Wimbledon: a strong start for this Quebecer

Hoping to carve out a place in the main draw of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, Quebec’s Gabriel Diallo started qualifying well on Monday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Turkey’s Cem Ilkel.

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The winner took 1h 52min to overcome his 27-year-old rival ranked at 226e world rank. Diallo slammed 14 aces during the clash and had four breaks in nine chances. In terms of winners, he dominated 46 to 22.

The 140e racket of the ATP circuit will be measured in the second round of qualifying against the Italian Matteo Gigante (254e). The third stage of the Grand Slam of the season will begin on July 3.

Elsewhere, Canadian Vasek Pospisil suffered early elimination in the pre-tournament phase, losing 6-2, 7-6 (7) to Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Alves.

An opportunity for Eugenie Bouchard

On the women’s side, three Canadians will try their luck in qualifying, in particular Eugenie Bouchard who will have Belgian Greet Minnen, 121st in the WTA, as her first rival on Tuesday. In her most recent appearance on the playing surface, the 218th-ranked Quebecer lost in the second round of the pre-tournament phase in Berlin.

His compatriots Carol Zhao and Katherine Sebov are also in contention at the All England Club. They will respectively face the British Emily Appleton and the Italian Nuria Brancaccio from the outset.

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