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Monday Digest: Stakusic Launches 2024 Campaign in San Diego

2023 ended with a bang for Marina Stakusic. Her heroics at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals released her into the spotlight, leaving fans delighted to see what she needed to provide in 2024. 

It took almost 2 months for the child to make her launching this year, however when she did it was the start numerous were wishing for. 

Here’s what you require to understand in this mid-week Digest. 

What to Watch: Welcome Back, Marina 

Marina Stakusic burst onto the scene with 3 wins in 4 matches to assist guide Team Canada provided by Sobeys to the Billie Jean King Cup title last November, with the words “A Star is Born” plastered all over the media and web. The concern was then “what’s next for Marina Stakusic?” 

The 19-year-old is completing in her very first occasion because the Billie Jean King Cup Finals today at the WTA 500 occasion in San Diego. She currently has 3 wins under her belt, declaring a set of certifying matches to enter into the primary draw and after that beating another Marina, Marina Melnikova, in 3 sets for her very first primary draw win at a WTA Tour occasion because Granby in 2022 and her very first at the 500 level. 

Read likewise: Stakusic Dazzles in Billie Jean King Cup Debut

Next up for Stakusic is No. 7 seed Donna Vekic. 

Leylah Annie Fernandez was likewise completing in San Diego, however after winning the very first set of her first-round match versus Tatjana Maria in a tiebreak, she retired down 4-0 in the 2nd set with a shoulder injury. 

It was a brief week for the Canadian males, as both Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov lost in the preliminary from an established at their particular ATP 500 occasions.  

Auger-Aliassime lost his opener in Acapulco in 3 sets to Italian qualifier Flavio Cobolli while Shapovalov lost to Andy Murray in Dubai. 

Rebecca Marino was completing at the WTA 250 occasion in Austin however lost her first-round match to Sachia Vickery. 

Click here for more news from the trips.

In Case You Missed It: Dabrowski Comes Close in Dubai 

Gabriela Dabrowski made yet another deep perform at a huge occasion recently at the WTA 1000 occasion in Dubai, reaching the semifinals of the doubles with Erin Routliffe.  

The United States Open champs reached their 5th semifinal in the last 7 occasions at the WTA 1000/Grand Slam/WTA Finals level, avenging their Australian Open semifinal loss to Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko in the quarters before falling in the last 4 to the ultimate champs Storm Hunter and Katerina Siniakova. 

Losing to the ultimate champ was a typical style for the Canadian ladies in Dubai. Leylah Annie Fernandez was beaten in the 2nd round of the songs by ultimate champ Jasmine Paolini. Fernandez had actually beaten Bernard Pera in straight sets in the preliminary. 

Under the Radar: Victory for Sigouin 

For the 3rd week in a row, a Canadian was triumphant on the ITF World Tour. 

This week, it was on the males’s side as Benjamin Sigouin won his 5th ITF doubles title, raising the prize at the M25 occasion in Naples, Florida with Mac Kiger.  

The finest Canadian arise from a lady was available in Mexico, where Stacey Fung reached the quarter-finals of a W50 occasion in Mexico City. 

Photo : @CarolinaTennis

Canadians saw some success on the junior circuit recently, with one title and one runner-up efficiency. 

At the J30 in the Baja California, Mexico, Antoine Genereux and Andy Tchinda Kepche won the title versus a home-favourite set. At a J60 occasion in Oslo, Norway, Anastasia Malysheva and Andrea Taylor reached the last, where they lost in straight sets. 

This week, it is a somewhat quieter week with just a few Canadians completing on the lower circuits. 

You can follow the Canadians in action each week here.  


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