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Nick Wall in action at the Allam British Open earlier this year

Canadian Open SF: Differing Fortunes For Top Seeds in Calgary

The semi-finals of the Oxford Properties Canadian Open – Presented by AirSprint Private Aviation threw up a couple of surprises, both of which came in the men’s event, with the top two seeds being knocked out of the competition. Meanwhile, in the women’s event, the top seeds safely made it through to the final.

The men’s tournament, a Challenger 10 level event, will see the No.3 and No.4 seeds face off in the final, after they took down the top two seeds. Canada’s David Baillargeon made sure the final would have home representation, as he defeated top seed Henry Leung.

Baillargeon, the Canadian No.1, needed just 42 minutes to overcome the Hongkonger, winning in straight games. The first was comfortable, but crucially, he was able to keep the momentum in his favour by winning the second on a tie-break. He then went on to win the third game 11-6 to claim victory and book his spot in the final.

The Canadian will face England’s Nick Wall, the No.4 seed, in the final on Friday afternoon, after he defeated No.2 seed Tsz Kwan Lau in the only last four contest to go past three games. Lau went to five in his quarter final match, and that showed early on, as Wall raced into a two-game lead, to the loss of just five points. Lau then won the fourth 13-11 to keep the match going, but the Englishman wrestled the momentum back to take the fourth, and advance to the final.

While there were surprises in the men’s event, it was pIain sailing for the top two seeds in the women’s event, as Olivia Fiechter and Hollie Naughton both won in straight games. Fiechter, the World No.11, overcame Canada’s Danielle Letourneau 11-5, 11-5, 11-6, while Naughton, the Canadian No.1, defeated compatriot Nicole Bunyan in 25 minutes.

The finals of the Oxford Properties Canadian Open – Presented by AirSprint Private Aviation will take place on Friday, April 15, with the winners being crowned at the Bow Valley Athletic Club in Calgary.

Men’s Semi-Final Results: Oxford Properties Canadian Open – Presented by AirSprint Private Aviation
[3] David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [1] Henry Leung (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 (42m)
[4] Nick Wall (ENG) bt [2] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-0, 11-13, 11-7 (51m)

Men’s Final Draw: To Be Played Friday, April 15
[3] David Baillargeon (HKG) v [4] Nick Wall (ENG)

Women’s Semi-Final Results: Oxford Properties Canadian Open – Presented by AirSprint Private Aviation
[1] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt [3] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
[2] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [4] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)

Women’s Final Draw: To Be Played Friday, April 15
[1] Olivia Fiechter (USA) v [2] Hollie Naughton (CAN)

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