Setember 4, 2001 - Vancouver's Yuka Chokyu was the number one seed at the 2001 Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Championships (August 30 to September 2, 2001) and she showed why by winning both the singles and doubles titles over the weekend. BC Wheelchair Sports Association hosted the Championships at the Richmond Tennis Club at 6820 Gilbert Road.
In singles, Chokyu had a first round bye and then defeated Vancouver's Marni Abbott 6-0, 6-0 in semi-final action. Abbott is a Paralympian who won a gold medal in wheelchair basketball last fall in Sydney, Australia. In the final, Chokyu defeated Helene Simard of Quebec in a hard fought affair 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5.
In the consolation final, Abbott defeated Bernice Wong of Victoria 6-0, 6-2.
In Men's "A" Doubles, Chokyu teamed with Simard and won her first round match against Joel Dembe (ON) & Laurie Zalmanowitz (AB) 6-2, 6-1. They then defeated James Treuer (North Vancouver) & Darryl Neighbour (BC) in a semi-final 6-2, 6-0. Treuer was a member of the gold medal winning men's wheelchair basketball team at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. In the final they defeated Sarah Hunter (White Rock) & Kirk Tremblay (QC) 6-1, 6-0.
Chokyu is the number one ranked women's wheelchair tennis athlete in Canada. A Paralympic athlete, Chokyu is currently ranked 11th internationally in singles and 6th in doubles.
In other finals, Paul Johnson of Victoria lost to Alberta's Colin McKeage in the men's open division final 0-6, 6-7. Johnson then teamed up with Phil Rowe of Aldergrove to take the men's wheelchair open doubles final.
Johnson went into the tournament seeded number one. He is a nine-time defending champion, 2000 BC Wheelchair Sports Association Athlete of the Year and is a Paralympic athlete. Currently, Johnson has a world ranking of 13th in singles and 12th in doubles.
Fifty-year-old Rowe continued his great record in doubles. He has been in the finals 10 out of the past 11 years.
The 2001 Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Championships was supported by The Richmond Tennis Club, City of Richmond, YY Tennis Club, BC Wheelchair Tennis Association, Tennis BC, Tennis Canada, and the Hilton Vancouver Airport.
For further information about wheelchair tennis and the Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Championships please contact
Gail Hamamoto Doré,
Director of Sport Development
BC Wheelchair Sports Association