Although a little late in coming, the draws for the Atwater Canadian International 2010 have been released. Apparently the Pan American organizers had their laptop stolen at the recent World Junior Championships which delayed their publication of the draw.
Top seeded Brice Leverdez faces Zhang Kailai from Canada who may be unseeded, but recently immigrated from China so the top seed could be the first favourite to fall. Other strong favourites for the mens singles title include second seed Canada’s Stephan Wojcikiewicz, third seed Kestutis Navickas, and a handful of other seeds. Perhaps the most dangerous dark horse in the draw is Japan’s Ikeda Yuichi who won the recent Peru International.
Nicole Grether from Germany is the top seed gunning for the womens singles title. Similar to Leverdez in the mens singles Grether has a tough first round against Canada’s Phyllis Chan. On the far side of the draw is Jeanine Cicognini from Switzerland who plays Canada’s Valerie St Jacques. Other notables include Anna Rice, Michelle Li from Canada, and Claudia Rivero from Peru, Oka Hitomi and Ito Kana from Japan.
Almost an exclusively Canadian event, however both the first and second seeds are non-Canadian with Dutch players Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder as first seeds, and Americans Phillip Chew and Halim Haryanto as second seeds. Recent Peru International winners Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu will be gunning for the second ever international title, they are the third seeds. Fourth seeded Maxime Belanger and Francois Bourret will be looking to make an impact, and unseeded Canadian national champions Jon Vandervet and Alvin Lau are also looming threats.
The German/Canadian duo of Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid are the top seeds once again after cruising to a straight forward win in Peru recently. As in Peru the second seeds will be Peru’s Christina Aicardi and Claudia Rivero. Both the seeded pairs have challenging first rounds matches. Grether and Reid will likely face the recent Canadian national champions Melody Liang and Jiang Xuelian. The Peruvian second seeds have a possible match up against Michelle Li and Alex Bruce.
In the mixed doubles we have yet another near exclusive Canadian draw with only three pairs not featuring a Canadian player. Top seeded Canadians Toby Ng and Grace Gao will be looking to take their first ever international title, however there are a number of other pairs threatening the title. Perhaps the most threatening are Canadian national champions Jon Vandervet and Milaine Cloutier who are unseeded.
In spite of recent retirements from a number of top players, the Canadian team managed to pull out a superb performance at the Peru International in Lima.
The mens singles was the one and only final that did not feature at least one Canadian player with both players hailing from Japan. While both players may have been unseeded they were clearly the strongest two of the tournament with Yuichi Ikeda defeating his teammate Hiroyuki Saeki in two close games 21-19, 21-19. The womens singles was also taken by a Japanese player, Manami Ebuchi. Manami faced Canadian youngster Michelle Li in the final and took the title with a 21-18, 21-17 scoreline.
In the mens doubles Canadian pair Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng were on a mission from the beginning. Dominating the majority of their earlier round opponents, including a decisive win over the top seeded Peruvians 21-8, 21-9, the Canadians snuck out a close win in the finals to take their first ever international title. Their opponents from Japan, Hiroyuki and Hajime came close, however 21-18, 10-21, 22-20 was not close enough.
The womens doubles was a much more decisive win with the Canada/Germany pairing of Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether taking the title with a 21-15, 21-10 win over Claudia Rivero and Christina Aicardi.
Finally the mixed doubles final featured a sibling rivalry with Derrick Ng and Phyllis Chan facing off against Toby Ng and Grace Gao. Derrick Ng was however only able to take the one title for the day as his brother Toby and Grace Gao won the mixed in a very close three games 11-21, 21-19, 22-20.