Vasek Pospisil bounces Bradley Klahn, joins Frank Dancevic in VanOpen quarter-finals
METRO VANCOUVER — The rain left no rust on Vasek Pospisil, who returned to the court Friday at the Odlum Brown VanOpen and finished his suspended singles match against former NCAA champion Bradley Klahn.
Pospisil, the second seed and crowd favourite at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver, needed just 25 minutes to complete his second-round match 6-4, 6-4. The 23-year-old Vernon native, who now lives and trains in Vancouver, had captured the first set Thursday night but trailed 2-1 in the second before the skies opened and postponed the match.
Pospisil did not lose a service game against Klahn. He now faces Aussie Greg Jones, ranked 251st in the world, in Saturday’s quarter-finals. The semifinals will also be played Saturday after Friday’s rain.
Pospisil was pleased he was able to dispatch Klahn in speedy fashion.
“I didn’t want to have any complications so I’m happy I closed it out in straight sets,” he said. “Now I can go back and rest. I’m feeling very well physically and, knock on wood, in good shape for two matches.”
Another Canadian, Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., is also in the quarter-final round. He will face American Bobby Reynolds, seeded fifth here, while fourth-seeded American Wayne Odesnik faces No. 6 seed Jimmy Wang of Taiwan.
Quarter-finals on the women’s side Saturday will see Toronto’s Sharon Fichman face Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm; Quebec’s Stephanie Dubois meets Japan’s Kurumi Nara; Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova takes on Russian Alla Kudryavtseva; and Britain’s Johanna Konta confronts the Ukraine’s Maryna Zanevska.
Matches begin Saturday at 11 a.m. on four courts.
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