Friday, December 18, 2015


Bianca Andreescu (Toronto, ON) completed a spectacularly successful 2015 season with the most significant victory of her young career on Sunday at the Metropolia Orange Bowl in Plantation, Florida. She captured the U18 girls singles title by defeating American Kayla Day in the finals 7-6, 6-2. 
Bianca won the Under 16 Orange Bowl singles title and was a runner up in the Under 14 Orange Bowl in 2014. Andreescu’s other results in 2015 include, winning the singles and doubles titles at the Condor De Plata in La Paz, Bolivia in February, reaching the final of the Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France Grade 1 event, reaching the final of the Gatineau National Bank Challenger (a WTA event) and was a finalist in singles and a champion in doubles at the Yucatan Cup, Mexico.  She was also the Rogers Canadian Junior Outdoor National U18 singles and doubles champion.  
It is expected that her year-end World Junior ranking will be in the top 10 making her the highest ranked 15 year old in the world. She is the third Canadian junior to win the Under 18 Orange Bowl. Carling Bassett tool the title in 1982 and Gabriela Dabrowski in 2009.
Bianca trains as part of the National Tennis Centre and is coached by former French star, Natalie Tauziat
It’s December, the month when tens of Ontario juniors travel to Florida, often with their family in tow, to test their skill in a series of the junior tournaments which attract competitors from around the world and maybe enjoy a little rest and relaxation in the sun.  There is the Eddie Herr, the Orange Bowl (aka the Junior World Championships), the junior Orange Bowl and for the even younger crowd there is the Little Mo International.
The Junior Orange Bowl is the final event and it will be completed on Dec 22nd
Several Ontario players won trophies in the Little Mo tournament, named after former player Maureen Connolly  and supported by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation. This event takes place in Palm Beach Gardens and is hosted by BallenIsles Country Club, PGA National Resort and Spa, Eastpointe Golf and Racquet Club and at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Centre. This year under 13 and under 14 events were added to this tournament which has events for every age from under 8 to under 12 in one year increments. Green dot and Yellow ball events are played for the 10 and under age categories.
Boys 8 (green) singles  Nicolas Arseneault (Richmond Hill), champion. Zachary Kimmelman (Thornhill), 3rd.
Boys 10 (green)  singles Daniel Tsukinovsky (Richmond Hill), champion
Girls 10 (yellow) singles Kayla Cross (London) champion, Madison Lee (Mississauga) 3rd, Valeria Ray (Toronto) 4th.
Girls 11 singles Dasha Plekhanova (Toronto) champion, Arina Artemyeva, 3rd, Dharani Niroshan (Richmond Hill) 4th
Girls 14 singles Alexandra Arkhipov, champion.

The doubles events and the boys 11 singles have not been updated on the event web site so we do not have access to those results yet. We believe that there were some trophy winners in the doubles which we will publish if we get the information.