Team BC started strong on the first day of the 2019 Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Montreal.
#1 seed Thomas Venos (Anmore) got off to a flying start in Men's Singles with a 6/0 6/0 win over James Bernus (Manitoba) and a 6/1 6/1 victory against Jason Betker in Group 1.
Teammate and Doubles partner Barry Henderson (Mission) showed why he's the #2 seed with a 6/2 6/2 victory over Kyle Thompson (Alberta) and a 6/0 6/0 win against Maxime Dorion in Group 2 (QC).
Kirsten Sharp (Vancouver) and partner Candice Combdon (Ontario) dropped a tough match 0/6 1/6 to Gillian Cruz and Anne-Marie Dollnar (Ontario).
What's Next for Team BC
Kirsten Sharp will begin her title campaign on Friday as the #1 seed in Women's Singles. Kirsten will play Gillian Cruz (Ontario) and Anne-Marie Dollnar (Ontario) in Group 1 with the top two finishers moving on to the semifinals.
With two wins each, Barry and Thomas are both assured of a top 2 finish in their group, and a place in the Championship Qualifying Flight with a match left to play. Thomas play #6 seed Marko Golic (Ontario) and Barry play #8 seed Gabriel Cyr (Quebec). We'll post an update once the Championship Qualifying Flight is finalized.
The dynamic duo of Thomas Venos and Barry Henderson open up their Doubles campaign with a quarterfinal match against Gabriel-1 Cyr and Paul Pepin (Quebec).
Kirsten Sharp and Candice Combdon will play Maude Jacques and Natalie Lanucha (Quebec) in their final match.