Teens steal spotlight to capture Richmond Open singles titles

A 16-year-old wild card seed stole the show at the Richmond Tennis Club on Sunday afternoon.

West Vancouver's Kyryll Kryvchun captured the men's open singles event at the Richmond Open with a thrilling comefrom-behind 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 1 seed George Jeceminek in front of an appreciative sun-drenched crowd.

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The annual event is part of Tennis B.C. Summer Series and featured 25 different categories over the week long tournament.

Kryvchun had plenty work to do just to be part of the main 16-player draw. The province's No. 2 ranked U18 player had to win qualifying matches over Brandon Leung (6-0, 6-2), Chris Hasek-Watt (6-1, 6-4) and Wilson Cross (6-0, 6-0), to advance. He then served noticed by rallying for a 6-7, 6-4-, 6-3 victory over No. 2 seed Henry Choi in the round of 16.

Kryvchun took out Harman Gosal (6-3, 6-0) before getting past No. 3 seed Daniel Chu (6-3, 6-4) in the semi-finals.

The championship match proved to be a marathon - taking two hours and 37 minutes to complete.

Jeceminek, 27, had little trouble reaching the final - winning in straight sets (6-3, 6-3) over No. 4 seed Riaan Dutoit in the semi-finals. He did have to rally from a set down to defeat Carl Ho in the quarters (3-6, 6-0, 6-0).

The women's open singles draw also featured a teenager taking top honours as 15-year-old Cassie Chung defeated No. 1 seed Saroop Dhatt (6-1, 3-6, 6-3). It was a busy week for the seventh seeded Chung who also competed in the U18 singles draw and reached the semi-finals before having to withdraw to save herself for the open play.

Chung reached the open final with an impressive straight set win over No. 2 seed Kelsey King - 7-5, 6-1.

Other Richmond Open winners and runners-up included: Men's Open Doubles - winner: Daniel Chu and Fiachra

Lennon; runner-up: Max A Brown and Jeremy Brown. Boys U18 Singles - winner: Austin Hoole; runner-up: Neel Phaterpekar.

Girls U18 Singles - winner: Juliet Jia Wen Zhang; runnerup: Oleksandra Gorchanyuk.

Men's 4/5 Singles - winner: Sadra Shayesteh; runner-up: Patrick Caffrey.

Men's 4.5 Doubles- winner: Grant Clark and Steven Feng; runner-up: Patrick Kerr and Jonathan Kooy.

Women's 4.5 Singles - winner: Kim Le; runner-up: Jane Qiao.

Women's 4.5 Doubles - winner: Janney Jia and Colleen Rae Shaw; runner-up: Alejandra Enderica and Mariana Mueller.

Mixed 4.5 Doubles - winner: Kim Le and Greg Rash; runner-

up: Jenny Fu and Brendan Manansala. Men's 4.0 Singles - winner: Sunghoon Lee; runner-up:

Philip O'Halloran. Men's 4.0 Doubles - winner: Gordon Sung and Edward

Tyler; runner-up: Peter Cuezzetto and Tim Dunthorne.

Women's 4.0 Singles - winner: Deborah Pellizzaro; runner-up: Elan Foxcroft.

Women's 4.0 Doubles- winner: Paula Evans and Patti

Karran; runner-up: Heather Brown and Marcia Jacobs. Mixed 4.0 Doubles - winner: Om Kusyk and Mitchell

Didcott; runner-up: Barbara Vogel and Mike Tamaki. Men's 3.5 Singles - winner: Massimiliano Pelizzaro; runner-

up: Tomas Revilla. Men's 3.5 Doubles - winner: Don Krumenacker and Ivan

Wong; runner-up: Ed Jones and Michael Redekop.

Women's 3.5 Singles - winner: Deborah Pelizzaro; runner-up: Heather Brown.

Women's 3.5 Doubles- winner: Caroline Kusmoto and Cecilia Pong; runner-up: Hisami Ikegami and Kaoru Yamaki.

Mixed 3.5 Doubles - 1. Emilia Bordalba and Robert Wayne Morgan; runner-up: Rosanna Ho and Chim Lam.

Men's 3.0 Singles - winner: Victor Timur Salim; runnerup: Zhegdao Yu.

Women's 3.0 Singles - winner: Nozomi Lloyd; runner-up: Sharon Hung.

Women's 3.0 Doubles - winner: Alice Chan and Gloria Sung; runner-up: Lisa Dalton and Candiss George.

Mixed 3.0 Doubles - winner: Nozomi Lloyd and Graham Lloyd; runner-up: Victoria Cohen and Sean Kim.

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