Monday Digest: Dabrowski Carries Canadian Hopes at Wimbledon


One week into the third Grand Slam event of 2024 and Gabriela Dabrowski is the only Canadian still competing at Wimbledon. 

The doubles star is still alive in two draws, but all of her compatriots saw their singles runs come to an end, as well as another in doubles. 

Here’s what you need to know. 

In Case You Missed it: Heartbreaks for Canadian singles players 

Six Canadians arrived at the All England Club, but five have already seen their stay come to an end. 

Denis Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu had the deepest runs in singles, both reaching the third round.  

Shapovalov upset 19th seed Nicolas Jarry and then held off a comeback from Daniel Altmaier to reach the third round, where his own comeback bid came up just short against 14th seed Ben Shelton. 

Andreescu continued to progress in her comeback and scored two impressive wins over Jacqueline Cristian and 26th seed Linda Noskova, both in straight sets, before suffering the same fate she did at Roland-Garros, losing in round three to Jasmine Paolini. 

Marina Stakusic made her Grand Slam debut at the All England Club but lost her first major match to Katerina Siniakova.  

The other two Canadians, Leylah Annie Fernandez and Félix Auger-Aliassime, both suffering gutting losses from match point up. 

Auger-Aliassime led Thanasi Kokkinakis in round one by two sets to love and had four match points in the third set tiebreak but could not convert and ultimately lost in five sets. 

Fernandez’s defeat came in the second-round thriller against former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. The Canadian had beaten Lucia Bronzetti in the first round. 

In doubles, Fernandez, teaming up with Ena Shibahara, got to the third round before falling to her former partner Taylor Townsend and Siniakova. 

Gabriela Dabrowski, seeded second in women’s doubles with Erin Routliffe, was victorious in her first two matches at Wimbledon and is still going.  

What to Watch: Dabrowski Last Canadian Standing at AELTC 

Gabriela Dabrowski is the only Canadian left at the All England Club. She is still alive in the women’s doubles and kicks off her mixed doubles campaign on Monday. 

She and Erin Routliffe, the second seeds, will face Marta Kostyuk and Elena-Gabriela Ruse for a spot in the quarter-finals, where they would meet either eighth seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Laura Siegemund or 12th seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Veronika Kudermetova. 

The next highest-seeded pair left on their half of the draw are No. 7 Carolina Dolehide and Desirae Krawczyk. 

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In the mixed doubles, Dabrowski and Harri Heliovaara of Finland lost on Monday to Routliffe and her fellow Kiwi Michael Venus in the first round.

Under the Radar: 

Canada played host to its first ITF men’s tournament last week in Laval, Quebec. American Eliot Spizzirri took home the singles crowd, while the American pair of Alexander Bernard and James Tracy beat Canadians Liam Draxl and Cleeve Harper for the doubles title. 

Click here for the full recap of the Laval event.

Kamloops, British Colombia was busy last week with both wheelchair and junior events taking place.  

The host nation cleaned up in the junior event, claiming all four titles. Top seeds Volodymyr Gurenko and Havana Kadi won the boys and girls singles titles, as did the No. 1 seeded boys pair of Mustafa Raja and Eric William Wang in the doubles. Third seeds Amy Lu and Amy Shen won the girls doubles. 

At the wheelchair event, Thomas Venos won the men’s doubles with Brazilian partner Bruno Makey, while Frederique Berube claimed the women’s doubles with American Laura Goodkind.  

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Anne-Marie Dolinar reached the women’s singles final but lost in straight sets to Goodkind. 

Elsewhere on the ITF circuit, Sasha Trkulja reached the doubles final of the M15 event in Monastir with Nikita Ianin, but they lost to third seeds Pedro Araujo and Patrick Shoen 10-5 in the match tiebreak.  

This week, the ATP Challenger Tour makes a stop in Winnipeg, with Draxl, Keegan Rice, Alexis Galarneau, and Vasek Pospisil all in the draw. 

You can follow the Canadians in action every week here.  





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