July 22nd, 2024

Stakusic into third round of Wimbledon qualifying, Diallo and Galarneau eliminated

By The Canadian Press on June 26, 2024.

Canada's Marina Stakusic is a win away from qualifying for her first Grand Slam main draw. Stakusic returns the ball against Italy's Martina Trevisan during their final singles tennis match at the Billie Jean King Cup finals at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, southern Spain, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Manu Fernandez

LONDON – Canada’s Marina Stakusic is a win away from qualifying for her first Grand Slam main draw.

The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., moved on to the third round of women’s qualifying at the All England Club with a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over France’s Chloe Paquet on Wednesday.

After winning a close second set with three straight points in the tiebreaker, Stakusic took a 5-0 lead in the third before wrapping the game with a forehand winner on match point.

Stakusic will face British wild-card Amarni Banks with a main-draw spot on the line.

Stakusic is the last Canadian remaining in qualifying for the grass-court Grand Slam after Gabriel Diallo and Alexis Galarneau lost their second-round men’s matches Wednesday.

Diallo, from Montreal, fell 6-4, 7-6 (5) to Colombia’s Daniel Galan while Galarneau, of Laval, Que., lost 6-1, 6-0 to French veteran Richard Gasquet.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 26, 2024.

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