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Canada's Frank Dancevic has advanced at the Oldham Brown Vancouver Open. (DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Canada's Frank Dancevic has advanced at the Oldham Brown Vancouver Open. (DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Diez, Dancevic win at Odlum Brown tournament Add to ...

Canadians Steven Diez and Frank Dancevic got off to a good start in the men’s singles opening round at the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open on Tuesday.

Toronto’s Diez defeated Great Britain’s Jamie Baker 6-4, 6-4, while Dancevic, of Niagara Falls, Ont., downed American Chase Buchanan 6-1, 6-2.

The tournament is being held at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C.

Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Sainte-Foy, Que., scored an upset over Rajeev Ram of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Duclos is currently ranked No. 382 on the ATP Tour, while Ram is No. 93 worldwide.

Peter Polanksy of Thornhill, Ont., was defeat by American Denis Kudla 1-6, 6-4, 7-6. Philip Bester of North Vancouver, B.C., lost in a tight match to France’s Gleb Sakharov 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4.

Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium crushed Moldova’s Roman Borvanov 6-0, 6-1, while countryman Maxime Authom defeated American Alex Kuznetsov 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Australia’s James Duckworth, ranked No. 194, scored an upset win over South Africa’s Izak Van der Merwe 7-6(2), 6-3, who’s No. 152. Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic toppled Australian John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 7-5.

In the opening round of women’s singles action, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski shocked American Alexa Glatch with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Dabrowski is ranked 376th in the WTA’s singles rankings, while Glatch is No. 138.

Toronto’s Sharon Fichman played a close match against Australian Sacha Jones 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, while Carol Zhao of Richmond Hill, Ont., took a tough loss to American Madison Keys 6-0, 6-2.

Chi Chi Scholl of the United States defeated Great Britain’s Naomi Broady 6-1, 6-4.

In the final round of the women’s qualifying, American Ashley Weinhold defeated France’s Sherazad Benamar 6-2, 6-1 and American Lauren Embree crushed Indonesia’s Romana Tedjakusuma 6-0, 6-1.

Nicole Gibbs scored a win over fellow American Victoria Duval in a close match 7-5, 7-6(4), while two other Americans faced off, Krista Hardebeck and Jacqueline Cako, with Hardebeck winning 6-3, 6-3.

In the opening round of women’s doubles play, Japan’s Mika Miyamura and Brazilian Teliana Pereira defeated Australian Monique Adamczak and Poland’s Sandra Zaniewska 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Americans Jacqueline Cako and Natalie Pluskota beat American Jan Abaza and Indonesia’s Romana Tedjakusuma 6-1, 6-0.

Israel’s Julia Glushko and Australian Olivia Rogowska defeated Madison Brengle of the United States and Naomi Broady of Great Britain in a close match 7-6(5), 6-4, while Aleksendra Krunic of Serbia and Israel’s Keren Shlomo scored a win over Glatch and Maria Sanchez by walkover.

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