Filip Peliwo Wins Boys’ Singles Title

Just a day after Eugenie Bouchard became the 1st Canadian winner of a Grand Slam in Singles, Filip Peliwo completed the double with a shock victory over defending champion and No.1 seed Luke Saville in straight sets 7-5 6-4 to become the Wimbledon Boys’ Singles Champion.

After going down an early break, Peliwo reeled off four games in a row to take the first set 7-5 from 3-5 down. The second set followed much the same pattern with Peliwo recovering from an early break to finish off in style with an ace on championship point. In taking the title he will also take over the Junior No.1 ranking from his opponent.

With this victory Canadian juniors took home three of the four titles available as Eugenie Bouchard and American Taylor Townsend picked up the Girls’ Doubles title with a 6-4 6-3 victory of Ana Konjuh and Belinda Bencic.

Eugenie Bouchard Wins Wimbledon Girls’ Singles

In what will be her last Wimbledon as a Junior, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard picked up the Girls’ Singles title with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. On her way to the final Bouchard defeated the likes of Antonia Lottner and Anett Kontaveit dropping just one set. In a commanding display the Canadian was broke just once with an impressive winners to unforced errors ratio of 21 and 14.

Bouchard’s title is the first for a Canadian in a singles event at a Grand Slam and was the first final for any Canadian woman in 18 years. Her success is not just restricted to the singles circuit either, having teamed up with Taylor Townsend to reach the Girls’ Doubles final in which she will face Belinda Bencic and Ana Konjuh in an attempt to achieve an impressive double. Filip Peliwo also has a chance to bring Canada more success when he takes on the defending champion and No.1 seed Luke Saville in the Boys’ Singles final.

It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Eugenie has on the main tour and the victories in two Swedish ITF’s in May can only be promising for her. As with all Junior champions, she can look forward to at least a Qualifying Wild Card for next years tournament.

Raonic Award

Milos Raonic has been named the 2011 ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year. It comes with the Canadian placed at number 31 in the world after starting the year at #156. The 20-year-old’s highlights include a fourth round appearance at the Australian Open and winning his country’s first tour title for 16 years in San Jose.

Canadian Revolution

REBECCA MARINO Canadians are taking over the world right now.

Justin Bieber is the most famous teenager on the planet (possibly contested with Rebecca Black), Arcade Fire won a Brit and Grammy award recently and they also have rapper Drake.

That’s all coming from the music industry though. When it comes to sport, other than ice hockey and ‘Owen Hargreaves’, they are a bit light on top-class competitors. Luckily, Milos Raonic has stormed the ATP Tour this year and he’s also been joined by Rebecca Marino.

The WTA’s world number 58 is a French-speaking 20-year-old residing in Vancouver. Like her male counterpart she’s already been seen on Ace of Baseline before but only briefly.

She’s reached her highest ranking to date thanks to a final appearance in Memphis last month where she retired against Magdalena Rybarikova due to an abdominal injury picked up in the semi-finals.

Since then Marino has fallen at the first round stage of the BNP Paribas Open and the first qualifying round of the Sony Ericsson Open and with the oncoming clay court season we’ll have to wait and see if she can keep her progress going.

A regular tweeter and a devoutly proud Canadian her Twitter profile has her location down as “i’m oot and aboot, eh?”.

She’s yet to reach Wimbledon or Roland Garros’ main draw which is no doubt something she will aim to achieve come the end of spring.

She has however had experience at Fed Cup level and with herself and Raonic being the top Canadians out there there is a great future for their Hopman Cup team.

It’s helped also by strength in depth. Eugenie Bouchard is currently 374th in the world which is pretty good for a recently turned 17-year-old.

And remember the days when you couldn’t distinguish between Aleksandra Wozniak and Caroline Wozniacki? Well the former has dropped from no.21 to outside the top 100 whilst you may be able to guess where the latter currently situates.

Wozniak is the number two in Canada now and her predecessor has to make sure she doesn’t suffer a similar fate.

Marino doesn’t quite have as many followers as the Bieber yet but if she can recreate half of his success then she’ll be doing Canada even more proud.

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) Justin Bieber

Two 17-year-old Canadians… Can Eugenie Bouchard also put her country on the map?

Milos Raonic

Before I go into detail about Canada’s 20-year-old prospect Milos Raonic, watch this and imagine these scenes at Wimbledon.

As you can probably tell from the 1990’s style film quality and the rather drab serve that is not the Milos mentioned above but it’s something that we could be seeing more of in the future.

Raonic’s fans have already taken to the celebration even if the world number 37 hasn’t trademarked his wins with it.

He’s already breaking Canadian tennis records in every tournament he plays this year and half of them were set by Greg Rusedski before he decided to turn British.

In January he reached the fourth round of the Australian Open beating seeds Michael Llondra and Mikhail Youzhny before eventual semi-finalist David Ferrer ended his run despite winning the first set.

He followed this up with his first ATP tour title after defeating top seed Fernando Verdasco at the SAP Open. Verdasco was so furious with his loss that he stuck his middle finger up at the crowd. Someone had made a noise on championship point though.

To make matters worse for the Spaniard he had to face Raonic in the first round of the proceeding Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. This time seeded second it still held no bearing on his opponent as Raonic won in three sets.

Only Andy Roddick could stop Raonic from claiming a second successive tournament victory as the American produced a spectacular match point shot to win 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (11-13), 7-5.

Raonic is now the greatest male Canadian tennis player ever. No other man from said country has ever been as high in the rankings as Raonic right now.

His fellow compatriot Aleksandra Wozniak reached 21 in the world previously but has now dropped outside the top 100.

Raonic must avoid a similar dramatic drop but this looks unlikely based on the views of tennis icons – John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova just to name-drop.

However if any of you think he’ll do a Greg and convert to British shores then I’m afraid he’s already nullified that idea.

“Come on Andy” it is then and maybe they’ll meet sometime in the near future. Certainly, the chances of that happening seem to be getting likelier everyday.

SPORTS: Milos Raonic rising fast at Australian OpenThe real Milos on his way to the fourth round of the Australian Open

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