It’s an exciting time for women’s sports and we’re looking forward to seeing an exciting competition in the Women’s Division at the ITF Futures Vancouver International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at Kits Beach from July 11-15.

Seven women will be competing in Women’s Singles including the reigning Canadian champion, an American athlete coming off her first career tournament win and two junior athletes ready to prove what they can do. This year’s Women’s Division features 5 women bunched close to each other in the ITF Rankings so the competition should be fierce.

Read on to learn a bit more about each of the women competing and get ready for a fantastic competition!

*Note, this list is accurate as of July 9, 2024. Athletes may withdraw before the tournament begins on July 11.

Natalia Lanucha
Country: Canada
ITF Women’s Rank: 45

The reigning Canadian champion and expected top seed has made great strides on tour in the past two seasons and is one to look out for in Kitsilano. After dropping a tough hard-fought semifinal in the heat at the Kamloops tournament, Lanucha might have even more motivation and fire to fight for the title in Vancouver.

Anne-Marie Dollinar
Country: Canada
ITF Women’s Rank: 55

Dolinar paired up with Lanucha at the Parapan Am Games in Santiago and is always a threat to go deep in the Singles’ draw. She’s had a busy 2024 on tour with tournaments across North America and Europe as she pushes to rise up the ranks. Runner-up at last year’s Vancouver International, she’ll be looking to do one better this year and take the title.

Laura Goodkind
Country: USA
ITF Women’s Rank: 61

Laura Goodkind should enter the tournament with lots of confidence after winning her first career Singles’ title in Kamloops. She’s had plenty of tight matches with Lanucha and Dollinar in recent years and is playing excellent tennis right now.

Sally Schwartz
Country: Australia
ITF Women’s Rank: 62

The 20-year-old Australian had an excellent Junior career, reaching a career-high of 3rd in the ITF Girls rankings, and is now looking to establish herself in the Women’s Division. So far in 2024, she’s won the Melbourne Classic and was a finalist at the SPADT Future in Thailand and the Shah Alan Open in Malaysia.

Valerie Valverde
Country: Costa Rica
ITF Women’s Rank: 64 Costa Rica’s Valerie Valverde is making her first appearance at the Vancouver International. She’s had incredibly busy 2024 on tour with appearances at tournaments all across North and South America in Canada, Colombia, Brazil and Peru.

Sabrina Czauz
Country: USA
ITF Women’s Rank: 83
Sabrina Czauz is making her first appearance at the Vancouver International. The teenager has won multiple Junior titles which you can read about here, and has also impressed in the Women’s Division winning the title at this year’ West Texas Pro Wheelchair Tennis Open.

Frédérique Bérubé-Perron
Country: Canada
ITF Women’s Rank: 108

Don’t let the ranking fool you. The Canadian teen can most definitely compete in this draw. She’s already Canada’s third highest-ranked woman in the ITF rankings and continues to improve and work on her game. With matches in the Women’s and Junior Divisions, Vancouver is an excellent opportunity for her to gain experience and maybe even pull off an upset or two.

Catch all of the exciting matches at the ITF Futures Vancouver International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour – Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 15 at Kitsilano Beach. The tournament is open to spectators, and admission is free.

Be sure to also check out our Men’s, Junior and Quad Division previews.