can play against the defending champion Garbine Muguruza in her fourth round.

Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) and her teammate Yifan Xu have become the 6th seed in the tournament. She is also a promising entry having won the mixed doubles Grand Slam for two times and will be eyeing the title of ladies’ doubles major.

Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) is the lucky loser to get the entry in the Wimbledon. He lost in the final round of the qualifiers but was lucky for the third time to get selected as the lucky loser. He will be competing against Dennis Novak, the Austrian qualifier in his first round and will be looking to enter into the top 100 this time.

Canada highlighted at French Open 2017

This year’s edition of the world famous tennis contest in France was not only marked with a first-time-in-history withdrawal of the two champions of the Australian Open right before the tournament, but also with several phenomenal wins made by the outstanding Canadian players. Gabriela Dabrowski, Bianca Andreescu, Carson Branstine, all appeared on the covers of the sports press. Sadly, Milos Raonic did not manage to take another big victory, but still did a good job. Inspired for further success, they all returned home from the 116th French Open, which took place at Stade Roland Garrosin Paris from 28 May till 11 June.

Gabriela Dabrowskiemerged as the female tennis player in Canada awarded with a Grand Slam title. Aged 25, Gabriela from Ottawa unexpectedly gloried within the international tennis community after being crowned a mixed doubles champion at French Open together with Rohan Bopanna of India. The pair got advantage of 2 points in a tense match against Colombian Robert Farahand Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany: 2-6, 6-2, 12-10. For Dabrowski and Bopanna it was the first mixed doubles final: the game is only held4 times a year as a part of Grand Slam sessions and during the Olympic Games. The pair got united at last year’s US Open and since then, they have gone through several dramaticmatches, including their loss during the Australian Open in January 2017.

From the very beginning of her tennis career, Gabriela Dabrowski proved to be a promising player: in 2010, she was ranked 5th within ITF, before that Dabrowski was the only junior to become a champion of “Les PetitsAs” tournament for 14-and-under-year-olds and also the youth division of the Orange Bowl in 2009. Coached by her father Yurek, Gabriela has never truly made it as a single, which is for some reasons treated as more prestigious in tennis, even though most Canadian top results have been achieved in doubles. Anyway, Dabrowski does not give up on her career in singles and currently ranked 281 in the world.

Speaking about doubles, this time Canadian juniors Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine also brought a French Open trophy in the category. Aged 16, the girls forced out Russians Olesya Pervushina and Anastasia Potapova in 57 minutes. Previously, the pair got similar honored titles during the Open in Australia. This adds to more than one Slam titles at a time, which was already once achieved by Canadian tennis players Eugenie Bouchard and Filip Peliwo during Wimbledon in 2012.