Granby: three Canadians advance in qualifying

Granby: three Canadian women advance in qualifying


Canadians Marina Stakusic, Kayla Cross and Cadence Brace all made it through the first round of qualifying at the National Bank Championships in Granby on Saturday. 

Stakusic started the ball by defeating the Norwegian Ulrikke Eikeri in two sets of 6-3 and 6-2. The 636th player in the WTA rankings achieved a small tour de force by easily overcoming the 370th racket in the world and eighth seed in qualifying.

The 17-year-old, 12-year-old her opponent's junior, was only broken once, as she converted four of her seven service stealing chances. She was notably decisive on Eikeri's second ball, winning 65% of the rallies.

In the second qualifying round, Stakusic will face the winner of the duel between Quebecer Bianca Fernandez and New Zealander Erin Routliffe .

Cross (720th) also won in two sets, against the Slovak Tereza Mihalikova (690th). The 17-year-old was normally scheduled to face American Jamie Loeb, but plans were changed shortly before the encounter.

She dominated Mihalikova on serve and in return, offering herself in all 13 break points. She converted five to clinch the win in 1h 25min.

The Ontarian will battle Japan's Himeno Sakatsume (351), seeded fifth in qualifying, for a spot in the main draw.< /p>

Brace had more difficulty, but she defeated Indian Karman Thandi in three sets of 6-3, 2-6 and 6-2. More effective in the second serve than her opponent, she took advantage of his largesse to break it six times.